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    Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D-CO) joined CNN’s Newsroom on Thursday morning to discuss Republican Party efforts to elect candidates who support former President Donald Trump’s debunked allegations of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election. CNN anchor Jim Sciutto introduced Griswold as someone who has sounded the alarm on this issue before, likening this Republican strategy to “electing an arsonist to oversee the Fire Department.” Griswold, who is running for reelection in 2022, explained, “We’re seeing extremist candidates run for Secretary of State in every swing state where there’s a race to further suppress the vote, to push this information and ultimately to tilt potential future sections in the favor of their party.” She continued, pointing the finger specifically at the more extreme elements within the pro-Trump movement: But it’s not just that. We’re also seeing extremist insiders like Steve Bannon recruit election deniers into local election administration, and there’s a door wide open because there is so much vitriol that many election workers are throwing up their hands and saying, “you know what, I did not sign...
    Gov. Tom Wolf appears to have mistakenly violated Pennsylvania election code when he had his wife drop off his mail-in ballot, authorities say. Gov. Wolf, a democratic in his final term in office, admitted the error saying he voted "a couple weeks ago" by mail and that first lady Frances Wolf delivered it on his behalf, on KDKA radio on Tuesday morning. Mail-in or absentee ballots must be delivered in person by the voter to the appropriate county board of election or mailed-in and received before Election day 8 p.m., according to Pennsylvania election code.  The only exception to this rule is a provision for special circumstances, such as disability, which must be pre-approved, as stated in the code. This violation is illegal in Pennsylvania and punishable by law for up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine, according to the code. A spokeswoman for the governor said in a statement, “it was an honest mistake.” "My wife actually dropped it off personally," he said. "It was an honest mistake," a spokesperson for the governor told...
    MSNBC's Joy Reid called the issue of education a "code" for White parents who don't want their children to be taught about race during her coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial election Tuesday. Citing exit polling, Reid noted that while the coronavirus factored low on the issues most important to Virginia voters this election, education ranked high. Reid used air quotes when saying the word education. ELECTION DAY: VIRGINIA, NEW JERSEY POLLS OPEN IN GOVERNOR'S RACE SEEN AS REFERENDUM ON BIDEN: LIVE She called it "code for White parents who don't like the idea about teaching about race." Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks off the She the People Presidential Forum with political analyst Joy Reid in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (REUTERS/Loren Elliott) "Unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the tool kit, used to be in the Democratic Party back in the day, when there were Dixiecrats," she continued. "And now of the Republican Party, it just is powerful." Virginia voters told networks like CNN and...
    Have you been seeing a lot of campaign signs in medians in Arlington County, Virginia? Here’s a look at the rules on what can and can’t be posted. The limit for campaigning in Arlington County is two signs per median per candidate or political issue, according to the code. The code goes on to say they can’t be more than 4.5 square feet and no higher than 4 feet tall. They may be placed up to 31 days before an election. And they have to be removed pretty quickly after, within 5 days following an election. InsideNova said Arlington County’s Zoning staff has been removing signs from the right of way proactively, and on a complaint basis. They said they will remove those against the code and leave two that are allowed if they’re in the right spot. The code says that candidates and political organizations are “responsible for reading and complying with the relevant statutory and regulatory provisions.” The Virginia code prohibits the placement of all signs within the limits of a “state highway” with each violation subject to a...
