“Law Enforcement Files Discredit Brian Kemp’s Accusation That Democrats Tried to Hack the Georgia Election; Kemp’s explosive allegation, just days before the closely contested 2018 election, drew wide attention. But newly released documents show that there was no such hack.”

Pro-Publica and the AJC report: It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking … Continue reading

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There’s a Genuine Absentee Ballot Fraud Scandal Going On in Paterson, New Jersey and It Is Going to Get a Lot of National Attention: What Lessons Should We Learn?

Here’s some coverage from NBC New York: Numerous residents are now complaining that they never received or sent in a vote-by-mail ballot — even though Passaic County Board of Election records show a ballot in their name was mailed in.Ramona … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus has upended election security training with just months before November”

WaPo: Russian hackers could target election officials working from home. Adversaries could spread rumors about coronavirus outbreaks at polling sites to deter people from showing up on Election Day. Or they could launch disinformation campaigns claiming elections have been delayed … Continue reading

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NYT: Erik Prince, Brother of Cabinet Secretary Working with Project Veritas to Spy on Teachers Union, Congressional Campaign

In normal times this would be a multi-day major story:  Erik Prince, the security contractor with close ties to the Trump administration, has in recent years helped recruit former American and British spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating … Continue reading

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New in APSR: “One Person, One Vote: Estimating the Prevalence of Double Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections”

Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse, David Rothschild, and Houshmand Shirani-Mehr have written this article for the American Political Science Review. Here is the abstract: Beliefs about the incidence of voter fraud inform how people view the trade-off between electoral … Continue reading

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“Feds reviewing previously unreported cyber attack on Florida elections office”

Miami Herald: Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.Link, who was appointed last year by … Continue reading

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“Election Meltdown, Part 3 Delving into the big bag of dirty tricks ahead of the 2020 election.”

You can listen to the third episode of the Election Meltdown podcast (in conjunction with Dahlia Lithwick and Slate Amicus) at this link. (Episode 1 on voter suppression/voter fraud is here and Episode 2 on election administrator incompetence (timely!) is here.) In this episode we talk … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Senate panel wants politicians to put party aside for election security. Fat chance in 2020.”

WaPo: A long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report admonishes politicians to forget about politics when dealing with election interference operations and to exercise maximum restraint before suggesting an election was hacked or corrupted.Good luck with that. “Restraint” is not the operative word … Continue reading

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Was There Intentional Jamming of the Iowa Democratic Party Phone Line to Make It Harder to Report Caucus Results? Conduct Reminiscent of 2002 New Hampshire Election Hotline Case or Uncoordinated Behavior?

A report in Bloomberg says that once the phone number for Iowa Democratic Party officials to report precinct caucus results became public, there were lots of calls from Trump supporters jamming the lines. The Trump campaign said it had nothing … Continue reading

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Trump “Jokes” Again, For At Least the 28th Time, About Remaining in Office Beyond His Legal Term Limit

This, in response to the Senate acquittal vote. (See my earlier Slate piece on this topic.) Having just been acquitted in his Senate trial, the President immediately threatens to violate the 22d Amendment pic.twitter.com/A3Bu4Syh40— Elizabeth Joh (@elizabeth_joh) February 5, 2020 … Continue reading

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RNC Sending Misleading Fundraising Mailers Designed to Look Like Official Census Forms in Northern California

SacBee: Some Northern California voters are receiving documents that resemble U.S. Census forms, but they are in fact fundraising appeals from the Republican National Committee.The document, printed on heavy paper, is labeled “2020 Congressional District Census,” with the words “DO … Continue reading

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“Trump’s Jokes About Defying Election Results Could Create Chaos; There’s a real possibility he could declare victory before all the ballots are counted.”

I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: As President Donald Trump plans a triumphant State of the Union address anticipating his likely acquittal by the Senate, the White House is reportedly awash in a sense of invincibility.Trump’s certainty that … Continue reading

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