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September 15, 2020

Less than 50 Days Until the Next Presidential Election

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   Provisional Voting, Explained: As we mentioned last week, double voting is a felony — so it is a good idea to decide sooner rather than later whether to mail in your vote or vote in person. If you haven’t received your mail-in ballot yet or aren’t sure that you submitted it properly, there is another option: provisional voting.   In WhoWhatWhy’s latest edition of America Decides, 2020,...

September 8, 2020

Please, Don’t Commit a Felony by Voting Twice

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by Dana Rohinsky and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   Please, Don’t Commit a Felony by Voting Twice: An election official’s job is already stressful when an election is less than 100 days away, but President Donald Trump’s latest suggestion about voting is a doozy — and a federal crime.   Last week, Trump told voters in North Carolina and Pennsylvania that they should test their state’s vote-by-mail systems by attempting to vote in person on Election...

September 1, 2020

Good Tuesday Afternoon, and Happy Election Day!

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   Good Tuesday Afternoon, and Happy Election Day! Voters in Massachusetts who want to cast their ballots in person for the state’s congressional primaries are heading to the polls today. The main race to watch is the Democratic Senate primary between Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Despite the fanfare surrounding yet another  Kennedy running for higher office, Markey has consistently led in the polls by...

August 25, 2020

What You Missed While Watching the DNC

If you spent last week plugged into the Democratic National Convention, you may have missed the following concerning the November election: A federal court order ruled that Indiana cannot reject an absentee ballot simply because a voter’s signature does not exactly match the one on the voter registration file unless the voter is first given the chance to correct the discrepancy. The court also ruled Indiana’s new voter roll purge law unconstitutional. Kentucky will allow voters to use fear of contracting COVID-19 as an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Kentucky also waived its voter ID requirement and announced an early voting period...

August 18, 2020

What Happened Last Week?

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   What Happened Last Week? Republicans in Washington lack the power to put the US Postal Service on the chopping block, but  they have been doing everything they can to starve the agency to death.   The Postal Service has been hastily removing mail sorting machines, while cutting overtime for mail carriers. Americans who rely on the US mail are discovering that their prescriptions, paychecks, and bills that...

August 11, 2020

The Endless Fight Over Voting by Mail

The Endless Fight Over Voting by Mail: President Donald Trump gave the impression that he had effectively thrown in the towel on the debate over mail-in voting when he tweeted that Florida voters should request a ballot last week. So why did he then sue Nevada to restrict access to voting by mail? The answer seems pretty clear: polls show that Nevada is a toss-up this November, and Biden supporters generally support vote-by-mail more than Trump supporters. Trump’s lawsuit echoes much of what Trump and his allies have said in public. The suit claims that the new law will result in widespread voter...

August 4, 2020

Understanding What Vote-by-Mail Actually Is

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   Voting by Mail, Explained: Regardless of who you vote for this November, it’s important to know how you can cast a ballot — and the popular choice appears to be absentee voting.   As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, vote-by-mail offers protection for both voters and election workers. At least 77 percent of eligible voters will be able to cast a ballot by mail this...

July 29, 2020

Less Than 100 Days to Go

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Sue Rushford. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   Less than 100 Days to Go: We’re rounding the final corner of the 2020 election cycle, so have you made a plan to vote? Are you unsure of whether to cast an early vote, vote-by-mail, or go the traditional route of casting a ballot on Election Day?   Whatever your decision, it is crucial that you act as soon as possible. Most states have deadlines to vote...

July 21, 2020

Honoring a Civil Rights Icon

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Chris Carley. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org. Honoring a Civil Rights Icon: We lost a giant on Friday. Rep. John Lewis, known as the “Conscience of the Congress,” spent his entire life fighting to protect democracy. Lewis played a pivotal role in the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and spent his final months advocating for the Senate to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voting rights should not be a partisan issue, but there is...

July 13, 2020

What Would Donald Do?

WhoWhatWhy’s Election Integrity Weekly is written by Gabriella Novello, and edited by William Dowell and Chris Carley. Have a tip or want to suggest a story? Send us an email at ei@whowhatwhy.org.   What Would Donald Do? We’ve heard PresidentTrump say it before, even if only jokingly.  "Under the normal rules, I'll be out in 2024. So, we may have to go for an extra term."   President Trump’s rhetoric about the 2020 election is becoming increasingly erratic, especially as his poll numbers continue to take a hit due to his failure to manage the spread of COVID-19. He is not interested in being a...