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    Washington — The House on Wednesday passed H.R. 1, a sweeping government and elections reform bill and a key legislative priority for the Democratic majority. The House also passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, though the vote was initially scheduled for Thursday. It was moved up due to a security threat. Two House sources confirmed to CBS News that there were discussions about moving up votes in the House because of the threat. The U.S. Capitol Police "received new and concerning information and intelligence indicating additional interest in the Capitol for the dates of March 4th – 6th by a militia group," the House Sergeant at Arms said in a bulletin on Wednesday. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that "we do have some concerning intelligence" and "we have enhanced our security posture." The concerns for lawmakers' safety come after the Capitol...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. The bill is a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s repeated false claims of a stolen 2020 election. Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it has little chance of passing without changes to procedural rules that currently allow...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. The bill is a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s repeated false claims of a stolen 2020 election. Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it has little chance of passing without changes to procedural rules that currently allow Republicans to block it....
              The General Assembly is moving steadily on a bill that would make judicial and countywide elections nonpartisan in Shelby and Davidson counties. Last week, the bill reached the Senate State and Local Government Committee last week and the House Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee. The bill would only apply to counties with a population of 500,000 or more. According to the latest census estimations, only Shelby and Davidson counties would be affected. State Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and State Representative Tom Leatherwood (R-Arlington) introduced companion bills on the same day last month. The legislation already has opposition in both targeted counties. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted 7-2 in favor of a resolution opposing the bill during their meeting on Wednesday. Chair Eddie Jones questioned why the bill would be created after courts struck down the General Assembly’s passage of the school...
              A bill that would make voter registration automatic is headed the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. “Members approved two bills with nearly identical language that would implement automatic voter registration in Minnesota by using information being collected during transactions with government agencies, such as getting a driver’s license, to register those who are eligible,” according to the state House’s website. “People would have 20 days to decline the registration.” Twenty-two states already make voter registration automatic upon receiving a driver’s license. Currently, Minnesota residents are required to fill out an online form or paper form with the Secretary of State’s office in order to register to vote. “It is not enough to claim to be beacons of democracy, but we must live our values by continually working to increase our participation while balancing the checks and balances that requires,” Rep. Kristin Bahner...
    The House passed a sweeping election reform and voting rights bill along party lines on Wednesday in a 220-210 vote.   The For The People Act, better known as H.R. 1 — has been a top priority for Democrats, who argue restoring voters’ faith in the electoral process is more important than ever after former President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE repeatedly asserted unfounded claims the election was stolen. The Biden administration has strongly advocated for its passage.  “In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country, this landmark legislation is urgently needed to...
    The House of Representatives Wednesday passed Democrats' signature voting and campaign finance reform legislation that aims to expand access to the polls, fight partisan gerrymandering and set up new public funding for congressional races. The For the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1, passed by a vote of 221 to 207. Three Republicans joined with Democrats in approving the sweeping voter rights reform that now heads to the Senate.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said the legislation is needed to combat voter suppression efforts in states, to crackdown on corruption and to diminish the influence of big donors in politics.  "This is called the For The People bill," Pelosi said Wednesday at an H.R. 1 event prior to its passage. "And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people." HOUSE DEMOCRATS' H.R. 1 WOULD CREATE NEW PUBLIC FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGNS A major pillar of...
    Twenty Republican state attorneys general signed a letter denouncing the House Democrats’ controversial election reform bill as unconstitutional for a slew of reasons just hours before the measure was expected to be voted on. The letter — led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita — tore into H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," a massive election reform bill and a leading priority for House Democrats this Congress. "This monstrosity of a bill betrays the Constitution, dangerously federalizes state elections, and undermines the integrity of the ballot box," Rokita said in a statement to Fox News. "As a former chief election officer, and now an Attorney General, I know this would be a disaster for election integrity and confidence in the processes that have been developed over time to instill confidence in the idea of ‘one person, one vote.’" The attorneys general said the bill "betrays several Constitutional deficiencies and alarming...
    More from: Betsy McCaughey Bidens COVID relief bill is chock full of anti-white reverse racism Gov. Andrew Cuomo has wielded dictatorial powers for long enough Snubbing white, male business owners in COVID relief helps no one Biden dithers on vaccination while COVIDs new strains rage Cuomos coverup over — as NY has failed to crack down on awful nursing homes Nancy Pelosi wants to turn America into a one-party nation. The House speaker has no qualms about trashing the Constitution to kneecap her Republican opponents. Her bill HR 1, which will be voted on this week, would rig the electoral system to favor Democrats. HR 1 is being sold as a reform to make voting easier. In truth, it makes cheating easier. The bill eviscerates state voting laws and imposes a set of national rules. For starters, it bans state voter-ID requirements. Anyone can show up on Election Day to...
    By Brian Slodysko and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press Washington — House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. This bill “will put a stop at the voter suppression that we’re seeing debated right now,” said Rep. Nikema Williams, a new congresswoman who represents the Georgia district that deceased voting rights champion John Lewis held for years. “This bill is the ‘Good Trouble’ he fought for his entire life.” To Republicans, though, it would herald a massive expansion of the federal government’s role in elections,...
    WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country.House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes."Our purpose was to remove ... obstacles of participation for Democrats or Republicans," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday on the House floor. "That's what this legislation does."To Republicans, though, it would herald a massive expansion of the federal government's role in elections, infringing on states that limit ballot access in the name of election security."If this were to become law it would be the largest expansion of the federal government's role in our elections that we've...
    Washington — The House is expected to vote Wednesday on H.R. 1, a sweeping government and elections reform bill and a key legislative priority for the Democratic majority. The bill is expected to be narrowly approved along party lines, as most Republicans have been vocally opposed to the bill, which they believe amounts to federal overreach and a Democratic power grab. "This is something that is enormously popular among the American people. The American people want to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money in politics, which is preventing so many good things from happening. The people want to see an end to voter suppression," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about H.R. 1 on Tuesday. The House passed H.R. 1 in 2019 after Democrats took back the majority, but was not considered in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats now have a narrow 50-seat majority in the Senate, but most legislation...
    We all know that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer want to cancel your voice in public debate, but now they also want to cancel your choice at the ballot box.  Sitting atop Pelosi and Schumer’s "to-do" list for the 117th Congress is not getting your children back to school, helping the small business you’ve spent decades building reopen its doors, or getting vaccines in the arms of your grandparents. Rather, their top priority is HR1, the so-called "For the People Act." The same Declaration of Independence that established America as a country based on unalienable rights also established us as a country based on government by the consent of the governed. This legislation would undermine that sacred principle by fundamentally rewriting the rules of American politics and campaign finance laws to ensure Democrats control Congress and the White House for years to come, if not forever.  Their...
