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Maine students compete to register the most people to vote
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Students at schools throughout Maine are squaring off to see who can get the most voters registered this fall. The drive is called the 2016 Voter Reg Rumble and it's hosted by Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. The rumble is actually two competitions. One is for ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Voter turnout University College High school Voter registration Elections Voting Plurality voting system
Appeals court sympathetic to voting rules challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court seems likely to side with voting rights groups trying to stop Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from making residents prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form. Judges heard arguments in the case Thursday. At issue is whether to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Democracy Voter turnout Washington D.C. Law Election Voting United States Plurality voting system
4 new anti-Heck ads this week in pricey Nevada Senate race
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto is getting a post-Labor Day boost with four new ads going up against her opponent so far this week. The League of Conservation Voters announced $860,000 in TV commercials accusing Republican Rep. Joe Heck of voting against Nevada's solar industry. ...
1 points by The Washington Times | WWE Raw Voting Donald Trump United States Democracy Nevada Infomercial Plurality voting system
Letter: A cynical solution
A cynical solutionWith no honest rationale, Senate Bill 3 would make it harder for new voters to participate in our elections. College students would be the largest group affected.SB 3 changes the form used by anyone registering to vote on election day or within the 30 days leading up to it. It take...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Voting Democracy Election Elections Poll Plurality voting system Voting system Voter turnout
Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Election Elections Voting Voting system Voter turnout Democracy Poll Plurality voting system
Letter: Just like Nixon
Just like NixonThe president and his minions have accused us of widespread and longtime voter fraud. All traditional and respected institutions have repeatedly said this is not true. All of our institutions are based on the vote. There is no greater crime against these United States than undermining...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | President of the United States Crimes Sociology United States Richard Nixon Plurality voting system Gerald Ford Lyndon B. Johnson
Letter: The real fraud
The real fraudThere is nothing more despicable and immoral than when a person makes things up, lies and deceives for the purpose of gaining some personal advantage. Yet, this is exactly what is going on in our State House with the Republican accusations of voter fraud. Claiming that there are buses...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Fraud Democracy Law Deception Lie Voting United States House of Representatives Plurality voting system
Letter: Election workers deserve our thanks
Election workers deserve our thanksI am appalled and disheartened at those, including our own governor, who are impugning our state nationwide with baseless allegations of substantial voter fraud. We the people of New Hampshire are proud of our state and proud of each citizen who participates in our...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Election Voting Elections Democracy Voting system Voter turnout New Hampshire Plurality voting system
Jakarta governor leads vote despite charges of blasphemy
'Ahok' was a victim of claims that he is anti-Muslim in the world's largest Muslim nation.       
8 points by USA Today | Qur'an Muhammad Islam Muslim Islam in Indonesia Jakarta Plurality voting system Allah
Jakarta governor leads vote despite false claims of blasphemy
'Ahok' was a victim of claims that he is anti-Muslim in the world's largest Muslim nation.       
8 points by USA Today | Qur'an Muhammad Islam Muslim Islam in Indonesia Jakarta Plurality voting system Allah
Massachusetts school board dumps Native American mascot
MONTAGUE — A Massachusetts school committee has voted to remove the local high school's Native American-themed sports mascot.The Recorder reports that the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted 6-3 to drop Indians as the mascot for Turners Falls High School.The vote ended five months of contentious debate on the issue.
9 points by Boston Herald | Native Americans in the United States High school Franklin County Massachusetts Election Plurality voting system United States Puerto Rico Missouri
Audit: Early voting law imposes unfunded mandate on cities
BOSTON — Auditor Suzanne Bump has determined portions of the state's early voting law impose an unfunded mandate on local governments and those costs should instead be picked up by the state.Bump looked into the law at the request of Woburn and 0xford.Bump pointed to a requirement that cities and towns set up polling locations during the early voting period prior to the November election. The locations must be staffed and provide privacy for voters.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Elections Democracy Election Voting Law Poll State Plurality voting system
The White House tells media to ask Kris Kobach to prove there's voter fraud. They do. He doesn't.
In three appearances, Kobach offers no proof of wide-scale voter fraud.
