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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With only one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn’t cast mail-in ballots or show up early could face long lines in Kentucky’s primary election, the latest to unfold in a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented election disruptions across the country. The outcome of a suddenly competitive Democratic U.S. Senate primary could hang in the balance if Election Day turnout is hampered in Louisville — the hometown of Charles Booker, who has mounted a strong late challenge against presumed frontrunner Amy McGrath. “If Charles Booker barely loses, I think the integrity of that election is in question,” Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes said Monday. The winner of the primary probably will go against Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who isn’t expected to see a serious GOP primary challenge, in November. The state’s Republican secretary of state, Michael Adams, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that...
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) Leading Off ● Iowa: With no advance notice, Republican legislators in Iowa passed a budget bill just before adjourning that included an expansion of the state's voter ID requirement, violating a compromise that the GOP had reached with Democrats to remove proposed voting restrictions from the final bill. The new bill adds an ID requirement for voters who go to their county government offices to vote early in-person. The bill also requires absentee ballot applications to include the voter's "voter ID PIN," a state-issued four-digit number that few voters are aware of. Under current law, county officials can verify voter identities using other information on their applications or the state's registration database, but this bill would disallow that. Instead, officials would have to contact the voter individually to confirm their identity, which could cause significant delays in processing absentee requests and lead to voters not...
    Brad Parscale, Donald Trump's campaign manager, did not vote for President Trump in 2016. In fact, he didn't vote in the general election at all, according to election records obtained by CBS News. Bexar County, Texas Election Department documents show Parscale, then a San Antonio resident, voted in the 2016 primary but not in the general election. He did cast a ballot in the 2012 and 2018 federal elections. And his 2018 vote was submitted by mail. "In 2016, I was in New York working to elect Donald Trump and encountered a series of problems receiving my absentee ballot from Texas and missed the deadline," Parscale said in a statement to CBS News. "Just further proof that vote-by-mail is not the flawless solution Democrats and the media pretend it is." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox President Trump, who voted by mail in the 2020 Florida primary, has complained...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission gave final approval to a mailing that will put absentee ballot application forms in the hands of 2.7 million registered voters ahead of the November presidential election. The commission, split evenly among Republicans and Democrats, previously voted unanimously in favor of sending the mailing to about 80% of registered voters. But it didn’t give final approval to the letter that will accompany it until Wednesday. The mailing is in anticipation of a surge of absentee voting in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Bob Spindell, a Republican, said mailing the absentee ballot applications was “good for both the Republicans and the Democrats.” The commission voted unanimously to approve the letter after making several technical changes to the wording. The Wisconsin mailing, to be sent by Sept. 1, will include the absentee ballot application form, not actual ballots. To receive a...
    By Sharon Bernstein | Reuters Ohio has taken the first step toward sending every registered voter in the state an application for an absentee ballot for November’s presidential and gubernatorial election, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Monday. The decision by a budgetary board to use federal funds to send the applications comes as mail-in voting has drawn criticism from incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, who has said universal vote by mail will lead to fraud. The state’s April primary election was delayed and moved to mostly absentee voting amid concerns about the raging coronavirus pandemic. But so many Ohioans – about 1.9 million – requested the absentee ballots that some were delayed in arriving, leading to frustration and forcing some voters to cast their ballots in person despite potential health risks. For the general election in November, the applications will be sent to all 7.8 million registered Ohio...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials are seeking a fast-tracked decision by the state Supreme Court to block the absentee-voting-for-all option that a judge has ordered during the coronavirus pandemic. The Tennessee attorney general’s office filed the motion Friday evening, saying it’s crucial with the Aug. 6 primary election looming for the Supreme Court to take over the appeal and the state’s request to stop the expansion. A lower appellate court hasn’t ruled on the appeal yet, which the state also filed Friday. A Nashville judge, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, ordered the expansion earlier this month. Last week, she told state officials “shame on you” for not abiding by her order when the state decided to reword its absentee voting applications on its own and hold off on sending absentee applications related to COVID-19 for most of the day after the initial ruling. The state has since reworked...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge on Thursday said “shame on you” to state officials for not abiding by her order that allows a vote-by-mail option for all of Tennessee’s 4.1 million voters during the coronavirus pandemic, saying she now had “to clean up confusion” from the state’s decision to reword its absentee voting applications on its own. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ordered changes to the absentee form but stopped short of ordering sanctions against the state for not complying, citing tough budget times for the state during the pandemic. But she warned “there always is the specter of criminal contempt if after today’s orders there’s still noncompliance and there’s disobedience.” “Shame on you for not following that procedure and just taking matters into your own hands,” Lyle said at Thursday’s hearing. “So, I’m calling the state out on that, for not adhering to the standards of legal...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s Democratic governor wants the Legislature to wade into potentially volatile issues of election procedure and police accountability during a special session next week that was initially scheduled for budget matters. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday that she’ll broaden the scope of the session to include possible election reform amid concerns about voter access in ballot-tallying delays in New Mexico’s June 2 primary. She also said the Legislature could mandate body cameras for all law enforcement agencies in response to protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “It’s possible in a special session that we have a requirement that every law enforcement entity - so police departments, sheriffs, State Police, corrections - everyone has to have a body camera. We want to know what’s going on. … We want there to be transparency. We want the public to be...