    (CNN)The House is expected to vote Wednesday on HR 1, a sweeping government, ethics and election bill that Democrats have made a signature legislative priority.HR 1 passed the House during the last Congress after Democrats won back the majority, but it failed to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate. Now that Democrats also control the White House and the Senate, House Democrats, led by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, are poised to pass the legislation again. It is still likely to hit a roadblock in the Senate, however, where it's not clear there would be enough Republican support to overcome a filibuster. Democrats describe the package as anti-corruption legislation that would expand voting access and improve accountability and transparency in Washington. How this single piece of legislation could change elections forever"I don't think the urgency has ever been greater," Sarbanes told CNN in an interview. "When you look at what...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. “Our purpose was to remove ... obstacles of participation for Democrats or Republicans. That’s what the law requires, that was the right thing to do,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday on the House floor. “That’s what this legislation does.” To Republicans, though, it would herald a massive expansion of the federal government's role in elections, overruling state laws that limit ballot access in the name of election security....
    Americans must have faith that presidential election rules are established through the transparent, democratic process required by the U.S. Constitution to guarantee public accountability and preserve federalism.  That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to strengthen the Electoral College process by ensuring that federal taxpayer dollars do not support presidential elections in states that violate the Constitution by failing to follow state election statutes.  Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution is clear that elected, accountable state legislatures must set presidential election rules in their states, not activist judges, not election officials or commissions, or lawsuit settlements.  JASON SNEAD: SUPREME COURT VOTING RIGHTS CASE COULD CHANGE RULES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE'S HOW Yet, in several key presidential battleground states in the 2020 election, activists changed the election rules – in the middle of the game – despite having no constitutional authority to do so.   Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at the blueprint that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives laid out last spring under the guise of pandemic relief, ramming...
    (CNN)Congress began debate Tuesday on a sweeping ethics and elections package pushed by Democrats that seeks to dramatically overhaul the nation's rules for voting and funding political campaigns.Although the so-called For the People Act is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House, it faces stiff headwinds in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority and leading Republicans have vowed to kill the measure -- something likely to happen because the measure is not expected to get the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster.The stakes are enormous: The 2022 midterm elections loom, along with the once-a-decade process to redraw legislative districts that will shape which party controls Congress for years to come.The fight over the federal voting bill comes as Republican-controlled states -- acting on former President Donald Trump's false claims of a rigged 2020 election -- are moving swiftly to pass state laws that would make it harder to...
    The Georgia House of Representatives on Monday passed Republican-backed legislation that seeks to place limitations on access to absentee and early voting in the state, among other restrictions. As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the chamber passed House Bill 531 in a party-line 97-72 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration. If it's passed by the upper chamber and signed into law, voters would be required to submit a driver’s license number, state identification card number or a photocopy of an approved form of identification in order to vote absentee in the state. Currently, absentee ballots are tallied using signature verification, according to The Associated Press. The bill would also include restrictions for ballot drop box locations, reduce the time period for voters to be able to request absentee ballots and prohibit outside election funding from nonprofits, the Journal-Constitution reports. The bill has been amended to limit...
    EXCLUSIVE: An outside group that backs Republican causes is going up in 15 congressional districts controlled by House Democrats with ads spotlighting H.R. 1 – the Democrats' massive election reform and campaign finance bill.The American Action Network (AAN) on Monday is unveiling a new issue advocacy campaign targeting "the corrupt liberal campaign finance bill." The ads, shared first with Fox News, will be seen in House districts with Democrats who are potentially vulnerable in next year's midterm elections, when Republicans hope to win back the majority in the chamber they lost in the 2018 midterm elections. EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ONTO SWEEPING ELECTION REFORM BILL BLASTED BY GOP The Democracy Reform Task Force announced last week that all House Democrats co-sponsored the legislation, which is formally known as the For the People Act of 2021. Democrats say their sweeping election reform bill, which is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, will expand voting rights and...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, Democrats' 791-page bill, would touch virtually every aspect of the electoral process — striking down hurdles to voting erected in the name of election security, curbing partisan gerrymandering and curtailing the influence of big money in politics. Republicans see those very measures as threats that would both limit the power of states to conduct elections and ultimately benefit Democrats, notably with higher turnout among minority voters. The stakes are prodigious, with control of Congress and the fate of President Joe Biden's legislative agenda in the balance. But at its core, a more foundational principle of American democracy is at...
    While the Biden administration is as busy as beavers killing American jobs with the Keystone pipeline cancellation and then opening the southern border and allowing thousands to enter our country daily without vetting or COVID testing, the administration and its Democrat congressional allies remain focused on their main objective: nationalization of American elections.  What would you say about the always efficient, always honest, always transparent, always fair, Washington, D.C., establishment taking over your state and local elections, as well as the federal elections? How about a law that prohibits voter identification laws, or gives taxpayer money to politicians?  Democrats in D.C. think that these are swell ideas.  REP. KEVIN McCARTHY: DEMS' $1.9 TRILLION COVID BILL IS NOT RESCUE OR RELIEF PLAN, IT'S A PELOSI PAYOFF They hope to make America a one-party nation. They want to squelch opposition and dissent. They want to make elections irrelevant. They prefer that all power and control...
    By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia's state legislature have introduced a flood of bills aimed at rolling back voting access after record turnout led to Democratic wins in the presidential contest and two U.S. Senate runoffs. And Georgia isn't alone. The Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy group, has counted more than 250 bills under consideration in 43 states that would restrict voting access. A major target for restrictions in Georgia has been absentee voting, after former President Donald Trump and his allies spread false claims about fraud in mail voting. Other proposals would limit early voting or add new barriers to voter registration. Democrats and voting rights groups say the bills are a reaction to Trump’s falsehoods and would disproportionately affect voters of color. Two omnibus bills related to elections are advancing — one in the state House and one in the Senate....
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Abrams, whose voting rights work helped make Georgia into a swing state, exhorted Congress on Thursday to reject “outright lies" that have historically restricted access to the ballot as Democrats began their push for a sweeping overhaul of election and ethics laws. “A lie cloaked in the seductive appeal of election integrity has weakened access to democracy for millions,” Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial race, said during a committee hearing for the bill, which was introduced as H.R. 1 to signal its importance to the party's agenda. Democrats feel a sense of urgency to enact the legislation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when their narrow majorities in the House and Senate will be at risk. The bill, which good-government groups have championed, is advancing against a backdrop of Republican-controlled states seizing on former President Donald Trump's...
