“Sources Close to the President’s Reelection Campaign Tell Axios” That “Trump trashes mail voting in part because he sees the messaging as good cover if he loses to Joe Biden in November”

That’s in an article entitled “Scoop: Kevin McCarthy Warns Trump’s War on Mail Could Screw GOP.” The idea that Trump is attacking mail-in voting to give himself an excuse if he loses to Biden in November is the most benign … Continue reading

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“Voters Face a Complicated Election as the Pandemic Remakes Voting; Mail-in voting, Covid-19, disinformation and a possibly lengthy wait for results make the 2020 election unlike others”

Important deep dive by the WSJ: In a year of uncertainties, one thing seems certain: This November’s general election is shaping up to be one of the most complicated in U.S. history.States are racing to make changes to voting procedures … Continue reading

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“This Is Democrats’ Doomsday Scenario for Election Night: What if early results in swing states on Nov. 3 show President Trump ahead, and he declares victory before heavily Democratic mail-in votes, which he has falsely linked with fraud, are fully counted?”

Trip Gabriel for the NYT: In Michigan, Ms. Benson predicted that three million votes would be cast by mail this year, 60 percent of the total. She has called for changes to let election clerks process absentee ballots early — opening envelopes, … Continue reading

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Federal District Court Rejects Challenge to Georgia Law on Limits to Third Party Collection of Absentee Ballots, But Extends Deadline for Receipt of Postmarked Absentee Ballots

Here is the opinion. The court rejected other challenges to Georgia law as well, but the extension of the time for receipt of ballots is significant given how late Georgia voters can request and receive absentee ballots and given potential … Continue reading

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New Study: Vote by Mail Increases Voter Turnout But Does Not Alter Election Outcomes

The participatory and partisan impacts of mandatory vote-by-mail View ORCID ProfileMichael Barber1,* and View ORCID ProfileJohn B. Holbein2,*  See all authors and affiliationsScience Advances  26 Aug 2020:Vol. 6, no. 35, eabc7685DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abc7685 ArticleFigures & DataInfo & MetricseLetters PDF Abstract Recently, mandatory vote-by-mail has received a … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: Federal Court Steps Aside for Now in Dispute over Drop Boxes and Other Pennsylvania Election Rules

In a thoughtful 37-page opinion, in one of the most closely watched pieces of litigation surrounding the conduct of the 2020 election, a federal court (Trump appointee Judge Nicholas Ranjan) has used Pullman abstention to decline to consider the Trump … Continue reading

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Trump Campaign Reportedly Provides Little Evidence of Mail-In Ballot Fraud to Support Its Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Drop Boxes

The Intercept: In a motion last week, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future and the Sierra Club called on the Trump campaign to provide evidence of the existence of voter fraud, arguing that the campaign’s lawsuit was “replete with salacious allegations and dire warnings” … Continue reading

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“Biden Supporters More Likely Than Trump’s to Vote by Mail, Poll Shows; New Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds Democrats are more confident than Republicans that November results would be tallied accurately”

WSJ: Supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are more likely than Trump supporters to say they will vote by mail and are more likely to trust the accuracy of November’s ballot count, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll … Continue reading

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“State officials rush to shore up confidence in Nov. 3 election as voters express new fears about mail voting”

WaPo: President Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the U.S. Postal Service amid widespread mail delays across the country are shaking voters’ faith that their ballots will be counted, prompting a rush among federal, state and local officials to protect the integrity … Continue reading

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“USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters”

Philadelphia Inquirer: The U.S. Postal Service has warned Pennsylvania that some mail ballots might not be delivered on time because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards,” prompting election officials to ask the state Supreme Court to extend the … Continue reading

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Trump Opposes More Funding Proposed by Democrats for USPS, Saying It Will Facilitate Universal Mail-in Voting and Allow the “Greatest Fraud in History”

More unsubstantiated rhetoric from the President (starting at the 10 minute mark). Christina Wilkie: Trump on the Post Office: "They don't have the money to do the mail in voting. Are they gonna do it even if they don't have … Continue reading

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