5774 points by The Washington Post | Voting Democracy Election Voting system Plurality voting system Voter turnout Poll Democratic mundialization
Americans aren’t rejecting Trump’s immigration ban outright, but it has a tough road ahead
Early support is closely tied to Trump's approval rating, but voters may be swayed by different arguments
101 points by The Washington Post | Terrorism Poll Voting Immigration Question Refugee Plurality voting system Polling in Tirol
Red voters in a blue sea, these Pennsporters remain all in for Trump

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Voting Democracy Poll Election Plurality voting system
Mexican Migrants Signal They Prefer Detention to Deportation
Mexican officials at a meeting in Phoenix called for support for a plan to jam U.S. immigration courts, while their undocumented compatriots urged lawmakers to make deep reforms at home.
4331 points by The Wall Street Journal | United States Plurality voting system Mexico Humid subtropical climate Spain Spanish language Maize California
Letter: Voter fraud myths
Voter fraud mythsI thank Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for clearly showing the fallacy of claims of voter fraud (Monitor Forum, Feb. 3). Sen. Shaheen shows that this alleged fraud has been debunked. What we really have is election fraud because of the efforts of people in power to restrict voting by American...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Voting Electoral fraud Plurality voting system
Lawyer: Pro-Trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas said that President Donald Trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Voting Democracy Voting system Poll Election Elections Voter turnout Plurality voting system
Lawyer: 'Pro-Trump' attitudes part of voter fraud sentence
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas said Friday that President Donald Trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Democracy Fort Worth Texas Voting Voting system Election Elections Voter turnout Plurality voting system
State Sen. Whitmire takes aim at Astrodome improvements

1306 points by The Houston Chronicle | Houston Voting system Election English-language films Plurality voting system Minute Maid Park American Football League Rogers Centre
My Turn: Let math put an end to gerrymandering
Every 10 years the census is taken and then follows the job of reapportioning the voting districts in the state. This is a job done by the Legislature, and inevitably it is affected by the perspectives and desires of the members, especially the members in the majority party. Sometimes the results ar...
6 points by Concord Monitor | Plurality voting system Democracy Ronald Reagan District 9 Hillsborough County New Hampshire Elections Voting Ward
Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote
Rep. Kathleen Clyde, a Kent Democrat, has introduced legislation that would automatically register Ohio voters when they obtain a new driver's license, public benefits or become registered in another state database. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans would be automatically registered to vote when renewing their driver's license, signing up for public assistance or turning 18, under a bill introduced in the Ohio House. Rep. Kathleen Clyde, a Kent Democrat, said voter registration should be easy and that automatically enrolling people would encourage higher voter participation. "There are endless ways to use voter registration rules to deter and confuse voters, and we need to take away this weapon of voter oppression," Clyde said during a Thursday press conference. Under House Bill 14, people would be automatically registered to vote if they've received veterans' or disability services or public assistance through the Department of Job and Family Services and when they get a driver's license or state ID card. Public and private school students would be registered when they turn 18. Voters can already choose to "opt-in" and register to vote at state agencies. Clyde's bill would instead require voters to opt-out. After registration, a voter would be "pending" for 21 days. During that time, the voter will be notified he or she has been registered and allowed to opt-out in-person or by mail. Oregon is the only state to have a similar system. Five other states, including neighboring West Virginia, and the District of Columbia have recently passed automatic registration legislation. Clyde said the change would add 1 million voters to the rolls. She said fraud is not a concern because the government databases already have several safeguards in place and voters' identities must be verified when they cast a ballot. The idea is not new to the Ohio General Assembly and faces an uphill battle at the GOP-controlled Statehouse. Last session's version, also sponsored solely by Democrats, died after receiving only one hearing. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, opposes the idea. Spokesman Josh Eck said many people, including police officers and domestic violence survivors, do not want to register to vote to protect themselves. The secretary of state's office offers two programs to allow such citizens to vote without publicly disclosing their address. "It's extremely easy to register to vote in Ohio and cast a ballot," Eck said. "We should be able to trust Ohioans to do so in their own way if they want to be registered." Ohio launched online voter registration Jan. 1, after years of Husted and advocates asking lawmakers to approve the technology. Applicants' records are checked against state Bureau of Motor Vehicles records. Since then, 483 people have used the system.