    Supporters of former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims are strategizing to run for key positions in battleground states across the country. At first glance, their intent to run for office might seem innocent, but there is an ulterior motive at play. According to Reuters, these candidates appear to have a common goal: with certain individuals in position, Trump supporters have a greater chance of controlling elections. The publication interviewed a total of nine out of 15 Republican candidates running for secretary of state in the key battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada. Public remarks made by all 15 candidates were also reviewed. Based on their public statements, it appears 10 of the 15 candidates have "either declared that the 2020 election was stolen or called for their state's results to be invalidated or further investigated." Three of the candidates are considered to be "part of a wider group of Republican secretary-of-state contenders in America's swing states who have embraced former President Donald Trump's false claims that he lost a 'rigged' election." Colorado Secretary of State...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After the 2020 election, county leaders are calling for more time to pre-canvass mail-in ballots and an earlier ballot application deadline. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania released its preliminary report and recommendations last week outlining priorities for further Election Code reforms. “Despite the challenges of 2020 – including implementation of Act 77 and administering elections in the middle of a global pandemic – counties continued to uphold their responsibility to deliver fair, secure and successful elections,” said Butler County commissioner and 2021 CCAP President Kevin Boozel in a press release. “But counties have also learned a great deal from our experiences on the front lines, and we have identified a number of areas where we can work with the General Assembly and administration to improve the Election Code and our elections processes.” The association is renewing its calls to allow counties more time to pre-canvass mail-in ballots, as opposed to starting at 7 a.m. on Election Day, and to move the mail-in ballot application deadline back 15 days before the election...
    One of five members on Georgia’s state election board (SEB) on Sunday evening demanded that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) open an investigation into President Donald Trump, telling Raffensperger that the president’s efforts to “manipulate” the state’s election results likely constituted crimes under the Georgia Election Code. David Worley, an attorney and the lone Democrat on the board, said that Trump’s hour-long conversation with Raffensperger on Saturday—during which the president repeatedly attempted to coerce the secretary to “find” enough votes to swing the election in his favor—likely established probable cause to find that Trump violated anti-fraud statutes. “To say that I am troubled by President Trump’s attempt to manipulate the votes of Georgians would be an understatement,” Worley wrote. “Our job as members of the State Election Board is to enforce the Georgia Election Code. Among our responsibilities is to determine whether probable cause exists to refer potential civil and criminal violations of the Code to the Georgia Attorney General and local District Attorneys.” UPDATE TO THIS STORY: Georgia State Election Board member (only Dem on five member board) SUNDAY...
            by Christen Smith  House Republican lawmakers circulated a cosponsorship memo Friday that would appoint new electors if a pending Supreme Court legal challenge requires them to do so. The move comes after GOP leaders in both chambers insisted the state constitution prevents them from choosing electors that defy the certified popular vote. Some 31 Republican representatives signed the resolution that reads, in part, “Having a vehicle for appointing electors positioned now will allow the General Assembly to move as quickly as possible.” The resolution comes as the nation awaits a development on Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit that alleges elections in the Keystone State and three others – Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin – “violated both the Electors Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” “While state legislatures can exercise this plenary power under the US Constitution at any time, we intend to employ it in response to significant activities contravening, frustrating, and substantially modifying the Pennsylvania Election Code which tainted and doomed the appointment process in its entirety,” the memo reads. “We also foresee the possibility of...
    Sidney Powell said her secret witness who can prove the election was stolen from President Trump was a former military intelligence official in court filings, but that's apparently inaccurate. Powell, a former federal prosecutor, has told the courts she wants to seal "Spider's" identity (sometimes referred to as "Spyder"), whom she said was an electronic intelligence analyst for the Arizona-based 305th Military Intelligence Battalion. "Spider," however, never completed the entry-level training course, said Meredith Mingledorff, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the Washington Post reported. Even with her request to hide her witness's name, one of her filings showed “Spyder’s” legal name to be Joshua Merritt, and he’s a 43-year-old information technology consultant in Texas. Merritt confirmed his work with Powell and maintained that he did graduate from the intelligence training program, even though Mingledorff said, “He kept washing out of courses” and that “he’s not an intelligence analyst.” By his own account, he was a trainee in the program for less than a year over 15 years ago. He also said that Powell’s characterization of...
