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    WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – When it comes to the upcoming election and COVID-19, you can understand why Westmoreland County Commissioner Sean Kertes feels this way. “It’s been one of those years where we can’t wait for it to end and start anew for 2021,” he said. The pandemic forced the county to make significant changes a few months ago as to where voters could cast their ballots. For the most part a temporary change. “In the primaries, we moved a lot of locations now we’re resetting the polling locations that have always been used,” Kertes said. But not all of them. Seven polling places have new homes at least for this election and again it has to do with COVID-19 concerns and how close voters could be to others. Now, which polling places are moving? Derry Township, Scalp Level, from Alpha Lion’s Den Ministries to Trinity Lutheran Church, 101 W. Fourth Ave. Hempfield-New Stanton, from Easy Living Country Estates to New Stanton United Methodist Church – 612 S. Center Ave. New Kensington-7th Precinct — 1st...
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson informed election officials Friday the open carry of firearms will not be allowed near polling places. The Detroit News reports Benson sent “guidance” to the officials, which said, “The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear or intimidation for voters, election workers and others present.” Benson also said, “Fair, free and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy. I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment.” She added, “Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected.” This means the open carry of guns is banned inside the state’s polling places and “in any hallways voters use to enter or exit them.” It also means open carry is prohibited “within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located.” WXYZ reports Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel voiced support for Benson’s announced ban on...
    Michigan announced a ban on Friday of the open carry of guns at polling places to avoid voter harassment and intimidation during the critical swing state election.   The announcement by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson drew a quick rebuke from some Republicans and gun rights activists, including the National Rifle Association, but the Democratic official said firearms at voting sites could cause fear and disruption for election workers and Michiganders trying to cast their ballots on Nov. 3. CASE AGAINST WHITMER KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS CAN MOVE TO TRIAL, JUDGE RULES “Fair, free and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy,” Benson said in a statement. “I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment. Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected." Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Michigan leaders have been high alert for armed intimidation, in the wake of gun-carrying protesters storming the Michigan Capitol and a foiled plot by Michigan militia extremists attempting to...
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) on Friday announced a statewide ban on open carry weapons at polling locations, clerk’s offices and absent voter counting boards on Nov. 3.  Benson issued a directive to local election clerks statewide banning open carry of firearms in any hallway used by voters to enter or exit, or within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located. Concealed carry is prohibited in any building where it's already prohibited unless someone is authorized to do so.  Outside of 100 feet of a polling place, election inspectors are instructed to contact law enforcement if someone is acting in a way “that would tend to intimidate, hinder or impede voters on the way to the polls.”  The announcement comes amid nationwide concern over security at polling locations, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: report Six takeaways from Trump and Biden's dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall MORE’s reelection campaign’s call for poll watchers to...
    Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout early voting, which runs from Oct. 13 through Oct. 30. There are 48 early voting sites in Bexar County but with a record number of Bexar County residents — 1,181,000 — registered to vote this year, you may want to be strategic about where you go to cast your ballot. Voters can choose any of the voting sites, both during early voting and on Election Day. To accommodate for better social distancing and a higher voter turnout, the county has set up four large polling sites at the AT&T Center, Palo Alto College, St. Paul Community Center and Alzafar Shrine Auditorium. For a list of other early voting locations and hours, click here. Here are some other voting resources you may want to check out: Everything you need to know about voting in the 2020 November General Election Here’s how, where to vote early in Bexar County Who is on the November 2020 election ballot for Bexar County 6 tips for avoiding long lines at Bexar County early voting polling places...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – COVID-19 has changed everybody’s way of life, affecting jobs, homes, and livelihoods. But now COVID-19 is threatening the heart of American society—free and fair elections. So, what are ways to get involved with protecting democracy despite the dangers of the pandemic? We have the details. November 3rd is Election Day, but now we all have to deal with something that was not on the ballot … COVID-19. “I think the COVID-19 will have an impact on our elections,” said Desmond Meade, CEO of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. So, how can you get involved with and be excited about the election during the pandemic? “Have conversations with your family and friends,” suggested Meade. When going to the polls, bring your own mask, pen, and gloves or hand sanitizer. Or opt in for mail-in voting. State by state, everything is different: early voting, mail-in voting, deadlines, and same day registration. To be safe, experts say mail in your ballot by October 20th. Websites like Election Protection offer ways to virtually volunteer by monitoring polling locations from your...