    (CNN)Republican legislators around the country are moving aggressively to strip governors and other officials of their power to change election rules -- after states made it easier to vote last year during the coronavirus pandemic and turnout surged to record levels.The measures have been introduced in at least eight states with Republican-controlled legislatures -- including the key battlegrounds of Georgia and Arizona. Some bills would give more authority to lawmakers to establish the ground rules for voting, in an escalation of the already bitter partisan fights that have erupted following the 2020 presidential contest.The fresh showdowns over who should run elections come as allies of former President Donald Trump continue to try to cast doubt on his loss -- by arguing that election officials and the courts usurped state laws when they relaxed voting rules to overcome challenges posed by the pandemic. And they represent the latest front in the...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday slammed House Democrats' sweeping election reform bill as "exactly the wrong response" to what he called the "distressing lack of faith in our elections," saying Democrats want to use their "temporary power" to "try to ensure they'll never have to relinquish it." All House Democrats on Monday signed onto the bill — H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021 —  which they claim will expand voting rights and "clean up corruption" in politics. From the Senate floor Thursday, McConnell, R-Ky., hit Democrats for trying to "recycle failed legislation" that would have Washington Democrats "grab unprecedented power over how America conducts its elections and how American citizens can engage in political speech." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ON TO SWEEPING HR 1 BILL, GOP ARGUES IT WOULD 'UNDERMINE' ELECTION INTEGRITY "For several years now, we've seen the political left grow less interested in having normal policy debates...
    By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee advanced legislation Wednesday to require voters to present identification at the polls despite some who questioned whether the bill is necessary. Nobody on the House Corporations Committee or those who testified on the bill — including Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, who oversees elections in Wyoming and testified before the House Corporations Committee — said voter fraud is a problem in the state. Rather, they described the bill as needed to prevent any future problems. “This is a best practices issue, creating an environment where it’s difficult to commit fraud,” said Rep. Chuck Gray, a Republican from Casper and one of 56 cosponsors of the legislation. “It’s about Wyoming being the gold standard on the issue.” The bill, Gray told the committee, would boost public confidence in Wyoming's elections. Others said it would do just the opposite....
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans were moving swiftly Wednesday to sharply limit early voting in the state, months after a general election overseen by a Republican secretary of state resulted in record turnout and overwhelming victories by GOP candidates. Supporters of the legislation cited fraud concerns as the reason early voting must be reined in. However, like in many other Republican-led states where similar steps are being considered, there historically haven't been widespread concerns about irregularities in the election system. As the state House moved ahead with a plan approved the Senate approved on Tuesday, Democrats who are outnumbered in both chambers were left aghast but in no position to stop the changes. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has indicated she'd consider them. “Last fall we had elections overseen by a Republican secretary of state in which...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans were moving swiftly Wednesday to sharply limit early voting in the state, months after a general election overseen by a Republican secretary of state resulted in record turnout and overwhelming victories by GOP candidates. Supporters of the legislation cited fraud concerns as the reason early voting must be reined in. However, like in many other Republican-led states where similar steps are being considered, there historically haven’t been widespread concerns about irregularities in the election system. As the state House moved ahead with a plan approved the Senate approved on Tuesday, Democrats who are outnumbered in both chambers were left aghast but in no position to stop the changes. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has indicated she’d consider them. “Last fall we had elections overseen by a Republican secretary of state in which Republicans gained seats in the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's State Election Board could take over county election offices under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate. Senate Bill 89 passed on a 35-18 vote, sending it to the House for more work. The measure is one of a barrage of bills Republicans are pushing, claiming Georgia needs major reforms after last year's elections. Democrats says Republicans are perpetuating former President Donald Trump's lies about election fraud and restricting voting to ensure GOP control. The measure creates a new election official, reporting to the board, that could intervene in “low-performing” county election offices. The state election board would also create the criteria for what constitutes an underperforming county. If a county was found to be underperforming, the state would pay for an evaluation. If the county fails or refuses to make changes within 90 days, the state could take over a county's elections. Senate President...
    The Democrats like to reference the Constitution when prosecuting not one but two fruitless impeachment trials – but they struggle to follow the Constitution when doing the job they were elected to do, legislating.    Case in point – House Resolution 1. Article I, Section 4, Clause I of the U.S. Constitution states: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators."   The Constitution outlines a clear and unambiguous roadmap that delineates the government's national framework, including our nation's election system.   JASON CHAFFETZ: BIDEN-HARRIS' DISASTROUS START – FIRST MONTH FULL OF HYPOCRISY, SCANDAL AND INCOMPETENCE H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act, is the Democrats' latest attempt to disregard the Constitution in their ruthless power grab in the form of "election reform." This unconstitutional resolution...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Senate approved a bill Tuesday sharply limiting early voting, with some arguing that changes were needed to ensure the integrity of the state's election despite no evidence of fraud. The bill, approved on a vote of 30-18 with only Republican support, would reduce the mail and in-person early voting period, tightly regulate how absentee ballots can be returned and require polls in all elections to close at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than currently for general elections. Bill sponsor Sen. Roby Smith said it will create uniform election rules statewide. “It’s easy to vote and hard to cheat," he said. The House, also controlled by Republicans, is expected to approve the bill as soon as Wednesday. If so, it will go to Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican and strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, who...
    Arkansas State Sen. Jim Hendren (I), who recently announced he would leave the Republican Party, said early Tuesday that the “final straw” for him was Republican senators “trying to overturn a free election.” “As a guy who spent years in the military, overturning free elections is something that goes down hard with me,” Hendren said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And when I saw eleven senators, a member of the congressional delegation from Arkansas leading ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies, convincing people that the election had been stolen, which led directly to the insurrection on January 6, I said I can no longer be part of an organization that does that.” Hendren specifically named Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGarland commits to combatting systemic racism LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving White House MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael...
    Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson issued a fiery rebuke Monday of a sweeping elections-related bill filed by Georgia Republicans last week, which he called “another attempt to suppress the Black vote” after the formerly red state went blue in the presidential election and last month’s Senate runoffs. Jackson, presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which includes more than 500 churches in the Peach State, condemned House Bill 531 during a hearing hosted by voting rights group Fair Fight Action on Monday. Among a number of provisions listed in the 48-page measure is a section that would require advance voting for primaries, elections and runoffs to begin on the fourth Monday “immediately prior” to the Election Day and end on the Friday before. The voting would be conducted on weekdays from 9 to 5, and the same hours on the second Saturday before a primary or election.  However, counties...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Because Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. is a Republican, all 24 of Maryland’s local boards of elections are dominated by a Republican majority regardless of the makeup of their county. And, if a Democrat is elected governor in 2022, Democrats will hold the majority on all of those election boards – even if the majority of voters in a county are Republicans. Current state law dictates that the “majority party” on the state’s local boards of elections is the political party of the governor. A proposal by Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles) would change how the political makeup of local election boards is determined. Under Ellis’ proposal, the makeup of election boards would be based on the party affiliation of the majority of voters in each jurisdiction, rather than...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — House and Senate committees on Thursday approved a bill that would significantly limit voting by mail and early voting, threaten criminal charges against county auditors who depart from state election guidance and remove voters from the active voter rolls if they miss one general election. The quick action with only Republican votes makes the similar House and Senate versions of the bill eligible for floor debate as early as next week. The House is planning a public hearing on the measure at 5 p.m. Monday. The far-reaching bill would cut the mail and in-person early voting period from 29 to 18 days, after Republicans whittled it down from 40 days just four years ago. It would bar counties from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters, tightly regulate how absentee ballots can be returned and potentially reduce many early voting locations....
    As California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares for a potential recall election this year, the state Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that would require all active registered voters get a ballot in the mail ahead of the election even if they didn’t ask for one. Lawmakers’ aim is to slow the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging people to vote by mail rather than show up in person. The Legislature did the same thing last year, back when counties had millions of dollars in federal money to help put on a presidential election during a pandemic. So far, California has two scheduled elections for 2021, both to fill vacancies in the state Legislature. But an effort to force a recall election of Newsom has gained momentum, fueled by anger over his handling of the coronavirus and an embarrassing incident last year when the governor attended a birthday party at a...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican-controlled Legislature advanced a bill Wednesday to significantly limit voting by mail and early voting, threaten criminal charges against county auditors who depart from state election guidance and remove many inactive voters from the rolls. The far-reaching bill would cut the mail and in-person early voting period from 29 to 18 days, after Republicans whittled it down from 40 days just four years ago. It would bar counties from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters, tightly regulate how absentee ballots can be returned and potentially cut many early voting locations. Republicans praised the bill during a Senate subcommittee hearing, one day after its introduction. A House subcommittee was scheduled later Wednesday to consider the bill, which follows an election in which Iowa Republicans swept major races and that both parties said went smoothly despite the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — As California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares for a potential recall election this year, the state Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that would require that all active registered voters get a ballot in the mail ahead of the election even if they didn’t ask for one. Lawmakers’ aim is to slow the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging people to vote by mail rather than show up in person. The same thing was done last year when counties had millions of dollars in federal money to help put on a presidential election during a pandemic. So far, California has two scheduled elections for 2021, both to fill vacancies in the state Legislature. But an effort to force a recall election of Newsom has gained momentum, fueled by anger over his handling of the coronavirus and an embarrassing incident last year when the governor attended a birthday party...
    State Rep. Joseph Gullett introduced a bill to the Georgia House of Representatives that would ban private funding for the administration of federal, state, and local elections. As Breitbart News reported, this controversial practice pioneered by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan through $419 million in donations to nonprofits Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) played a key role in determining the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, particularly in five key battleground states where President Biden narrowly defeated former President Trump: Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. During Georgia’s 2020 election, the CTCL donated more than $24 million to four counties–Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, and DeKalb–where Biden outperformed Hillary Clinton by more than 200,000 votes, and the CEIR donated an estimated $3 million to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office “for the purpose of...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced Friday that she is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from voting. “I'm excited to cosponsor the ‘Voter Integrity Protection Act’ (H.R. 37), introduced by @RepAndyBiggsAZ!” Greene posted on Twitter. “H.R. 37: Impose additional penalties on illegal aliens who vote in elections for federal office — and raises such an offense to an aggravated felony.” 2. Also makes illegal aliens deportable for committing such an offense.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 12, 2021 A summary on Biggs’s website mentions that the bill “imposes additional immigration-related penalties for aliens who vote in an election for federal office.” “It shall be an aggravated felony for an alien who is unlawfully present to violate an existing prohibition against an alien voting in a federal election. (An aggravated felony conviction carries various immigration consequences, such as rendering the alien inadmissible, deportable, and barred from establishing good...
    Leading Off ● Redistricting: On Friday, the Census Bureau announced that the granular data needed for states to conduct redistricting following the 2020 census won't be available until Sept. 30 if not later, which is six months after its original March 31 deadline and two months later than the already-delayed July 30 target that it had signaled was possible just last month. These delays have major implications for redistricting timelines that will make it impossible for a number of states to meet their own legally mandated deadlines for drawing new maps this year, throwing the redistricting process into chaos and uncertainty in many states. (The Brennan Center for Justice previously released a report that looks at which states in particular have deadlines that now conflict with the expected data release timeline.) Consequently, many states will have to push back their candidate filing deadlines and primary elections for the 2022 elections....
    Freshman Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., touted her "Voter Confidence Act" bill to Newsmax TV on Tuesday, saying its bicameral, bipartisan commission to review the policies and practices of the November election would be akin to a football team watching game film to find out what was done right and what was not. "We had an election in which many, many, many people had a lot of concerns about our democratic process and our voter process," McClain told "The Chris Salcedo Show." "We as a government, as a body, have to instill some faith in our voting system." McClain, 54, who represents Michigans 10th Congressional District – the lower peninsula known locally as "The Thumb," introduced her bill with Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pa., in the House last week, while Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., introduced it in the Senate. "After a football game, what do teams do?" McClain said. "They take a...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin proposed vote by mail and same-day registration become permanent fixtures in elections. A bill will be filed later this month, Galvin’s Office announced Tuesday. According to the proposal, there was record voter turnout in the 2020 elections, which featured a number of provisions such as vote by mail and extended in-person early voting, to help people vote while avoiding crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED: Brigham And Womens Valet Sues Employer After Being Shot While Officers Confronted Suspect “What we saw last year was that voting by mail was enormously popular,” Galvin said. “While voting by mail may not always be used to the same extent at the pandemic finally ends, my office has heard from many voters who have made it clear that they want this option to remain available for all future elections.” Currently, state law limits voting by...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Following Alan Faneca’s and Bill Nunn’s being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Steelers team president Art Rooney II was among those to offer congratulations to the former offensive lineman and scout. Rooney said in part that Faneca was a unique player in that he was “big and strong,” but also praised Faneca’s mobility. A message from #Steelers President Art Rooney II to @ProFootballHOF Class of 2021 member @afan66: pic.twitter.com/aYnvkBRxMl — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 7, 2021 Rooney referenced this combination while remembering Faneca’s key block in Super Bowl XL in 2006 that helped spring Willie Parker’s 75-yard touchdown run that is still an NFL record. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) Faneca was elected into the Hall of Fame along with former Steelers scout Bill Nunn. The two will be honored...
