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    Envelopes containing ballots sent to voters in Maricopa County last week contained a small square with clear plastic on the top left side revealing part of the ballot. The political party of the ballot can clearly be seen in the window, and in some cases, individuals’ voter registration numbers are visible as well. Concerns have been raised that renegade postal workers or election workers might throw Republican ballots out before they reach voters. State Representative Jacqueline Parker (R-Mesa) tweeted, “The post office doesn’t need to know this information. The Recorder’s office is being awfully cavalier & open with personal information in a time when people already don’t trust the mail or AZ’s voting systems.” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer responded to Parker and said due to spacing and legal requirements, the political party ended up on the portion of the ballot that shows up in that small window, and said the ballots had used that format for over 20 years. In another tweet, his office stated that “the window on the back of the yellow carrier envelope allows us to...
    The D.C. primary election is coming up next month, but voters won’t have to wait that long to cast a ballot, because ballots are currently being mailed directly to the homes of registered voters across the nation’s capital. “We are beginning the mailing process,” said Nick Jacobs, a spokesman for the D.C. Board of Elections. “Definitely keep an eye on the mail, but don’t freak out if it hasn’t arrived within a week or so.” More D.C. News More Local Politics News Most registered voters will receive a ballot. Since it is a primary and not a general election, voters who are registered as an “independent” will not receive a ballot. Only those registered in one of the four major parties will be able to participate. The parties include Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and DC Statehood Green Party. Voters can use their mailed ballot to choose their candidates and then mail it right back. They can then use a tracking service to monitor their ballot and make sure it gets to its destination successfully. “There’s a postage return envelope...
    A report released Tuesday by the Office of the D.C. Auditor raises new questions and concerns about the process of automatically sending voters ballots in the mail ahead of elections. Before the 2020 presidential election, D.C. mailed ballots to every registered voter as a way of making voting easier during the coronavirus pandemic. The audit found that of the more than 420,000 ballots that were mailed out, 48,018 of them were returned as “undeliverable.” That is more than 11% of the ballots, “an undeliverable rate more than eight times higher the national average of 1.4% undeliverable ballots,” according to the audit. Nick Jacobs, a spokesman with the D.C. Board of Elections, said one of the main reasons is that so many people in the nation’s capital are constantly moving and changing addresses. “D.C. is one of the most transitory cities in the world,” Jacobs said. When asked whether it raised concerns about people using incorrectly mailed ballots to commit vote fraud, Jacobs replied, “No.” “Our elections have been conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner,” he said. “There’s never...
    Georgia voters are being urged to check their voter registration status as a result of a recent flurry of "no-contact" notices being mailed out. The notices, which were mailed to more than 185,000 voters across the state of Georgia, indicate that a voter has not visited a poll location to cast a ballot or inquired about absentee ballots for an election over the past 5 years, according to Fox 5. On Friday, August 7, Dekalb County also it's intent to mail out an additional 18,000 notices. DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Director Erica Hamilton released a statement about the mailouts. While she noted that some individuals may no longer live in the state or be eligible to vote, others may have simply been inactive but still maintain the right to vote. "We know some of these individuals may have moved out of state or are no longer eligible to vote in Georgia," said DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Director Erica Hamilton. "However, we also know there may be voters who just have not participated in a recent election....
    By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona Senate voted Monday to require voters to include identification paperwork with their mailed ballots, insisting their motives aren't racist as Democrats contended the measure would have an outsized impact on voters of color. The measure is one of the most controversial of dozens of election bills introduced this year in Arizona. It comes as Republican-controlled legislatures around the country add new voting requirements after President Donald Trump lost his re-election bid in November and his supporters tried to cast doubt on the outcome. The measure approved Monday would impose a new step in the process for mail voting, which now accounts for 80 percent of the ballots cast in Arizona. Voters would have to include an affidavit with their birthdate and the number from their driver’s license, state ID or tribal identification card. If they don’t have one of those forms if ID, they could include their voter registration number and a copy of a utility bill. The same forms of ID are required to vote in...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — There were virtually no wait times were virtually nonexistent at Los Angeles polling places on election day with most people waiting under 15 minutes to cast their vote. Over 76,000 voters cast ballots in person Tuesday morning in the four hours after the polls opened morning adding to a record number of votes already cast through the mail and early voting. More: LA County Voter Turnout Already Hits Staggering 55% As Angelenos Go To Polls On Election Day According to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan, those votes will add to the 2.6 million vote-by-mail ballots that were returned as of Monday and more than 535,000 ballots cast during the 10-day early voting period. Logan said things were running smoothly at the 793 county polling places, where voters experienced wait times under 15 minutes, but he said he hopes voters don’t delay in case those wait times increase closer to the 8 p.m. poll closing time. Photo Gallery: Voters Hit The Polls Across LA County On Election Day “Do not delay. It’s Election Day, there’s...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With Election Day next week, a new investigation has found hundreds of thousands of questionable ballots sent to Los Angeles County voters. Investigative reporter David Goldstein found thousands of people received not one, but two ballots in their own name. And thousands more were sent to people who’ve moved or died. Becky Sprigg has lived in her Santa Monica apartment complex for 30 years. That’s why she was surprised when a ballot was delivered to Carol’s old apartment – even though Carol — whose name we’re not revealing — moved 15 years ago and died almost ten years ago. “It’s curious that someone who passed away ten years ago would receive a ballot,” Sprigg aid. We found that’s not the only curious ballot. Or ballots! Tommy Robinson received “two” ballots in the mail addressed to him – one to his address on Wilshire at apartment B406, the other using the number sign B406. He could have voted with either. Or even both! But didn’t. “That was my initial thought when I looked at the two ballots side...
