Article: The election reform SC lawmakers want to see

Election Reform

The election reform SC lawmakers want to see

Georgia isn’t the only state that has considered new election-related laws this year.

Two bills have passed key hurdles in the State House that would change voting laws in South Carolina and change who oversees elections. A bill that passed the House would require that election laws in all South Carolina be the same across all counties. Another bill that is set to be debated in the Senate this week would give Senators the ability to approve or reject the Governor’s appointments to the State Election Commission.

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Article: Democrats Are Short on Votes and Long on Irony

Election Reform

Democrats Are Short on Votes and Long on Irony

The party’s signature election-reform bill faces long odds in Congress, in part because of the problems it seeks to address.

Call it a catch-535: Democrats in Congress are trying to pass a huge slate of voting-related reforms, under the name of the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, that could aggressively reshape U.S. elections, change the way Americans vote, and also go a long way toward alleviating the Democratic Party’s structural electoral disadvantages. But the Democrats have to pass this bill with the tight margins they have in the House of Representatives and the Senate, thanks in part to the same structural disadvantages. The party finds itself short on votes and long on irony.

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Article: Political war over voting rights heats up

Election Reform, Ethics

Political war over voting rights heats up

State by state and on Capitol Hill, the war in the U.S. over voting rights versus voter suppression is heating up.

On the side of voting rights: Congressional Democrats, Democratic President Joe Biden, 83% of the public—including 74% of Republicans—according to a recent poll, and a coalition of 190 labor, progressive, civil rights, religious, women’s, gay, green and other groups, who plan to take to the streets and lobby their lawmakers while Congress is in recess during the week of April 5-9.

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Article: Lindsey Graham’s Alleged Attempt to Toss Georgia Ballots Is Felony Election Fraud

Election Fraud

Lindsey Graham’s Alleged Attempt to Toss Georgia Ballots Is Felony Election Fraud

If he weren’t a senator, Graham might be facing years in prison, according to legal experts in Georgia.

Since narrowly losing Georgia to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump has promoted baseless claims of voter fraud in a desperate effort to overturn the results of the election. So far, however, the only individual credibly accused of a fraudulent effort to steal the election is South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. On Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger—who, like Graham, is a Republican—told the Washington Post that Graham asked him if he could throw out all mail ballots from counties with a high rate of signature mismatch. Raffensperger later clarified that he believed Graham wanted his office to throw out valid, legally cast ballots. The senator has contested this account.

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Article: CENSORSHIP, SUPPRESSION AND THE 2020 ELECTION

Election 2020, Election Reform

CENSORSHIP, SUPPRESSION AND THE 2020 ELECTION

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the Senate continues to battle over the enormous power wielded by social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to censor and referee the American democratic process.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Nov. 17 to address the position that Twitter and Facebook operate in the American political system in relation to Section 230. The Senate Judiciary Committee was joined by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Article: Military voters fear they’re part of unsupported fraud claim

Election Fraud

Military voters fear they’re part of unsupported fraud claim

Some military voters are concerned they have been thrust into the center of unsubstantiated fraud claims by President Donald Trump’s campaign that several thousand people may have improperly voted in Nevada.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election despite Trump’s claims. Election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities that elected Democrat Joe Biden the next president.

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Article: Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering, officials say

Election 2020, Election Fraud

Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering, officials say

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Richard Hopkins’s claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation. Attorney General William P. Barr subsequently authorized federal prosecutors to open probes into credible allegations of voting irregularities and fraud before results are certified, a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.

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Article: The Price of Public Money

Election Reform

The Price of Public Money

Matthew King of suburban Tacoma, Washington, is a Democrat who believes the average American should donate to presidential candidates to thwart big money’s influence. Though he is looking for work, he feels so strongly about the issues that he makes small monthly contributions to Democratic candidates and causes.

“It’s democracy in action,” King says, describing his hopes for a president who will combine leftist ideals with strong Christian values. “Right now, money is our voice in politics.”

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