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  • Oklahoma State Senate Votes To Bind State's Electoral Votes To National Popular Vote

    02/15/2014 6:14:40 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 155 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/15/14 | LD Jackson
    Here in Oklahoma, we like to call ourselves the reddest of red states. But even here, the insanity is encroaching and hard to keep at bay. That is why it is ever so important to keep a watchful eye over those who represent us, both on the national and state level.The President and Vice President of the United States are elected by a process known as the Electoral College. I'm not going to bore you with a long and complicated explanation of why that is the case, so here is my simple and condensed version. The United States is made...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald via The Drudge Report / www.miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 | By Patricia Mazzei
    The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2½ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami...
  • Quitman 10 saga takes another twist as DA Joe Mulholland quietly punts case

    11/16/2012 3:33:17 PM PST · by Vob · 1 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 6, 2012 | :Patrick Davis
    During the spring of 2011, the Justice Department was reviewing the Brooks County case and hadn't forwarded a response in regard to whether the federal government wanted to go forward. If President Obama is re-elected and Eric Holder remains as the Attorney General, there is a stronger likelihood that a sturdier response along with more questions will be forwarded to J. David Miller, Jo Ann Collins (the former elections supervisor/Probatre judge) assistant DA Brad Shealy about their own involvement.
  • California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands

    11/13/2012 9:12:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | November 13, 2012
    California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands November 13, 2012 SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- There are plenty of vote-by-mail ballots in California that won't count in the final November tally, largely because of postmarks and signatures. There's a group out to change some of those ballot rules, hoping to boost voter turnout. Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots throughout California are sitting in county registrar offices right now and will never be counted. Some signatures on ballot envelopes don't match the one on the voter registration card. Other ballots are from previous elections. But the most common reason a ballot doesn't get counted: it...
  • Absentee ballots may have been destroyed in crash

    10/26/2012 5:46:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 26, 2012
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials say that absentee ballots being sent to U.S. military serving in Afghanistan may have been burned in a plane crash. A top official in the Federal Voting Assistance Program this week notified election officials across the nation that a transport plane crashed at Shindad Air Base on Oct. 19.
  • Absentee ballot postage confusing voters (Some Ohio Absentee votes may not get counted)

    10/17/2012 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 16 replies
    ABC Channel 9 WCPO.com ^ | Posted: 10/16/2012 | By: John Matarese
    Thousands of Ohio voters are voting by absentee ballot this year so they don't have to stand in line at the polls on Election Day. Ohio Boards of Elections expect at least 25 percent of all votes to come in this way. But the U.S. Postal Service says many absentee voters are not putting enough postage on the envelope, putting their vote at risk. Requires More Postage This Year Because of the size of the 2012 mailer,the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Ohio say you should put 65 cents worth of postage on most absentee ballots, about 20 cents...
  • OH Absentee Update: Stunning numbers

    10/11/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT · by LS · 53 replies
    Ok, I finally got around to comparing the total shortfall by both Ds and Rs from 2008 to 2012 in those counties reporting 2008 data. (Most which haven't are not big pop, key counties, so their inclusion probably wouldn't change the ratios much). First, total absentee requests in OH fell from 2008. Second, two counties, Montgomery (mine) and Cuyahoga, actually GAINED R absentees over 08. Third, the data is as of close of business yesterday. Total D dropoff from 2008: 224,550 Total R dropoff: 49,270 Total NET D dropoff: 175,280 Obama won OH by 250,000 votes.
  • More Republicans than Democrats Requesting Absentee Ballots in Four Swing States

    10/09/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/09/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    From a memo by RNC political director Rick Wiley: In at least four key swing states in 2008, Obama won handily among early voters, allowing him to win those state without winning the actual Election Day vote. He will not have the same early vote lead this year because our Absentee Balloting operation is producing promising results. In Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats. While we run programs in every battleground state, not all states track ballots by voter identification, so we can only measure our progress in certain ones.As of...
  • Ohio’s early absentee ballot requests and cleaned-up voter rolls point to Romney blowout

