mail-in-ballots

Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

BY: - May 5, 2021

Twenty voting-rights and civil-rights organizations told Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday that he should veto elections-reform legislation sent for his signature by the Republican-led Florida Legislature. The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, […]

GOP voting reforms add grandkids to short list of who can help handle mail-in ballots

BY: - April 21, 2021

GOP-sponsored election reforms advancing in the Florida Legislature are growing closer in their details, including who can handle mail-in-ballots for members of a voter’s “immediate family.” That now includes grandchildren. In versions awaiting votes in the Senate and House, grandkids were recently added to the limited list of relatives who may pick up and deliver […]

Battleground states count mail ballots, with Biden just shy of votes to clinch presidency

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory […]

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FL Democrats confront a hard truth: ‘We need a whole new direction’

BY: - November 4, 2020

Florida Democrats on Wednesday were absorbing a stunning rebuke: President Donald Trump carried Florida with 51.24 percent of the vote to Biden’s 47.85 percent, a difference of nearly 400,000 votes out of 11 million cast, according to unofficial Florida Division of Elections data. Trump claimed Florida’s 29 electoral votes. Moreover, his party added five seats […]

Election Day in-person voting was mostly smooth, but tensions have been rising

BY: and - November 3, 2020

Throughout Election Day, Florida voters have had a relatively calm experience at the polls — but tensions have been brewing over myriad complications: U.S Department of Justice staffers are in Florida to monitor for violations of federal voting rights law involving six counties: Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach; A federal judge instructed […]

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Count every vote: Patience is a Democratic virtue

BY: - November 3, 2020

In an unprecedented year, it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election. It’s the first in most of our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an unprecedented number of ballots, in Florida and nationwide, will be cast after being mailed to voters. While we’re accustomed to watching results on […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

BY: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots […]

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

BY: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not have been allowed to take […]

In-person voting on primary day: ‘People are in fear that something will happen, so they don’t want to come out.’

BY: , and - August 18, 2020

In a typical election, the St. Louis Catholic Church on the north side of Tallahassee would have a line of people waiting to cast their votes. But this year, during COVID-19, in-person voting has significantly decreased. The clerk working, who wished to be referred to as Mrs. Boykin, has twenty years of experience in working […]

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Trump isn’t serious about delaying the election. He’s deadly serious about destroying its legitimacy

BY: - August 2, 2020

Abe Lincoln didn’t do it. And he was busy trying to hold the Union together. FDR didn’t do it. And he was leading the nation through the most violent days of the second World War. But Donald Trump, self-styled “wartime president,” Florida resident, and long-time absentee voter, waded into territory that two of the nation’s […]

COVID-19 pushes U.S. Postal Service finances to the brink; Trump administration threatens to hobble it

BY: - April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are relying on the U.S. Postal Service for key supplies while they isolate themselves to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the Postal Service itself faces uncertain times ahead, as the economic fallout of the pandemic and hostility from the Trump administration threaten to hobble it. “At a time when […]