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TX-22: Houston Chronicle endorses Sri Preston Kulkarni for Congress

Kulkarni, 41, a former foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, made his mark two years ago by running within 5 points of Olson and establishing himself as a candidate with the intelligence and cooperative attitude necessary to build coalitions and bring people together for common goals.

That makes Kulkarni our choice in this racially diverse district, which includes most of Fort Bend County, a section of Harris County and the cities of Friendswood, Missouri City, Needville, Rosenberg, and Sugar Land.

According to census data, 64 percent of the district’s residents are white, 17 percent are Asian and 12 percent are Black. About 25 percent of people in the district identify as Hispanic or Latino. Texas 22 includes a large immigrant population from all around the world.

Kulkarni, who notes he speaks six languages, told the editorial board that he would use his 14 years of experience of diplomacy to serve the diverse community as well as reach across the aisle to Republicans.


'Bad things happen in Philadelphia,' Trump says at debate, renewing false claim about poll watchers

President Donald Trump closed out his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday night by repeating on national television his false claim that poll watchers had been blocked from observing the first day of in-person early voting in Philadelphia.

“Today there was a big problem,” Trump said in the closing moments of the debate. “In Philadelphia they went in to watch. They’re called poll watchers. A very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia, bad things.”

But there were several reasons why elections staff did not allow members of the public to arbitrarily enter their offices. The Trump campaign has no poll watchers approved to work in Philadelphia at the moment. There are no actual polling places open in the city right now. And elections officials are following coronavirus safety regulations, such as those limiting the number of people indoors.

It’s true that voters were casting ballots Tuesday, but the locations where they were doing so are satellite elections offices where mail ballots can be requested, completed, and submitted. Poll watchers don’t have the same rights at such locations as they do at traditional polling places on Election Day, officials said.


Lawmaker panel blocks LaRose request for early ballot postage

A panel of Ohio lawmakers, in a vote split along party lines, has blocked a request from Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose to cover the postage for voters returning early absentee ballots by mail.

Republicans on the state Controlling Board opposed the spending at a meeting Monday afternoon, saying the allocation should be addressed by the full legislature.

“Early voting begins in 22 days, and already more than 1 million absentee ballots have been requested,” said Rep Scott Oelslager, R-North Canton. “I’d be reluctant to change the rules of any election, let alone a presidential election, at the eleventh hour. … I believe the people of the state of Ohio have plenty of opportunities to vote in this coming election.”

The final vote was 4-2, with the two Democrats on the board supporting the postage allocation.


Ohio appeals court rules state doesn't have to accept electronic absentee ballot requests, overturni

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Franklin County judge was wrong when he ordered Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to accept electronic absentee ballot applications for the upcoming presidential election, a three-judge Ohio appellate court panel unanimously ruled Tuesday while overturning the previous decision.

owever, all three judges said LaRose, a Republican, under state law has the discretion to do so were he to so choose at some point in the future.

Three judges from the 10th District Court of Appeals said they agreed with arguments from the Ohio Democratic Party that the state law doesn’t prohibit elections officials from accepting applications for absentee ballots via email or fax. But two of the judges said the Ohio Democratic Party didn’t demonstrate a “right” under the law to “unlimited methods for delivery of their applications” or prove that LaRose had a legal duty to offer applications option beyond in-person or mail delivery of applications.


Former GOP Michigan secretaries of state sue over plan to count late arriving ballots

wo former Republican secretaries of state filed Tuesday a lawsuit in federal court, challenging Michigan's plan to count absentee ballots that are postmarked no later than the day before the election but arrive up to 14 days afterward.

The suit in the Western District of Michigan, which Democrats labeled as an attempt to suppress the vote, is the latest escalation in a legal fracas focused on a state that President Donald Trump won by 10,704 votes in 2016. The suit argues that Michigan's current policy risks placing "the resolution of the contest past dates Congress has set for" the so-called safe-harbor deadline for settling disputes of Dec. 8 and the Dec. 14 Electoral College vote.

"It will remain unknown who wins the state’s vote for at least 14 days after Election Day, and any contest about the ultimate result is unlikely to reach a conclusion before the safe-harbor deadline or even before the vote of the Electoral College," the new lawsuit says.

The 14-day period would leave 21 days before the Dec. 8 safe-harbor date for possible ballot recounts, county canvassing board and Michigan Board of State Canvassers' reviews and certifications of the votes, as well as the approval of the state's presidential electors. The safe harbor date is the deadline by which states must choose their electors in the Electoral College.


Appeals court allows extension of Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadlines

MADISON - An appeals court agreed Tuesday to give Wisconsin voters more time to return their absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election, finding Republicans didn't have the authority to challenge them.

The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago means absentee ballots that arrive in municipal clerks' offices after Election Day can be counted as long as they are postmarked by then.

The decision — issued by three judges nominated by Republican presidents — is a victory for Democrats who asked to loosen election rules during the coronavirus pandemic and a setback for Republicans who tried to prevent any changes to them.

The court ruled on technical grounds, finding that Republicans didn't have the authority to appeal a decision issued last week by U.S. District Judge William Conley. The appeals judges did not weigh in on the substance of Conley's ruling.


Voter registration countdown: Seven days left to register to vote in Texas

A record number of Texans have registered to vote.

With the general election nearing, there are a record 16,617,436 registered voters in Texas as of September, according to the Texas Secretary of State's office.

There were 16,211,198 people registered to vote in the March Republican and Democratic primaries.

On Jan. 23, the office said, "As of this month, there are 16,106,984 registered voters in Texas — a new state record."

Texans have seven days left to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election, which will include city, county, state, federal and the U.S. president races.

The registration deadline is Oct. 5.

Those wanting to register can find applications on the El Paso County Election Department's website, as well as the Texas Secretary of State's website.


Lincoln Project claim to have Trump debate prep tapes


Trump accuses Chris Wallace of siding with Joe Biden in first presidential debate

President Trump in his first tweet following Tuesday’s first presidential debate accused moderator Chris Wallace of siding with his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

The wordless tweet simply features an image of Trump on the left opposed by Wallace and Biden together on the right, in the style of an old arcade game’s character-select screen — down to the abbreviation “VS” in the font of the “Street Fighter” series.

Throughout the chaotic first debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Fox News host Wallace repeatedly chastised both candidates — but particularly Trump — for interrupting him and each other.


KY: Simpson County Offers 3 'Super Centers' for Election Day Voting

Kentucky voters who choose to cast their ballots in person in the Nov. 3 general election will have the option of going to a designated "super center" in their county, designed to make the process more convenient and efficient during the pandemic.

One of the main goals of the Election Day super centers is to minimize confusion that sometimes occurs when voters arrive at the wrong precinct.

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the super center is one of the ways Kentucky officials are making an effort to minimize crowds and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


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