Should We Be Worried About Russian Interference in the 2020 Elections? Reasons for Comfort, Reasons for Concern, and BIG Reasons for More Early Voting

By Richard L. Hasen The latest murky revelations from U.S. intelligence officials that Russian government operatives are probing state voter registration databases as they did in 2016 raises the question: is this all they’ve got?  Why aren’t the Russians doing … Continue reading

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“Md. elections officials say video’s allegation of ballot fraud is untrue. But it’s already gone viral.”

WaPo: Elections officials in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a viral video alleging that an election worker attempted to tamper with a mailed-in ballot.A thorough investigation revealed no evidence of fraud or misconduct, Montgomery … Continue reading

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“White House touts unusual Justice Department announcement about ‘discarded’ Trump ballots in Pennsylvania”

Marshall Cohen for CNN: The Justice Department said Thursday that it is investigating “potential issues with mail-in ballots” in the swing state of Pennsylvania and, in a highly unusual disclosure, revealed that several ballots marked for President Donald Trump were “discarded.“US Attorney David … Continue reading

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Justin Levitt (Who Was a Voting Official at DOJ) on the Bizarre DOJ Press Release on an Investigation Into 9 Potentially Mishandled Ballots

Thread starts here: An investigation here may be reasonable. But there is NO legit reason for:1) a DOJ press release on a pending investigation, that2) announces a partial list of unconfirmed facts, including3) the identity of one of the candidates … Continue reading

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“Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County’s Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns”

ProPublica: The previously unreported attack on Hamilton illustrates an overlooked security weakness that could hamper the November election: the vulnerability of email systems in county offices that handle the voting process from registration to casting and counting ballots. Although experts … Continue reading

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“Facebook Takes Down Fake Pages Created in China Aimed at Influencing U.S. Election”

NYT: Facebook has detected limited Chinese operations intended to both help and hurt President Trump’s re-election chances, the company announced on Tuesday, the first public disclosure of Chinese efforts to influence the presidential election in November.The Chinese activity, while modest … Continue reading

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“Wisconsin Elections Commission: 19 Reported Cases Of Possible Voter Fraud Over Nearly 2 Years”

WPR: The violations were: Seven reports of an undeliverable Election Day registration confirmation postcard.Four reports of an individual attempting to vote twice in the same election by trying to cast a ballot in two different municipalities.Three reports of an individual providing … Continue reading

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“Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter”

Washington Post: One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It’s hard to know what to believe.” Another warned, “Don’t trust Dr. Fauci.”A Facebook comment argued that mail-in ballots “will lead to fraud for this election,” while an Instagram comment amplified the erroneous claim that … Continue reading

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von Spakovsky Mischief: “No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials”

ProPublica: Starting in early spring, as the coronavirus took hold, a conservative lawyer at the forefront of raising alarms about voting by mail held multiple private briefings exclusively for Republican state election officials, according to previously unreported public records.The lawyer, … Continue reading

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