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    CNN host Don Lemon is angry — and he wants to "blow up" the American electoral system. On his show Monday, Lemon vented his frustrations over the prospect of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate confirming yet another justice to the Supreme Court. Trump said over the weekend that the Republican Party would move forward "without delay" to fill the high court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Monday the Republican caucus already has enough votes to confirm a new justice. What did Lemon say? During a heated discussion with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, during which Cuomo argued that both Republicans and Democrats are...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon on Monday argued in favor of getting rid of the electoral college in the event Joe Biden wins the presidential election and having Democrats “stack the courts.” Lemon made the controversial comments during a discussion with network colleague Chris Cuomo on CNN Tonight. As the two argued over the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, what Republicans should do, and what Democrats would do if they were in the same situation as the Trump administration right now, Lemon said, “We’re going to have to blow up the entire system.” “I don’t know about that,” Cuomo replied. “You just got to vote.” Lemon continued, “And you know what we’re going to have to...
    (CNN)Some states, it seems, get all the attention in presidential elections. You probably know most of them by now: Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, etc. But beyond the big prizes lie the smallest prizes in the competitive races: Maine's 2nd Congressional District (one electoral vote), Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District (one electoral vote), Nevada (six electoral votes) and New Hampshire (four electoral votes). Combined they only contain 12 electoral votes, but they could end up playing an outsized role in the ultimate outcome between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.All of these races look to be ones where there is a realistic chance for the result to flip from 2016, and the polling suggests likewise. One or both candidates...
    In mid-July, with many polls showing a blowout lead for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential race, Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed his television show guest, President Donald Trump, to "give a direct answer" on whether he would accept the outcome of November's presidential election. Trump demurred. "I have to see. Look … I have to see," the president replied. "No, I'm not going to just say yes." [ READ: The Counties to Watch in Election 2020 ]Trump's reply angered many critics, who called it anti-democratic, and it served to inject another layer of uncertainty into an election process that's also been shaken by COVID-19, the administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service, and persistent Russian meddling, among other issues....
    WASHINGTON -- Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won't have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021?Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it. Here's what happens after voters go to the polls on Nov. 3:First, states have more than a month to count ballots, including the expected surge of mail-in ballots, and conduct recounts if necessary. But states' electoral votes have to be cast on Dec. 14.Courts will be mindful of that in refereeing any disputes. During the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ended Florida's vote recount, saying time had run...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won’t have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021? Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it. Here’s what happens after voters go to the polls on Nov. 3: First, states have more than a month to count ballots, including the expected surge of mail-in ballots, and conduct recounts if necessary. But states’ electoral votes have to be cast on Dec. 14. Courts will be mindful of that in refereeing any disputes. During the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ended Florida’s vote recount,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won't have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021? Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it. Here's what happens after voters go to the polls on Nov. 3: First, states have more than a month to count ballots, including the expected surge of mail-in ballots, and conduct recounts if necessary. But states' electoral votes have to be cast on Dec. 14. Courts will be mindful of that in refereeing any disputes. During the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ended Florida's vote recount,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won’t have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021? Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The Constitution and federal law ensure it. Here’s what happens after voters go to the polls on Nov. 3: First, states have more than a month to count ballots, including the expected surge of mail-in ballots, and conduct recounts if necessary. But states’ electoral votes have to be cast on Dec. 14. Courts will be mindful of that in refereeing any disputes. During the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ended Florida’s vote...
    Let’s face an ugly possibility: President Trump could get elected again without winning the popular vote. ­Indeed, according to most experts, that’s the only way he could be re-elected. This would surely prompt another chorus of calls to scrap the Electoral College. I think that would be a mistake. I say that even as I acknowledge that Trump has undermined the Electoral College’s legitimacy — not because he owes his election to it, but because of how he has behaved since taking office. One of the Electoral College’s purposes is to broaden the president’s mandate and agenda by forcing candidates to appeal to different parts of the country and not just rack up votes in one region or a handful...
    Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency? Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up. This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency? Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up. This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College. The Electoral College was devised at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It was a compromise between those who wanted direct popular elections for president and those who preferred to have Congress decide. At a time of little national identity and competition among the...