    10/05/2012 11:34:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/05/2012 | Ned Ryun
    The latest NBC/WSJ/Marist poll gives President Obama an eight-point lead in Ohio, and the RealClearPolitics average shows Obama ahead by 5.5 percent. Obama beat John McCain in Ohio by 4.8 percent, and if we are to believe these polls, President Obama is on track to beat Mitt Romney there by an even wider margin — despite the down economic indicators and a lack of excitement for the president. But that’s not going to happen. With a month to go in this election, the one real performance indicator we have for Ohio — early absentee ballot requests — shows Republicans have...
  • VA: Military absentee ballots going AWOL in 2012

    09/30/2012 7:46:37 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 36 replies
    Military Vote Project ^ | Sunday September 30, 2012
    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.
  • Tracking Ohio’s absentee ballot requests (A good measure of voter enthusiasm in key swing state)

    09/28/2012 7:08:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | 09/28/2012 | Moe Lane
    We[**] got a guy out there doing just that, and the link to his spreadsheet is here.Executive summary: the process is ongoing, and whatÂ’s being tracked are absentee/early ballot REQUESTS, not turned-in ballots. So itÂ’s not telling us whoÂ’s ahead in Ohio; itÂ’s merely telling us what we know of which partyÂ’s members are asking for ballots. In other words, itÂ’s a possible measure of voter enthusiasm in Ohio. SoÂ… 2012 2008 % of 2008 Total 601208 740725 81% Democrat 177155 288270 61% Republican 145560 144300 101% Cuyahoga 159572 231497 69% D Cuyahoga 86274 119891 72% R Cuyahoga 38134 35067...
  • 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...
  • Over 206,000 absentee ballots requested ahead of Wisconsin recall election

    06/04/2012 2:01:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | June 4, 2012 | By Alison Bauter
    Wisconsin election officials issued over 206,000 absentee ballots ahead of Tuesday's statewide recall election, the Government Accountability Board reported Monday. The absentee figure is often used to gauge the percentage of voters likely to come to the polls on election day. In a race where both sides insist turnout is key, the GAB predicts between 60 and 65 percent voter turnout, a record for a gubernatorial election. In the 2010 general election for governor, voters filed 230,744 absentee ballots total.
  • Rep. Ellison introduces voting bills in Congress

    11/05/2011 1:37:42 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 29 replies
    DAILY PLANET ^ | November 4, 2011 | BY MATT HERBERT, THE MINNESOTA DAILY
    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced a bill in Congress Wednesday that would prohibit all states from requiring photo identification at the polls. “The Voter Access Protection Act” comes at a time when states across the nation, including Minnesota, have moved to establish photo ID laws as a protection against voter fraud. Legislatures in 20 states introduced such a bill in 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “This legislation would prohibit one of the most pernicious forms of voter suppression, requiring a strict photo identification card at the polls,” said the bill’s co-author, Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., in...
  • Little Pavel Forges Ahead

    02/03/2011 9:38:24 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 3, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Today, our young volunteer learns about the rampant abuse of absentee ballots… Pavel was staring at the wall of pens at his local office supply store, wondering what on earth he had gotten himself into. Running errands for Pockets, the Deputy Committeeman of the 51st Ward organization, he had occasionally gotten coffee, picked up pizza, and delivered messages all around the neighborhood… on his bike in good weather, usually on foot in bad. But they had always been relatively normal requests. Now he looked at Pockets’ chicken scratchings on the note in his hand, and was genuinely perplexed. “Ballpoints: One...
  • UPDATE: Grand jury indicts Troy councilman, county elections commissioner

    01/28/2011 10:18:49 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 3 replies
    CBS6 Albany ^ | 1/28/11 | Randy Simons, Chris White
    TROY, NY -- A grand jury has spoken in the Troy voting scandal. This morning, 116 felony charges were handed down against City Councilman Michael Loporto and Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough. The special prosecutor on the case said 50 Troy citizens had their right to vote taken away during the September 2009 primary. Both Loporto and McDonough are accused of writing the voters' names on the ballots, and sending them in to win the Working Families Party line for the Democrats. The prosecution said both men chose to take advantage of those who did not speak English, and at least...
  • LI Dem 'de-elected' in ballot botch