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout early voting, which runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 31. See more voting resources here. Bexar County did not shatter a record, but polling places were met with lines of voters eager to cast a ballot on the first day of early voting. A total of 33,111 residents turned out to vote at Bexar County’s 48 polling sites — six of those locations bringing in more than 1,000 voters each — on Tuesday, according to the elections department. That’s compared to 34,020 ballots cast on the first day of early voting in 2018 and 35,431 ballots cast on the first day of early voting in 2016. Mail-in ballots, which are expected to increase significantly this election year due to the pandemic, are not included in Tuesday’s figure and are still being counted. Key races to watch in 2020 election in Bexar County Here’s how, where to vote early in Bexar County A record number of Bexar County residents — 1,181,000 — are registered to vote for this...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County district judge ruled Tuesday that Bexar County must add 18 polling sites on Election Day. The ruling comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project demanding the additional polling sites. The lawsuit contends that the extra sites would be the same amount of polling locations as in the 2018 election, when there were 302. The Bexar County Elections Office had planned to have 284 voting sites on Nov. 3. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he has discussed the situation with Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen. “I suggested to her that she try to find some extra spots, and it would require moving people around, which would probably affect our mega centers. So she’s doing that,” Wolff said. The judge also ruled that the Elections Office must post the polling locations on its website 21 days in advance of the election, as legally required, instead of two days. “Today, the court agreed that voters of color and Spanish-speaking voters matter,” said Texas Civil Rights Project staff attorney...
    Two progressive groups sued a Texas county late Tuesday, accusing local officials of not offering enough polling locations during the November election. In a lawsuit filed against the Bexar County Elections Department in state court, the nonprofit organizations -- MOVE Texas Civic Fund and the Texas Organizing Project -- accused the county of closing several polling locations since 2012, arguing it could create long lines at polling stations next month. DALLAS HAIR SALON OWNER WHO IGNORED COVID LOCKDOWN ORDERS IN GOP RUNOFF FOR STATE SENATE SEAT “These closures are not merely ill-advised for the safety and convenience of all voters, but they will also negatively impact voters of color and Spanish-language voters,” the lawsuit says. Bexar County plans to have 284 polling sites on Nov. 3, but the plaintiffs asked a judge to order the county to open at least 311 sites on Election Day -- an increase of 27. Officials operated more than 300 in every general election dating back to 2012, according to the suit. In a letter responding to the concerns that was included in the filing, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Elections Department faces a lawsuit with just 28 days until the general election. Organizers want a judge to seek a temporary injunction after the county trimmed polling locations from its list. The executive director of Move Texas Civic Fund said, "Bexar County must be prepared to handle more voters than it ever has before while maintaining healthy voting practices. Instead, Bexar County has decided to close polling locations.” The listed organizations on the lawsuit also claim the elections department has made it difficult for people to become volunteer deputy registrars, which register people to vote. This year, the county included mega voting sites, such as the AT&T Center, in its list of polling locations. Additionally, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the new voting machines allow people to cast a ballot at any polling site, allowing for more flexibility. KSAT has reached out to the Bexar County Elections Department for comment, and we have not heard back. Related: Don’t forget: Today is the last day to register to vote in Texas Copyright 2020 by...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- Polling places across the state of Indiana open for early voting Tuesday ahead of the general election on November 3.Election officials are expecting a high voter turnout due to interest in the Presidential Election."People are very excited about voting so we are very happy to see the lines are very long, Indiana Election and Registration Board President, Michelle Fajman said. "People are making it through in 45 minutes though, and they are just very excited to be voting."The voting process this year will be the same, officials said. The only change is that extra precautions are being taken because of COVID-19.Vote 2020: Election Information"At all of our early voting locations, workers will have masks, gloves and disinfecting spray and sanitizer," Fajman said. "All the good PPE items to keep our locations safe and clean."Indiana in-person voting will be open through November 2.Voters will be required to wear masks at certain polling locations like the Lake County Government Center, Hammond County Courthouse and East Chicago County Courthouse, Fajman said. Other locations may not require a mask to...
