By Joseph Marks
A box of ballots mailed in for the Washington state primary election at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., on March 10.
Those states are all planning to spend millions of dollars to send absentee ballot applications to all
The efforts come as congressional leaders continue to wrangle over whether the federal government should help states increase mail-in voting amid the pandemic and if Democrats can use the crisis to mandate reforms to improve ballot access and security. Senate leaders announced an agreement
Senators are likely to vote on the measure later
The state efforts mark a huge logistical and financial undertaking by officials struggling to protect democratic processes under conditions that make in-person voting extremely difficult if not dangerous.
In a twist, they're also being led by Republican secretaries of state who fiercely oppose the mandates championed by Pelosi and other Democrats, which include expanding the option of mail-in voting to all citizens and requiring 15 to 20 days of early voting for all elections.
“Those are ideas that deserve
LaRose plans to ask the Ohio legislature today for at least $10.5 million to run a majority mail-in primary in June to make up for the state’s March 17 primary that Gov. Mike DeWine (R) canceled at the last minute out of concern the virus made in-person voting unsafe for voters and poll workers.
The plan is to send forms to request an absentee ballot to every registered Ohio voter along with a postage-paid envelope. LaRose hopes to raise the approximately 35 percent of Ohioans who typically vote by mail to as near 100 percent as possible, he told me, though he’ll also run a smaller in-person election in early June.
LaRose said he'd welcome federal money to offset the cost of
“We’re grateful for what we do have… The federal government has a lot of issues on their plate so we’ll make due with what we have now,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who announced plans yesterday to surge mail-in voting for the state’s May 19 primary, told me.
“We’d like to see a real strong increase in that,” Raffensperger said, though he didn’t offer a precise goal. “Doing this quick is a big lift, but our team is up the challenge.”
West Virginia is among about one-third of states that require voters to have an excuse such as illness or travel before they can vote by mail, and only about 2 percent of voters did so in previous elections. Because of a state emergency declaration, however, Secretary of State Mac Warner (R) was able to effectively declare fear of
Warner expects to spend at least $1.6 million to send absentee ballot requests to his residents before the May 12 primary to supplement voters who actually show up at the polls.
For now, though, they said they’re focused only on the primaries.
“At this point, it’s one step at a time,” Warner told me. “We may need to duplicate this depending on how the virus plays out, but that’s out of our control right now.”
PINGED, PATCHED, PWNED
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We must thwart his malign global activities done at Putin’s behest and ongoing efforts to interfere in the domestic politics of democracies on both sides of the Atlantic,” the House members, led by chairman Eliot Engel (D-N
The letter follows a similar request from Senate leaders pushing for sanctions against Prigozhin.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services.
The phishing email appeared to link to an actual HHS website providing information about
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) headquarters.
Fraudsters in the United States have used the confusion created by
PUBLIC KEYThe Election Assistance Commission is seeking public input on the long-awaited 2.0 version of the voluntary security and accessibility guidelines for voting systems that it shares with states. The big change is a ban sought by
- The U.S.
Election Assistance Commissionwill host a virtual public hearing on VVSG 2.0 Requirements at 10am on Friday.