    Graphic shows scenario in which a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but lose the election.;Graphic shows scenario in which a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but lose the election.; WASHINGTON (AP) — Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency? Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up. This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College. The Electoral College was devised at the Constitutional Convention in...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency? Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up. This unique system of electing presidents is a big reason why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College. The Electoral College was devised at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It was a compromise between those who wanted direct popular elections for president and those who preferred to have Congress decide. At a time of little national identity...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents will vote on people and issues in the Nov. 3 general election. The ballot will list candidates for president, U.S. House and Senate and state Supreme Court. Three issues are on the ballot. One is the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana. Another is whether to eliminate an electoral college provision in races for governor and other statewide offices. The third is a yes-or-no vote on a single proposal for a new state flag. Because of the ballot structure, there's potential for confusion on the medical marijuana question. Initiative 65 would legalize medical marijuana. It is paired on the ballot with Alternative Measure 65A, which would legalize...
    (CNN)Long election nights are what make junkies go wild and partisans go crazy. It's been 144 years since the Electoral College (how we decide our presidents) was last decided by a mere 1 electoral vote. Chances are that whoever wins the presidency will have a more comfortable margin than winning by the skin of their teeth. Still, there are a number of different maps where either President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency with just 270 electoral votes, or where the two of them each get 269 electoral votes. Below are just some of the realistic scenarios where Biden or Trump ends up at either 270 or 269 electoral votes. There are more, but this...
    Russia is "amplifying criticisms" of voting by mail in order to undermine trust in the electoral process, according to a bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security obtained by CBS News intelligence and national security reporter Olivia Gazis. Analysts from the Department's intelligence arm conclude that Russian state media and proxies will likely "promote allegations of corruption, system failure, and foreign malign interference to sow distrust in democratic institutions and election outcomes." "We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process," the bulletin by the agency's Office of Intelligence and Analysis says. "Decisions made by state election officials on expanding vote-by-mail and adjusting...
    Polling guru Nate Silver predicted that President Trump has a good shot at winning the Electoral College so long as he doesn't lose the popular vote by a large margin. If Biden does not win the popular vote by more than 5%, Trump may still be able to secure a reelection victory, the FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief said in tweets on Wednesday, two months out from Election Day. "You'll sometimes see people say stuff like 'Biden MUST with the popular vote by 3 points or he's toast.'" Silver tweeted. "Not true; at 2-3 points, the Electoral College is a tossup, not necessarily a Trump win. (On the other hand,) the Electoral College is not really *safe* for Biden unless he wins by...
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday encouraged residents of key North Carolina state to put the security of their state’s electoral system to the test by attempting to vote twice in the November elections, once by mail and once in person. Trump’s suggestion would constitute a felony under North Carolina law in addition to electoral fraud, which is precisely the kind of problem that the president claims he wants to avoid by all means in the November 3 elections, in which seeks reelection. “Let them send it (the vote by mail) and let them vote, and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they will not be able...
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday encouraged residents of key North Carolina state to put the security of their state’s electoral system to the test by attempting to vote twice in the November elections, once by mail and once in person. Trump’s suggestion would constitute a felony under North Carolina law in addition to electoral fraud, which is precisely the kind of problem that the president claims he wants to avoid by all means in the November 3 elections, in which seeks reelection. “Let them send it (the vote by mail) and let them vote, and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they will not be able...
    Chris Carlson-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump is likely to win the Electoral College in the presidential election as long he does not lose the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by more than 3 percent, pollster Nate Silver said Wednesday. “You’ll sometimes see people say stuff like ‘Biden MUST with the popular vote by 3 points or he’s toast,'” Silver wrote on Twitter. “Not true; at 2-3 points, the Electoral College is a tossup, not necessarily a Trump win. “The Electoral College is not really *safe* for Biden unless he wins by 5+.” Chance of a Biden Electoral college win if he wins the popular vote by X points: 0-1 points: just 6%! 1-2 points: 22% 2-3 points: 46% 3-4 points: 74%...
    Democratic data company anticipates that the vote count will be confusing and will lead to chaotic post-election days The election night of November 3 is expected to be confusing, with the president Donald Trump as apparent winner after the closure of polling stations, something that may change days later after vote by mail count, which will be massive, according to electoral analysts. In an interview with Axios, the electoral analysis firm Hawkfish, founded by former Democratic candidate and businessman Mike Bloomberg, believes that Joe Biden, who will challenge Trump for the Presidency, will win the elections, but that victory will not be confirmed until several days later. This situation augurs chaotic post-election days. Analysts believe...