    (CNN)Just call 'em the king of hand sanitizer.Anheuser-Busch brewing company is using its facilities to produce hand sanitizer, and it sent more than 6,500 gallons of it to be used at polling places throughout Texas, the Texas Governor's office announced."As Texans prepare to cast their ballots, their health and safety remains our top priority, which is why we are taking extra measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at polling locations," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Bud Light ad campaign highlighting Black-owned restaurants to debut during Thursday Night Football "By distributing hand sanitizer to polling locations across the state, Texans will be able to protect themselves while exercising their right to vote. Thank you to Anheuser-Busch and Silver Eagle Beverages for teaming up with the Lone Star State to help ensure the protection of voters and election workers at the ballot box."The Texas Governor's office said it received 39 pallets of hand sanitizer from Anheuser-Busch to use at polling locations during early voting and Election Day. Read More"As a proud Texas employer, Anheuser-Busch is committed to uniting our communities, strengthening...
    PHOTO VIA LIMECalifornia-based transportation company Lime announced today it will provide free e-scooter rides on Election Day to reduce barriers to voting. App users should use the promotional code LIMETOPOLLS2020 to gain access to two free rides up to 30 minutes long. This is the company’s second election offering free rides after doing so for midterm elections in 2018. “Healthcare, climate change and the future of so many cities we serve are on the ballot in 2020,” said Lime CEO Wayne Ting in a press release. “At Lime, we’re focused on doing all we can to register voters, ease access to polls, and encourage our riders to vote.” Through this initiative Lime hopes to provide an option for voters who are concerned about cost, lack of car ownership, or the safety of public transit during the pandemic. The company has also joined forces with both Power the Polls to encourage riders to become poll workers, and ElectionDay.org to provide employees with time to cast their vote on or before November 3. To find your available polling locations for this year’s election,...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- Polling places across the state of Indiana open for early voting Tuesday ahead of the general election on November 3.Election officials are expecting a high voter turnout due to interest in the Presidential Election.The voting process this year will be the same, officials said. The only change is that extra precautions are being taken because of COVID-19.Vote 2020: Election Information"At all of our early voting locations, workers will have masks, gloves and disinfecting spray and sanitizer," Indiana Election and Registration Board President, Michelle Fajman said. "All the good PPE items to keep our locations safe and clean."Indiana in-person voting will be open through November 2.GUIDE: Indiana Early Voting SitesOperation times for each polling place will vary across Indiana. You can find a list of polling places near you using the ABC 7 guide.Indiana Voter InformationIndiana Voter PortalIndiana Absentee Voting InformationIndiana Voter RegistrationIndiana Voter FAQ
    HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- Polling places across the state of Indiana open for early voting Tuesday ahead of the general election on November 3.Election officials are expecting a high voter turnout due to interest in the Presidential Election.The voting process this year will be the same, officials said. The only change is that extra precautions are being taken because of COVID-19.Vote 2020: Election Information"At all of our early voting locations, workers will have masks, gloves and disinfecting spray and sanitizer." All the good PPE items to keep our locations safe and clean."Indiana in-person voting will be open through November 2.Operation times for each polling place will vary across Indiana. You can find a list of polling places near you using the ABC 7 guide.Indiana Voter InformationIndiana Voter PortalIndiana Absentee Voting InformationIndiana Voter RegistrationIndiana Voter FAQ
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Early voting has officially started in California and this year -- amid the coronavirus pandemic -- you have a few choices.CA PROPS: Everything to know about the 2020 ballot measuresAll registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot for the November 2020 election. However, if you are not able to or do not want to vote by mail, you can still vote in person. Here's what you need to know.Is everyone really getting a ballot in the mail?Yes, all registered voters in the California are getting a ballot in the mail. But that doesn't mean you have to vote by mail. You have three options: fill out your ballot and mail it back, fill out your ballot and drop it off at a ballot box, or take it to a polling location and exchange it for an in-person ballot and vote in person.What is early voting and how can I do it?Early voting refers to any voting option you do before the actual Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020. That includes dropping off your ballot...