              An analysis of ballot transfer forms from Cobb County reveals that 78 percent of the more than 89,000 absentee ballots from drop box locations, required to be “immediately transported” to the county registrar according to Emergency Rule of the State Election Board for Absentee Voting, took more than one hour to be transferred to election officials. State Election Board Emergency Rule 183-1-14-0.8-.14 relative to securing absentee ballot drop boxes was adopted by the State Election Board at the July 1, 2020, meeting. In addition to other prescriptive requirements for securing the absentee ballot drop boxes, which were placed at 16 locations throughout Cobb County, the rule also addresses the collection and transport of the ballots from each drop box location to the custody of the registrar. “The ballots from the drop box shall be immediately transported to the county registrar and processed and stored in the same manner as absentee ballots returned by mail are processed and stored,” the rule mandates. As previously reported, the total time between the collection of absentee ballots...
    The Pennyslvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Philadelphia Board of Elections acted within its authority in regulating the positioning of election observers, striking another blow to the Trump campaign's post-election legal challenges. The campaign had complained that the city's original distancing prevented them from meaningfully monitoring the counting process. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's majority opinion, written by Justice Debra Todd, however, ruled that the election code grants counties discretion on the issue. PA COURT REJECTS TRUMP CAMP'S EFFORTS TO BLOCK 9,000 ABSENTEE BALLOTS AFTER ELECTION DAY "[W]e conclude the Board did not act contrary to law in fashioning its regulations governing the positioning of candidate representatives during the pre-canvassing and canvassing process, as the Election Code does not specify minimum distance parameters for the location of such representatives," the 5-2 decision read. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Critically, we find the Board’s regulations as applied herein were reasonable in that they allowed candidate representatives to observe the Board conducting its activities as prescribed under the Election Code." The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Fox...
    There’s a big difference between a) waving around a stack of affidavits in a safe space and b) bringing your claims before a judge. We saw that difference on Tuesday in the Trump campaign’s case in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. President Donald Trump has repeatedly and falsely said from the get-go that he “won Pennsylvania by a lot.” Now that the election has been called for Joe Biden, lawyers for the president’s campaign and the Republican National Committee—some of them supposedly troubled—are in the uphill position of having to explain why they are in court. It was apparent to legal commentators that one of the lawyers arguing the Montgomery County case before Common Pleas Judge Richard P. Haaz was not going to risk losing his law license by lying in court. Some also noted that sanctions may be issued where frivolous lawsuits have been filed. No one has the “right” to behave like a petulant child and be a sore loser. And no one has the “right” to file frivolous lawsuits. Lawyers are sanctioned for wasting the courts’ time when they do so....
    REAL MADRID are reportedly prepared to break their own unwritten rule to tie down Sergio Ramos with a new deal. The 34-year-old will be able to able to leave the club for free next summer when his contract expires. 1Sergio Ramos has played for Real Madrid since 2005Credit: Getty Images - Getty For players over the age of 30, Madrid will only offer them a one year contract extension. But AS claim that Zinedine Zidane's side are prepared to bend the rules for club legend Ramos. Madrid will reportedly offer the Spaniard a TWO year deal to keep him at the club until 2023. Ramos, who is free to speak to other clubs in January, has made it clear that a longer deal is what he wants. Los Blancos boss Zidane has insisted the club want Ramos to play for them 'forever'. He said: "As always, he is our captain, our leader. "We want him here forever, it is what he is doing, showing that he always wants to. "I have no doubt that he will stay and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department declared another citywide tactical alert Wednesday following their Tuesday afternoon alert. The alert, effective as of 3:30 p.m., was made as a precaution to address “any incidents that may arise as a result of election day activities,” according to the department. Effective 3:30pm, the LAPD has declared a citywide tactical alert to ensure sufficient resources to address any incidents that may arise as a result of Election Day activities, but is not a result of any specific incident. — LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 4, 2020   Authorities said the announcement was not in response to “any specific incident”. On Tuesday, police announced the city municipal code was amended to include laser pointers or laser-style devices on the list of prohibited items while attending or participating in any public demonstration, rally, protest, picket line or public assembly. Any violation of the code is a misdemeanor.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A map created by ABC7 News' data team shows which zip codes are doling out the donations in the 2020 presidential campaign in California.The circles on the map below represent each zip code and are colored by the candidate receiving more contributions in the area. The bigger the circle, the greater advantage the candidate has in that area.Zoom into the map below to see where the money is coming from around California and how much was donated in your zip code. Having trouble viewing the map above? Click here to open it in a new window.When you zoom into the Bay Area, it's no surprise you'll see a lot of big blue bubbles. That being said, there are small pockets of red where President Donald Trump received more campaign contributions than former Vice President Joe Biden.For example, in Concord's 94520 zip code, Trump received twice as many contributions compared to Biden. Further east in Contra Costa County near Oakley, Trump had three times more donations than Biden. However, the overall number was still pretty small.The zip...
