American Law Institute issues report on Early & Absentee Voting and Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election

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The American Law Institute has released its updated Principles of the Law, Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes, Part I: Principles of Non-Precinct Voting: Early In-Person Voting and Absentee Voting and Part III: Procedures for the Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election. The report includes a discussion of the issues involved with when ballots arrive with respect to deadlines and how postmarks — or the lack of postmarks — can become crucial in determining the outcome of close elections. “Disputed elections have played a large role in our national consciousness over the last two decades, mostly as … Read More

Ohio Secretary of State blames Postal Service for absentee ballot problem

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ABC13: Hundreds of voters in northwest Ohio say they have not received their absentee ballots in the mail. The problem starts seems to start at the mail sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan. The ballots were sent from Lucas, Wood and five other counties October 12. But twenty days later, many still have not been delivered. Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, visited the board of elections office in Wood County. He says voting has gone smoothly in Ohio except for this absentee ballot problem. Husted puts the blame squarely on the postal system, saying, “It’s completely unacceptable. The post office … Read More

USA Today: Better hope the election’s not close

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USA Today: Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ system don’t bode well if the vote count goes into overtime and Clinton eventually wins…. All states count some ballots late, and those tend to break towards Democrats. Nothing nefarious occurs: the casting and counting follow procedures laid out in state law. Some of the states that count more late ballots are key battlegrounds, magnifying the suspense on Election Night. Mail ballots are one of two types that can shift election results. Many states require mail ballots to be received by election officials on Election Day. Others continue to accept ballots postmarked on Election Day, up to two weeks following the … Read More

Voting Early, and in Droves: Nearly 22 Million Ballots Are Already In

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New York Times: With nine days until the general election, almost 22 million people have already voted, through early voting and absentee ballots. In many states, the number of early voters is lower than at the same point in the 2012 cycle. In Texas, however, the number of early voters is sharply higher than in the previous presidential election. A closer look at those votes — most of which were cast before the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, announced on Friday that the bureau was reviewing a new trove of emails related to Hillary Clinton — also shows that across all … Read More

1,500 absentee ballot requests found in Rock Island, IL post office

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Dispatch-Argus: Authorities want to know why more than 1,500 absentee ballot applications in Rock Island County  in Illinois were not collected and returned to the county clerk’s office. Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee on Friday afternoon confirmed the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspector Service and his office are investigating the incident. “If something was being done to try and suppress the vote, it is a violation of the election code, which is a felony,” Mr. McGehee. “That’s why this is an ongoing investigation to see if anybody is doing … Read More

Hundreds of absentee ballots missing in Ohio

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ABC13: Hundreds of absentee ballots are missing from several counties in Northwest Ohio. Now an investigation is underway to figure out what happened. Those ballots were requested by voters and sent out by county boards of elections in early October. They made it to a sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan but they didn’t get to where they were supposed to go after that. We’re talking about more than 400 ballots. Congressman Bob Latta and the Ohio Secretary of State met with postal service representatives. 13abc is told solutions are being sought and that some of those ballots are back on … Read More

Trump Melts Down And Accuses The US Postal Service Of Stealing The Election For Clinton

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PoliticusUSA: At a rally in Golden, CO, Trump said: I have real problems with ballots being sent. Does that make sense? Like people saying, “Oh, here’s a ballot. Here’s another ballot. Throw it away. Oh, here’s one I like. We’ll keep that one.” I have real problems, so get your ballots in. Trump also accused election officials of throwing away ballots, as his rally was a mixture of claims of voter fraud and baseless speculation about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Donald Trump appears to be losing his mind. He also seems to think that accusing the US Postal Service and election … Read More

Trump Suggests That Election Officials Will Throw Away Mail-In Ballots

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Talking Points Memo: Donald Trump suggested in a speech at a Colorado rally on Saturday that election officials will throw away mail-in ballots if they don’t “like” them. “I have real problems with ballots being sent,” Trump said, according to a transcript by NBC’s Ali Vitali and Emily Gold. “People say, oh, here’s a ballot, bing. Here’s another ballot, throw it away. Oh, here’s one I like, we’ll keep that one.” Trump claimed that there are “a lot of people” watching election officials. “We’re trying to have some pretty good supervision out there,” he said. “We have a lot of people watching … Read More

‘New reality’ of vote-by-mail includes delays and problems with postmarks

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News Tribune: The U.S. Postal Service isn’t delivering mail as quickly as it used to, and elections officials say that has the potential to disrupt voting-by-mail in the first presidential election since the service changes took effect last year. First-class mail, which includes ballots, no longer arrives at its destination within one to three days, but instead takes two to five days — a reality that led the Postal Service this year to advise elections officials that voters should mail their ballots back a week before Election Day. Theoretically, the longer delivery timeline shouldn’t matter in a state like Washington, … Read More

Americans Love Early Voting, And It Might Help Clinton

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FiveThirtyEight: Early voting is already underway in many states, and this election season offers more opportunities than ever for voters to cast a ballot ahead of Election Day. Massachusetts and Minnesota, for example, are offering newly expanded early voting options, and other states are expanding mail balloting. And for the past 16 years, voters across the country have been casting more and more early presidential ballots. According to data from the AP Election Research Group as reported by CBS News, only 16 percent of the votes for president were cast early in 2000, but by 2012, that number had risen to 36 percent. Since 1996, … Read More