    Singer John Legend is advising voters who requested mail-in or absentee ballots and have not sent them in to drop them off in person, warning it was too late to mail them. Legend offered the advice on Twitter Tuesday while retweeting NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett, who had tweeted about delays in delivery times for first class mail. “US Postal Service on-time delivery times for First-Class Mail have dropped again — now nearly as bad as the worst period this summer. If you are voting absentee and haven’t returned your ballot, experts say drop it off in person. Do not rely on #USPS delivery at this point,” Bennett wrote on the social media platform Tuesday. Legend added to Bennett’s message, writing, “This is intentional. Do not put your ballots in the mail any more.” The 41-year-old host of NBC’s “The Voice” expanded on what he viewed as “intentional” in a Wednesday tweet. In it, he showed a screenshot of a text he received confirming that his ballot had been received because his state offered a program for...
    The Post’s exposés on Hunter Biden appear to have sparked a rush of early voters seeing if they can change their mind — with New York one of a handful of states giving some that unexpected right. More than 58.5 million have already cast their ballots, and searches for “Can I change my vote” started trending over the last few days — linked to searches for “Hunter Biden,” according to Google Trends data. The biggest interest has come from Arizona, Tennessee and Virginia, all states that — like most of the US — only give residents one shot at the polls. But “in some states, you can submit your ballot, have a change of heart and, and submit a new ballot,” Matthew Weil, the director of the Election Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told Newsy. That includes New York, at least for those who mailed in an absentee ballot. “The Election Law recognizes that plans change,” the Empire State’s Board of Elections says. “Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to...
    Republican officials asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to move up North Carolina’s recently extended deadline for accepting late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day. State Republican legislative leaders argue that the updated deadline, issued in an official memo after early voting had begun, will result in unequal treatment of voters and dilute the value of those who cast ballots before the rule was changed. They also say it usurps legislators’ authority to set the deadline. State election officials who made the change “are administering the election in an arbitrary and nonuniform manner that will result in disparate treatment by inhibiting the rights of voters who cast their absentee ballots before the Memorandum was issued,” says the appeal filed by lawyers representing state Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, both Republicans. The North Carolina State Board of Elections had announced in late September that absentee ballots could be accepted by counties until Nov. 12, as long as they were mailed by Nov. 3, which is Election Day. That rule change lengthened the period for accepting ballots...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an Indiana law wrongly throws out mail-in ballots that don’t arrive at county election offices by noon on Election Day. The decision issued late Tuesday orders state election officials to count mail-in ballots if they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by voting offices no later than Nov. 13. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker rejected arguments from state attorneys that extending the deadline would confuse voters, add strain to county election staff and delay completion of vote counting. Barker ruled that thousands of people voting by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic faced being disenfranchised because of slow mail delivery and other factors outside their control. The lawsuit filed by Common Cause Indiana and the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP said about 1,500 ballots in Marion County and 400 in Hamilton County were rejected for this year’s primary election because they arrived after the noon deadline. Another federal judge last month rejected an attempt to force Indiana election officials to allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail because...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an Indiana law wrongly throws out mail-in ballots that don’t arrive at county election offices by noon on Election Day. The decision issued late Tuesday orders state election officials to count mail-in ballots if they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by voting offices no later than Nov. 13. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker rejected arguments from state attorneys that extending the deadline would confuse voters, add strain to county election staff and delay completion of vote counting. Barker ruled that thousands of people voting by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic faced being disenfranchised because of slow mail delivery and other factors outside their control. The lawsuit filed by Common Cause Indiana and the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP said about 1,500 ballots in Marion County and 400 in Hamilton County were rejected for this year’s primary election because they arrived after the noon deadline. Another federal judge last month rejected an attempt to force Indiana election officials to allow all voters to...