    Lack of transportation is an oft-cited reason for people not turning out to vote on Election Day, and that was before the coronavirus pandemic added a major hitch to the mass transit option for many. To help address it, several ride-hailing companies are providing discounted rates and other voter-friendly features on Nov. 3. Uber is listing polling station locations in its app and offering 50% off rides to and from them, up to a $7 discount each way. Separately, it has teamed up with the Pizza to the Polls organization through Uber Eats to help coordinate free food requests for voters waiting in line. Lyft users can also get a 50% discount on one ride to a polling station or ballot dropbox with a $10 limit using the code 2020VOTE. Lift is also working with several nonprofits, including More Than a Vote and Student Veterans of America, to distribute free rides in certain areas. Bikes and scooters on the Uber and Lyft networks are included in their offers. Via has partnered with Jersey City, N.J., West Sacramento, Calif., Arlington, Va., and Salt...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic said Monday the country “is very definitely on its way to holding successful elections” in late December but the political situation is still tense. Mankeur Ndiaye told the U.N. Security Council that some regions remain “fragile,” and several candidates have raised doubts about last year’s peace agreement between the government and 14 armed groups. Ndiaye said the Dec. 27 presidential and legislative elections are taking place at “a crucial moment,” saying Central Africans have “a unique opportunity to leverage what has been achieved democratically and pursue stabilization of the country." The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly inter-religious and inter-communal fighting since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the capital, Bangui. Mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias fought back, resulting in the killing of thousands and the displacement of thousands. The country saw a period of relative peace in late 2015 and 2016, but violence intensified and spread afterward, and since the signing of the peace agreement in February 2019 intermittent...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic said Monday the country “is very definitely on its way to holding successful elections” in late December but the political situation is still tense. Mankeur Ndiaye told the U.N. Security Council that some regions remain “fragile,” and several candidates have raised doubts about last year’s peace agreement between the government and 14 armed groups. Ndiaye said the Dec. 27 presidential and legislative elections are taking place at “a crucial moment,” saying Central Africans have “a unique opportunity to leverage what has been achieved democratically and pursue stabilization of the country.” The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly inter-religious and inter-communal fighting since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the capital, Bangui. Mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias fought back, resulting in the killing of thousands and the displacement of thousands. The country saw a period of relative peace in late 2015 and 2016, but violence intensified and spread afterward, and since the signing of the peace agreement in February 2019 intermittent serious incidents of violence and human...
              Davidson County Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts on Thursday cited the portion of the Tennessee Code that the Davidson County Election Commission says permits them to move the prospective election date for voters to say yes or no to the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act from December 5, as prescribed in the petition, to December 15, as the commission voted to do in its September 25 meeting. Roberts responded to The Tennessee Star Thursday morning. “The specific section of the code is 2-3-204,” Roberts said. “The version used in your article was amended in 2016,” he added. Roberts provided this current version of section 2-3-204 of The Tennessee Code Annotated to The Star in his email: 2-3-204. Elections on questions. (a) Elections on questions submitted to the people shall be held on dates set by the county election commission but not less than seventy-five (75) days nor more than ninety (90) days after the county election commission is directed to hold the election under the law authorizing or requiring the election on the question. If the...