1945 points by The Plain Dealer | Voter turnout Elections Voting system Voter registration Democracy Plurality voting system Ohio Voting
House committee votes to scrap agency that helps states improve voting systems
As court arguments start, Trump administration lawyers face skeptical questions on travel ban Feb. 7, 2017, 3:28 p.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump administration faces tough questions in appeals court on travel ban Does the law back Trump's...
204 points by Los Angeles Times | Election Elections President of the United States Voting system Bill Clinton Plurality voting system Voting Democracy
House panel votes to close Election Assistance Commission
Republicans have long argued the Election Assistance Commission is no longer needed.       
6217 points by USA Today | Voting Voting system Elections Democracy Election Voter turnout Plurality voting system Elections in the United States
Millions of you debated over Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. Tell us what you think
Today, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as America's next Education secretary after a tumultuous confirmation process. Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote in the Senate to make it official. For weeks, millions of Americans have been calling, emailing and faxing their senators at...
2939 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Senate United States 111th United States Congress Plurality voting system
Firms bumped as finalists for pot licenses fight for answers
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland companies say the state is wrongly refusing to explain why they were abruptly bumped off a list of 15 finalists to be licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state. Green Thumb Industries and Maryland Cultivation and Processing have asked a Baltimore judge to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Maryland Washington D.C. Lawsuit U.S. state Baltimore Annapolis Maryland Plurality voting system Anne Arundel County Maryland
People who protest almost certainly vote
If they're marching, they probably got to the polls -- or they will.
603 points by The Washington Post | Election Elections Voting Voter turnout Democracy Voting system Plurality voting system Protest
EDITORIAL: Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims are silly, but opportunities abound for shenanigans
The New York City experiment showed that too often “such illegal behavior doesn’t get reported or corrected” and that jurisdictions are susceptible to those who might seek to manipulate the tally.
4 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Voting Election Voting system Elections Democracy New York City Voter turnout Plurality voting system
Highest disapproval rating
It's been two weeks since Donald Trump's inauguration, and the new President's work so far hasn't impressed the American people.
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New Mexico take step toward joining popular-vote compact
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has taken a step toward joining a movement to elect presidents by popular vote. A Senate committee on Friday recommended approval of a bill to join an inter-state compact that requires Electoral College voters to cast ballots for the national popular vote winner. ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Voting system Elections Election Voting President of the United States United States Senate Bill Clinton Plurality voting system
Maine town OKs moratorium on recreational pot businesses
LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - A Maine town has passed a 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana businesses days after smoking marijuana became legal in the state. The Kennebec Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2k8peO8 ) that Litchfield voters approved the moratorium on Wednesday. Voters in the state decided to legalize marijuana ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democracy Election Augusta Maine Voting Plurality voting system Retailing State Maine
Solar array goes before Warner residents at public hearing 
Warner residents still seem wary to pull the trigger on adding a solar array to their town’s infrastructure.The warrant article that would raise $338,530 for the array at the town’s transfer station dominated conversation at the public meeting for the town’s budget Thursday night. Residents had seve...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Public utilities commission Public utility Greenhouse gas Photovoltaics Voting Plurality voting system Democracy Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Know a ‘vegan, tree-hugging, activist’ who wants to vote?

45 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Elections Voter turnout Election Voting system Voting Plurality voting system Voter registration Democracy
Two of the most prominent arguments for the electoral college are completely wrong
The electoral college is promoting, not preventing, tyranny of the majority.
2340 points by The Washington Post | Elections Plurality voting system President of the United States Election Voting system United States Voting Electoral College
Italy's maverick 5-Star Movement faces difficult path to power after referendum
ROME (Reuters) - If Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi loses his referendum on constitutional reform, the chances of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement winning power will recede rather than grow.
20 points by Reuters | Silvio Berlusconi Voting system Plurality voting system Election Voting Political party Forza Italia Thomson Reuters
Being a Washington insider is a negative for more voters than being gay
Thirty-one percent say they would be less likely to vote for someone with experience in Washington, compared with 26 percent for being gay.