    11/07/2010 5:24:14 AM PST · by GodBlessUSA · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | Last Updated: 6:39 AM, November 7, 2010 | By GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    A vote-counting error has thrown a contentious Long Island congressional race into chaos and may put an end to the four-term career of Rep. Tim Bishop. The Democrat's victory in Tuesday's midterm elections is now in dispute after Suffolk County Board of Elections officials announced their tally was off by nearly 4,000 votes. Board member Wayne Rogers says a routine check of voting-machine memory cards Friday showed that instead of Bishop leading by 3,461 votes, he was actually losing to Republican Randy Altschuler by a little less than 400. MISCOUNT: Rep. Tim Bishop (left) is trailing GOP opponent Randy Altschuler....
  • CALIFORNIA: Most votes already cast in state's long election

    11/02/2010 7:41:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/2/10 | John Wildermuth, Wyatt Buchanan,Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writers
    The election campaign that never seemed to end finally reaches the finish line today as an estimated 9.5 million voters will cast ballots across California.While polls elsewhere in the country suggest the possibility of a Republican sweep that could grab control of the House from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats and possibly capture the Senate, there's no guarantee that a GOP wave will make it past the Sierra Nevada.In the top-of-the-ticket races, Democrats Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown and Republicans Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman closed out their efforts Monday by once again barnstorming the state in a final...
  • Vote Fraud Woes Already Mar Mid-Term Elections

    11/01/2010 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 1, 2010 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK — November 2 is not here yet, but polling problems have begun. From possibly malfunctioning ballot gear to potential fraud, the 2010 mid-term vote is marred even before Election Day has dawned. •Like jurors who deliberate before a trial concludes, some Nevadans who have tried voting early for Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle instead have seen Democrat Harry Reid’s name appear on their electronic voting machines. Some voters have complained about this apparent glitch, but how many others unwittingly have miscast their ballots? Intriguingly, these machines are maintained in Las Vegas by members of the Service Employees International...
  • MVP Project Wins Court Battle in Maryland

    10/30/2010 7:12:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project ^ | October 29, 2010 | Press Release
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in Maryland today granted the Military Voter Protection Project’s request for a preliminary injunction to ensure that Maryland’s military members have sufficient time to vote in November. Under the terms of the order, the Maryland State Board of Elections will be required to count all military and overseas absentee ballots so long as the ballot has been cast on or before Election Day and is returned by 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2010. The MVP Project filed this case after the Maryland State Board of Elections sent military voters an absentee ballot that only...
  • Absentee and Early Voting Continue to Trend Republican

    10/26/2010 9:35:35 PM PDT · by freespirited · 19 replies
    RNC ^ | 10/26/10 | Gentry Collins
    Absentee and early voting returns across the country so far in 2010 indicate that the composition of the electorate will be dramatically different than it was in 2008.  The Republican National Committee, working with state Republican parties, has placed a strong emphasis this year on encouraging presidential-year-only Republicans to cast their votes by absentee ballot or early-in -person through both paid and volunteer voter contact. To date, the RNC has mailed 7.4 million absentee ballot application forms to voters in competitive congressional districts and placed 6 million paid phone calls to low- and mid-propensity recipients to encourage them to vote...
  • In Duval, GOP has big lead in vote by mail requests [Florida]

    10/20/2010 9:07:02 PM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 10/18/10 | Matt Dixon
    In the race for the coveted absentee vote, Republicans are out to a commanding lead in Duval County. According to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections, registered Republicans have requested 40,226 absentee ballots compared to 29,293 requested by Democrats. Coming in a distant third is the 7,852 requested by those with no party affiliation. The early vote is seen as becoming increasingly important. Of the 2.5 million people who voted during the primary races, 56 percent did so before election day.
  • Absentees show the enthusiasm gap is for real in Ohio

