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Supreme Court declines to outlaw Michigan straight-ticket voting
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a request by the state of Michigan to enforce a 2015 law that bans straight-ticket voting.
4 points by UPI | Voting Democracy Elections United Press International Supreme Court of the United States Election Voting system Samuel Alito
Clinton tries, again, to share warmer side
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast Sept. 9, 2016, 8:20 a.m. After his stop in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump heads to Florida on Friday. Hillary Clinton can't coast in this election against Donald Trump's resilienceTrump plans another visit to Capitol...
17 points by Los Angeles Times | Voting Elections Presumptive nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Poll Candidate
Tie broken: Incumbent wins special election after tie vote
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An incumbent county commissioner in eastern Missouri is apparently staying in office after a special election necessitated by a tie vote. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri (http://bit.ly/2czu1SM ) reports that incumbent St. Francois County District 1 Commissioner Gary Wilkinson defeated challenger Linda Black ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | General election Elections Election Voting Primary election Voting system By-election Missouri
High court won’t hear appeal on straight-ticket voting
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to hear an emergency appeal in Michigan’s straight-ticket voting case        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Supreme Court of the United States Appeal Antonin Scalia United States Voting Democratic Party President of the United States Supreme court
Hillary Clinton’s email server is why this race is even close
A new poll shows 62 percent says it's "an important indicator of her character."
243 points by The Washington Post | Voting E-mail President of the United States Poll Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 Voter turnout
Supreme Court rejects Michigan Republicans who fear Trump effect, keeping practice of straight-ticket voting
The Supreme Court, acting in a partisan election dispute triggered by the rise of Donald Trump, has turned down an appeal from Michigan Republicans who sought to eliminate straight-ticket voting for the first time in 125 years. The justices by a 6-2 vote refused to allow the state to enforce a...
185 points by Los Angeles Times | Supreme Court of the United States United States Voting Appeal Law Elections President of the United States George W. Bush
U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Mich.
The Friday ruling ends a series of appeals by Attorney General Bill Schuette        
5507 points by Detroit Free Press | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Law Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John G. Roberts Voting
Supreme Court rejects Michigan ban on straight-ticket voting
Lower courts ruled the bill would discriminate against African American voters.
1851 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States Voting Elections Voting system Democracy Election United States Supreme court
Colombians would vote in favor of peace in plebiscite - poll
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian voters will back a peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels in a plebiscite, according to an opinion poll released on Friday, in encouraging news for President Juan Manuel Santos, who wants the electorate to ratify the measure to end more than 50 years of war.
25 points by Reuters | Colombia Álvaro Uribe Reuters Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Poll Voting Voting system Thomson Reuters
New poll: Colorado voters favor minimum wage hike and presidential primary
Colorado voters support increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour and recreating a presidential election primary, according to a new public opinion poll, but appear skeptical of a state-run universal health care system and an effort to make it harder to amend the constitution.
443 points by The Denver Post | United States presidential primary United States Voting system Primary election Opinion poll Election Minimum wage Voting
Include Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in presidential debates
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are likely to be excluded unless a strong public voice is raised to the Commission on Presidential Debates and mainstream media to have them included.
27 points by The Denver Post | Election Elections Voting system Donald Trump Hillary Rodham Clinton Mass media American Jews Voting
Clinton: GOP seeks ‘to undermine right to vote’
North Carolinians should reject Republicans’ “concerted effort to undermine the right to vote” by showing up at the polls in droves, Hillary Clinton said at a campaign rally Thursday.         
227 points by Arizona Republic | George W. Bush Vladimir Putin Voter turnout Elections Democratic Party President of the United States Bill Clinton Voting
Democratic groups join forces in $4 million effort to boost top Senate prospects
Nearly all the Senate races are key to Democrats' hopes of regaining the Senate majority.
44 points by The Washington Post | Election United States Senate United States Democratic Party Ohio Elections President pro tempore of the United States Senate Voting
Why Colorado is a key state in the 2016 presidential race
What to expect from the state's nine electoral votes.
29 points by The Washington Post | Barack Obama Voting Democratic Party Hillary Rodham Clinton George W. Bush Bill Clinton Elections President of the United States
Why Arizona is a key state in the 2016 presidential race
What to expect the state's 11 electoral votes.
2 points by The Washington Post | Voting Voter turnout President of the United States Bill Clinton Election Poll George W. Bush Democratic Party
Why Florida is a key state in the 2016 presidential race
What to expect from the state's 29 electoral votes.
31 points by The Washington Post | Voting Southern United States Democratic Party Barack Obama President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 John McCain United States
Why Pennsylvania is a key state in the 2016 presidential race
Where Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes could go.
5 points by The Washington Post | Southern United States Voting Pennsylvania Delaware Philadelphia Washington D.C. Maryland New York
Why Texas is a surprisingly key state in the 2016 presidential race
What to expect from Texas's 38 electoral votes.
