Antrim, Michigan Hand Recount Confirms Accuracy of Machine Recount, with 12-Vote Gain for Trump

Detroit News: An audit of Antrim County election results Thursday gave President Donald Trump a net gain of 12 votes from the certified results in the northern Michigan county. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s total decreased by one vote, from 5,960 to … Continue reading

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“IA-02: Three counties use voting machines to assist hand recount, defying Secretary of State opinion”

Iowa City Press-Citizen: Three county recount boards are defying a recent legal opinion from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office and using a machine to aid the recount of ballots in the ultra-close 2nd District congressional race.Recount boards in Scott, Johnson and Clinton … Continue reading

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More Election Administration Problems in NY: “Absentee ballots in limbo over lost sticky notes in Brindisi-Tenney House race”

Syracuse.com: The fate of 39 absentee ballots in the election between Rep. Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney is up in the air after election officials admitted in court today that they lost sticky notes attached to some of the ballots.Oneida County’s election commissioners told … Continue reading

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Hand Recount of Presidential Race in Georgia Proceeding under Uncertain Legal Authority

AJC: By ordering a statewide hand recount of every ballot in the presidential race, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger combined different parts of recount and audit procedures.His decision will result in a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that’s never been attempted before. Raffensperger said it will … Continue reading

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“‘Get to TCF’: What really happened inside Detroit’s ballot counting center”

Deep dive in the Detroit Free Press: Chris Thomas, a former long-time director of elections for the Michigan Secretary of State, addressed the concerns of Republican challengers and debunked rumors of foulplay that circulated on social media.Thomas, who has worked for both Democratic and Republican … Continue reading

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“Nevada Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign emergency request to limit mail ballot counting in Clark County”

Nevada Independent: The Nevada Supreme Court has denied an emergency request by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the state Republican Party to immediately order Clark County election officials to stop processing mail ballots.The appeal, filed Tuesday in the state … Continue reading

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“Texas voters have to wear masks while voting despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s exemption, federal judge rules”

Texas Tribune: Texas voters are nowrequired to wear face masks when casting ballots during the pandemic, a federal district judge ruled Tuesday, invalidating an exemption for polling places that Gov. Greg Abbott had included in his statewide mask mandate.The governor’s mandate for Texans to … Continue reading

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“Trump campaign, Nevada Republicans sue to stop Clark County mail vote counting until ‘proper procedures’ in place” [Update: Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order]

Nevada Independent: The Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit Friday requesting a pause in Clark County’s mail ballot counting until “proper procedures” for “meaningful observation” are in place.The lawsuit — filed in Carson City District Court — names … Continue reading

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“Talks collapse on a deal to let Pa. counties open mail ballots before Election Day”

Spotlight PA: Negotiations between the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf to let counties begin opening mail ballots in Pennsylvania before Election Day appeared to collapse Wednesday, setting up a potential nightmare scenario that some fear could leave the state counting millions of ballots … Continue reading

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Oct. 20 Event: “Navigating the Rapids: Swing State Secretaries and the 2020 Elections” (with Benson, Boockvar, and LaRose)

Havard’s Ash Center: As we approach the final weeks of the election campaign, Secretaries of State – particularly in swing states – face tremendous pressures as they fulfill their responsibilities to provide a smooth, inclusive, and safe election that delivers a … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal District Court Rejects Trump Campaign Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Drop Boxes and Other Voting Rules, Finding Fraud Claims Speculative; Appeal Chances Slim

138-page opinion. It was pretty clear that’s where this one was heading, and I have serious doubts that the Trump campaign is going to do better if they try to appeal this up the appellate ladder. As I explained in … Continue reading

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