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  • 6th District Congress: 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding in deadlocked race (WI)

    08/16/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    FOND DU LAC – 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding according to election officials in the 6th Congressional District. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained outstanding absentee ballot data from clerks via their website or on the telephone on Thursday. The Sheboygan Press initially reported on Wednesday that there 1,500 absentee ballots outstanding. The following is an actual count of the outstanding absentee ballots: County Number of Outstanding Absentee Ballots Columbia 68 Dodge 76 Fond du Lac 113 Green Lake 17 Manitowoc 82 Marquette 8 Milwaukee 15 Ozaukee 397 Sheboygan 205 Waushara 10 Winnebago 268 Sources: County Clerks in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du...
  • SATIRE: Military Absentee Ballots Delivered One Day Late, Would Have Swung Election For Romney

    11/08/2012 7:52:22 PM PST · by FreePlay · 12 replies
    The Duffle Blog ^ | Nov. 7, 2012 | Drew
    WASHINGTON, DC – Sources confirmed today that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered hours after the deadline for them to be counted, with preliminary counts showing that they would have overturned the vote in several states and brought a victory for Governor Mitt Romney.
  • Question: Can Anyone Answer?

    11/05/2012 6:15:41 AM PST · by Shery · 14 replies
    Vanity | 11/05/2012 | Vanity
    Can anyone answer this: Are absentee ballots counted as they come in or are the only recorded and then counted altogether on election day? Just wondering if they showed democrat-requested absentee ballots voting for Romney.
  • Massive Decrease in Early and Absentee Voting—in Chicago

    11/04/2012 8:43:54 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election. According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.
  • Local Volunteers Focus Their Efforts on the Minority Vote

    11/04/2012 4:25:21 PM PST · by PLK · 4 replies
    kcrg.com ^ | November 4, 2012 | Nadia Crow
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The last weekend before the election means campaign volunteers will knock on doors and make their final phone calls. A group of volunteers focus their efforts on the minoriy vote: African Americans, Latinos, and Asians. "Lots of people have been knocking on our doors,” said Word of Faith Pentecostal Church Senior Pastor Wendell Beets. Volunteers from campaigns frequently stop by Word of Faith Pentecostal Church on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. It’s a predominantly black church where sounds of worship bellow through the building Sunday morning. "We don't tell people who to vote for, but...
  • VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: New numbers even more troubling for Obama

    11/01/2012 6:55:46 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 64 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/01/12 | Dave Wasserman
    I've been following Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report on Twitter. He has been updating the tallies of the early vote in Virginia, and what he is finding is more and more bad news for Obama:VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Today's new 10/31 numbers even more troubling for Obama. His best counties way off '08 paceVIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Turnout down 13.6% in Obama '08 localities, vs. just 1.1% in McCain '08 (statewide down 9.2%)VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE 10/31: 185,489 ballots cast in Obama localities (214,783 by this pt. in '08), 115,908 in McCain (117,224 in '08)VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Even more worrisome for O...in...
  • Medina County, Ohio absentee ballot numbers, 2008 vs 2012

    10/30/2012 3:06:19 PM PDT · by Typelouder · 24 replies
    Typelouder | 10/30/12 | Typelouder
    I stopped at the Medina County Board of Elections yesterday on my way home from work and received printed copies of the totals for 2008 absentee ballots requested and cast as well as the 2012 numbers as of 10/29/12 at 3:45 pm est. What I found out mirrors the data being worked by Perdogg, Ravi, and LS. In 2008 the Democrats pulled 10,089 ballots out of 27,167 total for 37.1% and returned 9,933 out of 26,351 total for 37.7%. The Republicans in the county pulled 6,589 (24.2%) and returned 6,468 (24.5%). The remaining ballots were pulled by individuals who do...
  • VA absentee by mail ballot deadline TODAY, Oct. 30 at 5 pm

    10/30/2012 12:36:28 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    See http://www.gopabsentee.com This form must be printed and faxed/carried in to your city/county registrar's office by 5 pm today to request a ballot be mailed to you.
  • CHECK THAT BALLOT!