119 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Barack Obama Voting Republican Party United States presidential election 2008 President of the United States Elections Southern United States
After ruling, North Carolina board careful on vote changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina elections officials have fashioned early voting schedules they hope comply with a federal court ruling this summer and ease long lines this fall in the presidential battleground state. The state's Republican-controlled Board of Elections deliberated for 11 hours through disputed plans for early in-person ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Board of directors North Carolina Elections Democracy Voting Chairman Voter turnout Supreme Court of the United States
This 224-page California voter guide is heftiest one ever, thanks to 17 ballot measures
In a season replete with clothing catalogs and campaign flyers, the biggest item stuffed in mailboxes this fall may be the Nov. 8 statewide voter guide, coming in at a record-setting 224 pages. The information booklet covers all 17 statewide ballot propositions, a document that election officials...
3462 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Election Initiative Voting Voter turnout Voting system Democracy Referendum
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
Belarus: Will new elections yield new results?
Parliamentary elections to take place on September 11 in Belarus, Europe's "last dictatorship".
343 points by Al Jazeera English | Election Elections Belarus Alexander Lukashenko Voting Preselection Voter turnout Voting system
Part of well-known family, Sununu says, ‘I need to make the case for myself’
Republican Chris Sununu is already the closest candidate to the governor’s office.In a picture that hangs outside the office, a young Sununu, bundled in a parka, smiles and poses side by side with his brothers and sisters on a snowy ski hill.The image appears in the official portrait of Sununu’s fat...
33 points by Concord Monitor | John E. Sununu New Hampshire Voting John H. Sununu Democracy Waterville Valley New Hampshire Judd Gregg U.S. state
Ballot ruling to come Friday in Arizona's 5th District race
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge will decide Friday whether to allow hundreds of contested ballots to count in the hotly contested Republican primary in a Phoenix-area congressional district. Unofficial results from the Aug. 30 primary for the 5th Congressional District had state Senate President Andy Biggs leading former internet executive ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Elections Voting system Voting United States Primary election Alaska Election Voter turnout
Clinton: GOP seeks ‘to undermine the right to vote’
North Carolinians should reject Republicans’ “concerted effort to undermine the right to vote” by showing up at the polls in droves, Hillary...       
227 points by USA Today | George W. Bush Vladimir Putin Voter turnout Elections Democratic Party President of the United States Bill Clinton Voting
County supervisor candidate can't link rival to Trump in voter pamphlet, judge rules
Kathryn Barger, a candidate running to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, won a legal challenge Thursday over a rival's candidate statement that implied Barger supports Donald Trump. Barger, who is Antonovich’s chief of staff, is in a runoff with Darrell Park, a...
105 points by Los Angeles Times | Democracy Michael D. Antonovich Voting Election White House Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Donald Trump Elections
Voting restrictions echo Jim Crow laws, Hillary Clinton says
Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump plans another visit to Capitol Hill Sept. 8, 2016, 4:34 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Donald Trump talks with members of Congress, plans another visit to Capitol Hill Libertarian nominee...
32 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Elections Democracy Voting African American Race Donald Trump President of the United States
New Hillary Clinton ad makes pitch to Hispanic voters
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is targeting Hispanic voters in Nevada with a new Spanish-language television and digital ad ...
55 points by Las Vegas Sun | Elections Voter turnout Election Voting Voter registration Democracy California Barack Obama
Results confirm winner of northern Alaska legislative race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A recount is likely after the results of a northern Alaska legislative race showed incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak lost by only four votes. The certified results released Tuesday show Dean Westlake won the House District 40 race with 819 votes, compared to Nageak's 815. A previous ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Elections United States Alaska Democratic Party Voting Office Republican Party Voting system
'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson's misstep exposes shortcomings of his presidential candidacy
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has doggedly sought the spotlight in his long-shot presidential bid, but on Thursday he got an unwelcome jolt of notoriety when he blanked on the name of Aleppo, a city at the heart of the protracted and bloody war in Syria. The gaffe, which was instantly...
225 points by Los Angeles Times | Libertarianism Voting Syria George W. Bush Libertarian Party Democracy Donald Trump Republican Party
Trump vs Clinton race heats up with two months to go
US election kicks into high gear, with both candidates spending Labour Day in battleground state of Ohio.
1068 points by Al Jazeera English | President of the United States Election United States presidential election 2008 United States presidential election debates Elections Voting United States presidential election Electoral College
Q&A with Hong Kong's youngest legislator Nathan Law
Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a 23-year-old pro-independence candidate has just been elected to Hong Kong's legislature.