19 points by The Washington Post | Mitt Romney Hillary Rodham Clinton George W. Romney Bill Clinton Donald Trump Democracy Plurality voting system Poll
Nevada DMV could automatically register voters if initiative petition passes muster
If county clerks verify 55,234 valid signatures by Dec. 1, measure would go before the 2017 Legislature.
213 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Voter turnout Elections Voter registration Plurality voting system Nevada Voting Carson City Nevada
DMV could automatically register voters if initiative petition passes muster
If county clerks verify 55,234 valid signatures by Dec. 1, measure would go before the 2017 Legislature.
68 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Voter turnout Elections Voter registration Plurality voting system Nevada Voting Carson City Nevada
O’Hare Airport low-wage workers threaten holiday-season strike
Labor leaders Thursday said "hundreds" of low-wage workers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have voted to strike.
309 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Employment Trade union Grievance Elaine Benes Plurality voting system Wage Voting Law
Hey, Kate Upton ... pipe down! No Verlander Cy Young scandal
There’s been a lot of bellyaching about this year’s American League Cy Young vote.
-2 points by Daily News | Voting Voting system Detroit Tigers Democracy Baseball Writers Association of America Elections Plurality voting system Election
Trial in Houston suburb voting rights lawsuit to begin
HOUSTON (AP) - A trial in a lawsuit alleging a Houston suburb's system of electing city council members discriminates against Hispanics is scheduled to begin in federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, is challenging Pasadena's 2013 decision to eliminate two ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Elections Election Hispanic and Latino Americans New Mexico Mexican American Mexico Plurality voting system
Is split-ticket voting officially dead?
More people voted for the same party for president as for Senate than at anytime in the past century
59 points by The Washington Post | Voting Elections Election United States Senate Voting system Plurality voting system Democratic Party Voter turnout
Aberdeen inches closer to new way to break ties
Aberdeen, which discussed the issue again Monday night, is one step closer to adopting runoff elections as the mandated way to decide between two candidates who are tied after all the votes are counted and recounted. Mayor Patrick McGrady and the City Council met with the three members of Aberdeen's...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Elections Election Voting system Plurality voting system Voting City council Coin flipping Preselection
Italy's Renzi rules out government role if he loses referendum
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday he would not take any part in efforts to form a temporary or technocratic government if he loses next month's referendum on constitutional reform.
-1 points by Reuters | Election Voting Elections Voting system Reuters Thomson Reuters Plurality voting system Senate
Kate Upton calls out Cy Young voters for Verlander's loss
Another voting system is causing a scandal.
85 points by Daily News | Detroit Tigers Voting Major League Baseball Cy Young Award Major League Baseball pitchers Voting system Plurality voting system Tampa Bay Rays
USA TODAY NETWORK Launches ‘Voting Because’ to Empower Voters
Initiative is Part of NETWORK’s Commitment to Bring Awareness to Importance of Voting       
64 points by USA Today | Voter turnout Elections Election Voting Democracy Plurality voting system Voting system Voter registration
Michigan votes safe from tampering, experts say
Election officials were warned voter lists in Arizona, Illinois were hacked this summer, leading to more security checks.        
57 points by Detroit Free Press | Elections Voting system Voting Voter turnout Election Plurality voting system Democracy Voter registration
In wake of lawsuit, voter registrations up at Pennsylvania’s county assistance sites
Since 2012, when a lawsuit was settled over voter registration issues, county assistance offices have submitted voter registration applications or change of address updates for more than 160,000 Pennsylvanians, according to a tally of statistics from the state.
39 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Voter registration Voter turnout Elections Election Voting Democracy Plurality voting system Minnesota
Election hacking threats prompt U.S. to accelerate aid to states
WASHINGTON — A spate of hacking attacks has put U.S. states on edge ahead of November’s presidential vote as election officials rush to plug cybersecurity gaps with help from the federal government.
26 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Voting system Elections Voting Vote counting system Voting machine Election Electronic voting Plurality voting system
Pa. residents reminded of Oct. 11 voter registration deadline
Eligible voters are reminded that Oct. 11 is the deadline to register to vote for the November election.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Elections Voter turnout Voting system Voting Voter registration Election Poll Plurality voting system