    10/25/2012 11:57:00 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    self | Oct.25, 2012 | swampsniper
    I received my absentee ballot October 6th, mailed it back on the 9th. I've been checking on the local election supervisors site and it still hadn't been logged as of October 22. I requested another ballot now in the mail. If I hadn't checked I would never have known my vote was lost. St. Johns County Florida allows you to track your ballot online, don't know about other places, but if you voted absentee better check it out.
  • Official: Absentee ballots unaccounted for in Auburn Hills

    10/22/2012 2:29:48 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 10-22-2012
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - A city officials says more than 800 of the 1455 absentee ballots mailed out earlier this month were unaccounted for nearly two weeks before Election Day. Auburn Hills City Clerk Terri Kowal says the issue came to light after less than half of the mailed ballots, which were sent out on Oct. 3, were returned as of Monday. "We do know that at least 650 did receive them because they have been returned," said Kowal. "Most voters immediately return their ballots so we have reason to be concerned about the 800 not returned, especially considering...
  • Hey Overseas Service Members/Expats, Still Waiting On Your Absentee Ballot-?

    10/20/2012 3:38:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 20, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    You're not the only one: perhaps some funny business going on with absentee ballots this cycle, even intentional foot-dragging... I know personally of instances where the regular ballot request was sent in 8 months ago... and still nothing, here on the dawn of the most important election in US history. But you certainly don't have to stand there and have your right to vote taken by those complicit with this vile regime... DO NOT let Obama steal this thing! Here's what patriots can do to vote NOW (for those of you who haven't received an overseas absentee ballot yet): go to the...
  • Romney campaign sues over absentee ballots in Wisconsin

    10/17/2012 8:10:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/15/2012 | Mark Guarino
    The Mitt Romney campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking a five-day extension for absentee voters overseas and in the military. The campaign for the Republican presidential candidate is concerned about 44 ballots that the state’s Government Accountability Board says were sent out by local election officials after the Sept. 22 deadline. Under federal election law, all ballots are to be returned by Nov. 9 (three days after the general election); the Romney campaign wants that deadline pushed back to Nov. 14 for overseas absentee ballots. Ahead of Friday's action in Wisconsin, the Romney campaign had filed similar...
  • Report: Military voters in four states not receiving absentee ballots

    10/17/2012 8:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 10/16/2012 | BY: JOE NEWBY
    Jurisdictions in at least four states - Vermont, Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin - failed to send absentee ballots to members of the military by the required September 22 deadline, Breitbart.com reported Monday. Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Departments of Justice and Defense demanding assurances that the rights of military personnel and overseas citizens who vote absentee will be protected in the November elections after learning the states failed to mail the ballots by the deadline, the Army Times said. “We are concerned that, absent prompt and effective remedial action, some men and women in uniform will be deprived...
  • THIS the THANKS THEY GET? Military Absentee Vote Systematically Suppressed in Key Battlgrnd States

    10/03/2012 10:06:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 3, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    A curious 70% plunge in Armed Services absentee ballot requests this election cycle has got some people scratching their heads re. precisely what Leon Panetta's Pentagon is up-to, besides violating federal voting law...  perhaps we'll get a prompt, thorough, and just investigation from former armed afro-insurrectionist Eric Holder (lmao x 1000). But the motive seems obvious enough: despite Obammunist tool Wesley Clark's best cheerleading efforts, support for Obama within the nation's armed forces -always fragile- is unlikely to have been buoyed by plans to take an axe to the Pentagon budget, glaring incompetence in the Middle East, nor soldiers being asked to 'die for a tie'...
  • Wood County (OH): the ultimate swing county (info on absentees)

    10/02/2012 9:08:41 PM PDT · by Ravi · 10 replies
    spreadsheet/MW ^ | 10/2/12 | me/schroeder
    above
  • Military Absentee Voting...Ballots Not Being Requested?

