Article: Automatic Voter Registration Is Good For Democracy

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Voter holds their paper ballot stub at Farrington High School.

Automatic Voter Registration Is Good For Democracy

A new U.S. citizen looks at voting through the lens of her native land. I moved to Hawaii from Lima, Peru a few years ago and recently became an American citizen.

I am so proud that I will be able to vote in the next federal and state elections. Voting is a right and a responsibility of all citizens, and I think voter registration should be more convenient and accessible.

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Article: Military community bristles at Trump campaign claim of voter fraud in Nevada; allegation includes several who moved to Hawaii

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Military community bristles at Trump campaign claim of voter fraud in Nevada; allegation includes several who moved to Hawaii

Tallied ballots are loaded into marked boxes for secure storage during the general election on Nov. 3 at the Hawaii Convention Center

Among a list of 3,062 individuals accused of “criminal voter fraud” in Nevada by President Donald Trump’s campaign are at least four people who moved to “JBPHH,” which stands for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and who are almost certainly military members.

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Article: US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

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US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

President Trump spoke early on Friday about the US election count, making a number of accusations of fraud for which he did not provide evidence.

Trump: “I’ve been talking about mail-in voting for a long time. It’s really destroyed our system. It’s a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt.”

Mr Trump has posted more than 70 tweets casting doubt on mail-in voting, referencing voter fraud or “rigged” elections since April.

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Article: FBI investigates ballots for Trump found in Pennsylvania garbage

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FBI investigates ballots for Trump found in Pennsylvania garbage

The Justice Department on Thursday said the FBI has opened an investigation into nine absentee ballots — seven cast for President Trump — that were found in the garbage near Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Trump routinely expresses doubt about the reliability of mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the investigation quickly became national news.

Article: Factbox: U.S. counties using automated signature verification software

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Factbox: U.S. counties using automated signature verification software

U.S. election officials trying to deliver speedy results with limited staff have increasingly turned to software that matches signatures on ballot envelopes to voter records. At least 29 counties across eight states use the artificial intelligence technology on mail-in ballots to ease the workload of staff enforcing voter signature rules.

Parascript, the maker of the software, declined to identify users but said they included 30 of the top 100 counties by registered voters.

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Article: How Widespread Is Voter Fraud in the US?

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How Widespread Is Voter Fraud in the US?

Americans’ interest in voting by mail has surged this year as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Allegations of double voting in the southern U.S. state of Georgia have further fueled a politically fraught debate over voter fraud ahead of the November presidential election.

This week, Georgia’s top election official announced that as many as 1,000 voters may have double voted in the state’s primary elections in June, showing up at the polls to vote after mailing in their ballots.

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Article: Double Voting

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Double Voting

One of the basic tenets of democracy is that each person has one vote. In practice, state laws vary regarding the definition of “voting more than once” and particularly what happens if a voter casts a ballot in more than one state.

The Definition of Double Voting

Most commonly, states prohibit voting more than once “in the same election.” This can be interpreted in different ways.

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Article: Trump campaign sues Nevada over plan to mail ballots to all registered voters

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Trump campaign sues Nevada over plan to mail ballots to all registered voters

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Nevada over its plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters this November in a major expansion of mail-in voting in the battleground state.

“The RNC has a vital interest in protecting the ability of Republican voters to cast, and Republican candidates to receive, effective votes in Nevada elections and elsewhere,” the lawsuit, filed by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party, said.

Article: Low rates of fraud in vote-by-mail states show the benefits outweigh the risks

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Low rates of fraud in vote-by-mail states show the benefits outweigh the risks

As more and more states move to mail-in ballots as the safest way to vote during a pandemic, Trump has mobilized the Republican Party to fight them and the Republican National Committee filed suit in California last week. He has made two accusations about mail-in ballots; the first is that they favor Democrats and the second is that they make it easier to cheat. Neither one is supported by the facts.

There is no evidence to suggest a systematic bias towards one party or another from mail-in ballots. Nor is there any evidence that there is widespread fraud in the use of mail-in ballots.

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Article: Arizona Democratic lawmaker’s son accused of felony vote-by-mail fraud

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Arizona Democratic lawmaker’s son accused of felony vote-by-mail fraud

(The Center Square) – A complaint filed with Attorney General Mark Brnovich claims the son of an Arizona lawmaker lives in New York even though records show him having voted in both Arizona and California for years.

The criminal complaint by Tempe resident Peggy McClain alleges Daniel Jonathan Epstein, the 29-year-old son of Democratic state Rep. Denise “Mitzi” Epstein of Tempe, has been a resident of New York for several years.

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Article: The Role of the Census in the 2020 Elections

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The Role of the Census in the 2020 Elections

Article I, Section II of the U.S. Constitution mandates that Congress shall undertake a decennial census for the purposes of ascertaining population and the apportionment of congressional seats across the states.[1] While every state is entitled to at least one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, regardless of population, additional seats are awarded based on a per capita or population basis.[2]  Oftentimes, individuals do not think of a census having a direct effect on elections, but it does.

This blog briefly notes the role of the 2010 Census on the 2020 elections and analyzes the impact of the 2020 Census moving forward. The 2020 elections, especially the presidential election, will continue to be impacted by the results of the 2010 Census and subsequent 2011-2012 redistricting. Additionally, the 2020 Census will have bearings on future presidential and congressional elections that will test the continued viability, fairness, and legitimacy of the Electoral College and congressional representation

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