Activists cite tabulation flaw in mail-in ballots in Georgia

Faulty software or poorly calibrated vote-tabulation scanners used to count mailed-in ballots in this week’s chaotic Georgia primary may have prevented thousands of votes from being counted, election officials and voting integrity activists say.

-PBS; 6/13/2020

Voter Suppression Is Still One of the Greatest Obstacles to a More Just America (OPINION)

But today, voting itself is broken. Our system has buckled under the weight of repressive voter ID laws, toxic partisan and racial gerrymandering, voter roll purges and precinct closures that disproportionately target minority voters. The intentional elimination of Sunday early voting days when black voters are most likely to head to the polls even efforts nationwide to criminalize voter registration drives.

-Time; 6/12/2020

Voting delays, long lines bring chaos to Georgia primaries

Some voters waited more than three hours to cast ballots on Tuesday amid reports of voting machine malfunctions in Georgia, a general election battleground, which held twice-delayed primary elections with a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus.

-PBS; 6/9/2020

‘A hot, flaming mess’: Georgia primary beset by chaos, long lines

Since polls opened early Tuesday morning, voters in Georgia — especially in and around Atlanta — have reported problems with voting machines and long lines, with some voters leaving without casting a ballot. The problems are a troubling sign for the burgeoning swing state’s ability to handle the expected high turnout for November’s presidential election.

-Politico; 6/9/2020

In Georgia, primary day snarled by long lines, problems with voting machines — a potential preview of November

“This is a way of discouraging people from voting,” said Harden, who is African American. “It’s unacceptable. If we’re going through this now, just think what November is going to be like.”

At the Sandtown Park and Gymnasium west of downtown Atlanta, state Rep. Roger Bruce (D) distributed masks and folding chairs for voters waiting for more than three hours because of machine delays. Among them was Raney Branch, an actress who said she was appalled by the long wait. Branch said she and many acquaintances requested but never received absentee ballots, forcing her to come out in person.

-Washington Post; 6/9/2020

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.

Moderator’s note:  Note the part about being unable to find out how much they owe.  Florida was saying, congratulations.  You’ve served your sentence, now pay a fine to get your rights back.  But oh wait, WE AREN’T GOING TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU OWE.

-PBS; 5/24/2020

Republicans devote $20m and 50,000 people to efforts to restrict voting

After the RNC was sued over intimidating minority voters in New Jersey in the early 1980s, they agreed to a federal court order not to engage in “ballot security” efforts. The order expired in 2018.

-The Guardian; 5/18/2020

Republicans Are Planning to Spend $20 Million So You Won’t Vote

The party is recruiting 50,000 volunteers in 15 states to “monitor polling places and challenge ballots and voters deemed suspicious.”

-Vice; 5/19/2020