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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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TX: How drive-thru voting will work at NRG Arena



Our source for this is the Harris County Clerk’s Office. The elections office recently released several online videos to help voters navigate the process.

Karen wanted to know, “Do you park while completing the ballot, or do you complete it while sitting at the front of the line?”

We can VERIFY that there will be anywhere from 10 to 30 drive-thru slots available. You will vote once you pull into one of those spots.

Second question, “Do you complete a paper ballot, or do you vote on an electronic device?”

A greeter will present you with a mask, finger glove and hand sanitizer. Once your identification is verified, you will be given a device, similar to an iPad, to cast your ballot.

And lastly, “Can you have more than one voter in your car?”

Yes. If there are multiple voters, each will take turns. Just remember to remain silent while your others cast their ballots.

Harris County has also created an app where you can find the voting location nearest you and updated wait times. Just keep in mind, you must turn off your cell phones when you enter the polling station.




https://www.khou.com/article/news/verify/how-drive-thru-voting-will-work-at-nrg-arena/285-a5746615-b549-4422-925d-2d1941bfdc59

Officials to use NBA arena in Memphis for ballot counting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Election officials plan to use the FedExForum sports arena in Memphis, Tennessee, to count absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election.

The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, which play their home games at the arena, released a statement Saturday saying that the Shelby County Election Commission plans to use FedExForum to count mail-in ballots.

The number of absentee ballots is expected to be higher in Shelby County and Tennessee this year as voters avoid polling places due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With the potential for a higher number of absentee ballots in Shelby County, the Election Commission needed a larger space to facilitate counting those ballots and FedExForum met all the necessary requirements,” the team said in its statement.

The arena, which seats about 18,000 people, is located steps from historic Beale Street. Election commissioners have voted against using the arena as an early voting site for the upcoming election.





https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/42701647/officials-to-use-nba-arena-in-memphis-for-ballot-counting

MO: JQH Arena will open as polling location this November

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Greene County voters have been able to use Missouri State University as their polling place for recent elections. Now a new larger location on campus will be available for people to cast their ballots.

JQH Arena will open as a central polling location, meaning anyone registered to vote in Greene County could drop in. Before, voters could visit Missouri State’s Welcome Center on election day.

“It Seems like civically the right thing to do, it’s part of our ethical leadership at the university," said Ryan DeBoef, Assistant to the President for Missouri State University.



https://www.ky3.com/2020/10/01/jqh-arena-will-open-as-polling-location-this-november/


No straight-ticket voting for Texas' 2020 election, federal appeals court says

Texas voters will not be able to select every candidate of a major political party with one punch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, upholding a 2017 state law that ends the popular practice of straight-ticket voting for this year’s general election.

The Texas Legislature acted years ago to end straight-ticket voting in time for the 2020 presidential contest, but a federal judge reinstated the practice earlier this month, citing complications to the voting process caused by the pandemic.

A three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision Wednesday, ruling that the law ending the one-punch option should go into effect even as voters and election administrators contend with the coronavirus pandemic, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s “emphasis that courts should not alter election rules on the eve of an election.”

“The Texas Legislature passed HB 25 in 2017, and state election officials have planned for this election accordingly. The state election machinery is already well in motion,” the judges wrote. Upholding the law and eliminating straight-ticket voting, they wrote, “will minimize confusion among both voters and trained election officials.”





https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/30/texas-2020-election-staight-ticket-voting/

Former Trump Field Staffers Detail Iowa Team's Dysfunction

Shekinah Hollingsworth sat crying in her Ford Fiesta outside Cedar Rapids’ Coe College last October.

The Iowa Trump Victory field organizer had just left the school, where she was meeting with a student on behalf of President Trump’s reelection campaign in the state before it was interrupted by a scathing phone call from State Director Carly Miller and Deputy State Director Kerrick Kuder.

Miller and Kuder were upset with Hollingsworth because the Maryland native hadn’t shared with them the fact that she worked a second, early morning job in order to afford being an organizer in the state—as a full-time Trump field organizer, she was earning around $2,100 a month with a stipend of $300 for campaign expenses.

“Carly and Kerrick called me together to berate me and accuse me of dishonesty, laziness, and overall lack of willingness to be committed to this campaign due to their discovery of my part-time job,” Hollingsworth told Starting Line. “I didn’t tell them about my part-time job because I was really afraid of the reaction for good reason … I needed the part-time job. I ended up doing Doordash as well.”




https://iowastartingline.com/2020/09/29/former-trump-field-staffers-detail-iowa-teams-dysfunction/

Auditor, AG warn Iowans about improper election conduct

State Auditor Rob Sand and Attorney General Tom Miller reminded Iowans on September 30 about state laws prohibiting the use of public property to promote candidates and attempts to intimidate or threaten voters.