    10/01/2012 5:15:27 AM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 22 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project ^ | 9-30-12 | Kenric Ward
    FREDERICKSBURG — A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law. With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down. And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation. Compiling data from Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and...
  • Voter watchdog says it's uncovered absentee ballot fraud in Florida, New York

    09/25/2012 2:06:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2012 | Cristina Corbin
    A national voter fraud watchdog group announced Tuesday that it has uncovered at least 31 cases of absentee ballot fraud in New York and Florida -- a finding the group claims is "just the tip of the iceberg." True the Vote, a group that focuses on voter fraud, said it turned over 31 cases to state and federal election authorities in which individuals cast their votes in two states in the same federal election -- which is a felony. Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the group, told FoxNews.com that the organization accessed Florida's complete voter registration roll and cross-referenced it...
  • Absentee vote fraud destroying Miami-Dade elections

    09/02/2012 9:40:30 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 32 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sunday, 08.26.12 | PAUL CRESPO
    Absentee vote fraud is undermining our elections While campaigning at a senior citizen residence facility in Sweetwater during my recent race for state representative, several elderly voters mentioned that a person closely related to an important city official “handled” their absentee voting in that center. Some even said this person “voted for them.” One angry voter pulled me aside discreetly to warn me that this politically connected person actually got the mailbox keys from the residents to access their ballots, and begged me to do something about it. Unfortunately, the person they identified was also openly working on behalf of...
  • Racine revelations just latest of Wisconsin’s election problems

    07/11/2012 7:49:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-10-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON – If something’s not rotten in the City of Racine, well, Republicans say something sure stinks. The smell could be something fishy, or merely sour grapes. Either way, it’s the second time in two years in Wisconsin that election results have sparked significant questions over management of its elections and whether Wisconsinites can trust election results. And the Racine allegations are simply the latest indication that Wisconsin election officials are struggling to fulfill their duties. “I think this whole (state election) system needs to be redone, remapped, because it’s not good for a huge portion of the population to...
  • WI: Election clerks once again miss federal absentee ballot deadline

    07/06/2012 6:46:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-6-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON – More than three dozen local election clerks appear to have missed a federally mandated deadline for sending out absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, according to the Government Accountability Board. Election officials had until this past Saturday to send out ballots requested by military and overseas voters who want to vote in the Aug. 14 primary in which Republicans will choose a U.S. Senate candidate to face the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. The number of clerks who missed the deadline may change, as some 265...
  • Absentee voting for recall already far exceeds that of primary (WI)

    05/24/2012 4:28:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-24-2 | Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
    Madison - Absentee voting in the June 5 recall election already far exceeds that of the primary earlier this month. As of Wednesday, at least 90,000 Wisconsin voters had cast an absentee ballot, up from 68,000 in the May 8 recall primary, according to the Government Accountability Board. The state elections agency gathers those numbers in its voter registration system from just over a third of the municipalities in the state, including all the state's large cities. The figures came out as a new poll showed Gov. Scott Walker with a 5 percentage point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett,...
  • Absentee ballots will go out 3 days late because of calendar quirk (WI)

    05/17/2012 7:57:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-16-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison -- Voters won't be able to get absentee ballots until Friday that normally would be available Tuesday, the head of the state election agency said. The issue arose because of a conflict between state election law and the state Constitution, which lays out a tight time frame between a primary and recall election, said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board. Under state law, absentee ballots should be available Tuesday because the recall election is three weeks away, on June 5. But those ballots can't be sent until Friday, when the accountability board certifies the results of...
  • Milwaukee offices to stay open for absentee voting over holiday weekend

    05/16/2012 8:29:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-16-12 | Larry Sandler
    | Milwaukee residents will have the chance to cast absentee ballots in person during evening hours and on Memorial Day weekend, the city Election Commission announced Wednesday. In advance of the June 5 gubernatorial recall election, the city will start absentee voting Monday at the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through May 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 26, noon to 4 p.m. May 27, 9 a.m. to noon Memorial Day, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 29-31 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 1. Sue Edman, the...
  • PA's Absentee Ballots Harbor Security Flaw

    04/20/2012 4:29:56 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 10 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | April 20, 2012 | Beth Brelje
    Safeguards against tampering with election results are in place throughout the election process, but for Pennsylvania's absentee voters, a potential security breach exists. Printed on the envelope used to return completed absentee ballots is an "R" or "D," noting the voter's Republican or Democratic party affiliation. A person intent on influencing election results could weed out unopened ballots of one party. All they would need is access to the mails. That could happen in a college mail room or another origination point, at the post office, during delivery or when county mail is being sorted. The envelope marking is plain...
  • Early, absentee voting rises in Florida's GOP primary, making Tuesday less important?

