Bracing for the Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Election Day

By: Friday November 2, 2012 9:45 am

We’re four days out from an election, and four days behind a hurricane that smashed into the Northeast. Millions of homes remain without power, though it’s slowly coming back online. Minds are focused on rescue and recovery. How exactly will this region shift into an election footing next Tuesday?

The first question concerns the logistical aspects. Brad Friedman credibly connects the multitude of power outages to the fact that electronic voting machines require, you know, power.


Pennsylvania Nixes Steps to Make Voting Easier, After Judge Allows Making Voting Harder

By: Sunday August 19, 2012 12:55 pm

Viviette Applewhite, the 93 year-old who was one of the plaintiffs in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, received her ID card this week. Despite voting in practically every election since she became eligible, she didn’t have a driver’s license or Social Security card, and her birth certificate features a different name than the one on her other documents. But the state waived these impediments, which should have made her ineligible for a photo ID card, and provided her one anyway.

We’re supposed to believe that this is proof that Pennsylvania will make whatever effort necessary to get eligible voters the ID they need. But of course, this is just one high-profile case, out of as many as 750,000.

Voter ID Laws Solve No Existing Problem

By: Monday August 6, 2012 11:30 am

Even if voter fraud were a problem (it isn’t), voter ID laws would be no kind of solution. Of several types of potential fraud, you have in-person voter fraud, where someone votes in an election more than once. That’s the only one that would be captured by the voter ID law. And that one really never happens and would be an implausible way to steal an election.

Report: Scottdemort Turned Off Florida’s Republican Absentee Voters

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 4:45 pm

Wednesday’s Gainesville Sun provides details from a report prepared for the state of Florida that informs us that the 2010 gubernatorial race featured a much higher rate of undervotes than in the previous election cycle. While only 0.86 percent of ballots in 2006 had no vote for governor, the 2010 race saw that figure jump to 1.49 percent. The rate for traditionally Republican absentee voters not casting a vote for governor was even higher.

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