    By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties have proposed a reform to the country's electoral system to prevent its parliament, already one of the world's biggest, from expanding further. Opposition parties dismissed the plan Wednesday as a half-hearted measure that won't solve the problem. Germany's complex system is meant to ensure that election results accurately reflect voters' choices and also produce lawmakers with strong ties to their local area. However, it has an inconvenient side-effect: The Bundestag, or lower house, varies in size and can be much larger than the minimum 598 lawmakers. It currently has a record 709, slightly more than the European Parliament. Germany's increasingly fractured political landscape risks making it bigger still, causing...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s governing parties have proposed a reform to the country’s electoral system to prevent its parliament, already one of the world’s biggest, from expanding further. Opposition parties dismissed the plan Wednesday as a half-hearted measure that won’t solve the problem. Germany’s complex system is meant to ensure that election results accurately reflect voters’ choices and also produce lawmakers with strong ties to their local area. However, it has an inconvenient side-effect: The Bundestag, or lower house, varies in size and can be much larger than the minimum 598 lawmakers. It currently has a record 709, slightly more than the European Parliament. Germany’s increasingly fractured political landscape risks making it bigger still, causing more expense and creating...
    On this day, Aug. 22 ...1902: Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to ride in a car in public. Also on this day: 1787: Inventor John Fitch demonstrates his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. 1851: The schooner America outraces more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup. 1864: The International Committee of the Red Cross is founded in Geneva, Switzerland. 1932: The British Broadcasting Corp. conducts its first experimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechanical system. 1986: Kerr-McGee Corp. agrees to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million,...
    Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Cori Bush leads protesters as they take to the street to protest against police brutality on June 12, 2020. Any celebration or recognition of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment must include the role of Black women in the battle for universal suffrage as well as the ongoing work of Black women in contemporary political spaces. Often touted as giving women the right to vote, the 19th Amendment’s passage did not overcome the various barriers put in place to deny and limit the electoral participation of Black people. Many states in the South and West prohibited Black people from voting through various means, such as poll taxes and literacy tests. It would not be...
    Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. Or, as once-confident candidate Elizabeth Warren put it, “I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College.” Furor over the Electoral College among the left arose from the 2000 and 2016 elections. Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, respectively, won the popular votes. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. It ensured that small, rural states would retain importance in national elections. The Electoral College lessened the chance of voting fraud affecting the outcome of a national vote by compartmentalizing the...
    Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. Or, as once-confident candidate Elizabeth Warren put it, “I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College.” Furor over the Electoral College among the left arose from the 2000 and 2016 elections. Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, respectively, won the popular votes. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. It ensured that small, rural states would retain importance in national elections. The Electoral College lessened the chance of voting fraud affecting the outcome of a national vote by compartmentalizing the...
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday it won’t send observers to monitor Venezuela’s upcoming congressional election, citing a lack of fair conditions for a vote that could erase the opposition’s last major domestic stronghold of power. The government had invited the EU to send an electoral mission, but “I have to conclude that conditions are not met, at this stage, for a transparent, inclusive, free and fair electoral process,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. Still, he welcomed a report that President Nicolás Maduro’s government and an unspecified sector of the opposition are in talks over possibly delaying the vote, which is now set for Dec. 6. The election will fill seats...
    By Danica Coto | Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The future of Puerto Rico’s botched primaries rested in the hands of the island’s Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. A plan to hold another primary on Aug. 16 for centers that could not open on Sunday could change depending on the ruling of a lawsuit filed by Pedro Pierluisi, who is running against Gov. Wanda Vázquez to become the potential nominee of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party. Joining the lawsuit was Puerto Rico Sen. Eduardo Bhatia, of the main opposition Popular Democratic Party....
    BERLIN (Reuters) - There are numerous indications of fraud in Belarus' presidential election, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry said on Monday, after the election commission said President Alexander Lukashenko had won 80% of the vote. A German government spokesman told the same news conference that minimum standards were not adhered to in the vote and added that the European Union was discussing how to react. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Michelle Martin) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The elections in Puerto Rico were suspended. Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO / . / . The State Elections Commission (CEE) of Puerto Rico officially announced this Sunday the suspension of the primaries that will continue next weekend, after 59 of 110 precincts did not receive the ballots. The main parties on the island, the New Progressive Party (PNP) and the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), celebrated this Sunday primaries to choose their candidates for the general elections on November 3. Related: Woman is raped by five men in Puerto Rico In the schools that yes they received the ballots, and as indicated throughout the day, the eight hours of opening will be fulfilled, whatever the hour, explains a...