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may send National Guard troops to polling locations on Election Day to ensure voters are able to cast in-person ballots in the presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The New York Post reports: During a teleconference with reporters, Cuomo said that “the Board of Elections is basically a person-powered, staffing function” and that the June 23 primary elections “showed a lot of issues with the local boards.” “We said to them, ‘Learn from that experience, tell us what you need,’” he said. “We can use National Guard personnel to help.” Cuomo said he’s also prepared to have state and local government employees idled by the coronavirus crisis fill in for poll workers, even though Election Day is among the 12 legal holidays recognized by the Empire State. Cuomo’s comments come in the wake of criticism directed at the New York governor for refusing to deploy the National Guard to crack down on civil unrest and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd. “We’ll send you the National Guard...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally ready to call out the National Guard — to staff polling places on Election Day! After placing the Guard “on standby” but not sending them in as riots raged in New York City this past summer, Cuomo said Monday that he might pull the trigger and actually deploy troops to ensure voters can cast in-person ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election. During a teleconference with reporters, Cuomo said that “the Board of Elections is basically a person-powered, staffing function” and that the June 23 primary elections “showed a lot of issues with the local boards.” “We said to them. ‘Learn from that experience, tell us what you need,’” he said. “We can use National Guard personnel to help.” Cuomo said he’s also prepared to have state and local government employees idled by the coronavirus crisis fill in for poll workers, even though Election Day is among the 12 legal holidays recognized by the Empire State . Any government staffers who work that day would be entitled to overtime pay or another day off....
    BOSTON (AP) — Interfering or intimidating voters at polling locations is illegal, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. The Democrat said she felt the need to issue the advisory on Thursday following statements by President Donald Trump raising the possibility of calling up law enforcement officials including sheriffs and police chiefs to monitor for potential cheating at polling locations. State law prohibits intimidation of voters and interference with elections officers by anyone, including law enforcement officers and private citizens, Healy said. She said local police officers stationed at polling places to assist local election officials are generally barred from entering the immediate voting area, unless requested to assist the chief election official at the polling place. Federal law specifically bans the military or other armed federal officers from being present at polling places, except to “repel armed enemies of the United States,” she said. The president also cannot order state and local law enforcement officials to monitor the polls, according to Healey. While it’s also illegal for private citizens to intimidate voters, there are permissible ways to observe and monitor...
    BOSTON (AP) — Interfering or intimidating voters at polling locations is illegal, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. The Democrat said she felt the need to issue the advisory on Thursday following statements by President Donald Trump raising the possibility of calling up law enforcement officials including sheriffs and police chiefs to monitor for potential cheating at polling locations. State law prohibits intimidation of voters and interference with elections officers by anyone, including law enforcement officers and private citizens, Healy said. She said local police officers stationed at polling places to assist local election officials are generally barred from entering the immediate voting area, unless requested to assist the chief election official at the polling place. Federal law specifically bans the military or other armed federal officers from being present at polling places, except to “repel armed enemies of the United States,” she said. The president also cannot order state and local law enforcement officials to monitor the polls, according to Healey. While it’s also illegal for private citizens to intimidate voters, there are permissible ways to observe and monitor...
    Live Nation announced that it will be converting its concert venues into polling locations for the November election. The concert industry giant says it is “working with local officials to examine the feasibility of using more than 100 Live Nation venues” across the country. “Live Nation announced several initiatives to encourage civic engagement and support access to voting in the 2020 elections,” said the concert industry giant in a recent statement. “These initiatives include using Live Nation-owned concert venues as polling places, providing employees with paid time off to vote, incentivizing employees to serve as poll workers, and partnering with organizations on voter access and educational efforts.” View this post on Instagram We’re excited to partner with @headcountorg to make your voice count ????️ ???? Swipe through and take action now at headcount.org/livenation #VoteReady #TheFutureIsVoting A post shared by Live Nation Concerts (@livenation) on Sep 3, 2020 at 8:01am PDT Live Nation added that so far, both The Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, as well as Emo’s in Austin, Texas, and the Buckhead Theatre in...