    01/30/2012 5:56:09 PM PST · by varina davis · 35 replies
    Bay News 9 television ^ | 1/30/2012 | Bay News 9 television
    More than 600,000 Republicans have already turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Florida primary. By Troy Kinsey , Capitol Reporter Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 More than 600,000 Republicans have already turned in their ballots for Tuesday’s Florida primary. That's around 100,000 more early and absentee votes compared to four years ago, meaning the vote Tuesday may not matter nearly as much. Absentee voting began nearly a month ago. Early voting kicked off more than a week ago. The Republican Party of Florida's Brian Hughes says between 30 and 40 percent of the primary vote is already in. "The...
  • Primary absentee voting opens Tuesday (Terry, Richardson, Wolfe, Hussein on RAT ticket)

    12/27/2011 4:55:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Sedalia Democrat ^ | 12/26/11 | Dennis Rich
    Primary absentee voting opens TuesdayBy Dennis Rich Sedalia Democrat December 26, 2011 12:35 AM Absentee voting for the Feb. 7 presidential preference primary opens Tuesday, though the Republican winner will take away little more than bragging rights — and no delegates — in balloting expected to cost the state at least $4 million. Though the state will ultimately refund the costs of the February election, Pettis County coffers will still be tapped for just under $60,000 to hold the election, according to County Clerk Nick La Strada. La Strada said voter turnout in 2008 was at 28 percent, but with...
  • Record number of early ballots cast

    11/02/2010 6:48:45 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 8:43 AM | Krissah Thompson
    A record number of voters have cast early ballots for a midterm election. The total number of early votes has topped 16 million, according to one preliminary analysis, and is on track to be slightly shy of the historic number of early ballots cast in the 2008 presidential election. "It's going to easily beat any midterm we've had," said Michael McDonald, a George Mason University government professor who has tracked early voting for several election cycles and estimates that 29 percent of midterm votes have been cast in the days and weeks before Election Day. All 50 states have sent...
  • US Customs stopping ballots from Israel

    11/01/2010 7:27:07 AM PDT · by stealthman5758 · 36 replies
    Nov. 1, 2010 | stealthman5758
    I am an American citizen living in Israel. I sent my and my wife's absentee ballots in to the St. Louis County Board of Elections this past Tuesday. I sent them using international express mail because I needed the ballots to be at the Board of Elections by this coming Tuesday. On the 25 or so previous occasions that I have used express mail to mail to the US, the mail would never take more than four business days to arrive at the destination. I could track it on the internet. It would leave Israel within 24 hours of sending...
  • Fox: Troy, NY, Officials caught falsifying absentee ballots; other towns also mentioned

    10/21/2010 7:41:22 AM PDT · by pabianice · 79 replies
    Fox News Channel | 10/21/10
    Breaking: Troy, NY Dems caught falsifying absentee ballots. From what I heard, DNA (saliva?) was used to prove that absentee ballots sent-in by supposed voters was compared to the actual people and the DNA did not match. Several Dem politicians caught in deer-in-the-headlights moments expressing their surprise on being called on this fraud. Fox also reporting that this has been going on in other NY towns.
  • Little Pavel Approaches the Bench

    10/17/2010 9:26:52 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 17, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Join us today as our young volunteer learns that some prosecutors have finally noticed the problem of vote fraud in America... Pavel walked into 51st Ward HQ just as the Boss walked out… and Pavel did a double-take. The Boss, 51st Ward Committeeman Bill Marcy, was dressed in a tweed suit as always, no surprise there… but the two men who left with him were decidedly unfamiliar, charging through the doorway like neither Pavel nor anything else should be in their way. Wearing crisply pressed charcoal pinstripe suits, just shooting their cuffs enough for the cufflinks to catch your eye,...
  • Convenience of Absentee Ballots??? (Sure or Not So Sure?)