              Georgia State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) this week introduced Voter ID legislation that she said would prohibit people from using certain types of identification for in-person voting. That bill, HB 228, would, if enacted into law, require Georgia residents who are not U.S. citizens to have “BEARER NOT A U.S. CITIZEN — NOT VOTER ID” printed on their licenses, permits and/or identification cards. People with this information on their forms of identification could not present them to a poll worker to vote, according to Byrd’s legislation. “This is common-sense election reform legislation would support our poll workers as they work to keep polling sites secure from election fraud,” Byrd said in an emailed press release. “It is imperative that we continue to keep the democratic process free and fair from any type of fraud, and this bill sets a clear precedent that we will not...
              Seven members of the Georgia General Assembly have filed a bill that would call on members of the State Election Board to appoint a chief elections assistance officer. According to the language of the bill, this person would work for the secretary of state to help manage and oversee elections. The Georgia General Assembly’s website identifies State Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) as the bill’s primary sponsor. Miller and the other six sponsors did not return The Georgia Star News’ requests for comment before Thursday’s stated deadline. The seven legislators, in their bill, described the chief elections assistance officer’s primary duties. “The chief elections assistance officer shall identify and recruit, as needed, election assistance coaches to assist the Secretary of State and the State Election Board in supporting low-performing election superintendents and registrars and improving election administration in their respective jurisdictions,” according to the...
    Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) has introduced a number of bills to propose reforms to Georgia’s election system. “Our recent General Election this past November highlighted a few areas of our state’s election system that require urgent attention,” said Sen. Mullis. “Our right to vote is one of the most sacred and cherished practices of our democratic republic. When Georgians do not trust that their voices are properly being heard, we owe it to them to address their concerns and find the proper solutions to restore their confidence in the process. As legislators, we must do all we can to secure the right to vote and ensure that the will of the people is properly reflected in our election results. I hope that these bills will serve as a starting point to begin the conversation on how we can...
    Last week, Democratic state Sen. Adam Ebbin withdrew a bill to add Virginia's 13 Electoral College votes to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact after Senate Democrats realized they did not have enough votes to pass the bill either in committee or on the full floor. Senate Democrats hold a narrow 21-19 majority over Republicans, who uniformly oppose the measure. Democrats won full control of Virginia state government in 2019, but even though they passed a bill to join the compact in the state House last year, the Senate has now failed to advance the bill for the second year running. The situation appears unlikely to change unless supporters defeat some of the bill's opponents in 2023, when terms for senators are next up. Had Virginia joined the compact, it would have exceeded the 200-vote threshold for the first time and attained 209 of the 270 electoral votes needed to take effect, but instead the...
    Loading the player... Politicians have proposed adding measures to submitting an absentee ballot in Georgia following two major elections won by Democratic candidates. Read More: New Georgia senators Warnock, Ossoff promise to carry on John Lewis’ legacy According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, State Sen. Jason Anavitarte introduced Senate Bill 29 which would require residents to provide two separate photo identifications, both when applying for absentee ballots, and when returning them. The move is being critiqued by Fair Fight, a voting rights group, who claimed Republican politicians are only attempting to sway elections in their favor after losing the 2020 presidential election in the Peach State, and the subsequent runoff elections in January. “By requiring access to a printer, which many Georgians obviously do not have, Republicans are attempting to purposely take away the ability of many Georgians to vote by mail simply because they believe too many...
    (CNN)Republican state lawmakers in battleground states Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania have moved to impose new restrictions on mail-in voting for future elections.All three states were fiercely contested in the 2020 election and saw record numbers of early and mail-in voters, many of them Democrats, after rules were relaxed due to the pandemic -- triggering baseless claims of fraud by President Donald Trump and other Republicans that culminated with the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.Bidens First 100 Days Biden aims for comprehensive climate approach as he halts new oil and gas leases on federal land Biden administration takes cautious approach as it touts using Defense Production Act First lady Jill Biden expected to take active role in immigrant family reunification Despite the absence of widespread security issues with mail-in voting, GOP lawmakers in all three states are arguing for added security and proposing steps that would make...
    A bill proposed in the Connecticut state legislature’s January session involves possibly fining residents who choose not to vote. “Sen. Will Haskell, a Democrat, proposed the bill. Haskell represents the state’s 26th District of Bethel, New Canaan, redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton,” WFSB reported Thursday. The bill would “amend general statutes to ‘provide that at the 2024 state election and each state election thereafter, all qualified electors shall either cast a ballot or provide a valid reason for not casting a ballot,'” the outlet said. In addition, the bill would allow the secretary of state’s office to mail a form asking why a registered voter chose not to vote. “Failure to respond to such form with a valid reason shall result in a fine of $20 paid to the office of the secretary of the state,” the proposal read. In a tweet Wednesday, Haskell said he received a lot...
    Elections have consequences. So does the Republican enabling of the worst, most corrupt chief executive in the nation’s history. Hence, the first piece of legislation to be introduced in the new Democratic Senate will be S. 1, The for the People Act of 2021. The bill from Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is a companion to H.R. 1 in the House, a bill with the same title and largely similar provisions to restore and protect voting rights, tackle dark money in politics, and make ethics reforms for public servants. This could be the legislation that breaks the filibuster, and that will be a challenge for some Republicans to oppose. The House passed a version of the bill soon after retaking the majority in the last Congress, but no Republican in the Senate had to face a vote on it...
