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Bexar County judge says eight polling locations close due to COVID-19 fears

SAN ANTONIO - Early voting is underway for run off elections in Bexar County and will end Friday.

So far, more than 36,000 have voted early. About 23,000 have already sent in mail-in ballots.

Judge Nelson Wolff says some polling locations are closing as staff helping to run those sites are fearful because of a lack of protection.

"We're gonna have to have eight less because limited protection for them in terms of what they're trying to do and anyone can come in without a mask," Wolff said Wednesday night.

Tuesday, Wolff said the average age of election officials is 72 years old.

"I voted at Lion Field two, three days ago and there were people who refused to wear em," Wolff said. "Have some respect for soembody else other than yourself."


Dallas County Considering Using Convention Centers, Large Hotel Ballrooms As Polling Locations In No

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, she said the county has to think outside the box. “Covid is still going to be around in November. We know that, we’re preparing for that.”

To help prevent the spread of the virus, the county is spacing out machines so voters can be properly socially-distanced.
Because a presidential election always draws a very large turnout, and the one between President Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to be no different, Pippins-Poole said they want to have a large space with numerous voting machines.

She said she’s had conversations with the city of Dallas about the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and other cities as well.

Pippins-Poole also said it will take people longer to fill out their ballots in November because there’s no more straight-ticket voting and people will also consider their city and school board candidates too.

The municipal elections were delayed from May.

Pippins-Poole said, “You’re going to have lines but we’re trying to minimize the wait time at those polling places.”

Voters were split on the idea.

Russell Davis of Dallas said, “As long as the ventilation is good, it’s not a bad idea.”


DATA: More than 20,000 Collin County (TX) residents cast ballots in the first week of early voting

Early voting for the primary runoff election began June 29 in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the original May date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Collin County Elections Office, 20,596 county residents cast ballots in the first week of early voting as of July 5. About 73% of those voters were Democrats, and about 27% were Republicans, according to county data.

Although the deadlines to register to vote in this election and to apply for an absentee ballot have passed, Collin County residents can cast ballots at any early voting center through July 10. Election day is July 14.


FLIPPABLE: Steve Fox for CA-AD36

My name is Steve Fox. I am a long-time public servant here in the Antelope Valley. I have served at Antelope Valley College, at Antelope Valley Hospital, and as the Assembly-person for the 36th District here in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, for over two decades.

I am asking you as my neighbors and peers, to trust me again to put the AV first and get things moving in Sacramento, and to represent every member of our community, not just those on "my team". I have always been an independent thinker and voter, as you can plainly see by my voting record, I strive to serve you. I believe in lots of polling so that I can vote the way my community wants me to, this way I represent you, and not some decision-maker in a political party, that may not have your best interests in their heart. While serving in the State Assembly, I took polls to find out your opinion before I voted. I believe I should vote and do what you want, I am your voice in Sacramento.

I look forward to this campaign season, where I can talk to you about my ideas, and hear back all about your ideas. I look forward to rigorous debates, small conversational gatherings, about the way you want to be represented, instead of ignoring your voices and values. I look forward to representing you.


California lawmaker Tom Lackey (R) hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale has tested positive for COVID-19 and been hospitalized since Sunday, his chief of staff George Andrews said Wednesday evening.

Lackey, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, is the second California lawmaker to become infected with the novel coronavirus.

Andrews was not able to provide information about when or how Lackey may have contracted the virus.

“He is receiving excellent treatment at Palmdale Regional Medical Center and anticipates a full recovery,” Andrews wrote in a statement.

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood tested positive on Saturday after exposure on June 26 — the day the Assembly met in person to vote on the budget, and the same day that an Assembly employee was last in the Capitol before testing positive, according to the Assembly Rules Committee. Burke remains in quarantine with her daughter. Both are asymptomatic, she tweeted on Monday.

That announcement comes amid rising COVID-19 cases in the Capitol that have led both the Senate and Assembly to indefinitely delay lawmakers’ return to chambers, originally scheduled for July 13.