    10/20/2010 4:01:50 PM PDT · by freespirited · 10 replies · 1+ views
    In 2008, President Obama won Ohio 51%-47%. A key ingredient of the win was early and absentee voting. With that in mind, there has been a lot of chest thumping from Ted Strickland recently about absentee voting showing no enthusiasm gap in the Governor's race. If only that were true. A look at the three big counties should have Strickland worried. Using numbers from Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties from Monday, it's clear that things aren't shaping up the way Strickland would like them to. First, let's start with Cuyahoga. In 2010, there have been 85,492 absentee ballots returned to...
  • GOP Has Absentee Ballot Advantage in Pennsylvania

    10/20/2010 3:49:48 PM PDT · by freespirited · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/20/10 | Steve Peoples
    While Rep. Joe Sestak (D) appears to have seized the momentum in Pennsylvania’s Senate contest, Keystone State Republicans are far more active than Democrats in early voting activity, according to absentee balloting figures released by the state Wednesday at Roll Call’s request. Pennsylvania voters have requested nearly 127,000 absentee ballots so far. Of that total, Republican voters made up 50 percent and Democrats made up 42 percent, according to figures collected Tuesday afternoon. The state records show Republicans are returning their absentee ballots in greater numbers as well. The state has received about 40 percent of requested ballots, and Republican...
  • GOP cuts into traditional Dem edge in early voting [Iowa]

    10/16/2010 5:08:09 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/14/10 | Mike Glover
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa residents likely will set a state record for early voting in a midterm election, and while Democrats hold the lead in ballots requested before Election Day, Republicans are closing the gap. Secretary of State Michael Mauro said Thursday that voters had requested 249,513 absentee ballots, and he expects that number to reach 300,000. Mauro said he's confident the state will break its early voting record for a midterm election set in 2006, when 242,485 people voted early. Mauro said up to 30 percent of voting will be done early through absentee ballots or voting at...
  • Absentee ballots may strongly impact elections [California]

    10/16/2010 5:02:38 PM PDT · by freespirited · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/15/10 | Mark Matthews
    Election Day is still more than two weeks away, but Americans across the country are already voting. Absentee ballots are starting to come in, all of this voting by mail gives the Bay Area an interesting advantage. There are a million more registered voters in Los Angeles than the Bay Area. So you'd figure LA candidates have a big advantage, but that's not true this year. In Contra Costa County, they're already getting absentee ballots returned. Like the rest of the Bay Area, Contra Costa County has a high percentage of voters who vote by mail. ... LA relies instead...
  • Absentee and Early Voting: Reading the Tea-Leaves

    10/16/2010 1:35:44 PM PDT · by freespirited · 18 replies
    RNC ^ | 10/05/10 | Gentry Collins
    Yesterday we looked at the size and performance of our ground-game, the “boots-on-the-ground” volunteer voter contact effort that can move so many votes in close elections. That effort is more robust than any previous mid-term cycle, and bigger even than many presidential cycles’ volunteer efforts. The question now is whether all that volunteer voter contact is having a positive impact. One early indicator is partisan performance in absentee and early voting states. There is early or in-person absentee voting going on in a dozen states right now, with five more opening next week. More than 30 states have mailed out...
  • Bloomberg Slams Board of Elections for Failure to Mail Military Ballots [NYC is why they out there]

    10/11/2010 10:59:46 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct 11 2010 | By Jana Winter
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the state's Board of Elections on Monday for failing to mail out absentee ballots to military and overseas voters from New York City and four additional counties. "I don’t know whether or not the Board of Elections has failed to send out absentee ballots to the military or anybody else, but if they have failed it really is reprehensible," Bloomberg told Fox News. "We send our young men and women overseas to fight and to die for us and we don’t care enough to make sure they get the right to exercise their...
  • Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties

    09/30/2010 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Ravi · 19 replies
    Plain Dealer ^ | 9/30/10 | marshall
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats in Ohio's three largest counties have asked for absentee ballots this year -- an ominous sign for the party hoping to repel GOP forces on Election Day. Roughly three out of 10 registered Ohio voters live in Franklin, Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties.
  • New York State Opens a Door to Vote Fraud

