No one should have to choose between staying safe and exercising their right to vote. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, VPIRG and our allies have been fighting to ensure that every eligible…
Sam LevineIn his WI concurrenceJustice Kavanaugh cites Vermont as an example of a state that did not change its election rules during the pandemic. But that's not true? Vermont legislature authorized SoS to automatically mail a ballot to all registered voters vpirg.org/vote-safe-verm…pic.twitter.com/3FrwEp30Cy
In Florida and North Carolina, mail ballots cast by minority voters and Democrats are disproportionately likely to face rejection.
Sam LevinePer @electionsmith & Michael Herron, 15,003 ballots flagged for potential rejection in FL (out of 3.2 million cast) and 8,228 flagged in NC (out of 701,425 cast). Hispanic voters face rejection rate 2.6x that of white voters in FL. Black voters 3x in NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pending a legal review, the North Carolina State Board of Elections is suspending steps to allow voters to correct absentee ballots lacking the required witness signature by...
Sam LevineAlarming situation developing in North Carolina, where the state changed the process for fixing a deficient ballot, but now is changing them again, all while voting is ongoing. This leads to confusion among voters, election officials
The 2020 presidential election is on November 3, but registration deadlines in over a dozen states are coming up soon in less than two weeks.
Sam LevineJust a reminder that several states begin cutting off voter registration next week. This is a really good time to check your voter registration and help others to the same. Check the registration deadline in your state here
Election official wants to require a positive diagnosis for mail-in voters despite lags in testing
Sam LevineOne proposal from the state's top election official would have required someone to actually test positive for Covid-19 right before election day if they wanted to use the virus as an excuse to vote by mail
Louisiana must allow voters to vote by mail this fall over self-certified COVID-19 concerns, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
Sam LevineThe judge ruled that Louisiana had to continue to use a modest expansion of mail-in voting for this fall's election that it used during primaries this year. The state was proposing rolling back even those modest expansions
Appeals court says state can require repayment of all fines and courts costs before voting but does not have to say how much is owed
Sam LevineFlorida can block people with felonies from voting until they repay all money ordered as part of their sentence, a federal appeals court said Friday. State does not have to tell them how much they owe, even though it can be impossible to figure out
Alabama’s Pleasant Grove held landmark election after two residents sued to change its discriminatory voting system in 2018
Sam LevineA majority Black city in Alabama had never elected a Black city council person. Two residents sued under the Voting Rights Act. The city agreed to change its election method.
Last night, the first election since, the city elected a majority-black council
Campaign complained to judge of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania but legal documents obtained by Guardian shows evidence sorely lacking
Sam LevineNew: President Trump's campaign failed to produce evidence of vote by mail fraud in Pennsylvania after a federal judge ordered it to turn over documents. The Guardian obtained the evidence the campaign turned over and is publishing it here
Sam LevinePresident Trump's campaign produced no evidence of vote by mail fraud in Pennsylvania in a court case after a federal judge ordered it to turn over whatever it had
A record 19% chose absentee ballots for the July 11 elections.
Sam LevineLouisiana's top election official, a Republican, proposes only allowing those who test positive for Covid between early voting and election day to vote by mail. First plan I've seen requiring a positive Covid test to vote by mail
Sam LevineLouisiana's top election official, a Republican, proposes only allowing voters to use Covid-19 as an acceptable excuse to vote by mail if they test positive for the virus between early voting and election day (clarifying earlier tweet)
Ron Stroman, who stepped down as deputy postmaster general this year, warned that new policies at USPS could disenfranchise voters
Sam LevineNew: Ron Stroman, who stepped down as the number 2 official at USPS in June, warned recent changes could result in disenfranchisement this fall. “Making these changes this close to an election is a high-risk proposition,” he said.
Measures will not result in immediate reduction of workforce, USPS said amid reports of severe mail delays across US
Sam LevineSome US states send election mail as "marketing mail," which allows them to send it at a lower rate. Even though marketing mail has a 3-10 day guaranteed delivery time, USPS traditionally moves election mail quickly (1/2)
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has asked local boards of elections to prepare lists of inactive voters, in preparation for the state's plans to pare down its registration rolls following the November election.
Sam LevineOhio secretary of state and local election officials are making public the names of around 120,000 voters scheduled to be removed from the voter rolls in December, after the election, to try and flag people erroneously on the list
Florida’s ‘amendment 4’ was meant to restore voting rights for those with felony convictions – but hundreds of thousands of people remain disenfranchised
Sam LevineNew: After nearly two decades of trying, Florida activists secured the biggest expansion of the right to vote. But afterwards, Republicans were able to swiftly and ruthlessly gut it. This is the story of how they did it
Republican governor signs historic executive order in only state that was enforcing policy
Sam LevineIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, issued an executive order today ending the state's blanket lifetime voting ban for people with felonies. A deeply significant move - Iowa was the last state enforcing a lifetime ban