Sand’s advisory was a response to an incident in the western Iowa town of Ute (Monona County). Miller’s comments did not refer to any specific event but appeared relevant to comments President Donald Trump made during the September 29 televised debate.

A member of the Siouxland Indivisible Facebook group posted this picture of a post by someone (purportedly a city employee) celebrating the display of Trump campaign flags from Ute’s public display mounts.


https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2020/09/30/auditor-ag-warn-iowans-about-improper-election-conduct/

Florida Democrats take wide lead in mail ballot requests

Florida Democrats are building a substantial lead in mail-in ballot requests for November’s presidential election even as their registration advantage shrinks, but questions remain about whether that will be a boon for Joe Biden as he tries to wrest the nation’s largest swing state from President Donald Trump.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office shows that 2.4 million Democrats have requested mail-in ballots compared with 1.6 million Republicans — a 767,000 request advantage as the coronavirus pandemic makes some voters leery of entering a polling place. It’s also a sharp change from 2016 when requests — and returned mail-in ballots — were evenly split. Trump narrowly won Florida over Hillary Clinton in 2016, and statewide elections are notoriously tight.

However, Republicans have gained some ground in voter registration. Both parties have about 5 million registered Floridians. Democrats have a 183,000-member advantage, down from 330,000 four years ago.

With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates but especially so for Trump, who moved his official residence to his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago from New York last year. A Florida loss would make it nearly impossible for Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House.


https://floridapolitics.com/archives/370990-fla-dems-vbm

Nikki Fried, Florida Democrats want Republicans to account for Donald Trump, white supremacists

n the wake of President Donald Trump failing to denounce white supremacist supporters in Tuesday night’s debate with Joe Biden, Florida Democrats, including the sole statewide electee, want answers from Republicans.

Florida Democratic Party head Terrie Rizzo on Wednesday afternoon urged Republicans to address the presidential provocations.

“The Florida Democratic Party denounces white supremacy in all its forms. Yesterday, President Donald Trump refused to denounce white supremacy on national television,” Rizzo said. “The Republican Party’s sole platform this year is to re-elect Donald Trump, and if Florida Republicans don’t actively stand up to condemn white supremacy and ask the leader of their party to unequivocally do the same, we can only assume they condone this behavior.

Prior to that, Florida’s Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Wednesday called on Republicans in the Florida Cabinet to “account for” where the President stands on white supremacy


https://floridapolitics.com/archives/371014-fried-trump-cabinet

Florida Democrats take wide lead in mail ballot requests

Florida Democrats are building a substantial lead in mail-in ballot requests for November’s presidential election even as their registration advantage shrinks, but questions remain about whether that will be a boon for Joe Biden as he tries to wrest the nation’s largest swing state from President Donald Trump.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office shows that 2.4 million Democrats have requested mail-in ballots compared with 1.6 million Republicans — a 767,000 request advantage as the coronavirus pandemic makes some voters leery of entering a polling place. It’s also a sharp change from 2016 when requests — and returned mail-in ballots — were evenly split. Trump narrowly won Florida over Hillary Clinton in 2016, and statewide elections are notoriously tight.

However, Republicans have gained some ground in voter registration. Both parties have about 5 million registered Floridians. Democrats have a 183,000-member advantage, down from 330,000 four years ago.

With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates but especially so for Trump, who moved his official residence to his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago from New York last year. A Florida loss would make it nearly impossible for Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House.


https://floridapolitics.com/archives/370990-fla-dems-vbm

Pinellas County collects nearly $300K in felon fees and fines, 290 people restore voting rights

The Pinellas County Clerk of Court Office has collected $298,629 in felon fees and fines, according to a news release, although it did not specify a span of time nor how many people contributed to that amount. The office’s announcement follows a decision from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled the state could require felons to pay fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote.

The money from these fines and fees is distributed based on the statutory fee and fine schedule, which includes broad categories of distribution such as to the State of Florida, the Clerks of Court State Trust Fund, Pinellas County, and local municipalities, among others.

When inquiring about the amount due in order to have voting rights restored, Burke says it is important to identify the inquiry as related to voting rights, since the amount usually differs from the total amount due.

That’s due to several factors, including probation violations that could alter the amount due in order to have voting rights restored, as well as if the court allowed for community service hours to offset fees. Also, if the Court modified the original sentencing document, the calculation of the modification must be taken into account.



https://floridapolitics.com/archives/371135-pinellas-county-collects-nearly-300k-in-felon-fees-and-fines-290-people-restore-voting-rights


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