    Analysis by Harry Enten | CNN New CBS News/YouGov polls from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin seem to tell a familiar story. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by six points among likely voters in both states (49% to 43% in Pennsylvania and 48% to 42% in Wisconsin). Biden’s advantages in those states are nothing new and match what the average shows. Yet, a look at the CBS News/YouGov polling over the last month suggests a potentially important split between how pollsters are seeing the presidential election break down. Specifically, CBS News/YouGov polling is suggesting that the potential for a popular vote and electoral college split exists as strongly in 2020 as it did in 2016. Meanwhile, traditional...
    Washington (CNN)New CBS News/YouGov polls from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin seem to tell a familiar story. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by six points among likely voters in both states (49% to 43% in Pennsylvania and 48% to 42% in Wisconsin). Biden's advantages in those states are nothing new and matches what the average shows. Yet, a look at the CBS News/YouGov polling over the last month suggests a potentially important split between how pollsters are seeing the presidential election break down. Specifically, CBS News/YouGov polling is suggesting that the potential for a popular vote and electoral college split exists as strongly in 2020 as it did in 2016. Meanwhile, traditional live interview polls indicate that Biden...
    Brenda Cienfuegos recently became a U.S. citizen and is eager to exercise her new rights as an American. She says voting gives Latinos like her a voice. “Voting is something I’ve always done in my country,” she said. “I couldn’t do it here, but now I can.” Originally from El Salvador, Cienfuegos, a mother of two who came legally to the United States in 2010, registered to vote right after her U.S. citizenship ceremony in York, Pennsylvania, earlier this year. She demurs when asked if she is backing a candidate in the November presidential contest. “Like I learned in my country, my vote is secret," Cienfuegos said. "But what I can tell you? I’m going to support the candidate who...
    Actor Edward Norton has declared that the electoral college is “deeply rooted” in racism and slavery, arguing that America should have started using a national popular vote system 200 years ago. Norton, a Democrat activist who produced an Emmy-winning Obama documentary in 2009, made the comments in reference to an opinion piece in The New York Times, which claims resistance to eliminating the electoral college “has long been connected to the idea of white supremacy.” According to the article by Professor Alexander Keyssar, it is “no secret that slavery played a role in the original design of our presidential election system” as it gives “white Southerners disproportionate influence in the choice of presidents, an edge that could and did affect the outcome of elections.” “All Americans...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will hold early general elections next June, the country’s prime minister announced Friday, fulfilling a promise made when he took office to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said the June 6 vote will come a year earlier than scheduled. The protesters had demanded early elections and a reformed electoral law when they took to the streets in anti-government demonstrations that erupted last October. The rallies, led by Iraqi youth, swept over Baghdad and the Iraqi south, decrying rampant corruption in the country. Over 500 protesters were killed in the demonstrations as Iraqi security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse crowds. Pressure from the protests lead to the...
    University of Maryland-Baltimore County Professor William Blake argued that the Electoral College is the product of “white supremacy” in a recently published opinion column. Blake, a political science professor, argues that “the founders’ only remaining justification for the Electoral College is structural racism.” According to a report by Campus Reform, University of Maryland-Baltimore Professor William Blake recently made the case that America’s Founding Fathers used their racism to justify the creation of the Electoral College. Blake’s column was written in response to a Supreme Court decision in which the court decided that states can force Electoral College members to vote for the winner of the state’s popular vote. States can force members of the Electoral College to vote for the...
    On August 18, Miami Dade voters will be heard about who will lead the recovery of the county after the pandemic, who will represent South Florida to secure funds in Tallahasee and who will take the voices of its residents to the Capitol in Washington, in addition , who will watch over justice by choosing a prosecutor and numbers of judges. Today, the Elections Department conducted accuracy tests on the machines that count the ballots. The department states that voting by mail is completely safe, as long as the voter does not deliver the ballot to a third person or group. “We take many measures to protect the voter vote, starting with the vote by mail....