    During the 2018 midterms and this year’s primaries, Lyft offered free and discounted rides to help people get to the polls. It’s expanding on those efforts yet again for November’s general election. On election day, you can get 50 percent off one ride (up to $10) to a dropbox or polling location when you use the code 2020VOTE. Lyft’s bikes and scooters are eligible for the offer too. The company is also working with several nonprofits to provide free and cheaper rides in communities where reliable and affordable transportation isn’t easy to come by. Its partners include More Than A Vote, which is providing ride access to arena polling locations in several cities, as well as Black Women’s Roundtable, the National Federation of the Blind and Student Veterans of America.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered to pay to reopen closed polling places across the Southern United States. The self-proclaimed 'voting fanatic' shared a 2019 article about how 1,200 polling places had closed throughout the South since 2013. Schwarzenegger, 73, tweeted: 'I've been thinking about this a lot. I'm a fanatic about voting. Most people call closing polls voter suppression. Some say it is 'budgetary.' What if I made it easy & solved the budgetary issue? How much would it cost to reopen polling places? 'This is a serious question. Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets? If you say it's because of your budget, let's talk.' Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Japan premiere of 'Terminator: Dark Fate' at Shinjuku Kabuki-cho Godzilla Road on November 06, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan The self-proclaimed 'voting fanatic' shared a 2019 article on his Twitter about how 1,200 polling places had closed throughout the South since 2013 The Reuters article shared by the former California governor cited a report which found that states with a...
    Maryland is set to transition from approximately 1800 polling places to 282 voting centers for November’s election in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus among voters, according to a plan proposed by the state’s Board of Elections and authorized by Gov. Larry Hogan. Unlike polling places, voting centers are large, open spaces like gymnasiums or convention centers, Nikki Charlson, the deputy administrator for Maryland’s Board of Elections, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Though almost 85% of the state’s usual polling places will be closed, election officials think that voting centers’ ability to hold more in-person voters, voting absentee and voting early will ultimately prevent any voters from being disenfranchised, Charlson said. In addition to the voting centers’ ability to better handle influxes of in-person voters, those registered are eligible to vote in any center in their home county, according to the plan. The transition from thousands of polling places to hundreds of voting centers came largely due to the state’s shortage of poll workers, Charlson said. “The inability to staff polling places, it was like an inorganic...
    The Warriors announced Friday they’re turning their facilities in Oakland and Santa Cruz into polling locations, and their Thrive City outdoor district near Chase Center as a ballot drop-off location, as part of their plan to support voter participation in the general election on Nov. 3. The Election Day assists are part of the socially conscious Warriors’ commitment to civic engagement as well as part of the NBA’s league-wide initiative. The league recently announced it would have teams that control their own arenas to make them accessible as voting locations. “With our facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz all being utilized to support the 2020 Election process, this ranks as our most critical three-pointer of the year,” Warriors president Rick Welts said. “For our democracy to work, we all need to exercise our right to vote, and activating all three of these locations will help expand that opportunity for many Bay Area residents.” Voting can be done at the Warriors’ facility in Oakland (at 1011 Broadway) and at the home of the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors’ Kaiser...
    Meaghan Ellis September 4, 2020 0 Comments Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is mulling over the idea of personally funding the reopening of polling locations that have closed across the United States. He took to Twitter this week with a message with a short series of tweets to share his ideas. As a self-proclaimed voting fanatic, Schwarzenegger noted that most people view the closing of polls as a voter suppression tactic. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’m a fanatic about voting. Most people call closing polls voter suppression. Some say it is ‘budgetary.’ What if I made it easy [and] solved the budgetary issue? How much would it cost to reopen polling places?” Schwarzenegger tweeted Wednesday. He added, “This is a serious question. Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets? If you say it’s because of your budget, let’s talk.” This is a serious question. Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets?...
