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Voters in Georgia, Connecticut and Maine Face Problems


Voters in several states faced roadblocks ranging from crashing websites to actual blocked roads.

• In Georgia, a website designed to make the voting process easier crashed on early Tuesday. It has since been fixed, but the crash didn’t sit well with voting rights activists.

• In Connecticut, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, in a close reelection fight, filed for an extension of the voting hours after a number of issues at polling stations were reported early Tuesday.

• A surprise early snowstorm in Maine left tens of thousands without power and a handful of towns scrambling to move polling places at the last minute as a result.

Though every Election Day sees some problems, voting rights activists were watching carefully as the first national elections took place since the Supreme Court overturned parts of the Voting Rights Act, freeing states to enact new restrictions.

“With so many hotly contested races on the line, it’s disappointing and dismaying to see that eligible Georgia voters are waking up to find one more roadblock on their path to full democratic participation today,” said Rashad Robinson, the executive director of New York-based civil rights organization ColorofChange.org in a statement.

The problems even affected rapper Lil Jon, who cut a popular online video urging young people to “turn out for what.” In a tweet, he said that he never received an absentee ballot.

New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice has been tracking Texans who’ve been turned away from the polls for lacking ID throughout the election. Some of those who’ve been turned away include a 70-year-old Las Vegas transplant who was told her out-of-state ID wasn’t one of the seven forms of identification accepted at the polls.

Throughout the day, poll monitors and hotline workers will be on hand in several states keeping an eye out for issues facing voters. The national Election Protection Hotline had already received 9,027 calls by noon Tuesday, the bulk of which came from Florida and Georgia. The Department of Justice has also dispatched poll monitors in 18 states to “ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination, or obstruction.”​
 

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It'll be fun, they said...
 

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As a citizen of Texas maybe you can... but I, and the rest of Murca, can't.
 

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M'lady and I have a longstanding ritual of sitting down with a beverage, poring over the voters pamphlet and filling out our ballots together. We did this on Sunday evening. Yesterday I drove them to the drop-off box at the courthouse while running errands, and now the deed is done. No voter suppression or hassle whatsoever. Ya'll need better governance
 

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^^Likewise for here. Sat down with a beverage on a Saturday evening, had the interwebs open, checked on the candidates and issues I wasn't already familiar with, filled in the little bubbles on the ballot. Dropped it off on the way to work Monday morning.
 

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So far, all I'm celebrating is that the proposed personhood amendment in Colorado is being soundly whupped.
 

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I had to show my ID.

I was directed to the first table to identify myself where I would pick up my card for the machine and my receipt and the significantly older gent sitting there was unable to hear me clearly enough to find me in his computer. My time was limited so I handed him my license and he happily pecked away on his keyboard until he located my records.

I tried to feel disenfranchised but failed.


BTW...I voted for a Democrat.
 

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Feckless weasel. At least you can rest assured that a far right Texan of the Cadillac persuasion balanced out your unthinking vote
 

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• In Georgia, a website designed to make the voting process easier crashed on early Tuesday. It has since been fixed, but the crash didn’t sit well with voting rights activists.
it’s disappointing and dismaying to see that eligible Georgia voters are waking up to find one more roadblock on their path to full democratic participation today,” said Rashad Robinson, the executive director of New York-based civil rights organization ColorofChange.org in a statement.









• A surprise early snowstorm in Maine left tens of thousands without power and a handful of towns scrambling to move polling places at the last minute as a result.
Though every Election Day sees some problems, voting rights activists were watching carefully as the first national elections took place since the Supreme Court overturned parts of the Voting Rights Act, freeing states to enact new restrictions. The problems even affected rapper Lil Jon, who cut a popular online video urging young people to “turn out for what.” In a tweet, he said that he never received an absentee ballot.


Damn snowstorms, always doing the bidding of racist Republicans. :)
 

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I await in trembling anticipation for Disley to get a handle on the snowstorm conspiracy.
 

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Dats easy
(i) Since more Republicans believe in God (than the average Democratic voter)
(ii) And furthurtoo since Republicans are richer and can therefore afford to buy the Gas to go out and Vote.
(iii) A God driven snowstorm obviously favours a Republican turn-out.
Pork barrel politics at its best!
Simples.
 

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At last, we know how badly photo voter ID is needed in North Carolina.

For years, Republicans in North Carolina have alleged that in-person fraudulent voting is widespread while Democrats have said it is non-existent. But no one knew for sure, leaving the two sides talking past each other on voter ID.

On Friday, the State Board of Elections released the results of an extensive, objective audit of the 2016 election. It found that 4,769,640 votes were cast in November and that one (1) would probably have been avoided with a voter ID law. One out of nearly 4.8 million.

When a federal appeals court threw out North Carolina’s restrictive voting law last summer, saying it targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision,” Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore panned the judges and questioned their motives.

“We can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election,” they said.

The election proceeded without the law’s many discriminatory provisions. Did the judges’ decision reopen the door for voter fraud? Yes, to one person in 4.8 million. Not quite enough for Clinton or Cooper to steal the election.

That said, all North Carolinians should value the integrity of our elections. The legislature and the Board of Elections must walk a fine line, doing nothing to discourage legitimate voters while doing their best to eliminate ineligible voting.

The Board’s investigation is helpful toward that end. It found 508 ineligible votes cast. About 87 percent of those (441) were felons who voted. State law prohibits felons from voting until their sentence is fully served, including probation and parole. It is believed that many of the felons who voted did not realize they could not vote while on probation.

The probe found 41 non-citizens, from 28 countries, voted. All were here legally, but were not eligible to vote. The audit also found 24 cases of double-voting and two cases of voter impersonation (one by mail and one in person).

The Board of Elections announced it is taking steps to address these problems. In the case of felons and non-citizens, the primary cause appears to be a lack of understanding about the law. One option would be to let felons vote once they have been released from custody and still on probation, as many other states do.

Absent that, elections officials will work with the court system to better ensure that felons are informed of the law governing voting. They will also work harder to make sure a felon who is taken off the voter rolls in one county doesn’t re-register in another, and will update software to better check for felon status at the time of registration.

So the audit will produce helpful changes. It also gives a clear-eyed look at the extent of voter fraud in North Carolina. After the off-base outcry from then-Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans, it is heartening that an independent investigation finds the state’s elections are sound and virtually fraud-free.

The evidence suggests that participation by ineligible voters is neither rampant nor non-existent in North Carolina. Our audits suggest that in the 2016 general election, approximately 0.01% of ballots were cast by ineligible voters. Most incidents are isolated and uncoordinated, and detecting technical violations does not always prove purposefully unlawful conduct. Our work indicates that ineligible voters are not isolated to one political party or any geographical region of the state.

 

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North Carolina's voter-suppression law was apparently too racist for the Supreme Court.


On Monday morning, the country’s most discriminatory voter-suppression law died with a whimper. With no noted dissents, the Supreme Court refused to review a lower court decision striking down North Carolina’s HB 589, the “monster law” that would have disenfranchised thousands of citizens. The justices’ inaction ensures that HB 589 will stay dead—and that the most emphatic ruling against the Republican assault on minority suffrage will remain on the books.
 
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