Halting start as NYC processes more than 403K absentee ballots.


Emily Ngo
Halting start as NYC processes more than 403K absentee ballots. In Bronx, 2 hrs passed before some ballots were ready for workers. Five hrs later, half the workers still were idle. In Manhattan, affidavits came before absentees. Via

Atlanta Mayor Orders Face Masks to Be Worn in Public Despite the Governor's Decision

(ATLANTA) — Atlanta’s mayor has signed an executive order mandating masks in Georgia’s largest city, defying Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday signed the order requiring masks, which could set up a confrontation with the Republican Kemp. The governor has already clashed with the mayor recently over policing issues, calling out the National Guard to protect state government offices after an 8-year-old girl was fatally shot by armed people at the site of a fast food restaurant where an Atlanta police officer shot and killed a Black man.

“We will continue to take active measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 infections in Atlanta,” Bottoms said in a statement. “Public health experts overwhelmingly agree that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of this sometimes deadly virus.”

Like a number of other local leaders in Georgia, Bottoms has unsuccessfully appealed to Kemp to change his order that local governments can’t exceed the state’s requirements.

“Other cities have taken the approach that they are going to defy the governor’s executive order. Savannah has done it, some other cities have done it, and Atlanta is going to do it today,” Bottoms told MSNBC in a Wednesday interview. “Because the fact of the matter is that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our cities, specifically black and brown communities with higher death rates.”


GOP Candidates Are Losing the Support of Healthcare Workers

Public trust in medical professionals is the highest it’s been in years, and some politicians are hoping to snag that goodwill for themselves — even if their policy views don’t align.

The continued spread of the coronavirus in Arizona has put a wedge between some political figures and medical experts, but recent polling suggests that public trust lies more with healthcare workers than with politicians.

Arizona has become a hotspot for the coronavirus since Gov. Doug Ducey allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on May 15. Since reopening, the number of confirmed cases of the virus has skyrocketed from just over 13,000 to more than 87,000. Hospitalizations, ventilator usage, ICU bed usage, and virus-related emergency room have all reached near-capacity, causing state health officials to authorize the implementation of crisis standards of care.

Recent polling from Pew Research found that Americans who strongly trust medical scientists to act in the best interest of the public rose from 24% in 2016 to 43% in 2020. Overall, 89% of Americans expressed confidence in medical experts.

Nurses hold the highest level of confidence — not just among healthcare workers, but out of every profession. Gallop polling has found that nurses are consistently seen as having the highest level of honesty and ethics among working professionals. Politicians, by contrast, consistently rank at the bottom in terms of trustworthiness.

Some Republicans, like former state House member Brenda Barton, hope to lean on old alliances with medical workers.

Barton termed out of her seat in the legislature in 2018, where she served in the state House of Representatives for six years. In that time, she garnered the support of the Arizona Nurses Association (AZNA), receiving their endorsement in 2016. She did not receive their endorsement during her 2014 and 2012 campaigns.

But despite showcasing the AZNA on her official campaign website, AZNA Executive Director Robin Schaeffer says her organization has opted not to endorse Barton for the 2020 elections. Instead, the group endorsed Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, who Schaeffer says has been taking the right approach to curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

“There are three necessary steps that every Arizonan needs to take to mitigate the spread of this very serious virus,” said Schaeffer. “Wear a mask or face covering, wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when a sink is not available, and practice social distancing.”


Harris County (TX) Democrats shatter early vote record for a state runoff.


Jasper Scherer
Pretty wild turnout in the Harris County runoffs through 8 out of 10 early voting days >

2016 D turnout, runoff early voting: 21,277 ballots
2016 R: 28,038
2018 D: 33,706
2018 R: 33,768
2020 D: 81,839
2020 R: 35,384

*2016 and 2018 runoffs lasted 5 days. #txlege

CA-25: Lara Trump records robocall encouraging Ca. Republicans to vote by MAIL

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