Standing up for the rights of voters means advocating for all ballots to be counted - ensuring results were tabulated in a fair and accurate way. Standing up for the rights of voters means factoring in voter suppression and intimidation tactics when analyzing election results to decide if an election was unfairly influenced by illegal practices. Standing up for the rights of voters means asking hard questions and demanding answers - we will continue to stand with voters and we thank you for standing with us.
This year, a major candidate is calling for supporters to “watch” voters in “certain areas” to ensure the election is not “stolen” - even though it has been found that there is no real danger of voters committing election fraud. There is a very real danger, however, of white supremacists and racist law enforcement officials to use this call to action as an excuse to violently intimidate voters before and on election day.
There's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.
***Nope, They're Not Hunting for Russian Hackers***
To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn't a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin's agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.
Washington (CNN)Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday she would "escalate" her statewide recount efforts in Pennsylvania through a federal lawsuit, after announcing she would drop it.
Stein on Saturday cited a major cost placed on voters due to a state court ruling that says the voters requesting the recount must pay a $1 million bond. But shortly after midnight Sunday Stein tweeted about plans to continue on the recount bid.
Ushahidi, a crisis tracking startup based in Nairobi, launched in 2008 after Kenya's disputed presidential elections descended into violence. Since then, the nonprofit has used crowdsourced reports to track and map sexual harassment in Egypt, earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, and the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East. Now, Ushahidi has begun tracking reports of post-election violence in the US, where the election of Donald Trump has incited a wave of racist harassment. And the outlook is pretty bleak.
Despite a court ruling overturning North Carolina’s voter ID law — which was ruled discriminatory — concerns regarding voter suppression in the 2016 election remain.
Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in place for the presidential election, ranging from photo identification requirements to limited early voting hours, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
The Clark County Board of Elections declared 717 provisional ballots cast by city residents should be counted, which could effect the final outcome of the city of Springfield income tax increase request.
Election board officials reviewed Monday all 1,600 provisional and some remaining absentee ballots cast countywide. Overall, they found about 1,400 ballots eligible to be counted.
A few things to keep in mind about the election challenges that the N.C. State Board of Elections met to discuss Sunday and will meet again to discuss Tuesday:
1. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court nullified a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder, lifting the requirement of states with histories of voting discrimination against minorities to obtain “preclearance” from the U.S. Justice Department before making changes to voting laws and procedures. This meant that 2016 would be the first Presidential election since 1964 without that provision.
Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.
Woodstock — A ballot recount that was supposed to clarify the race for the Windsor-Orange 1 Vermont House seat instead left matters more confused, with both Republicans and Democrats voicing criticism of a recently implemented machine-driven recount process that ended on Monday afternoon with the outcome still in doubt.
OLATHE, Kan. — A recount in a Kansas state Senate race is showing the margin between the victor and runner-up tightening, but hasn’t yet changed the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Vicki Hiatt gained 29 votes from provisional ballots in her 10th District Senate race against incumbent Mary Pilcher-Cook. Hiatt still trails her rival, who also picked up some votes Monday, by more than 900 votes.
The recount in the district, which covers parts of Shawnee, Merriam, Overland Park and Lake Quivira, started Saturday morning.
The chances of a new Supreme Court challenge to partisan gerrymandering significantly increased Monday as federal judges in Wisconsin ruled the state’s Republican leaders had unconstitutionally drawn electoral districts to “entrench” their control over the state Assembly.
AUSTIN – Election Day has come and gone but the court battle over Texas’ controversial voter-identification law rages on.
In documents filed in federal court late last week, the U.S. Justice Department argued that not only does the 2011 law violate the voting rights of minority Texans, but that the elected leaders who pushed the measure known as Senate Bill 14 through the Legislature intended to disenfranchise those voters.
Allegations of fraudulent absentee ballots, votes cast by deceased individuals and/or convicted felons, and by individuals who allegedly voted more than once in the 2016 General Election have prompted multiple protests being filed across the state.
Those protests have been lodged in over one-half of the state’s 100 counties, to include Bertie, Gates and Northampton. As of Friday afternoon, no type of protest had been filed in Hertford County regarding these allegations.
Fred Leidel was born in 1916, before women got the right to vote. At 99 years old, he biked to the polls in Madison, Wisconsin, on Election Day. He designed propeller blades for airplanes during World War II and was an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin. Everyone knew him at his polling place, Schenk Elementary School, where he volunteers to read to kindergartners.
In the wake of the 2016 election, which culminated in Donald Trump being elected the 45th president of the United States, many liberals, Independents, and even Republicans firmly planted in the #NeverTrump camp sought to find answers explaining the outcome.
Washington (CNN) A dip in African-American turnout has knocked Democratic early voting numbers off their 2012 pace in key battleground states like North Carolina.
The trend is also evident in early vote data from other swing states that could play key roles in deciding the election, including Florida and Georgia.
More Latino voters, however, are among the more than 24.4 million American voters who have already cast their ballots -- including 12.4 million in battleground states -- according to a CNN analysis of the latest early voting numbers.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA — On Arizona’s primary day this April, voters in Maricopa County waited five hours in the hot sun to cast a ballot, because the county slashed the number of polling places from 200 to 60.
Edgar Allen Poe may have died from voting. To this day, no one knows exactly what killed the horror writer, but one popular theory for his 1849 death in Baltimore was that he was the victim of "cooping"—in other words, he was kidnapped by a band of thuggish partisans on Election Day, kept in a state of drunkenness, and forced to change his clothes so he could vote over and over again.
A federal judge has rejected a bid by the Pennsylvania Republican Party to legalize a call from presidential nominee Donald Trump for supporters to serve as itinerant Election Day poll watchers.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert, a Republican and former state attorney general, took a dim view of his party's request to rewrite the state's 79-year-old Election Code just days before Tuesday's general election.
WILKES-BARRE — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks the election is rigged and is calling for supporters to register as poll watchers.
Opponents say the measure is an attempt to intimidate voters. But some people, including Robert Kuniegel of Spring Brook Twp., believe Mr. Trump is right. Mr. Kuniegel wants to organize people to conduct exit polls and is also offering $5,000 rewards for catching voter fraud.
WASHINGTON ― A man wearing a Donald Trump shirt and carrying a weapon stood outside a voting location in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Friday. Authorities in the nation’s richest county are apparently OK with that.
Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin plans to muster thousands of poll watchers across all 50 states. His partners at the alt-right website “the Right Stuff” are touting plans to set up hidden cameras at polling places in Philadelphia and hand out liquor and marijuana in the city’s “ghetto” on Election Day to induce residents to stay home.
Is it futile to combat computerized vote-counting fraud, given the more general disenfranchisement of the American public? This and the emerging battlefield of corporate versus public interest is explored in this adapted excerpt from "CODE RED"by Jonathan D. Simon.