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  • Nearly 3,000 Votes Disappeared From Florida’s Recount. That’s Not Supposed to Happen

    11/17/2018 10:36:40 AM PST · by Theoria · 56 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Nov 2018 | Frances Robles
    Nearly 3,000 votes effectively disappeared during the machine recount of Florida’s midterm races, according to election records, calling into question whether officials relied on a flawed process to settle the outcome of three statewide contests. With extremely narrow gaps separating candidates in the still-undeclared races for both governor and United States Senate, the results of the machine recount of all votes cast in the Nov. 6 election, posted by the Florida secretary of state’s office, showed 900 fewer votes than those reported in the original statewide tally. The discrepancy was expected to grow by an additional 2,000 votes when updated...
  • Florida is the Florida of ballot-design mistakes

    11/16/2018 8:37:23 AM PST · by edwinland · 24 replies
    "Well designed ballot layouts allow voters to make their intentions clear; badly designed ballots invite voters to make mistakes. This year, the Florida Senate race may be decided by a misleading ballot layout—a layout that violated the ballot design recommendations of the Election Assistance Commission."
  • Michigan Ballot on Supreme Court and Proposals

    11/05/2018 5:56:51 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 14 replies
    MI SoS ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | Vanity
    On the Michigan ballot for Supreme Court there are 6 candidates, you can vote for 2. However if you don't look up beforehand there is no party affiliation to guide your decision. The candidates are: Samuel Bagenstos Megan Kathleen Cavanagh Elizabeth T. Clement Justice of Supreme Court Doug Dern Kerry Lee Morgan Kurtis T. Wilder Justice of Supreme Court In my research it appears that Clement and Wilder are the closest to being conservative. If you agree the easiest way to identify them on your ballot is they both have "Justice of Supreme Court" associated with their names, the others...
  • Texas voting machines changing some straight-party selections

    10/25/2018 8:58:24 PM PDT · by Jaded · 23 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 10/25/18 | Ted Oberg
    Texas voting machines changing some straight-party selections HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Voters are reporting odd problems on both the Republican and Democratic side of straight-party voting in Texas. Mickey Blake was one of the voters in those early voting lines in Houston earlier this week. "I hit straight Democratic ticket," Blake said. She says she expected all Democrats to come up on her screen, especially Rep. Beto O'Rourke, but when she got to the last screen to review her choices, she noticed a problem.
  • Creepy Colorado GOP Voice Message

    10/25/2018 5:24:56 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 54 replies
    25 October 2018 | CodeToad
    I received this voicemail today in Colorado. I think the GOP claiming to know who has or hasn't returned a ballot is creepy and inappropriate. No one has the information to say who has or hasn't returned a ballot. So, on top of being creepy, they are also being liars. I don't like the "Big Brother is watching you" creepy messages. Voicemail: "Hi this is Lindsey with the Colorado Republican committee. Our record show that you or someone in your household has not yet returned your ballot. Everyone has a voice in this election. Jared polis wants to bring his...
  • Here are the 12 constitutional amendments on Florida’s 2018 ballot and what they do

    10/12/2018 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | June 14, 2018 01:56 PM Updated October 09, 2018 10:19 AM | By Elizabeth Koh
    TALLAHASSEE When Floridians head to the ballot box in November, they will encounter a list of candidates asking for their vote for seats in the state House to the U.S. Senate. Among the choices they must make will also be one of the longest lists of proposed constitutional changes in decades, from betting on dog racing to implementing a ban on public officials lobbying for six years after they leave office. The 12 constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot are the most since 1998, when the state’s Constitution Revision Commission — which meets once every 20 years — put nine...
  • College students can't send in absentee ballots because they don't know where to buy stamps [tr]

    09/22/2018 2:43:45 PM PDT · by Huntress · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/19/18 | Ashley Collman
    Democrats are counting on Generation Z, many of whom recently gained the right to vote, to help turn Congress blue in the midterm elections. But 49 cents may be all it takes to keep these post-Millennials from exercising their civic duty. On Tuesday, a Fairfax County, Virginia official said they are noticing a disturbing trend: young people failing to mail in their absentee ballots because they don't know how to get a stamp. Lisa Connors, of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, ran a focus group this summer comprised of colleges students interning in various county departments. "One thing...
  • Judge backs Arizona's 'ballot harvesting' ban

    08/27/2018 1:07:05 PM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 6 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Aug 27, 2018 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX — A federal judge has rejected a bid by a Democrat activist to void a 2016 law that makes “ballot harvesting” illegal and to allow the practice to resume for Tuesday’s primary.
  • Michigan Supreme Court rules that redistricting proposal can appear on ballot

    07/31/2018 8:22:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2018
    A measure seeking to establish an independent commission to draw Michigan's congressional districts will be allowed to appear on the ballot in November, the state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The group Voters Not Politicians gathered nearly 400,000 signatures in an effort to get the proposal on the ballot, and the petition was certified by Michigan's Board of State Canvassers last month. But opponents of the measure, including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, argued that it was too broad a proposal to be placed on the ballot and would require the state to hold a new constitutional convention. The court rejected...
  • Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot (YES!)