309 points by Al Jazeera English | Elections Civil disobedience Election Hong Kong Voting Voting system Approval voting Politics of Hong Kong
Clinton lead over Trump shrinks in swing states
The race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in some battleground states is tightening, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Thursday.         
511 points by Arizona Republic | Bill Clinton Poll Donald Trump Southern United States Voting Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Tennessee
For the Record: This election isn't a popularity contest
A split between the popular vote and the electoral vote hasn't happened for 16 years, so it's officially retro now.       
19 points by USA Today | George W. Bush Voting Elections Election President of the United States Poll Hillary Rodham Clinton Donald Trump
#GuacTheVote: Latino business group wants taco trucks to register voters
Is there anything tacos can’t do? As well as giving you a delicious source of food ? potentially on every street corner ? they could also now result in registering you to vote. Or at least they will if the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has its way. Read Full Article at RT.com
108 points by Russia Today | Elections Voter turnout Democracy Voting Election Trucks Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton
Dispute intensifies over Gabon presidential election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon — The dispute over Gabon's presidential election intensified Thursday as opposition candidate Jean Ping mounted a legal challenge, accusing the incumbent leader of fraud.The filing at the constitutional court was lodged by the Thursday deadline, according to a Ping lawyer, Jean Remy Bantsantsa.Ping, who seeks to unseat the family that has ruled this oil-rich Central African country for more than four decades, already has publicly declared himself the winner.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Voting Democracy Election President of the United States Ali Bongo Ondimba Omar Bongo Elections Voter turnout
The Latest: Pence sees Trump as heir to Reagan legacy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Mike Pence in Campaign 2016 (all times EDT): 2:35 p.m. Mike Pence sees Ronald Reagan in Donald Trump. The Republican vice presidential nominee said Thursday that Trump, like Reagan before him, has the honesty and bluntness to confront the challenges facing the country. Speaking ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Ronald Reagan President of the United States George H. W. Bush Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Republican Party Voting Democratic Party
Clinton's lead over Trump shrinks in swing state polls
The race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in some battleground states is tightening, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing Stat...       
511 points by USA Today | Bill Clinton Poll Donald Trump Southern United States Voting Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Tennessee
Gabon election: Jean Ping challenges result in court
Jean Ping lodges complaint with Constitutional Court contesting the official results of last month's presidential vote.
258 points by Al Jazeera English | Voting Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabon Constitution Fraud European Union Democracy Prime minister
Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll
The Quinnipiac University survey marks the first time Trump has led an Ohio presidential poll since May. COLUMBUS, Ohio--Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a 4-point lead in Ohio over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to a poll released Thursday. The Quinnipiac University survey marks the first time Trump has led an Ohio presidential poll since May. The survey found that Trump leads Clinton 41 percent to 37 percent among likely Ohio voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson polled 14 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein had 4 percent support. The results show that Ohio's presidential election may ultimately be decided by supporters of Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "He is getting 14 percent from Ohio voters, and how that cohort eventually votes could be critical in this swing state - and in the nation," Brown said in a statement. Thursday's poll is the first survey of the presidential race in Ohio to be released this month. The last Quinnipiac poll of Ohio, released nearly a month ago, showed Clinton with a 2-point lead among likely Buckeye State voters.  The new poll shows only 88 percent of Democratic likely voters in Ohio back Clinton - down from 95 percent support in last month's survey. The survey also showed that Trump gained support among likely male voters in the state, while Clinton lost backing among Ohio men. However, Trump's support among independent voters fell to 43 percent, compared to 50 percent in last month's Quinnipiac poll. For reasons that aren't completely clear yet, Clinton's lead in national polls has slipped since mid-August, when she led Trump by about 8 percentage points. The new Quinnipiac poll was conducted by phone between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 among 775 registered Ohio voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.  Follow @TwitterDev
2470 points by The Plain Dealer | United States presidential election 2008 President of the United States Voting Ohio Democratic Party Hillary Rodham Clinton United States United States presidential election 1968
Jeh Johnson says DHS effort is not a federal takeover of elections
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said efforts to help states secure their online election systems are not a federal takeover of elections.
23 points by UPI | Voting Election State Elections Democratic National Committee United States Voting system President of the United States
Lou Correa nabs his primary opponent's endorsement in Orange County congressional race
Essential Politics: Pence visits California, Brown faces hundreds of challenges in bills on his desk Sept. 8, 2016, 11:59 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The Republican nominee for vice president, Indiana...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | United States United States Senate Democratic Party Voting Alaska Democracy California United States House of Representatives
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
Could Russian hackers mess with the U.S. election results? It wouldn't be easy; here's why
The recent Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and subsequent FBI warning that two states’ elections databases had been victims of cyberattacks are raising fears that a foreign power might penetrate U.S. systems and try to alter the outcome of November’s vote. Though...