    The lone electoral college vote won by President Trump in New England in the 2016 presidential election is up for grabs, according to a poll of Maine voters released by Colby College on Wednesday. In Maine, two electoral college votes are awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote for president, while one electoral college vote is awarded to the winner of the popular vote for president in each of the state’s two congressional districts. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state’s popular vote by a margin of three points, 48 percent to 45 percent, as well as the popular vote in the First Congressional District, which she won by a margin of 14 points, 54 percent to 40...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. We have learned from conflicts ranging from World War 1 to Iraq that it is entirely possible to win the war and lose the peace. In politics, nowhere was this more evident than in the 2000 election pitting George W Bush against Al Gore, where the race was essentially tied on Election Day. We know that a full recount would have resulted in a Gore win, but the race was lost in the aftermath. Republicans proved more adept and ruthless in post-election maneuvering, while the Democrats pursued a timid and ultimately losing strategy....
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Latest county tax hike deserves a ‘no’ vote On July 21 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to initiate the process for placing a tax increase on the 2020 ballot. This would entail an unrestricted and regressive 5/8ths of one-cent increase in the sales tax rate. Voters should recall the county passed six new tax increases in nearly every election year since 2008, and it looks like 2020 will bring more of the same. The only “no” votes were from Supervisors Joe Simitian and Mike Wasserman, who correctly stated in the last eight years the county population has grown 6% while the county...
    AKRON, OH - JULY 30: LeBron James addresses the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) The Lakers find themselves three hours north from the place LeBron James used to call his “old stomping ground”. You could say that his years with the Miami Heat were the ones where he shined the brightest as was the dominating force in basketball. He is also striving to leave his mark outside of the basketball courts as he fights for social justice. Amidst the glamour of the beaches and façades that find themselves all throughout Miami and Florida, there are serious social issues that seem...
    William Blake July 23, 2020 8:00AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. States can force members of the Electoral College to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state's presidential primary, the Supreme Court recently ruled. The July 6 decision removed one of the two reasons why the framers of the U.S. Constitution created this election system: to empower political elites who may know more about the candidates than ordinary voters. Now, the founders' only remaining justification for the Electoral College is structural racism. Though the Electoral College has changed since it was first used to elect George Washington to the presidency in 1789, my research shows that the system continues to give...
    By LLAZAR SEMINI, Associated Press TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament on Thursday approved electoral reforms aimed at guaranteeing free and fair elections and considered a key condition to starting entry negotiations with the European Union. The left-wing governing Socialist Party, which dominates the 140-seat Assembly, joined forces with opposition lawmakers to pass the legislation in a 99-6 vote with four abstentions. The electoral reforms center on the electronic identification of voters, partly depoliticizing the electoral commission and other recommendations from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has monitored the country’s elections. Albania’s post-communist elections have continually been marred by irregularities, including vote-buying or manipulation in ballot counting. Thursday's vote came nearly seven weeks after Albanian political...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s parliament on Thursday approved electoral reforms aimed at guaranteeing free and fair elections and considered a key condition to starting entry negotiations with the European Union. The left-wing governing Socialist Party, which dominates the 140-seat Assembly, joined forces with opposition lawmakers to pass the legislation in a 99-6 vote with four abstentions. The electoral reforms center on the electronic identification of voters, partly depoliticizing the electoral commission and other recommendations from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has monitored the country’s elections. Albania’s post-communist elections have continually been marred by irregularities, including vote-buying or manipulation in ballot counting. Thursday’s vote came nearly seven weeks after Albanian political parties reached an electoral...
    Joe Biden on Monday vowed to fight back against any foreign interference in the U.S. electoral process with "substantial and lasting costs on state perpetrators," including sanctions, asset freezes, cyber responses and the exposure of corruption. “Foreign interference in the U.S. electoral process represents an assault on the American people and their constitutional right to vote,” Biden wrote in a statement Monday posted to Medium. “When foreign states direct hackers, trolls, money launderers, and misinformation to subvert or cast doubt on our elections, they threaten America’s sovereignty, democratic institutions, and national security. They undermine the vote and the voice of every U.S. citizen. They attack our very way of life.” Biden’s statement came after Democratic leaders issued a new warning that...
    Steven Heilman July 18, 2020 1:29PM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, changing just 269 votes in Florida from George W. Bush to Al Gore would have changed the outcome of the entire national election. Similarly narrow results have happened in nearly one-third of the country's presidential elections – and five winners of the nationwide popular vote did not become president, including in 2000 and 2016. The Electoral College divides one big election into 51 smaller ones – one for each state, plus the District of Columbia. Mathematically speaking, this system is built to virtually ensure narrow victories, making it very susceptible to efforts to change either voters' minds or...