    06/12/2018 6:20:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 73 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/12/18 | JOHN MYERS
    California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California, with one primarily centered around Los Angeles and the other two divvying up the counties to the north and south. Completion of the radical...
  • Fire hits Iraq’s biggest ballot warehouse before recount

    06/11/2018 7:21:19 AM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    A fire ripped through Iraq’s biggest ballot warehouse on Sunday where votes for the eastern Baghdad district were stored, before a recount ordered by parliament, a security official said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but it comes as Iraq prepares for a manual recount of around 10 million votes following allegations of fraud during the May 12 legislative election that saw a surprise victory for populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr. The senior security official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the fire broke out in a warehouse located in Al-Russafa, one of the largest...
  • Ballot Debacle Shakes Up Democratic House Primary in Iowa

    03/29/2018 11:32:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 4 replies ^ | 03/29/2018 | Bridget Bowman
    The Democratic primary in Iowa’s 3rd District looks quite different Thursday morning. One of the top candidates dropped out of the race Wednesday night over an issue with signatures required to secure a spot on the ballot, potentially shaking up the contest. With businesswoman Theresa Greenfield ending her campaign, the Democratic field of candidates to take on two-term Republican incumbent David Young is down to three. At one point, seven contenders were running or considering jumping in. “I think it’s a very different situation this morning,” one Iowa Democratic consultant said Thursday of the primary. “And my guess is all...
  • State election officials across country returning to paper ballots

    02/19/2018 10:12:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | February 19, 2018 | By Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Hoping to counter waves of Russian Twitter bots, fake social media accounts, and hacking attacks aimed at undermining American democracy, state election officials around the country are seizing on an old-school strategy: paper ballots. In Virginia, election officials have gone back to a paper ballot system, as a way to prevent any foreign interference. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe this month ordered county officials to ensure new election equipment produces a paper record. Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to replace a touch-screen voting system with paper. Top election officials around the country are growing increasingly alarmed about this fall’s...
  • Proposed law would make Trump reveal tax return to be on Oregon's 2020 ballot

    01/23/2018 4:39:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 23, 2018 | Gordon R. Friedman
    Donald Trump was the first presidential candidate since Richard Nixon not to reveal his federal income tax return. Some Oregon Democrats want to try to make him the last. A bill introduced Monday in Salem would require candidates for president and vice president to give a copy of their most recent tax return to the Oregon Secretary of State with written permission that the document can be made public. Alternatively, the candidate could fill out Oregon’s standard income disclosure form for public officials. The requirement would apply to candidates on primary and general election ballots and those wishing to be...
  • Are you a LOW INFORMATION VOTER ? (Vanity)

    11/07/2016 3:39:01 PM PST · by UCANSEE2 · 28 replies
    Vote411 ^ | 11/7/2016 | Myself
    Are you a LOW INFORMATION VOTER ? Think not ? When you go to vote tomorrow, can you name ANYONE ELSE who is up for election and will be on the ballot ? Can you name any of the other propositions that will be on your state ballot ? IF NOT, then the remedy is in your hands right now. Just GOOGLE "NOV 8 BALLOT FOR (your state here)". Go through it and use GOOGLE(or whatever search engine your prefer) to get info on the candidates for each office, or position (usually Judgeships). Read about each of the propositions and...
  • Islamic State to U.S.: jihadis "have come to slaughter you and smash your ballot boxes"

    11/06/2016 2:17:03 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 37 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Sunday, November 6, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    "It is not for a prophet to have captives until he has made wide slaughter in the land." (Qur'an 8:67)But not to worry: Hillary Clinton has said that if we just don't call them Islamic, all will be well."ISIS calls on supporters to 'slaughter' American Presidential election voters on Tuesday," by Anthony Bond, Mirror, November 6, 2016: has called for the "slaughter' of Americans voting in Tuesday's Presidential election.The terror group has called on its followers to attack voters in the election and has told Muslims not to cast a vote.It comes after the FBI was reportedly probing a major...
  • Benton’s ballot experiment (Oregon)

    10/27/2016 10:47:22 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    The Register Guard ^ | 10/27/2016 | The Register Guard
    In a ranked-choice election, voters rank all candidates on the ballot in order of preference. If no candidate is the first choice of a majority of voters, the candidate who receives the fewest votes is eliminated. The ballots of voters who supported the last-place candidate are then recounted, and their No. 2 preferences are tallied and awarded to the remaining candidates. The process of elimination continues until one candidate has a majority of votes.
  • I just filled out my early voting ballot.

    10/22/2016 2:40:05 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 31 replies
    10-22-2016 | Jeff Chandler
    Funny. I have been voting since 1976 and this is first time I have been nervous.
  • Got My Colorado Ballot Today (Reality Check, pls.)

    10/19/2016 3:12:20 PM PDT · by dsc · 26 replies
    Mesa County Clerk | 19OCT16 | dsc
    Got my Colorado ballot today. The heading for the block containing presidential candidates is headed "Presidential Electors." I went down to the election office and asked them about it, pointing out that "elector" does not mean "candidate," and asking about the use of that term. They seemed puzzled and said that was the terminology passed to them by the CO Secretary of State.
  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein won’t appear on Nevada ballot

    10/05/2016 6:55:02 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 18 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | September 2, 2016 | Sean Whaley
    OK, no excerpt. The bottom line is this: Illary used her Machine to keep Jill Stein off the ballot in Nevada, and the Greenies are MADDER THAN HELL about it. Basically, the Hilliarites planted an operative into the Stein ballot qualification signature-collecting process, and the operative submitted a bunch of phony signatures. When Stein's people submitted all their signatures, they had a 90% validation rate - except for this person's group. The pro-Hillary Secretary of State sprang, and refused to allow Stein on the ballot. They appealed, and the SoS slow-walked it, finally submitting the appeal to an 0bama-appointed, Reid...