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Georgia reports more than 940,000 absentee ballot requests for Senate runoff election

More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the Jan. 5 runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting systems implementation manager, said Monday.That includes 604,255 people who are eligible to receive mail-in ballots automatically, according to Sterling. For comparison, 1,322,529 absentee ballots were cast in November’s general election, according to a release from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.Sterling said that 1,040 ballots have been returned so far, a “small trickle that we except to get larger soon.”Georgia voters are required to request absentee ballots again for the runoff, even if they voted absentee in November, except those over the age of 65, members of the military or physically disabled people who requested absentee ballots for the entire election cycle.Republicans are struggling to encourage voters to back incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as President Donald Trump … Read More

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Wisconsin 2020 Election: Amber Pflughoeft cast ballot before dying of cancer; vote won’t be counted

CHILTON, Wis. — Amber Pflughoeft beamed with pride as she filled out her ballot for the first time last month.

A 20-year-old who’d been fighting bone cancer for a decade, she was fascinated with politics, her mother Tiffany Pflughoeft remembered. And after spending the last midterm election in the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, she was determined to vote this year.

But just a few days after she mailed in her ballot, Amber’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse. She went back to the hospital and died in late September.

Now, her ballot will be thrown out under Wisconsin election law. She is one of several dozen Wisconsinites whose votes will be canceled because they passed away after voting early, according to state Elections Commission data provided to CNN through a public records request.

“She was so excited about it,” Tiffany Pflughoeft said this week. “She died

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California attorney general drops challenge over GOP ballot boxes

California’s attorney general has dropped a legal challenge seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for every voter who

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Uber, Lyft paid nearly $100K to firm of NAACP leader who backed their ballot measure

Uber Driver Protests

Ride-hail drivers have held several protests in front of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters over the past couple of years demanding to be classified as employees.


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Editors’ note: Four weeks after this story was published, Alice Huffman reportedly said she’s stepping down as president of the California chapter of the NAACP, effective Dec. 1. The news was reported Friday by the Los Angeles Times, which said Huffman, 84, cited health issues as the reason for her departure. The paper noted that Huffman has held the position since 1999.

Uber and Lyft have been refining their $200 million effort to win a ballot measure campaign designed to keep gig workers classified as independent contractors in California. They’ve sent out mailers, emails, text messages and press releases and taken out ads. One of the many themes they’ve hit on is that “communities of color support Prop 22.”

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Graham ‘Can’t Explain’ What Makes GA Sec Of State ‘Tick’ After Claims Of Ballot Interference

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning to gripe that he “can’t explain” what makes Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensberger — who accused the South Carolina Republican of pressuring him to toss out legally cast ballots — “tick.”

Graham vehemently denied Raffensperger’s allegations during his “Fox and Friends” interview Thursday morning. Raffensberger, a Republican, accused Graham of demanding that he disregard all absentee ballots in counties where there was a high rate of signature-matching rejections.

“We never talked about him throwing out ballots,” Graham said. “We talked about how would you challenge a signature in Georgia.”

After co-host Brian Kilmeade reiterated that Raffensberger accused Graham of pressuring him into throwing ballots away, Graham grew more exasperated as he quipped: “I can’t explain that guy. I can’t explain what makes him tick.”

During his “Fox and Friends” interview, Graham also repeated his claim the day before

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Progressive Criminal Justice Ballot Initiatives Won Big in the 2020 Election

On November 3, voters across the country approved a slew of progressive ballot initiatives related to criminal justice. From legalizing marijuana to establishing independent police oversight boards, voters altered the political landscape, advancing criminal justice policies that have the potential to destabilize barriers to racial equity, promote transparency and accountability in policing, and restore the right to vote for people with a felony record. While the details of the ballot initiatives vary, they represent an overall trend that progressive criminal justice policies are gaining support across the United States. In particular, shifts in opinion concerning drug policy, policing, and rights for justice-involved populations highlight the growing popularity of progressive reforms.

The ballot initiative process

The ballot initiative process, which currently exists in only 24 states, gives voters the opportunity to pass or reject proposed state legislation. In some states, voters also have the ability to directly modify their state constitution

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Ballot Law Commission to be briefed by Secretary of State on general election

BRIEFING MONDAY. Members of the state Ballot Law Commission will be briefed on the general election by Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Deputy Secretary David Scanlan at their meeting Monday at 9 a.m. at the state archives building.>> Download the FREE WMUR appCommission member David Campbell said the report on how the absentee and in-person voting process went will be of special interest “given the national landscape and the lack of faith by some people in the election process.”“It’s important that people are provided full transparency of the process considering the rhetoric we are hearing on the national level right now,” Campbell said.Gardner has announced a record 814,092 ballots were cast including 261,062 absentee ballots, which was more than three times the previous record of 75,305 absentee ballots cast in 2016.

BRIEFING MONDAY. Members of the state Ballot Law Commission will be briefed on the general election by Secretary

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NC elections official blocks mom’s ballot after her death

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina elections director had to ask members of her board to reject her mother’s absentee ballot because she died several weeks before the general election.

Sara Knotts, director of Brunswick County elections, made the request last week. Her mother, Anne Ashcraft, 62, submitted her ballot in September, then died of brain cancer on Oct. 11, news outlets reported.

The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to remove Ashcraft’s absentee ballot. North Carolina election law requires voters to be alive on Election Day. This includes voters who cast their ballots by mail or during in-person early voting.

“Hardest thing I’ve done as an elections administrator: present a challenge against the absentee ballot cast by my mom,” Knotts tweeted last week.

“Honestly, when she was voting her ballot, she was under hospice care. So I knew that she may not be alive on Election Day,”

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Georgia ballot audit expected to be complete by Wednesday night, election official says

ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — A Georgia election official said Tuesday morning that the hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race would be complete by Wednesday evening.

“We feel like we’re on a good path,” said Gabriel Sterling with Georgia’s Secretary of State Office. “The audit is on pace.”

Sterling said the by-hand recount is so the state can move to certify its election results. Once certified, the losing campaign can request a recount, which would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes. The AP has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 0.3 percentage points.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger did not attend Tuesday morning’s news conference. Trump and his allies have criticized Raffensperger, saying that mismanagement and fraud tainted the state’s presidential election.

Over the weekend, Trump posted on social

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Florida’s attorney general sides with Trump, signs on to brief in Pennsylvania ballot case

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody signed on Monday to a brief aimed at convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed Pennsylvania elections officials to count some late-arriving absentee ballots.

Moody was one of 10 Republicans attorneys general who filed the brief in a challenge to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed counting absentee ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

The case is one of a flurry of lawsuits filed by Republicans alleging potential ballot fraud in various states. President Donald Trump has fueled the allegations for months, including in recent days as results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the presidential election.

The GOP attorneys general in Monday’s brief said the decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “exacerbated the risks of ballot fraud” in the key swing state. The brief was filed by Moody and the attorneys

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