144 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Voting system Voting Help America Vote Act Vote counting system Voting machine Electronic voting Optical scan voting system
The top 3 races to watch in the Massachusetts state primary Thursday
It might be viewed as a warm-up vote ahead of the general election. But in Democrat-heavy Massachusetts, the state primary will likely be more determinant of who residents elect in November. Roughly 10 percent, if that, of the Bay State’s registered voters are expected to turn out for Thursday’s election (yes, it’s Thursday this year, not Tuesday, because of Labor […]
30 points by The Boston Globe | Elections Democracy United States Senate Election Voting Massachusetts Voter turnout Voting system
CTU sets dates for 2nd strike authorization vote
The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday set dates for a second strike authorization vote later this month. CTU officials said its House of Delegates approved a "strike re-authorization" vote that will be taken through petitions beginning Sept. 21 and running through at least Sept. 23. The vote...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Trade union Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Voting Democratic Party Pension White House Chief of Staff Northwestern University
Federal judge erred in last-minute order to keep Cincinnati polling places open in March primary, appeals court says
An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. The Republican-leaning panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott's last-minute order to the Ohio secretary of state's office was an error, as it was based on anonymous phone calls to the clerk of court's office. The appeals court's decision does not change anything about the results of the primary election. Rather, the court said it made its ruling in case similar problems arise in future elections. (You can read the full order here or at the bottom of this story.) The traffic problems on Interstate 275 were caused by a car plunging from the Combs-Hehl Bridge into the Ohio River at 4:30 p.m. Dlott was at a law school dinner when the clerk's office called her at about 7 p.m., 30 minutes before the polls closed, to tell her motorists were stranded and couldn't get to the polls, the opinion says. The judge issued an oral order requiring more than 1,100 polling places in Hamilton, Butler, Clermot and Warren counties remain open. The clerk of court's office called Matthew Damschroder, the secretary of state's Office employee in charge of elections, at 7:28 p.m. He finished listening to the voicemail at 7:31 p.m., a minute after the polls had closed, the opinion says. Election workers scrambled to reopen the polling places. Some were successful and others were not, according to the opinion. Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed Dlott's order. The court, in a 2-1 decision with a partial dissent by Chief Judge Guy Cole, said Dlott should not have ruled because the case, while not necessarily a lawsuit, did not have a named plaintiff that could show how he or she was disenfranchised by not keeping the polling places open later. "The district court judge, we realize, was in a difficult spot. She was out of the office. It was late. She had little time to act. All of this presumably led her to err on the side of protecting people's right to vote," wrote Sutton who was appointed to the appeals court by President George W. Bush. "But none of this explains why the clerk's office or the court couldn't answer the phone call with the most natural of questions: 'Who is it?'" The appeals court said it made its ruling, in part, to ensure a protocol is in place should any last-minute polling issues arise in the future. "... If one looks at the problem as being about anonymous phone calls claiming that traffic accidents or weather-related problems are preventing voters from getting to the polls, it's easy to see the problem arising again," Sutton wrote. Joshua Eck, a spokesman for Husted, praised the ruling and said Husted sought the court's review in case such a situation arose again. He said it was difficult to re-open more than 1,100 voting precincts in the four affected counties. In a news release, Husted said that "anonymous tips at the eleventh hour should not be an acceptable standard for making last-minute changes to how we exercise our right to vote." Dlott, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, declined to comment through an office aide. Gov. John Kasich in June vetoed a bill that would have required voters seeking an extension for voting hours in county courts to post bond equal to the estimated cost of keeping polling places open. Read more: Voting bill vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3098804-16a0219p-06.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3098804-16a0219p-06" }); // ]]>
1 points by The Plain Dealer | George W. Bush Voting President of the United States United States Appeal Bill Clinton Democracy United States district court
Why marijuana legalization in liberal Mass. might be a tough sell
Deep-blue Massachusetts has a recent history of marijuana-friendly votes. In 2008, voters turned out in droves at the ballot box to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of pot. Four years later, advocates were rewarded with a landslide victory to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The third act is set for November, when Massachusetts voters will […]
374 points by The Boston Globe | Elections Election Referendum Initiative Voting Marijuana Policy Project Ballot Cannabis
It turns out that little kids aren't actually all that good at predicting election results
Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" effort is not a runaway success. Obviously, I guess.
12 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Bill Clinton Election United States presidential election 1992 Elections Voting George H. W. Bush George W. Bush
Bernie Sanders tells skeptical voters to stick with Clinton over a third party
Nearly two months after Sanders endorsed Clinton, perhaps 10 percent of his supporters say they'll reject Clinton, vote for a third-party candidate or cast a chaos-making vote for Donald Trump.
7979 points by The Washington Post | George W. Bush Democratic Party Bill Clinton United States presidential election 2008 Voting Green Party Al Gore Hillary Rodham Clinton