    A local lawmaker in western Pennsylvania wants voters in the key battleground state to know the “naked truth” about mail-in voting. Bethany Hallam, an Allegheny County councilwoman, and other local elected officials stripped down to make sure Pennsylvania voters who cast their ballots by mail place them in the mandatory secrecy envelope. They stressed: Don't send a “naked ballot,” which would invalidate a vote. In a viral ad campaign, the female lawmakers are topless with graphics of mail-in ballots “tastefully draped across their chests." “Desperate times call for desperate measures!” Hallum tweeted. “So your favorite elected officials got naked so that you remember to make sure that your mail-in ballot is NOT submitted without its secrecy envelope!! #nonakedballots #dressyourballot” PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT EXTENDS STATE MAIL BALLOT DEADLINE TO 3 DAYS AFTER ELECTION The campaign came about after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled mail-in ballots had to be rejected if not enclosed in the proper envelope. According to some estimates, more than 100,000 mail-in ballots cast in the Nov. 3 presidential election in the state could be tossed out because they were not sent...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ballots will not be mailed to Washoe County residents this week because a vendor was unable to print them in time. Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula said ballots will instead be mailed out Oct. 2 and voters should start seeing them appear in their mailboxes soon after. Spikula said the county had pushed the printer it hired to meet an earlier deadline as officials comply with a new state law requiring ballots to automatically be mailed to all active voters, whether they request one or not. But Spikula said the printer was facing “exceptionally high demand” and the county reverted to its original schedule. Spikula said her office has had to scramble to conform with the state’s new mail-in voting law. “We had hoped to get them out sooner, as early as this week, but we will stick to our original planned delivery date of Oct. 2.” All Nevada counties are planning to have ballots in the mail headed to voters sometime over the next two weeks, with the exception of Humboldt County, which is planning...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is asking for a federal judge to require the postmaster general to pay for informational postcards to be sent out to correct misinformation that was mailed to Colorado voters. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 15: United States Postal Service (USPS) trucks are parked at a postal facility on August 15, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. In its recent quarterly statement the USPS reported a loss of nearly $2.3 billion and a 3.2 percent decline in package deliveries, the first decline in nearly a decade. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Griswold said the USPS needs to set the record straight, after mailers with false information on Colorado’s mail in ballot process were sent to voters. RELATED: Tracking Mail-In Ballots: Colorado Voters Can Get Notifications By Phone, Email Or Text She said the information is confusing and wrong. In Colorado, a ballot is mailed out to every registered voter. I just found out the @USPS is sending this postcard to every household and PO Box in the nation. For states like Colorado where we send ballots...
    More Americans are expected to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election than in any previous U.S. election, due to changes made by states in response to the pandemic. In fact, more voters are likely to cast their ballots by mail than go to the polls in person. But most voters have also not voted by mail before, and that can lead to some uncertainty about what’s ahead in the coming months. It’s estimated more than 80% of voters will be eligible to get a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. If past voting patterns hold, close to 80 million mail ballots could be submitted across the country, which would more than double the number returned by mail in 2016. Below are some common questions about voting by mail nationwide and specifically in the D.C. area. Q:  Which states allow voting by mail? Virginia, Maryland and D.C. allow you to vote by mail without a specific reason or excuse. In the District, all registered voters will receive...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland State Board of Elections has mailed absentee ballot applications to all state voters, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. With exactly nine weeks to go before Election Day, Hogan said the board told him Tuesday all applications have been mailed. The board began mailing the applications last week. RELATED COVERAGE: Maryland Begins Sending Out 4 Million Mail-In Ballot Applications As Lawmakers Criticize Postal Service Cuts How To Request A Mail-In Ballot In Maryland For November 2020 Election Maryland Adding Hundreds Of Ballot Drop Boxes For Election Despite calls from some for Hogan to move to an entirely mail-in election or to mail all registered voters a ballot rather than an application, the state has pushed forward with the plan to send out ballots only to those who request them. State officials are still encouraging people to vote absentee, by mail or take part in early voting. Hogan also expressed concern about whether election officials will be able to handle the changes to the general election following a rocky primary that was delayed due...
    President Trump warned that if states like Nevada are allowed to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters, it could take "years" to get the results from November's election. In a wide-ranging interview with "Fox & Friends," Trump claimed that the infrastructure is not there for such a large-scale operation. "It could be for months and months," Trump said about how long it may take for votes to be counted. "It could be for years." The president pointed to a congressional primary election in New York that has resulted in weeks of vote counting after voters mailed in their ballots. TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUES NEVADA OVER MAIL-IN VOTING PLAN Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit against Nevada on Tuesday, claiming that the state's expanded mail-in voting plan would expose the election to fraud. "What they're going to do is blanket the state," Trump said Wednesday. "Everyone who ever walked is going to get one." Republicans have expressed concern that this would result in ballots being sent to dead people, those who have moved, and others who are currently not eligible...
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