Michigan Court Allows Third Party Collection of Absentee Ballots (So-Called “Ballot Harvesting”) in the Weekend Before Election Day, and Requires States To Accept Ballots Arriving Up to 2 Weeks After Election Day if Postmarked the Day Before

You can find the opinion here. I expect this will be appealed as have other Michigan fights over the ballot rules. One notable finding: One of the issues in this case concerns evidence—or lack thereof—of voter fraud and threats to … Continue reading

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“Trump Is Waging A Multistate, Multimillion-Dollar Legal Battle Against Mail-In Voting During The Pandemic”

Zoe Tillman for BuzzFeed: President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party are devoting millions of dollars to wage a state-by-state legal battle against mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, not only suing state officials but also intervening in cases where … Continue reading

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“Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin decided the 2016 election. We’ll have to wait on them in 2020.”

Zach Montellaro for Politico: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are expecting huge surges in ballots cast by mail in 2020, like most states preparing to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. But all three Midwestern battlegrounds, which President Donald Trump flipped in … Continue reading

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As Wisconsin Supreme Court at Last Minute Puts Mailing of Absentee Ballots on Hold as It Considers Whether to Include Green Party on Ballot, Election Officials Have Already Mailed 378,000 Ballots Out and Would Have to Do Second Mailing

What a mess: The state Supreme Court told election officials Thursday that absentee ballots should not be mailed for now so the justices can determine whether they should include the Green Party’s presidential ticket.  The 4-3 order left open the possibility of reprinting 2.3 … Continue reading

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Breaking: 5th Circuit Panel, on 2-1 Vote, Rejects 26th Amendment Age Discrimination Claim Against Texas Law That Allows Only Those Over 65 to Vote by Mail Without Excuse (During the Pandemic and Otherwise)

You can find the opinion here. The case is up on a preliminary injunction, and the case now goes back to the trial court, which is likely to again find for the plaintiffs (given the trial court’s earlier opinion) triggering … Continue reading

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“Trump’s campaign jumps into Ohio elections fight, opposing lawsuit over multiple drop boxes in counties”

Cleveland.com: President Trump’s re-election campaign Thursday jumped into a legal fight over Ohio’s elections, seeking to prevent a push for multiple drop boxes for absentee ballots in counties across the state.Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican … Continue reading

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“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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