    10/17/2010 1:23:59 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 13 replies
    10-17-10 | Self
    Absentee ballots seem to be pushed hard by the media and local governments. I'm suspicious and don't trust them. Who are our legal eagles here or governmental types who know how these are handled? What stops someone from tossing them? Counting only ones they like after opening them? Also, we see ALL THE TIME how these are counted last...by whom? And, where are they kept all that time and WHO OVERSEES THEM? I also want to toss in the fact that we've seen NOTHING on talk radio about military ballots not being available - MEANING THEIR VOTE WON'T BE COUNTED....
  • Absentee voting begins Tuesday (in Ohio - how many FReepers vote this way?)

    09/27/2010 8:27:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Sandusky Register ^ | 9/27/10 | Tom Jackson
    Absentee voting begins TuesdayTom Jackson Sep 27, 2010 06:07 AM On Tuesday workers at elections boards across the state will begin allowing in-person absentee voting and begin mailing out absentee ballots to voters who prefer voting by mail. About one-third of Erie County's voters used absentee ballots in 2008, said Jennifer Ferback, deputy director of the Erie County Election Board. Ferback said voters who want to cast their ballots early and in person can visit the election board office on the first floor of the County Services Center, 2900 Columbus Ave., during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m....
  • Online Program Helps Military Families Vote Absentee

    06/28/2010 7:41:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2010 – The Defense Department today launched an Internet-based program to help servicemembers and other Americans living overseas vote more easily in November’s elections. The new, online voting assistant at www.fvap.gov will make the registration and absentee ballot application process “quick, easy, seamless and intuitive,” Bob Carey, federal voting assistance program director, said today during an interview with The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. Americans living abroad previously had to research a 290-page manual to figure out their state requirements for absentee voting, including where and how to send in their applications, Carey said. “One...
  • Phoebe Prince bullies live in fear amid death threats

    04/07/2010 5:31:20 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 93 replies · 2,174+ views
    Irish Central ^ | Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 9:15 PM | By ANTOINETTE KELLY,
    Three of the nine teenagers accused of driving 15-year-old Irish immigrant Phoebe Prince to commit suicide have been ordered to stay away from her family. Sean Mulveyhill, 17, Austin Renaud, 18, and Kayla Narey, 17, were all freed today on personal recognizances as long as they left Phoebe's heartborken family alone. Judge Judd Carheart made the ruling in a brief arraignment which the three teenagers did not attend.
  • Pentagon seeks to ensure voting access for service members in midterm vote

    01/09/2010 12:04:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 425+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The Pentagon is moving aggressively to ensure that military members deployed overseas can cast votes in the 2010 midterm elections. The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance program this week started its training program for voting assistance officers at military bases worldwide. Based on a Pentagon directive, a voting assistance officer needs to be at every unit level. Military and overseas voters now have to submit a federal post card application every year instead of every two or four years. Every voting assistance officer has to hand deliver or email a federal post card application to every military member by January...
  • Laws Change for Military, Overseas Voters

    01/08/2010 3:34:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 380+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2010 – Servicemembers and overseas voters shouldn’t assume they automatically will receive ballots for the 2010 elections just because they have in the past. Previously, voters would receive absentee ballots for up to two cycles following their request, Bob Carey, Federal Voting Assistance Program director, said yesterday during the 2010 election year kick-off. He said new laws require voters to submit federal postcard applications for absentee ballots on a yearly basis. In the coming months, Carey and his team will travel worldwide to train voting assistance officers at embassies, consulates and overseas military facilities to ensure voters...
  • A Look at the NY-20 Absentee Ballots