    05/10/2010 11:33:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,059+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 11, 2010 | David Pietrusza
    Card check -- the scheme that violates the traditional American freedom of the secret ballot in labor union organizing elections -- has just captured a beachhead in New York State general election law, arguably opening the floodgates to massive ACORN-style voter fraud and intimidation. The event at hand involves absentee ballot "reforms" hurriedly signed into law by New York's hapless accidental governor David A. Paterson. In the era before the Australian "secret ballot" came to America, voting could be a tricky -- and often violent -- proposition. Goons from such big-city machines as Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall knew how you...
  • (Mass.) Why is this woman handing out blank absentee ballots? (See Video at Link)

    01/19/2010 8:57:18 AM PST · by Jersey Republican Biker Chick · 50 replies · 4,482+ views
    Election Journal ^ | 01/19/2010 | Election Journal
    Look at the video and then read the comments at the link. They are still trying to steal this election in Mass.
  • Blank Absentee Ballots Handed Out in Bay State?

    01/19/2010 9:07:48 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 5 replies · 949+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-19-10 | Bob McCarty
    If it turns out to that blank absentee ballots were handed out in Massachusetts today, those saying Scott Brown will defeat Martha Coakley will be proven wrong.
  • Reactions To Marsden's Stunning Victory

    01/12/2010 8:46:38 PM PST · by steve-b · 40 replies · 2,109+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12/10 | Anita Kumar
    Virginia's incoming governor Bob McDonnell (R) congratulated Virginia's newest senator Dave Marsden (D) tonight on his upset against Steve Hunt (R) in Fairfax County. "I look forward to continuing to work with him in the years ahead in his new capacity,'' McDonnell said. "In these tough economic times, Virginians need leaders in Richmond who will work together to create new jobs and more opportunities. While we may not agree on every issue, I know that Dave and I share a commitment to making this a better Virginia for all our citizens." Marsden will be sworn in tomorrow at noon when...
  • KSTP MN: Absentee Ballot Investigation - Mistakes & Changes Made

    10/30/2009 7:29:18 AM PDT · by Minnesocold · 11 replies · 1,633+ views
    True North ^ | 10/30/2009 | Lassie
    KSTP investigated absentee ballot inconsistencies and reported their findings last night, and you can watch the video here. Many cities put up roadblocks to their investigation request -- and Bloomington threatened felony charges against KSTP if they reported on their findings. The most damning part is Sec. of State Mark Ritchie's denial of problems and response when asked to look at ballot envelopes and comment. "Ritchie first told us he could not read our examples, then said he wouldn't look at photocopies of absentee ballot envelopes." A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has found that mistakes made with absentee ballots in...
  • Virginia Argues That They Don't Need To Send Out Military Absentee Ballots In Time To Vote

    10/04/2009 4:00:47 PM PDT · by khnyny · 25 replies · 2,280+ views
    RedState.com ^ | October 3, 2009 | Soren Dayton
    Last year, we covered some of the problems in the counting of military absentee ballots in Virginia, as did others. This problem has not gone away. It has just moved. The day before election day 2008, the McCain campaign filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia to force Virginia to count military absentee ballots that came in after election day. McCain lost Virginia by more than enough votes, but the case went on with the Department of Justice replacing the McCain campaign.There were filings last month and will likely be a hearing this month. So what? The Virginia...
  • State Supreme Court grills lawyers for Coleman, Franken

    06/01/2009 3:22:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 1,181+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 6/1/9 | PAT DOYLE and KEVIN DUCHSCHERE,
    Republican Norm Coleman called on the Minnesota Supreme Court today to reverse a victory for Democrat Al Franken, and several justices sharply challenged Coleman's argument for counting more ballots. Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg said thousands of additional absentee ballots should be tallied under looser standards adopted by many local officials on Election Day. He said local customs led to counting ballots in Democratic areas that were similar to those rejected by officials in Republican areas applying a stricter standard. But several justices said he failed to provide proof that such practices were widespread or affected the outcome. "You're offering little...
  • Minnesota's Missing Votes: Some Senate absentee ballots are more equal than others.

