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Biden transition live updates: Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump campaign challenge to election results

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Brad Raffensperger investigation into Florida attorney Bill Price

Raffensperger says the attorney told the county Republican party that he’d be registering to vote in Georgia, and encouraged them to do the same

ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State announced Thursday afternoon that his office is investigating a Florida attorney who, he says, attempted to register to fraudulently vote.

According to a news release, Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger says Bill Price was caught on tape stating his intent to register in Georgia and encouraging two million other people to move into Georgia before the January runoff to vote.

Raffensperger says only true Georgia residents can register to vote and cast a ballot in the state’s elections.

“Make no mistake, individuals who attempt to undermine the integrity of Georgia’s elections will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Those who move to Georgia just to vote in the Senate runoffs with

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Tokyo prosecutors consider summary indictment of ex-PM Abe officials: Asahi

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a policy speech at the start of the regular session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo prosecutors are considering a summary indictment of two officials in former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office for alleged violation of political funding laws, the daily Asahi reported on Friday.

Prosecutors believe the officials failed to report income and expenditures totalling some 30 million yen ($289,000) related to cherry blossom viewing parties held for Abe supporters when he was in office, the Asahi report said.

Under Japanese law, a summary indictment would mean the officials avoid a full court trial process. But the widely publicised case – which cast a shadow over Abe’s final term – may also prove a headline for his successor as Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, who defended Abe in parliament over the issue as

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Sec. of State announces investigation of Fla. attorney Bill Price

Raffensperger says the attorney told the county Republican party that he’d be registering to vote in Georgia, and encouraged them to do the same

ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State announced Thursday afternoon that his office is investigating a Florida attorney who, he says, attempted to register to fraudulently vote.

According to a news release, Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger says Bill Price was caught on tape stating his intent to register in Georgia and encouraging two million other people to move into Georgia before the January runoff to vote.

Raffensperger says only true Georgia residents can register to vote and cast a ballot in the state’s elections.

“Make no mistake, individuals who attempt to undermine the integrity of Georgia’s elections will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Those who move to Georgia just to vote in the Senate runoffs with

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Pandemic, partisan attacks exposed gaps in Pa.’s new mail-in voting law

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Republicans have called for the resignation of Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, who say her election guidance was inappropriate. Boockvar’s office said in an email their guidance was uniform and necessary to update counties as courts resolved disputes regarding the new law.


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Republicans have called for the resignation of Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, who say her election guidance was inappropriate. Boockvar’s office said in an email their guidance was uniform and necessary to update counties as courts resolved disputes regarding the new law.

HARRISBURG — Before any threat of a deadly, fast-spreading coronavirus disrupted daily life in every way across Pennsylvania, state lawmakers had approved a new way of voting that gave residents an alternative to going in person to the polls.

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Little did they know their legislation would be put to the test during a worldwide pandemic, and that, a year after its passage, parts of it would be challenged in

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In some parts of New York, vote count shrouded in secrecy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election, with results in a few races still unknown one month after Election Day.

Several of the locally run elections boards responsible for processing a record 2 million absentee ballots cast in the state decided not to release any rolling updates on how their count of those mail-in votes was progressing until the very last vote was tallied.

While elections officials in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada updated the public daily on how their count of the mail-in vote was going, their counterparts in some parts of New York maintained radio silence, and refused all media requests for information as to how the vote was unfolding.

“The country was looking down their noses at Pennsylvania, Georgia for taking so

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Ex U.S. Attorney calls for investigation into Lindsey Graham call

Secretary Brad Raffensperger said last month he’d gotten a call from the South Carolina senator in which he felt he was pressured to find ways to invalidate ballots.

ATLANTA — An Atlanta-based former U.S. Attorney requested an investigation into a call between South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger last month.

In mid-November, Raffensperger told The Washington Post that he felt that in the conversation, Sen. Graham had asked him questions in a manner that, as The Post put it, “appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots.”

Graham has called that interpretation “ridiculous.”

Raffensperger told the paper it “sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road.” That interpretation was later backed up by Gabriel Sterling in the Secretary of State’s Office, who was on for some of the call.

According to The Post, Graham asked Raffensperger

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Steps states must start working on to secure integrity of future elections

Fair elections require legitimacy and transparency. Regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, we need reform in the voting system.

First, every state and jurisdiction must require some form of photo identification for people to vote. Years ago, I signed that requirement in Wisconsin. We even included language that provides state identification cards — with proper documentation — for free at Division of Motor Vehicles offices across the state. Opponents claimed the law would be a barrier to voting, yet Wisconsin continues to have some of the highest voter turnout in the country. To ensure the integrity of the vote, every state should have a law requiring photo ID to vote.

Second, in addition to voter identification, states must pass laws to provide for greater verification of the legitimacy of each voter. This should include things like sending notices to people who have not voted at a specific

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Biden Presidential Transition News: Live Updates

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‘Compromise Is Within Reach,’ McConnell Says of Stimulus Talks

Senator Mitch McConnell said negotiations on a new round of coronavirus relief were closer to agreement, but did not endorse a $908 billion compromise measure embraced by Democratic leaders.

“It has always been about policy differences. We have two sides with two different visions for the best way to support our nation through what we hope will be the last chapter of the pandemic. Now that isn’t new. We have disagreements all the time. Our system can handle disagreements. But both sides have to be willing to compile their commonalities and make law here. Our people are hurting. But they’re ready to finish this fight. Congress should not keep them waiting for reinforcements that should have arrived, literally, months ago. So compromise is within reach. We know where we agree, we

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Georgia Republicans Want to Pass Law Requiring Photo ID for Mail-In Ballots Following 2020 Election Results

Although there is no evidence to suggest fraudulent activity occurred in Georgia during November’s election, the state’s top Republican leaders have voiced their support for additional criteria necessary to cast ballots by mail in future races.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Despite an absence of evidence to suggest fraud or misconduct impacted Georgia's election results, the state's top Republican officials have publicly shown support for reforming absentee ballot requirements amid allegations from Donald Trump's campaign. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Despite an absence of evidence to suggest fraud or misconduct impacted Georgia’s election results, the state’s top Republican officials have publicly shown support for reforming absentee ballot requirements amid allegations from Donald Trump’s campaign. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, separately vouched for new policies that would require absentee voters to submit photo identification alongside their mail ballots in remarks delivered last month, when the state certified its election results for Joe Biden.

Raffensperger, who has pushed back fiercely against Donald Trump’s unproven

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