    04/02/2009 3:09:44 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies · 1,333+ views
    Political Wire ^ | 04/02/2009 | Michael Barone
    Michael Barone analyzes what we know about the nearly 6,000 absentee ballots that were returned but not yet counted in the NY-20 special election. "Of those 5,995 votes, 48 percent were cast by registered Republicans, 36 percent were cast by registered Democrats and 16 percent by others. That's a 12 percent Republican advantage, a little less than the 15 percent advantage Republicans have in total party identification. It suggests to me a pretty good Democratic absentee voter drive, since registered Democrats in an Upstate New York district are likelier to be behavioral Democrats than registered Republicans are to be behavioral...
  • Rejected Absentee Ballots Reconsidered

    12/08/2008 9:30:28 AM PST · by tomymind · 34 replies · 1,984+ views
    (ABC 6 NEWS) -- We're nearing the end of the historic Senate recount between Senator Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken. Election officials are now turning their focus to the absentee ballots. Starting this morning, volunteers will begin to count how many absentee ballots were wrongly rejected due to an administrative error. Then it will be up the state canvassing board to decide whether or not to include those ballots into the recount. The board is scheduled to meet on Friday. For the moment, Coleman leads Franken by 687 votes.
  • Some Military Votes May Not Be Counted

    11/11/2008 1:15:58 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies · 400+ views
    NPR ^ | Nov. 2 , 2008 | Libby Lewis
    Voting experts are expecting a huge wave of military absentee ballots this year. The 184,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have a lot at stake in the vote to choose their next commander-in-chief. The mechanics of military voting are better than they used to be. But "better" doesn't always cut it for troops in war zones. Teresa Purcell got a call from her husband nine days before Election Day. "You're not going to believe this," he said, "we're not going to be allowed to vote for president of the United States because we're not getting the ballots." Robert Purcell was...
  • Michigan Dems are Trying to Disenfranchise My Military Spouse (vanity)

    11/03/2008 6:44:50 PM PST · by brwnsuga · 11 replies · 524+ views
    11/3/08 | Brwnsuga
    My husband and I have been trying to get my husband's missing absentee ballot for weeks now. His home town is in the tank for Obama (city in Michigan) my husband usually votes Republican and his hometown is so small they know the absentee voters by name. Can you believe they finally sent my husbands ballot 10/31 and we received it today 11/3/08. I called the Clerk's office and she said it had to be there by 8pm 11/4. I gladly paid $16.50 to send my husband's ballot by 12pm tomorrow someone will have to sign for his mail and...
  • Geraghty: "If These Numbers Are Right, You Can Almost Call Nevada For McCain Now"

    10/30/2008 2:50:59 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 13 replies · 880+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 30, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    First, the early numbers from Florida look good. Now Nevada. From The Campaign Spot. The guy doing the exit poll of those who have already voted, with 7,147 responses, puts Obama ahead, 50 percent to 48 percent. If Republicans were a lot more of the early voters, McCain would be nervous. If Democrats were a lot more of the early voters, Obama should be nervous. And if they were split even, a 50-48 Obama lead is in the neighborhood of what we would expect. In Clark County, "through Sunday, 55 percent of early voters were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans." "In...
  • Are We Looking at a McCain Blowout in Florida?

    10/30/2008 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 37 replies · 2,183+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 30, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    This will cheer you. Democrats are beaming that their party is outperforming the Republicans in early voting, releasing numbers Wednesday that show registrants of their party ahead 54 percent to 30 percent among the 1.4 million voters who have gone to the polls early. . . . But party breakdowns for turnout aren't the same as final tallies, and at least one poll offered a different view for the campaign of Republican John McCain. A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted. And Republicans continued to show a...
  • Early vote tally through Wednesday (Florida update)

    10/30/2008 9:51:13 AM PDT · by Rumierules · 20 replies · 1,997+ views
    The Buzz: Florida Politics ^ | 10/30/08 | St. Petersburg Times Staff
    The Democrats' latest tally for ballots cast through Wednesday shows that Democrats have cast 205,205 more absentee or early votes than Republicans have. What's even more eye-popping is that so far, nearly 3-million people have voted (2,982,896). Of the 1,302,982 absentee ballots cast, Democrats cast 35.64 percent, Republicans cast 49.41 percent, and others cast 14.95 percent. Of the 1,679,914 early votes, Democrats cast 53.22 percent; Republicans, 30.32 percent; and other, 16.46 percent.
  • Absentee voting, in person, in Virginia

