Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020

Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn’t reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. Read More…

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Dirty Tricks: Eight Falsehoods that Could Undermine the 2020 Election | Brennan Center for Justice

The 2020 election will be hard-fought and divisive. The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused major disruptions to our elections system, and the risk that other real crises — natural disaster, machine breakdown, foreign interference — will further disrupt the election is significant. But there is also a significant risk that political actors will manufacture crises to undermine election results they don’t like. These fake crises can undercut trust in the accuracy of election outcomes, inflame partisan tensions, and destabilize our democracy. Here are eight lies, misconceptions, and false arguments that we think voters will have to contend with in 2020: TRUTH MATTERS: Fake election crises can undercut trust in the vote, inflame partisan tensions, and destabilize our democracy. by Max Feldman, PUBLISHED: May 14, 2020 1. “Voter Fraud” Is Rampant The Claim: There is widespread voting by ineligible individuals. The Truth: This type of fraud is extremely rare.   Read

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Track your ballot like a package

‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge As many states rush to implement new ways to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. 05-07-20 – 2020 ELECTION BY TALIB VISRAM – 9 MINUTE READ Read the whole article online at Fast Company As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. “Whether

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Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail

Safe  – Convenient  – Easy by Voting Rights Committee The effects of the coronavirus have made voting by mail more appealing than ever before. There are just a few simple steps you need to take in order to ensure your vote is counted.  Instructions are included with your Vote-By-Mail ballot.   Always place your ballot in the return envelope provided by the Supervisor of Elections. Also, remember to sign the envelope. Your ballot will not be counted if the signature is missing on the return envelope or if the signature does not match your signature on file.   The first thing the Supervisor of Elections does when your ballot is received in their office is to check that there is a signature on the return envelope and that it matches the signature you submitted when you registered to vote. Our Supervisor uses sophisticated signature matching technology and trained staff to

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We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again

Read the entire article online. Our new paper shows vote-by-mail dramatically boosted Colorado’s turnout. It could change this fall’s election and every election after. By Charlotte Hill, Jacob Grumbach, Adam Bonica and Hakeem Jefferson The authors are political science researchers. May 4, 2020 Voting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles Calif. on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Credit…Josh Haner/The New York Times           As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, there are growing concerns about whether in-person voting can be conducted safely in the months ahead, including for the November presidential election. A huge expansion of mail voting is one way to ensure that participating in democracy won’t undermine public health. The idea of “all-mail voting” is straightforward: Every registered voter gets sent a ballot via mail to their home address, then after making their choices, voters mail it back; and those who want

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Vote By Mail

By Nancy Cohen While many Floridians will begin preparing for the hurricane season this summer, many will also be taking additional measures to prepare for the election season. Unlike previous years when voters typically delay any thought related to the election season until August, public officials and voters are forced to consider the impact of the pandemic on the upcoming primary election in August and the general election in November.    Our League agrees with election experts, including Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link, that vote-by-mail is the safest and most convenient way for voters to exercise their civic duty without compromising their health and safety.  The League met with – that is, virtually met with – Supervisor Link in April who highlighted the benefits of mail-in voting: Voters have more time to read the ballot and vote from the comfort of their homes. Voters will avoid the health

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PBC Jail Inmates Too Vulnerable to Coronavirus

PBC Jail Inmates Too Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Read the online article at The Palm Beach Post Posted Apr 7, 2020 at 7:02 AM Point of View: Certainly, some of the inmates in the jails are dangerous and should be kept there pending trial. But not all. It has long been written that society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Every government official from President Donald Trump on down is talking about containing the coronavirus to protect people. One group is being forgotten, the inmate population at the two Palm Beach County jails. First, let’s keep in mind that the jails are not state prisons. By definition, the only inmates in jails are those pending trial and presumed innocent or those serving what is a misdemeanor sentence. Certainly, some of the inmates in the jails are dangerous and should be kept there pending trial. But not all. In a recent Palm Beach Post article, Palm Beach County Sherriff Ric Bradshaw alleged, incredibly, that

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Election Protection

On Presidential Preference Primary day on March 17th, almost two dozen LWVPBC volunteers worked with Florida Election Protection Coalition to ensure that every eligible voter had an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted. Read more…. The EP Coalition is a national, non-partisan organization, made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners. Normally, voter education and assistance would be provided by EP poll monitors standing outside polling places and talking directly with voters to inform them of their rights. But in this age of COVID-19, we had to get creative so that we were all kept safe. A “mobile monitoring system” was established, with volunteers driving by select polling places from West Palm, to Belle Glade to Riviera Beach to Boynton Beach and Delray to check if there were problems. Our EP volunteers did discover issues: late-opening or even closed polling places, non-existent or inadequate signs,

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Election Protection

Election Protection

If you could protect votes from being hijacked — Would you?  Could you? You can!  Join our Election Protection project! In 2020, the Voting Rights Coalition is partnering with the nonpartisan Florida Election Protection Coalition to make sure that voters in Palm Beach County know their rights and their votes count.  Every eligible voter deserves to have his or her vote counted — that’s the cornerstone of our democracy. Our nation suffers when eligible, registered voters are turned away from the polls, unable to find their polling place or are otherwise blocked from exercising their rights. The nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition is made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners.  Under the leadership of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and Common Cause, they work to ensure that every eligible voter gets to vote.  To do this, they mobilize thousands of volunteers across the country

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