              Metro Nashville officials on Wednesday still refused to cite which portion of the Tennessee Code permits them to move the prospective election date for voters to say yes or no to the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. They had ample opportunity to respond to The Tennessee Star’s requests for comment Wednesday. Wednesday morning, The Star emailed four of the five members of the Davidson County Election Commission — except for Emily Reynolds, whose contact information was apparently unavailable. The Star also, Wednesday, emailed Metro Nashville Legal Director Bob Cooper, staff for Nashville Mayor John Cooper, and Metro Nashville Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts. Roberts did not return repeated requests for comment on the matter Tuesday either. Specifically, The Star stated the following: “This morning we published an article that reported the Davidson County Election Commission has not yet specified the section of the Tennessee Code Annotated by which it has the authority to change the conditional date of the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act election referendum,” The Star said. “The submitted date was December 5, but moved...
    The Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that more than 2 million Harris County voters, which includes Houston voters, cannot receive a mail-in ballot application if they didn’t request one, overturning a lower courts decision. Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins was sued by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton in August after Hollins announced he would send out applications for mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the county. Texas laws say Texans can only vote by mail if they are 65 or older, absent on Election Day or have a disability that prevents them from physically voting in person, with the state Supreme Court ruling in May that fear of contracting the coronavirus was not a valid “disability’ excuse. The State argued the Election Code does not allow voting clerks to send applications for mail in ballots to voters who do not request one and that doing so would confuse voters who are not eligible under the state’s criteria. CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 20: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sits down to talk with Andrew Wilkow on his show “The Wilkow Majority”...
              The Davidson County Election Commission has not yet specified the section of the Tennessee Code Annotated (the most recent compilation of all of the current statutes of the state) by which it has the authority to change the “conditional date” of the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act election referendum from December 5–the date specified for the election in the petition signed by 27,000 residents of Davidson County, verified by the commission, and certified by the Metro Clerk’s Office–to December 15. The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34 to 37 percent tax increase. At the September 25 meeting at which the commission voted to seek a declaratory judgment from the Davidson County Chancery Court that the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act was not legally sufficient and unconstitutional, chose not to set a referendum election date of December 5, 2020, as is their ministerial duty under both Tennessee law, the Metro Charter, and Tennessee Supreme Court precedent, but instead chose to set a “conditional” election date of December...
    Three and a half years ago, as the country came to understand the outsize role of social media manipulation in electing Donald Trump, you might have imagined that by the next time around the major platforms would have profoundly changed the way politics is conducted online and come to grips with essential design flaws. Instead, 50 days before Election Day, they have devised what amounts to a series of patches and fixes to a buggy operating system, not vital safeguards to our democracy. At Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced no fewer than 10 different election-related fixes, including a ban on campaigns’ introducing new ads the week before Election Day and adding election officials to a category of “high-risk people” needing protection from online intimidation. Google, for its part, said on Thursday that it would turn off the Autocomplete feature when its search engine looked up election issues because its suggestions often repeat false information or political bias. That same day, Twitter announced that it would label, play down or remove election-related material that fit its categories of distortion and disinformation....
    A type of cyber crime known as “ransomware” could disrupt or even sabotage the 2020 presidential election, some tech experts fear. As The Associated Press reported, a ransomware attack occurs when a computer user unwittingly installs malicious code on their computer — such as through downloading a file or even clicking a link. That code then hijacks the user’s data, and the criminal who installed the code will only allow the user to access their data once a fee — a “ransom” — is paid. In some cases, those ransoms have turned out to be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, usually paid via an untraceable crypto currency such as Bitcoin. For example, as BBC News reported, in 2019 the town of Lake City, Florida paid $500,000 in Bitcoin after a ransomware attack held the city’s data hostage for two weeks. Now, some experts fear that the same process could affect voter data and, by extension, affect the November 3 presidential election, either directly or indirectly. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold noted that the United States’ electronic...
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