Tag: Voting and Voters

Evangelicals, Looking to 2020, Face the Limits of Their Base

WASHINGTON — After Democrats delivered a resounding counterpunch to President Trump at the polls, one of his most reliable voting blocs — social conservatives — now faces the repercussions of its uncompromising support for Mr. Trump’s agenda. That result is mixed: Social conservatives are celebrating a slightly expanded Republican majority […]

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Florida’s Recount Nears End. But a ‘Significant Number’ of Votes Could Remain Uncounted

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Florida was scheduled to wrap up a machine recount of its contested election Thursday afternoon, but officials in Palm Beach County said their tabulation equipment came up short “a significant number” of ballots in the final Senate tally, making it nearly impossible for the county to […]

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In Florida Recount, Sloppy Signatures May Disqualify Thousands of Votes

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — The nuns at Zina Rodriguez’s Catholic school in the Bronx thwacked her knuckles to punish sloppy handwriting, so she was shocked when her mail-in ballot in Florida was rejected because her signature did not match the one on record with elections officials. Ms. Rodriguez, a registered […]

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News Analysis: Inside the Republican Strategy to Discredit the Florida Recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a cold political calculation: Treat the recount as the next phase of a campaign to secure the party’s majority and agenda in the Senate. That […]

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Judge Urges Parties in Florida Election to ‘Ramp Down the Rhetoric’

MIAMI — The chief state judge in Broward County, Fla., urged the lawyers involved in the battle over the state vote recount on Monday to “ramp down the rhetoric” and take any accusations of electoral fraud where they belong: to the police. Chief Circuit Judge Jack Tuter refused a request […]

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Uncounted Ballots, Overvoted Ballots: Why Is the Governor Claiming Fraud in Florida’s Election?

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — In the chaos that has swirled over the vote count in Florida following Tuesday’s midterm elections, one headline made its way ominously around the state: A teacher in Broward County had discovered a box labeled “provisional ballots,” left behind at the polling place at her school. Mishandled […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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A Mysterious ‘Undervote’ Could End Up Settling the Florida Senate Race

The vote count in Florida’s Senate race keeps getting tighter. Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over the Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson, is down to 15,000 votes, and it’s likely to narrow further as provisional and late overseas ballots are counted. As the initial count concludes, one issue will loom over the […]

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The Economy Didn’t Save Republicans After All

Unemployment is abnormally low. Growth has sped up. A $1.5 trillion tax cut, signed by President Trump last year, is fueling consumer spending. Faced with strong Democratic enthusiasm and fund-raising, and hindered by an unpopular president, Republicans were counting on that economic strength to lift them at the polls, or […]

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This Is Us, Halfway Whole

We avoided Midnight in America. The president concocted a frightscape, the caravan from hell ready to storm our white picket fences, the military deployed as a political stunt, the Constitution inches from the shredder. By any measure, the election was a referendum on our sickly, staggering democracy. Nearly 70 percent […]

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Brian Kemp Resigns as Georgia Secretary of State, With Governor’s Race Still Disputed

ATLANTA — Brian Kemp, the Republican who has claimed victory in Georgia’s governor’s race, said on Thursday that he was resigning as secretary of state, removing himself from the process of determining whether he had in fact been elected. With some ballots still to be counted, his Democratic opponent, Stacey […]

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Dead Pimp Cruises to Victory in Nevada State Election

In life, Dennis Hof claimed many titles: “America’s pimp” and “the P.T. Barnum of Booty,” based on his notoriety as an outspoken brothel owner in Nevada. He called himself the “Trump of Pahrump,” nodding to his political style and the town he called home. In death, Mr. Hof earned a […]

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Andrew Gillum Concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida Governor’s Race

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ron DeSantis was elected governor of Florida on Tuesday, handing President Trump an important victory and extending the Republican Party’s dominance in the nation’s third-largest state. Mr. DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman, fended off his opponent, Andrew Gillum, one of the strongest candidates Florida Democrats had fielded […]

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Republican Kevin Cramer Ousts Heidi Heitkamp From North Dakota Senate Seat

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Get live election analysis and real-time results. Representative Kevin Cramer, who latched onto Donald J. Trump even before he was president and never let go, ousted North Dakota’s incumbent Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp, on Tuesday, flipping a key seat that was vital to Republican efforts to […]

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Change Comes to Albany, if Not the Governor’s Mansion

Advertisement Reformers win real victories in New York’s Democratic primary. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Sept. 14, 2018 ImageCreditCreditSam Alden New York voters have spoken, and Gov. […]

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Andrew Gillum Gives the Progressive Dream a Chance

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Florida is a state so closely divided between Democratic and Republican voters that differences in turnout levels often determine election winners. In 2016, 81.2 percent of the state’s registered Republicans […]

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Let’s Get New York to the Polls

Advertisement With the state’s primary elections on Sept. 13, a Thursday, officials can take steps now to make sure voters defy expectations of a low turnout. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom […]

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Campaigns Enter Texting Era With a Plea: Will U Vote 4 Me ὤF ?

Peer-to-peer texting broke onto the national scene in 2016 when Senator Bernie Sanders used it to organize volunteers during the Democratic primary, and Democrats in particular seem to be racing ahead with their plans to use the technology. Volunteers for Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia this year, have sent more than […]

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In Cambodia, Dissenting Voters Find Ways to Say ‘None of the Above’

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — One Cambodian voter defaced his or her ballot with a lively reference to a dog’s anatomy. Others ticked every single box, or crossed out the entire ballot. Still others drew pictures of the sun, the symbol of the outlawed main opposition party. After Sunday’s general election, which was roundly condemned as […]

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Zimbabwe Holds a Peaceful Vote, Its First Ballot Since Mugabe’s Fall

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Millions of Zimbabweans cast ballots on Monday in a general election that many hoped would earn the endorsement of Western governments and win economic assistance needed to repair decades of misrule under Robert Mugabe. Long lines of enthusiastic voters formed at polling stations on the outskirts of Harare, the capital, before voting […]

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How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020

Exit polls showed disillusionment across the swing states that Trump won four years ago and lost this year, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. In a sign of the country’s changing political map, he held on to Ohio and Iowa, two relatively old and white states — but became the first Republican since 1992 to lose […]

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As Zimbabwe Prepares to Vote, Robert Mugabe Resurfaces With a Message

EPWORTH, Zimbabwe — As he buttonholed voters less than two days before Zimbabwe’s general election, the opposition candidate worked the crowd alone and on foot. He bounced from voter to voter, a wide smile across his face, ready with a handshake and a joke. In past elections, before Robert G. Mugabe was ousted in November […]

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