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in US history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters approved a switch to ranked-choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state law change later extended the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to try to force a people’s veto vote on the law change. That would have kept ranked-choice voting off presidential ballots in the state this year, because voters would have had to decide then whether to retain the voting method. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that...
    by Steven Heilman, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, changing just 269 votes in Florida from George W. Bush to Al Gore would have changed the outcome of the entire national election. Similarly narrow results have happened in nearly one-third of the country’s presidential elections – and five winners of the nationwide popular vote did not become president, including in 2000 and 2016. The Electoral College divides one big election into 51 smaller ones – one for each state, plus the District of Columbia. Mathematically speaking, this system is built to virtually ensure narrow victories, making it very susceptible to efforts to change either voters’ minds or the...
    George Washington presides over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 25 - September 17, 1787. Hulton Archive/Getty Images For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.We are in a moment of reckoning over racism, not only taking down Confederate statues to eradicate these lingering odes to white supremacy but also examining how deeply our society has been shaped by slavery and its aftermath. Last year, the New York Times’ 1619 Project traced the influence of slavery on everything from American capitalism to the American diet. Today, individuals, brands, and lawmakers are taking stock. In this reappraisal, the Electoral College is likewise due for a second look. In the last five elections, the Electoral...
    Because the 2020 presidential election approaches, Hillary Clinton is kicking her anti-Trump marketing campaign into excessive gear. Throughout an look on The Each day Present with Trevor Noah final night time, the previous Democratic nominee stated that she’s nervous concerning the “actual hazard” of voter suppression and overseas interference, in addition to the chance that President Trump gained’t depart workplace if he loses. “We’ve to be prepared for that,” Clinton stated of Trump’s refusal to simply accept the 2020 election outcomes. Clinton’s Each day Present interview started on a lighter observe as she up to date viewers on her life in quarantine, nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy for issues to show severe. “It looks as if America is on an ominous...
    Joe Biden is beating President Trump in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, according to a new internal poll. Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, leads the White House incumbent in the district that covers Omaha, 51% to 44%, internal polling by GQR released Monday found. Biden's 7-percentage-point advantage puts him in a good stead to pick up at least one of Nebraska's five electoral votes in November. Nebraska and Maine are the only states in the Electoral College that aren't "winner takes all." And in a close election even a single electoral vote can make a difference in getting to a majority of 270 out of 538. In Nebraska, two votes are awarded to the statewide popular vote winner,...
    Whither the Electoral College? The Supreme Court had its say on the matter during the always-eventful last week of the term. To repeat a contention often made in these columns, the high court has evolved into an essentially political institution, robed in the judiciary’s apolitical veneer. Given that we are a deeply divided nation, that the late-term cases are usually the most controversial, and that the four left-leaning justices — those appointed by Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama — tend to vote as a bloc in these cliffhanger rulings, one doesn’t expect many 9-0 decisions when the calendar reaches late June (let alone July). SMITH AND VON SPAKOVSKY: SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON 'FAITHLESS' ELECTORS IS A VICTORY FOR WE THE...
    Christopher Suprun, a Texas Republican, could not bring himself to vote for his party’s nominee when he exercised his duty as a member of 2016’s Electoral College. Lingering questions about Donald Trump’s grasp of foreign policy, old comments on race, and his opaque personal finances meant he instead chose then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The abuse followed swiftly. “I was doxxed, threatened, and followed,” he said. “Same with my wife. Same with my kids.” But given the chance, Suprun would do the same again in 2020, he told the Washington Examiner, even after the Supreme Court this week upheld the right of states to penalize “faithless electors.” On Monday, the justices unanimously ruled against the argument that electors, appointed to...
    A poll released on Monday by left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump by 11 points, 53 percent to 42 percent, in Maine. Notably, that same poll shows the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, Sara Gideon with just a four-point lead over incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), 46 percent to 42 percent. Taking Collins’s Maine Senate seat out of the Republican column and putting it into the Democratic column is considered one of the lynchpins of the Democratic Party’s 2020 election efforts to retake the majority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats supported Gideon by a 79 percent to 13 percent margin. Republicans supported Collins by a 76 percent to eight percent...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has four simple words for members of the Electoral College who fail to back the winner of their state's popular vote in presidential elections:  "We the people rule."   In a unanimous decision, the nine-member high court Monday ruled that members of the Electoral College, the body that elects the U.S. president, are not "free agents" and that states may penalize them for breaking their pledge.  "The Constitution's text and the nation's history both support allowing a state to enforce an elector's pledge to support his party's nominee — and the state voters' choice — for president," liberal Justice Elena Kagan wrote in a 33-page opinion on behalf of the court.    The...