    04/18/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 1,064+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2009 | Editorial
    Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota Senate recount, the three-judge panel reviewing the race has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner. Republican Norm Coleman intends to appeal to the state's Supreme Court, while Democrats and the press corps pressure him to surrender. We hope Mr. Coleman keeps fighting, because the outcome so far hangs on the fact that some votes have been counted differently from others. Even after the recount and panel-findings, the 312-vote margin separating the two men equals about .01% of the 2.9 million votes cast. Even without any irregularities, this is as close to a "tie" as it...
  • Minnesota's Shame: The wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee military voters.

    04/07/2009 5:48:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2009 | M. Eric Eversole
    In its recent order, the three-judge election contest court in Minnesota reiterated a common theme during the Coleman versus Franken Senate recount--notwithstanding the numerous questions raised regarding the fairness of the election, "Citizens of Minnesota should be proud of their electoral system, a system which has one of the highest voter-participation rates in the country." The court emphasized: "the facts presented thus far do not show a wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee voters in the 2008 general election." Accordingly, without any discussion of those facts, the court refused to review several groups of absentee ballots including many rejected ballots from military...
  • Coleman Campaign To Ask That All 12,000 Rejected Absentee Ballots Be Reviewed For Potential Counting

    01/19/2009 6:37:56 PM PST · by flattorney · 69 replies · 4,476+ views
    Coleman for Senate ^ | January 19th 2009 | Official Press Release
    - - Will Ask Three Judge Panel To Determine Which Ballots Were Wrongly Rejected ST. PAUL – Fritz Knaak, lead recount attorney for the Coleman for Senate campaign today made the following statement: “Next week begins an important step in getting to an accurate and valid number, and to determine who really won the 2008 United States Senate election. As we indicated at the end of the canvassing board proceedings, we believe the process was broken. And, one area where it clearly broke and has yet to be fixed is in the area of rejected absentee ballots. The discrepancies, problems...
  • (GOP Former MN SOS, 99-07,) Mary Kiffmeyer slams (Coleman-Franken) U.S. Senate recount

    01/09/2009 4:23:56 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 1,701+ views
    Capitol Report ^ | January 09, 2009 | Kevin Featherly
    - - Former GOP MN secretary of state says absentee ballots should not have been included in recount Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is now criticizing the handling of the U.S. Senate election recount in the race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman that ended with Franken on top. Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, now a freshman state representative from District 16B, did not speak publicly about the recount while it was ongoing, but is willing to talk about it now that the results are certified and the dispute has moved into the courts. Kiffmeyer, who from 1999 to...
  • Many in U.S. military don't get time to vote: study (states don't send out absentee ballots in time)

    01/06/2009 11:12:20 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 28 replies · 903+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 6, 2008 | Andy Sullivan
    Many U.S. troops serving overseas are effectively excluded from voting because they are not given enough time to cast absentee ballots, according to a report released on Tuesday. Sixteen U.S. states and the District of Columbia do not send out their absentee ballots early enough to allow those serving in conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan to fill them out and return them before their voting deadline, the Pew Center on the States found. Another six states force soldiers, sailors and marines to return their ballots by fax or e-mail to meet the deadline, risking the privacy and security of their...
  • Absentee ballots spark a new battle

    11/09/2008 5:45:22 AM PST · by tomymind · 32 replies · 506+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 9, 2008 | Steve Brandt
    A Ramsey County judge has denied a bid by lawyers representing Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign to delay the opening of 32 absentee ballots from Minneapolis. Last update: November 9, 2008 - 7:31 AM A Ramsey County judge on Saturday denied a bid by lawyers representing U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign to delay the opening of 32 absentee ballots from Minneapolis. The request touched off a fresh war of words in a Senate race where 221 votes separate Republican Coleman and DFLer Al Franken in unofficial tallies. The 32 Minneapolis ballots were part of the normal delivery of absentee ballots late...
  • Undecided House Races (McClintock, Harris, Stivers, Young, Fleming)