    Actor and former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seemingly offered to pay to reopen closed polling locations in the South. Schwarzenegger made the suggestion on his personal Twitter account Wednesday. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’m a fanatic about voting,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “Most people call closing polls voter suppression. Some say it is ‘budgetary.’ What if I made it easy & solved the budgetary issue? How much would it cost to reopen polling places?” This is a serious question. Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets? If you say it’s because of your budget, let’s talk. — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 2, 2020 “This is a serious question,” he added in another tweet. “Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets? If you say it’s because of your budget, let’s talk.” (RELATED: Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger And Jackie Chan In The Trailer For ‘The Iron Mask’) Schwarzenegger also linked to an article in his first tweet titled, “Southern...
    (CNN)The pandemic has created yet another hurdle for officials trying to plan November's election: Places that typically serve as reliable polling stations are now off the table because of Covid-19. Facilities like senior centers, schools or even private businesses are no longer options over fears that welcoming voters will increase infection risk for others. Millions of Americans will vote by mail this year, in part to avoid going to in-person voting locations, but that isn't helping city and county clerks who are facing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to maintain or even increase the number of polling places they staff on Election Day to maintain social distancing. The guidance explicitly states: "Unless there is no other option, do not increase the number of potential registered voters assigned to each polling place."This all creates yet another burden for election officials already struggling with the weight of pulling off an election during a pandemic. "It feels like you are the plague itself for asking for space," said Maribeth Witzel-Behl, city clerk for Madison, Wisconsin. "People are just saying 'No, no,...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting? Thousands of state and local election officials across the US are sharing ideas and making accommodations to try to ensure that voters and polling places are safe amid an unprecedented pandemic. Some are finding ways to expand access to voter registration and ballot request forms. Others are testing new products, installing special equipment or scouting outdoor voting locations. Here are virus-related obstacles voters could face during this unprecedented presidential election year along with some of the solutions being tried: Closures and curtailed hours What if you need a voter registration form or absentee ballot application and all the normal go-to places are closed or open by appointment only? It’s a problem nationwide. The most recent American Library Association survey found that 62% of U.S. libraries, which are sources for voting documents, were fully closed while another 26% were offering only curbside service. Likewise, the vast majority of state motor vehicle departments — the largest source of voter registrations...
    Left-wing Hollywood celebrities are giving high-fives and high praise in response to the NBA’s decision to turn some of its sports arenas into polling locations for the November election, allowing for more people to vote in-person. The voter initiative is part of a deal that the NBA has made with its striking athletes who are protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Millionaire basketball players demanded the concession before they agreed to resume the playoffs on Saturday.  The deal means that some franchise-owned arenas will be converted into polling places on November 3 “to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable” to the coronavirus pandemic, said NBA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. Teams that have reportedly signed up for the voter push include the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and Milwaukee Bucks. Hollywood stars are crowing their approval of the agreement. What the NBA arena polling place aspect of the agreement would mean for the push for mail-in voting and in-person voting amid...
    (CNN)LeBron James is helping spearhead a multimillion-dollar effort to recruit poll workers in Black electoral districts ahead of November's general elections.The initiative focuses on recruiting poll workers through a paid advertising campaign and a corporate partnership program that encourages employees to volunteer, according to The New York Times.Sports teams want to turn their arenas into voting centersJames and a number of prominent athletes and artists are part of More Than a Vote, an organization that is focused on combating systemic, racist voter suppression. The NFL's Patrick Mahomes and DeAndre Hopkins, the NBA's Damian Lillard, and former WNBA star Lisa Leslie are among the athletes that are founding members of the organization."We are a coalition of Black athletes and artists who came together amid the protests fueled by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police," the group wrote in an open letter. "We are focused on systemic, targeted voter suppression in our community and have a specific mission: educate, energize and protect Black voters."Read MoreThe organization has partnered with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, When We All Vote,...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington DHS chief denies systemic racism in law enforcement Homeland Security labels ACLU call to dismantle a political stunt MORE said Sunday that DHS has no authority to send federal agents to oversee polling locations in November, despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo 'The Apprentice' producers helping with Republican National Convention About 70,000 lives could be saved in near future if people wear masks: researchers Trump issues disaster declaration for California as wildfires rage MORE's vow to have a federal law enforcement presence at the polls on Election Day.  "That’s not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security," Wolf said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked about Trump's comments. "We have law enforcement authorities and law enforcement officers at the department. We have express authorities given to us by Congress and this is not one of them." "This is not a mission for the Department of Homeland Security," Wolf added, noting that he has not had any discussions...