    Electoral College members hoping to disrupt the system to influence the election results took a loss Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled that states can punish "faithless electors" who vote differently from how they are pledged to vote based on the general election results. What's this about? There have been conflicting legal decisions regarding whether states can punish Electoral College members who change their vote. In 2016, for example, three electors in Washington state cast their votes for Colin Powell instead of Hillary Clinton. They hoped to inspire electors in states won by President Donald Trump to change their own votes, preventing Trump from getting a majority of Electoral College votes and pushing the election to the House...
            by Mark Sherman  WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to “Hamilton” and “Veep,” the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in Washington state and Colorado just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, as electors almost always do anyway. So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the outcome of a presidential election, but that could change in a race decided by just a few electoral votes. It takes 270...
    Matthew Chapman July 6, 2020 4:50PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a long-anticipated decision on the constitutionality of laws prohibiting so-called "faithless electors." In a unanimous 9-0 ruling, the court found that it is constitutional for states to force delegates in the Electoral College to cast a vote in line with the result of the popular vote winner for president in that state — and can remove and replace them if they refuse to do so. : Thirty-two states currently have such laws on the books, which effectively guarantee that the winner of their states' electors will be decided by the popular vote. Faithless electors have occurred in a number of...
    By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in Washington state and Colorado just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, as electors almost always do anyway. So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the outcome of a presidential election, but that could change in a race decided by just a few electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. A state may instruct “electors that they have no ground...
    Getty The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020, during the first day of oral arguments held by telephone, a first in the Court's history, as a result of COVID-19, known as coronavirus. The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is permissible to enforce punitive measures on members of the Electoral College who cast their vote for a candidate who was not their state’s popular vote winner. The decision comes after the 2016 election when President Donald Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton not by the popular vote, but by the combined votes of the Electoral College. Trump got 304 of their votes while Clinton got 227, but she got about...
    By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, and electors almost always do so anyway. So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the outcome of a presidential election, but that could change in a race decided by just a few electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. The justices had scheduled arguments for the spring so they could resolve the issue...
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states´ popular vote winner in the Electoral College – in a ruling that would squelch efforts by 'rogue' faithless electors in 2020.  The court held unanimously that states are entitled to tell their electors they have 'no ground for reversing the vote of millions of its citizens' – after Washington State sought to slap $1,000 fines on electors who ignored their pledges. 'That direction accords with the Constitution—as well as with the trust of a Nation that here, We the People rule,' Justice Elena Kagan wrote.  The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of...
    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, and electors almost always do so anyway. So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the outcome of a presidential election, but that could change in a race decided by just a few electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. The justices had scheduled arguments for the spring so they could resolve the issue before the election, rather than amid a potential...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court said that states can bind members of the electoral college who fail to fulfill a pledge to vote for a state's popular vote winner in presidential elections. The case comes as the election season is heating up and the Electoral College will once again be front and center in an increasingly polarized and volatile political atmosphere.In 2016, 10 of the 538 presidential electors went rogue, attempting to vote for someone other than their pledged candidate. In all, 32 states and the District of Columbia have laws that are meant to discourage faithless electors. But until 2016, no state had ever actually punished or removed an elector because of his or her vote.The vote count was 9-0.This is...
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    Dominicans in Atlanta vote to elect president In these elections, senators and deputies will be elected to occupy the government cabinet that will accompany the president-elect. While celebrities such as Francisca Lachapel, Clarissa Molina or Tony D’Andrades invited their countrymen to vote, in Atlanta more than a thousand Dominicans had the opportunity to vote this Sunday to elect the next president of the Dominican Republic, as well as also to the senators and deputies who will accompany the elected leader to lead the country for the next four years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of positive cases thrown in the Dominican Republic, these elections had to be rescheduled for today, inviting all voters to wear...