    11/07/2008 10:17:10 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 1,049+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 8, 2008 | Kevin Vance
    MD-1: Democrat Frank Kratovil leads Republican Andy Harris by 2,003 votes in this district that includes all of Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of three counties west of the bay. Harris's campaign thinks there are about 10,000 outstanding provisional and absentee ballots. In order to win, the remaining ballots need to go 3-2 for Harris. Earlier today, the Associated Press and CNN called the race for Kratovil. Harris hasn't conceded, and Kratovil cautioned against premature celebration. CA-4: Tom McClintock netted another 118 votes over Democrat Charlie Brown in their nail-biting race to represent California's Fourth District, stretching from the Sacramento...
  • Judge Orders Virginia Officials to Keep Late Ballots

    11/04/2008 3:25:33 PM PST · by dixiedarlindownsouth · 2 replies · 952+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/04/2008 | Fox News
    A federal judge has ordered election officials in Virginia to preserve late-arriving absentee ballots that Republican John McCain's campaign claims should be counted.
  • Federal Judge orders Virginia to "Preserve" Military Ballots that are late.

    11/04/2008 2:31:43 PM PST · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 9 replies · 1,111+ views
    This is a headline on foxnews.com, no story yet.
  • McCain sues to force Va. to count military ballots

    11/03/2008 3:12:07 PM PST · by Hadean · 29 replies · 1,434+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 | BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va.: Republican John McCain's presidential campaign sued the Virginia election board Monday, claiming absentee ballots weren't mailed on time to military members serving overseas. The complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Richmond to order the state to count absentee ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by Nov. 14. It contends that thousands of troops' ballots, many of which would go to McCain, will not be counted. The deadline for ballots to be received is 7 p.m. Election Day, which is Tuesday. The lawsuit is the second in a week to challenge preparations for the presidential election in Virginia,...
  • GOP seeks federal monitoring of mail-in ballots(Florida interest)

    11/02/2008 4:36:35 AM PST · by lovesdogs · 10 replies · 787+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 11/02/08 | Scott Wyman
    (Very important information included in the comment for South Florida residents) Republican Party leaders are asking the U.S. Justice Department to monitor post offices as well as polling precincts, upping the ante in their allegations that postal workers might throw away ballots. The request for Justice Department monitors came hours after the National Association of Letter Carriers demanded an apology. The GOP is concerned that absentee ballot envelopes identify the voter’s party affiliation. Here’s a copy of the Republican Party’s press release: Download file
  • Many Soldiers In Iraq May Skip Vote

    11/01/2008 8:16:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies · 2,548+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | Denis D. Gray
    Low Return On Absentee Ballots Expected; Some Officers Refuse To Vote To Underscore Political Neutrality. Soldiers must request by mail an absentee ballot from the local election district where they last lived. Then they are sent a paper ballot to fill out and mail back. Some soldiers said they never got ballots. The number of absentee military ballots applied for that ultimately get counted is consistently low. In the last federal election, only about 30 percent of overseas military ballots were tallied...
  • Fairfax Registrar Must Count Military Ballots (Virginia Attorney General Acts to Protect Troops)

    10/27/2008 2:06:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies · 1,393+ views
    Human Events ^ | Monday, October 27, 2008 | Jed Babbin
    Military absentee votes will be counted in Fairfax County, Virginia thanks to an opinion just issued by Virginia's Attorney General Bob McDonnell. The just-issued opinion smacks down the partisan effort by Fairfax registrar Rokey Suleman who -- contrary to federal law -- was requiring military absentee ballots to show the address of the witness countersigning the ballot. O'Donnell's opinion finds that federal law preempts the Virginia law which requires the ballots to show witnesses' addresses. The press release from O'Donnell's office says: McDonnell Opinion: Count all Absentee Military Ballots Opinion Finds Federal Law Preempts State Law; Federal Ballots without Witness...
  • Landslide Victory for McCain — In the Military

    10/26/2008 7:04:12 AM PDT · by misharu · 14 replies · 568+ views
    Pajamas Media | 10/26/2008 | Grayhawk
    Surprise — at least one poll shows a huge McCain lead: “[Senator John] McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard, and reserve subscribers and former subscribers to Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, and Air Force Times.” Or perhaps not so surprising: there’s a history involved here. In 1864 the nation was nearing the end of the Civil War — but some wanted it ended sooner than others. Democrats offered a platform declaring that it was “the sense of the American people, that after...