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary on Sunday cast doubt on the department's authority to send its agents to polling locations after President Donald Trump said he would deploy law enforcement in November to protect against voter fraud."We don't have any authority to do that at the department," acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." Asked by Tapper if Trump had asked him to send law enforcement officers to polling centers, Wolf replied: "No, absolutely, he has not. Again, that's not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security." "We have law enforcement authorities and law enforcement officers at the department, we have express authorities given to us by Congress and this is not one of them," he said, adding, "This is not a mission for the Department of Homeland Security."Trump, who has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that voter fraud will undermine November's election results, told Fox News last week that the administration would send law enforcement officers to polling centers.Read More"We're going to have sheriffs, and we're going to...
    FEARING "a fraudulent election," President Trump is vowing to send law enforcement officers, US attorneys and attorneys general to monitor voting stations nationwide in November. "We're going to have everything, we're going to have sheriffs and we're going to have law enforcement," Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News during a Thursday interview. 3Trump vowed to send law enforcement to polling locations Credit: AFP - Getty "And we're going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys and we're going to have everybody and attorney generals but it's very hard." Trump's remarks were part of a discussion on mail-in ballots, which the president has noted his suspicions about numerous times. During the interview, the president said mail-in voting, which he distinguishes from absentee ballots, will ultimately result in a rigged election. "It's a fraudulent election, everybody knows it. You don't even have to know politics to know it," he said. "Fifty million ballots are going to be indiscriminately sent out to people who didn't even ask for them." "People who just said, 'hey I just got a ballot, that's...
    Two dozen coronavirus cases linked to wedding reception, health officials say What is Uber Eats? Heres what you need to know about the ride-hailing services food delivery app The plan to turn stadiums into November polling locations could be perfect Pressure from Covid-19 is putting major strain on the electoral process in November. Fear of the virus paired with questionable infrastructure has led to many voters looking for alternative ways to cast their ballots for the 2020 presidential election. © Getty Images Initially it was believed that mail-in voting would be a way to ameliorate the process, until the federal government instituted a systematic gutting of the United States Postal Service, leading to questions of whether ballots could be sent and counted reliably. Concerns over the election have led to people looking for new, fair ways to ensure voices are heard at the polls this November, with the latest plan seeming to hinge on turning sports stadiums into massive, open-air polling locations, capable of holding thousands of voters. So far 12 stadiums across the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL...
              Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose stated that Ohio will not require masks to be worn at Ohio polls. In a press conference Wednesday, LaRose went through the state’s guidelines and detailed some of the precautions Ohio would take in light of the recent pandemic. The secretary of state encouraged voters to take advantage of absentee voting, a system that’s caused some controversy recently, stating that the system “is completely safe.” LaRose went on to speak on a number of the security features Ohio has implemented to protect against absentee voting fraud. These included clearing the deceased and those who’ve moved from Ohio from voter rolls and banning ballot harvesting. LaRose announced the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health have collaborated in the creation of a 48-point safety system for polling locations. These include “routine cleaning of voting machines and poll books” and a requirement all poll workers wear masks. Among other safety features, social distancing recommendations will be in effect, and people will be encouraged to wear masks. Anyone who should choose not...