    The voting issues arose as South Carolina, like the rest of the world, faces a health crisis. South Carolina is one of 11 states that has experienced a record-high level of coronavirus cases since the beginning of June. On June 1, the state had 12,148 confirmed cases and at least 500 people had died; as of Wednesday morning, it had 15,228 confirmed cases and at least 568 people had died. "They did not have enough people brave enough to work the polls for the voters," Alice Leeper, a poll worker in a community slightly north of Columbia, told WISTV. "Most of our people are retired. They are over 60 already, like myself … some said, 'I'm not going to vote in this one because of COVID-19," she added. Richmond County's interim elections commissioner, Terry Graham, scrambled Tuesday morning to recruit additional poll workers, according to WISTV. Members of the State...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased discussion over mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election in November. With the possibility of a “second wave” of the virus in the fall, some politicians and media figures have shown support for expanding mail-in accessibility for the general American public. Politicians and commentators who oppose such efforts have also offered their opinions. The Daily Wire previously interviewed Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote on the topic, which you can read here. On Thursday, we spoke with Tom Ridge, co-chair of VoteSafe, “a cross-partisan coalition of election administrators and organizations that endorse the simple principle that every American has the right to vote safely amidst the pandemic,” according to the official VoteSafe website. The organization’s website adds that VoteSafe is “committed to ensuring voters have options: expanded access to absentee ballots as well as safe, sanitary, and accessible in-person voting locations.” Tom Ridge,...
    A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that fear over contracting the coronavirus is not a sufficient reason to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming 2020 elections. The ruling, issued by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reverses an injunction that would have granted Texas voters the option of requesting an absentee ballot over fears of contracting the coronavirus if they were to vote in person. The injunction was originally granted by a federal judge May 19. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Judge Jerry Smith said that “the spread of the virus has not given unelected federal judges a roving commission to rewrite state election codes.” The decision is the latest chapter in a growing national debate over mail-in voting, with most Republicans offering praise for the decision and most Democrats offering criticism. Republicans have been skeptical over mail-in voting, citing increased risk for voter fraud, while Democrats...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state’s limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute “an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution.” The decision upends a determination by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office that fear of catching or unwittingly spreading the virus at the polls wouldn’t qualify someone to vote by mail. The state argued such an expansion wouldn’t be feasible for the 2020 elections, claiming lack of money, personnel and equipment for increased voting by mail, among other concerns. TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Louisville police stage own protest, walk out on mayor: They feel completely...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The wife of singer-songwriter John Prine, who died from complications of COVID-19, urged lawmakers Tuesday to expand absentee voting so Tennesseans would not have to put their health at risk to exercise their right to vote. Fiona Whelan Prine, who also contracted the coronavirus and has since recovered, told a Senate panel that allowing more people to cast an absentee ballot is critical in ensuring that people would remain safe and healthy during the 2020 election. “This is not or should it be a partisan issues,” said Whelan Prine, who spoke over a video livestream and did not attend in person. “This is a serious health issue. And you, as our representatives, must advocate for our health, our safety and our right to participate in our Americana political process.” Revered for his wise and witty lyrics, John Prine, 73, was known for such songs as “Angel...
    Reacting to a Tampa Bay Times report that she had mailed in 11 ballots over the course of a decade, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reasserted Thursday that she is entitled to mail-in voting and defended President Trump's stance on the issue. Appearing on America's Newsroom" with hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith, McEnany explained that the president had been "very clear" on the issue. TWITTER PUTS WARNING LABEL ON A TRUMP TWEET ON MAIL-IN BALLOTS, DESPITE EXPERTS BACKING UP TRUMP'S CONCERNS "Every American is entitled to vote the way that I did," she assured. "If you are someone who is working out of state but your domicile is in a different state, you are absolutely entitled to request an absentee ballot and to cast your ballot by mail. I am entitled to that. The average voter is entitled to that." "The president has no qualms with that," McEnany said. "He's for absentee voting for a reason." According to McEnany, what the president is...
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