    Despite the suffocating heat and the COVID-19, thousands of people in the Dominican Republic came out to vote to elect their next president. When the desire to vote seizes the Dominicans There are no coronaviruses that discourage them, they put on their best protections to exercise the right to vote, and they even appear at the electoral college before 07:00 in the morning, the official time of the start of the general elections. Dominicans’ passion for politics always translates into high participation rates – it was 69 percent in the 2016 elections – and this Sunday the electoral colleges they are full, in some cases in order and with separation, but in others with crowds. Dominican vote with latex...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state’s voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era. Facing pressure from a lawsuit and the possibility of action from a federal judge, legislators are putting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. The amendment would simplify elections for governor and other statewide officials by erasing an Electoral College-type provision from Mississippi’s 1890 constitution — one that was written to dilute Black voting power and maintain white control of state politics. Mississippi is the only state with such a system for state elections. If voters adopt the amendment, a statewide candidate receiving a majority...
    Mississippi residents are set to vote later this year on striking Jim Crow-era provisions that were meant to dilute Black voting power, the Associated Press reported Saturday. The vote follows the state's decision to remove its Confederate-themed state flag late last month. The state is facing increased pressure from lawsuits and the possibility of action taken to federal court, leading legislators to include a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would make changes including removing an Electoral College-type provision from Mississippi's 1980 constitution, simplifying statewide elections.  According to the AP, Mississippi is the only state to exhibit this type of system for state elections. If the amendment is adopted, statewide candidates who receive the majority vote will win their election. If no one...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era. Facing pressure from a lawsuit and the possibility of action from a federal judge, legislators are putting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. The amendment would simplify elections for governor and other statewide officials by erasing an Electoral College-type provision from Mississippi's 1890 constitution — one that was written to dilute Black voting power and maintain white control of state politics. Mississippi is the only state with such a system for state elections. If voters adopt the amendment,...
    JACKSON, MISS. - Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era. Facing pressure from a lawsuit and the possibility of action from a federal judge, legislators are putting a  state constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.   The amendment would simplify elections for governor and other statewide officials by erasing an Electoral College-type provision from Mississippi's 1890 constitution — one that was written to dilute Black voting power and maintain white control of state politics. Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Remove Rebel Emblem From State Flag It's the last state flag that included a Confederate symbol that many...
    Members of a local electoral commission empty a ballot box at a polling station after a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms in Moscow on July 1, 2020.ALEXANDER NEMENOV Russians have overwhelmingly voted in favor of changes to the country's constitution that enable President Vladimir Putin to potentially stay in power up to 2036. Russia's electoral commission said Wednesday evening, following a week-long vote, that early indications pointed to a majority of voters backing the constitutional amendments covering a raft of issues. These range from the minimum wage and pensions, to giving Putin the right to run for two more six-year terms in office. The 67-year old's current term ends in 2024. According to preliminary results, the commission said around 74%...
    Alan Halsall – Paul Cooper The electoral watchdog should be abolished and its powers handed back to local councils, the three remaining board members of the Vote Leave campaign group have said. The call came as Alan Halsall, one of the directors, spoke out for the first time to lay bare the toll taken by the Electoral Commission’s pursuit of him in the years following the 2016 referendum. MPs on the public administration and constitutional affairs committee are due to grill senior officials from the Commission about its work on Thursday. Earlier this month, the Government said it was considering whether to allow the Electoral Commission to have beefed-up powers to undertake its own prosecutions. A review by the...
    Four and a half months after the United States elections, President and reelection candidate Donald Trump denounced today that the elections will be “the most fraudulent” in the history of the country, if voting by mail is allowed, as proposed by governors and mayors. to prevent further outbreaks of coronavirus. “By mail ballots, 2020 will have the most fraudulent elections in our history, unless this stupidity stops. We voted during World War I and World War II without a hitch, but now they use Covid to cheat with the vote by mail! “denounced the president on Twitter, without presenting evidence of possible fraud. If people can go out and protest, riot, break into stores, and create all sorts of havoc,...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi voters might get a chance to purge a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution and simplify the process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. Legislators are close to agreeing on House Concurrent Resolution 47. It would put a proposal on the ballot this November, letting people decide whether to erase an Electoral College-type provision from the state’s 1890 constitution. The proposal says that a candidate who wins a majority of the popular vote would win a statewide election. If nobody receives a majority in a race with three or more candidates, the top two would go to a runoff. The Mississippi Constitution currently requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of...