    Coronavirus had yet to be detected in Minnesota on March 3, Super Tuesday, when Minnesotans went to the polls for the state’s presidential primary. On Aug. 11, a week from today, some Minnesotans — at least those who aren’t among the record number to have already cast a mail-in ballot (or are planning to do so) — will once again go to the polls, this time to vote in primaries for local, legislative and congressional seats.  But the experience will be a lot different this time around. Because of COVID-19, masks will be required inside polling locations. Poll workers will be sanitizing everything from voting booths to pens between use. And social distancing will be observed, which could cause lines out the door.  The changes will be even more significant for some Minnesotans, who will be going to new polling places — or have no options for in-person voting at all. Moving polling locations  Before coronavirus, it didn’t particularly matter if polling locations were on the small side, or whether or not they were located in senior living facilities, as...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you plan on casting a ballot for the Texas runoff election Tuesday, you may be wondering if you need to wear a mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not a mandate, but it’s encouraged, according to Gov. Greg Abbott. Polling places are among the 11 exemptions to Abbott’s executive order requiring Texans to wear face-coverings over their noses and mouths in public spaces in counties that have reported 20 or more cases of COVID-19. The order went into effect Friday, July 3. “Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged,” the executive order said. Remember that if you do wear a mask, it cannot be politically-themed. Voters are also asked to adhere to health protocols mandated by the Texas Secretary of State’s office. The health protocols include keeping six feet from other voters and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. If a voter does display symptoms, they can vote curbside. Voters are also asked to bring their own marking instruments,...
    A lack of workers willing to run polling sites as Texas continues to report record coronavirus infections is forcing election officials in two major counties to scale back plans for the July 14 primary runoff elections. Citing a dropoff spurred by fear of the virus, Bexar County, the state’s fourth largest, is expected to close at least eight of its planned 226 voting locations for next Tuesday, according to County Judge Nelson Wolff. In Tarrant County, the third largest, election officials learned Thursday that the local Republican and Democratic parties had agreed to shutter two of 173 sites planned for election day voting after the parties were unable to find election judges to run the polling places. Although poll workers are generally being provided with protective gear, Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not require voters to wear masks when they show up at polling locations is driving some poll workers away, Wolff said. “There is protection for them in terms of what they try to do, but anybody can walk in without a mask,” Wolff said Wednesday evening during his...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday that all polling locations will be open to in-person voters in November, while encouraging early and absentee voting.  The Maryland governor instructed election officials in a letter to ensure that every early voting center and polling location be open on Nov. 3 “to accommodate anyone who wishes to cast their ballot safely and in person.”  Hogan also directed the State Board of Elections to send out an absentee ballot request to every eligible voter. He added that “every effort should be made to promote early voting, absentee voting by mail, and voting at off-peak times as safe and efficient options.” “The fundamental responsibility of the State Board of Elections is to conduct free and fair elections in a manner that facilitates maximum voter participation,” Hogan said in the letter. “This approach—which is already fully authorized by existing state law—will maximize participation in the November election by offering voters more options while minimizing confusion and risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The governor said the state will urge its employees to help fill in staffing needs...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said Monday the county is considering using convention centers and ballrooms as polling locations in November. “We’re calling those mega-centers that we’re looking at. A convention center, but if they don’t have a convention center, we’re looking at hotels that have large ballrooms that we can rent out for that day.” Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, she said the county has to think outside the box. “Covid is still going to be around in November. We know that, we’re preparing for that.” To help prevent the spread of the virus, the county is spacing out machines so voters can be properly socially-distanced. Because a presidential election always draws a very large turnout, and the one between President Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to be no different, Pippins-Poole said they want to have a large space with numerous voting machines. She said she’s had conversations with the city of Dallas about the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and other cities as well. Pippins-Poole also said it...
    Louisville, Kentucky (CNN)State lawmakers and voting rights activists are bracing for potential chaos during Kentucky's primary election on Tuesday after concerns over coronavirus led state elections officials to sharply limit the number of in-person polling places. Those limits -- from just under 3,700 polling locations in a typical election, according to the Kentucky secretary of state, to 170 locations on Tuesday -- have led to outcry across the country, particularly from Democrats who say it could result in a nightmare scenario in big cities with hours-long lines, potentially disenfranchising Black voters. The commonwealth's two most populous counties, Jefferson and Fayette, the homes of Louisville and Lexington, will have just one in-person polling location each open on Tuesday.The outcry has already made Kentucky the newest battleground in a nationwide fight over voting access."This is SYSTEMIC RACISM and OPPRESSION," NBA star LeBron James tweeted Saturday. Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate and a leading voice on voting access in the Democratic Party, on Twitter said that the coronavirus pandemic was "no excuse" for such limited in-person polling places. Read More"Voter suppression...
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