    In his first TV interview since resigning the role of attorney general, Bill Barr said Donald Trump’s false 2020 election claims “precipitated” the storming of the Capitol by the president’s supporters. ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo conducted the interview with Barr, who was “sad” but “not surprised” by the mob that sought to violently interfere with Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidency. When asked if the attempts to delegitimize the election results were “the final straw,” Barr answered “I think that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill.” “I think it’s always important to remember most people are exercising their First Amendment rights,” Barr continued. “But there is a substantial group obviously that went far beyond that and broke into the Capitol and tried to interfere with the proceedings and that’s unacceptable.” Before the 2020 election, Barr gave oxygen to the notion that mail-in ballots...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Trump suggests building own platform after Twitter ban Poll: 18 percent of Republicans support Capitol riots MORE made a "lengthy" phone call to an election investigator in Georgia in December asking him to “find" voter fraud, an individual familiar with the call told The Washington Post. The individual told the newspaper that the president asked the unnamed investigator to “find the fraud,” adding that the official would be a “national hero.”   The call was reportedly placed shortly before Christmas, while the investigator was looking into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County — a county that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenUS judge blocks Trump administration's restrictions on asylum eligibility McConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Top Trump official rescinds then reissues resignation letter to say departure is in protest MORE won. The investigator was...
    A new bill set to be introduced in the House seeks to restore public confidence in the federal election process following a contentious 2020 election that has been marked by accusations of fraud by voters and several high-profile Republicans led by President Trump, Fox News has learned. The "Save Democracy Act" calls for a number of measures aimed at strengthening the security and integrity of the voting process from registration, to voting to the counting of ballots in federal elections, beginning in 2022. CLEAR MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS (7 OUT OF 10) BELIEVE NOVEMBER ELECTION NOT ACCURATELY CERTIFIED "Congress recognizes that the legitimacy of the United States’s representative democracy rests on the integrity of our Federal elections and confidence our citizens have in them," the bill's language says. It adds that states "must seek to protect the fairness, accessibility, and integrity of the elections." Republican Study Committee chair Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is expected...
    President Trump and the Republican National Committee said Sunday that the president will be holding a rally in Dalton, Georgia, on January 4, the night before the state's crucial Senate runoff election. Republicans need to hold onto at least one of those Senate seats to keep the Senate majority, while Democrats need to win both to make a 50-50 tie, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.  "On behalf of two GREAT Senators, @sendavidperdue & @KLoeffler, I will be going to Georgia on Monday night, January 4th., to have a big and wonderful RALLY. So important for our Country that they win!" Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday night. Mr. Trump announced he would be going to Georgia shortly before the White House announced he had signed a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief bill bundled with a $1.4 trillion government spending bill. His refusal to sign the bill for almost a week had...
    More On: albany NY’s plastic-bag ban one more thing pushing COVID-slammed bodegas over cliff Cuomo signs bill banning sale of Confederate flags Anti-Amazon fee a bane for small businesses NY Republicans want to check Andrew Cuomo’s emergency COVID-19 powers Gov. Andrew Cuomo inked legislation Tuesday that will give New Yorkers the option to automatically apply to become voters when they fill out forms for other services, a reform long sought by good government groups who say it will boost turnout in elections. “The right to vote is one of, if not the most, sacred pillars of our democracy and for too long, bureaucratic red tape has made it unnecessarily difficult for New Yorkers to exercise this right,” said Cuomo in a statement. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker (D-Brooklyn). Under the new law, agencies that typically interact with New Yorkers —...
    Five-term Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, suggested it will be years before a significant portion of the voting public trusts the electoral system for president again, saying the November election was tainted with fraud, irregularities and media bias not seen in the modern era. Johnson, who won a sixth term to represent the Ohios 6th Congressional District along the eastern border with Pennsylvania and West Virginia by a 3-to-1 margin, told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that governors, other state executive branch officials and courts disenfranchised 70 million voters. "Theres a lot more than just a few holdouts," Johnson, 66, told "American Agenda" referring to those who have refused to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect. "Theres over 70 million Americans that feel totally disenfranchised. You know, its undoubtedly true that the Electoral College has named Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. "But its also true that the 2020...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal McCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting MORE (R-Calif.) trolled his Democratic colleagues on Twitter Tuesday over losses dealt to the party in the chamber in the November elections. “Here's a group photo of me with all the House Republicans who lost races this year,” he wrote in a tweet on Tuesday that also featured a photo of him smiling alone. The tweet was a response to another posted by Politico journalist John Bresnahan that included a picture of House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerLawmakers face hurdles to COVID relief deal Overnight Defense: Congress headed to veto showdown with Trump over defense bill | House to vote on stopgap spending bill | Biden to name Pentagon chief pick Friday...
    Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced legislation on Thursday to combat voter fraud across the United States and restore faith in the American electoral system, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Banks introduced the Restoring Faith in Our Elections Act, which would help combat voter fraud and secure the country’s electoral system. The bill arises as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, such as Banks, have raised concerns about voter fraud during the 2020 elections. “The debacle of 2020 should have never happened, and this bill is designed to ensure it never happens again,” Banks told Breitbart News in a statement on Thursday. “Voters should have full confidence in the democratic process before they go to the polls again in 2022.” The Restoring Faith in Our Elections Act would: Modify the Help America Voter Act to mandate that Social Security numbers be included on all federal elections’ voter registration information. The...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, a Butler Republican, says all states should count mail-in ballots before Election Day. He’s introduced a bill in Congress to require that, along with some other provisions that he says will protect election integrity. Not everyone agrees. “There’s a reason that three key states did not have their elections called on Election Night – Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin,” ACLU legal director Vic Walczak told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Wednesday. “And the reason is that the legislatures in all three states, which are all controlled by Republicans, refused to change the law to allow the counties to start counting ballots earlier.” To correct that, Kelly has a bill to require all states to start counting mail-in ballots when received, although results could not be released until the polls close. “County election officials were begging for this change, so that is actually...
    Sen. Josh Hawley's new bill demands that absentee ballots be tallied immediately after arrival — a request his own party repeatedly blocked leading up to the election. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a new bill Tuesday aiming to "protect the integrity" of American elections by requiring, in part, that mail-in ballots be counted as soon as they're received. "The debacle of the 2020 election has made clear that serious reforms are needed to protect the integrity of our elections," Hawley said in a statement. "The American people deserve transparency — that means banning ballot harvesting, empowering poll watchers, and taking steps to ensure that all legally cast ballots are accounted for. The confusion and controversy of this past week is not acceptable. Congress must take action," he added, paying lip service to Donald Trump's widely debunked lies about vote counting.