    10/29/2008 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies · 565+ views
    In-person absentee voting continues until the close of business this Saturday, November 1, 2008. Although yesterday was the last day to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail, you still have time to make your voice heard early and avoid long lines on Election Day. You are eligible to vote absentee if any of the following situations apply to you: Does your work day, including your commute time, keep you away from home for 11 hours or more? Are you the primary caregiver for a family member confined at home? Are you disabled or suffering from an illness? Are...
  • Bad News for Barry: Youth Not Turning Out In Early Voting

    10/29/2008 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 31 replies · 891+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 29, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    They never show up. Ever. Every year, Democrats say they will carry the election with record-breaking youth turnout. And every year they are disappointed. So unless Barry is giving away beer and ipods at the polls, he may be in for a rude awakening. From the Wall Street Journal. There still are warning signs, however, that new voters -- traditionally difficult to get to the polls on Election Day -- could be unreliable. Just 66% of those voters said they would definitely vote this year, compared with 90% of registered voters overall. Additionally, only six in 10 said they were...
  • Crist Extends Early Voting Hours in Florida, Dismays Republicans

    Crist extends voting hours This is a very big deal: Florida Governor Charlie Crist, to the shock and dismay of Florida Republicans, just moved to extend early voting hours, a move likely to widen the Democrats' lead under a program on which the Obama campaign has intensely focused. "He just blew Florida for John McCain," one plugged in Florida Republican just told me.
  • Almost 1.5 million Ohioans request absentee ballots (80% voter turnout?)

    10/27/2008 5:21:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 126 replies · 4,539+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | 10/27/08 | Reginald Fields
    Almost 1.5 million Ohioans request absentee ballotsPosted by Reginald Fields/Plain Dealer Columbus Bureau October 27, 2008 14:56PM COLUMBUS -- Amid predictions that next week's election could draw among the highest voter turnouts in Ohio history, an unprecedented number of Ohioans have elected to vote absentee. Nearly 1.5 million voters through Oct. 24 requested an absentee ballot either in person or by mail, according to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office. Voters can still request an absentee ballot from their county board of elections through Saturday and must postmark their ballots by Monday, Nov. 3 or the ballots can be dropped...
  • Campaign Staffers Withdraw Voting Registrations (Obamans-OH)

    10/25/2008 6:29:31 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 912+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 10-25-08 | Jonathan Adler
    From a Columbus Dispatch story on election developments in Ohio: Starting today, county elections boards can begin verifying voter eligibility for absentee ballots cast and discard envelopes to process ballots for scanning. Those envelopes are the only way to link a ballot with a particular voter. With that deadline looming, 13 Obama staff members sent letters yesterday to the Franklin County Board of Elections voluntarily withdrawing their voter registrations and any absentee ballots cast. County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien wrote to the campaigns this week reminding them that state law doesn't allow temporary residents to vote; voters must live at their...
  • Speaker Pelosi Failed to Protect our Overseas Military’s Right to Vote (Rep. Trent Franks)

    10/24/2008 2:48:08 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 18 replies · 1,132+ views
    I was troubled today by yet another story demonstrating the alarming lack of regard for the fact that our military men and women are being disenfranchised from our democratic voting process. In Fairfax County, VA, it has been reported that military ballots are being literally thrown in the garbage because of a “technicality” in the absentee ballot form. Furthermore, the Justice Department has now filed a lawsuit against the State of Vermont and Vermont Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz, for failure to comply with the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), legislation intended to ensure that uniformed military...
  • PA Voting Officials Expect Increase in Military, Overseas Ballots

    HARRISBURG, Pa.,, Oct 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Even though Election Day is less than two weeks away, Pennsylvania residents living overseas or serving in the military have been voting for several weeks as 11,071 absentee ballots have already been returned. In 2004's General Election, 30,042 Pennsylvania residents voted via military or overseas absentee ballot, but Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes said he hopes to exceed that number this year as a result of new initiatives that have expanded access and increased options for these voters. To date, counties have received more than 36,000 absentee ballot applications...