    DENVER (CBS4) – The last Republican governor of Colorado is speaking out about this week’s historic presidential race. Former Gov. Bill Owens says Americans shouldn’t “question the validity of our elections.” (credit: CBS) Owens, who served as the 40th Governor of Colorado from 1999 to 2007, made a post on Facebook saying he’ll support whomever the winner of the race is, Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Owens said in part “I will personally acknowledge and honor as President whichever of the two candidates achieves 270 Electoral votes. We did not question the validity of our elections in 1864, in the midst of our Civil War, nor in 1940 or 1944, during the Second World War. This time should be no different.” RELATED: In Colorado, Voters Have Chosen Joe Biden For President Over Donald Trump | Proposition 113 Approved, Colorado’s Presidential Electoral Votes Could Still Go To Winner Of National Popular...
    SAN ANTONIO – The 2016 General Election saw the widest margin of victory between Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in Bexar County in nearly three decades. Democrat Hillary Clinton was the top pick for San Antonio residents — as well as all major Texas metropolitan areas — by a near landslide with a 79,000 vote difference. Now-President Donald Trump received 240,333 votes in Bexar County. An analysis by KSAT of voter registration and turnout data from the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) shows strong Democratic backing in Bexar County, and a hint at who locals may vote for in the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden. The numbers are based on presidential and vice-presidential votes in the General Election for Bexar County, going back to 1992. While it’s been the case in recent elections, San Antonio hasn’t always voted blue. Texas-bred George W. Bush easily took...
    ALBANY — A top Democrat in the state Senate is backing legislation that would force the city’s embattled Board of Elections to expand its early voting program as outrage builds over hours-long lines that Gothamites have battled to vote. An investigation by The Post revealed Wednesday that the BOE failed to allocate equipment and anticipate the impact that massive crowds would have on its systems, contributing to the huge delays at polling sites across the city. The bill from state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) would force the BOE to double the number of sites it provides to cast ballots during early voting in future elections. Currently, the BOE is required to provide one site for every 50,000 voters, which Gianaris’ bill would lower to one site for every 25,000. “Boards of Elections failed to adequately provide enough early voting opportunities this year. All over the state, people...
    ALBANY — A top Democrat in the state Senate is backing legislation that would force the city’s embattled Board of Elections to expand its early voting program as outrage builds over hours-long lines Gothamites have battled to vote. An investigation by the Post revealed Wednesday that the BOE failed to allocate equipment and anticipate the impact massive crowds would have on its systems, contributing to the massive delays at polling sites across the city. The bill from State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) would force the BOE to double the number of sites it provides to cast ballots during early voting in future elections. Currently, the BOE is required to provide one site for every 50,000 voters, which Gianaris’s bill would lower to one site for every 25,000. “Boards of Elections failed to adequately provide enough early voting opportunities this year. All over the state, people have been...
    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio waited hours in line to cast his ballot early for the presidential election.The mayor got in line around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and waited hours -- like so many other New Yorkers have done.De Blasio tweeted that despite the long line, it will be worth it:"Getting ready to vote in Brooklyn. Long line but it will be worth it! Urging all progressives to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the Working Families Party line in New York State. Protect our @NYWFP and change our nation, all at once!"Related: Early Voting in New York - Info, links and resourcesHe ordered a pizza from Smiling Pizza while he waited for more than three hours. He ate one slice and then handed out the rest. It’s a pizza party for the line in Park Slope. @NYCMayor handing out slices to folks who’ve been...
    (CNN)Senate Republicans reiterated on Wednesday their stiff opposition to the White House's last-ditch effort to cut a major stimulus deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the latest indication that passing any new relief package almost certainly will have to wait until after Election Day.At a closed-door lunch, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows fended off serious concerns raised by GOP senators over the Trump administration's efforts to finalize a roughly $2 trillion package before the elections."He got some pushback on: 'Why are you bidding this up into an area where you're gonna lose support?' " Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, told CNN. "He said: 'It's a work in motion.' "Senate Republicans, who failed to advance their own $500 billion plan Wednesday over Democratic opposition, have given Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin an earful over the last two weeks about the frantic push to reach a...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed bills that would have made it a felony to knowingly try to apply for multiple absentee ballots or to fill out an application for others without their consent. The Democratic governor said voter fraud — such as trying to vote more than one — already is a crime, and the Republican-sponsored legislation would “muddy the waters” and “likely confuse voters” about what conduct is criminal. In a letter to lawmakers Friday, she said it is “impossible” to get a second ballot without spoiling the first one and cautioned that people might submit multiple applications because of memory or error. “Any suggestion that the filing of a second absentee ballot application is criminal behavior creates needless confusion and fearmongering around the absentee voting process,” Whitmer wrote. "It is bad for voters and bad for our elections. The main...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to request an absentee ballot under someone else’s name, as the state prepares for a presidential election in which a record number of people are expected to vote by mail. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t said whether she intends to sign or veto the measure, which now has cleared both houses of the Republican-led Legislature. The legislation criminalizes using another person’s name on an absentee ballot application, purposefully making a false statement, or filling out an application to receive multiple ballots. Violations would be punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. State Sen. Kevin Daley, a Republican sponsor of the legislation, said in a media release that he is trying to combat fraud and protect the integrity of elections. “Our government is based on the notion that people get...
    Michigan’s state Senate passed two bills in a bipartisan vote Wednesday that would make it a felony to request a mail-in ballot under another person’s name or to fill out an application for multiple ballots. “Our government is based on the notion that people get to choose their elected voices in the capital," Republican state Sen. Kevin Daley, a sponsor of the bills, said. "People need to have confidence that their elections are being conducted honestly, and that they can trust the results.” Michigan is sending out a mail-in ballot application to all registered voters for the Nov. 3 election because of the coronavirus pandemic. By the end of September, more than 2.5 million voters – 32% overall -- had already requested a ballot in the state, according to the Oakland Press in Oakland County, Mich. More than 2.6 million voters requested mail-in ballots in Michigan's August primary and a spokesperson for Michigan's...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to request an absentee ballot under someone else's name, as the state prepares for a presidential election in which a record number of people are expected to vote by mail. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hasn't said whether she intends to sign or veto the measure, which now has cleared both houses of the Republican-led Legislature. The legislation criminalizes using another person’s name on an absentee ballot application, purposefully making a false statement, or filling out an application to receive multiple ballots. Violations would be punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. State Sen. Kevin Daley, a Republican sponsor of the legislation, said in a media release that he is trying to combat fraud and protect the integrity of elections. “Our government is based on the notion that people get...
    Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., introduced legislation last week to establish federal standards regarding the counting of ballots, ahead of the upcoming presidential election between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump. The Verifiable, Orderly, & Timely Election Results (VOTER) Act would create standards for various vote-by-mail systems that exist across the country and would require all eligible ballots to be counted and reported within 24 hours after polls close on Election Day, according to a press release from Scott's office. If the bill became law, it would require voting precincts to report the total number of in-person and mail-in ballots they received -- one hour after polls close -- to identify "the total universe of votes to be counted in the election." Mail-in ballots must be requested at least 21 days before a federal election and would have to be returned and received by the time polls close on Election Day, if the measure passed. The bill would also prohibit the...
    The House on Wednesday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation intended to boost research into the security of election infrastructure.  The Election Technology Research Act would establish and fund a Center of Excellence in Election Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to test the security and accessibility of voting equipment, along with authorizing NIST and the National Science Foundation to carry out research on further securing voting technology.  The bill is primarily sponsored by Reps. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillLawmakers call for bipartisan push to support scientific research The Hill's 12:30 Report: Presidential race tightens in key states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump encouraged to call for calm during Wisconsin visit MORE (D-N.J.) and Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezEx-NFL receiver Rep. Anthony Gonzalez: Big Ten skipping football season could be 'catastrophic' for athletes Eyes on the prize: Testing to end the coronavirus lockdown House GOP...
    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties on illegal immigrants convicted of casting fraudulent votes. The bill, which the Arizona Republican introduced on Friday, less than three months before Election Day, seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make it an aggravated felony for illegal immigrants to knowingly cast fraudulent votes in federal elections. Called the Voter Integrity Protection Act, the legislation would make casting a fraudulent vote a deportable offense, meaning that illegal immigrants who are convicted would be forced to leave the United States. The upgraded charge of aggravated felony would result in expedited deportation. The current punishment for illegal immigrants convicted of casting fraudulent votes is a fine and up to one year in prison. "American citizens have a tremendous privilege to vote in free elections to decide the future of our constitutional republic. American citizens alone choose...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Election reform stalls in McConnell’s Senate I agree with Ann Ravel’s sentiment that Congress should act to combat foreign interference in American elections and improve campaign finance disclosure laws (“Why America needs a strong Honest Ads Act,” Aug. 21). But the House has acted. The House of Representatives has twice passed the Honest Ads Act as part of two comprehensive bills – H.R. 1 (the For the People Act) and H.R. 4617 (the SHIELD Act). Both bills would protect democratic institutions, shine a light on secret spending in politics, and take major steps toward curbing foreign interference in our elections. The Committee on House Administration held hearings on these bills and strengthened them before the House voted to advance them to the Senate. Rather than languish in the House, the Honest Ads Act has languished...
    In May, the House of Representatives passed a coronavirus relief bill that included $3.6 billion for states to prepare for the upcoming election, which included funding for election security. The bill also included $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, which will play a critical role in delivering ballots during the election. For months after the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring up that bill for a vote, negotiate with House leaders, or pass a separate coronavirus relief bill through the Republican-controlled Senate. When McConnell released a relief package on July 27, the bill contained no money at all to help prepare for the 2020 election. "Federal funding for safe elections can make sure we avoid a democracy crisis in November," Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice, said in May. "Time matters. Officials can't just walk into a Staples in November and pick...
            by Andrew Welsh-Huggins  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The source of money contributed to so-called “dark money” groups operating in Ohio and trying to influence the political process should be disclosed, with possible penalties for violating this requirement including a low-level felony and a substantial fine, Ohio’s Republican elections chief said Monday. The Secretary of State should also have subpoena power for campaign-finance related records and groups trying to block the gathering of ballot initiative signatures should be required to register with the state, said Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “The people of Ohio want to know, and deserve to know, who’s spending money to influence the politics of our state,” LaRose said. “Dark Money” is a relatively new term to describe groups that do not require their donors to be listed publicly. Two examples of such groups are the 501 (c) (4) group, Democratic Socialists...
    President Donald Trump on Monday threatened legal action after the Nevada legislature advanced a bill that would allow for the state to mail ballots to all voters for the November election, joining other states in expanding access to mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.[ READ: Trump Floats Delaying November Election, Sows Discord on Mail-in Voting ]The bill, which now awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, was passed narrowly in the Nevada Senate on Sunday. It is intended to allow voters to "have faith and confidence that they can participate in the affected elections and exercise their right to vote without fear for their health, safety and welfare," according to the bill's language. Trump took to Twitter to decry the legislature's action, retweeting an image shared by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel of protesters in Nevada. "Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation," Trump...
    Senate Republicans left out funding for mail-in and early voting during the COVID-19 pandemic in their stimulus bill rolled out Monday, prompting backlash from Democrats, election officials and advocacy groups.  With less than 100 days to go before Election Day, these officials are concerned that without a new injection of federal funds, state and local officials facing budget shortfalls may struggle to carry out safe and secure elections that ensure every American can vote.  The concerns comes as the pandemic has upended the primary process, leading most states to postpone their contests, while results in a handful, including New York, have been delayed by a surge in mailed-in ballots. “This isn’t in anyone’s budget, no one budgeted for a pandemic, and you can see state and local budgets are cratering, they don’t have funding to put into this, and certainly it’s going to be a challenge,” Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman Benjamin...
    Bill Stepien becomes the campaign manager of a President who rarely listens to his advisers and usually does what he pleases. To replace Brad Parscale, sacked Wednesday evening, Donald Trump has set his sights on Bill Stepien, a young “old man” (41 years old) who worked for the campaigns of George W. Bush, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. .
    A group of Senate Democrats and multiple voting rights advocacy groups stepped up efforts on Tuesday to pressure Senate Republicans to support and pass legislation that would provide states with election resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Cure Violence Global founder Gary Slutkin says violence and epidemics follow same patterns; Global death toll surpasses half a million Bottom line Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE (D-Minn.), along with five other Senate Democrats, came to the Senate floor in an attempt to pass the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act that would expand mail-in and early voting.  “If we are defending our elections, then we must protect our democracy, and if our elections are not safe, then our democracy is not secure,” Klobuchar said of election efforts during the pandemic. The bill was blocked by Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGridlock mires chances of...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — In an effort to speed up recounts, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that allows local elections officials across the state to use a secondary system to verify the accuracy of results. The governor approved the voting systems measure to employ a statewide network used for recounts. It was one of 15 bills DeSantis signed into law Saturday. The law gives the supervisors of elections in the state’s 67 counties the option of employing auditing systems that are separate from the machines and software used for the initial ballot counts. Critics urged him to veto the bill, saying they were concerned about the possibility of tampering because only one vendor is currently eligible to supply the machines and software. They also maintained the new system can be risky because it relies on digital images of the original paper ballots. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting...
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