Voter Education: What's at Stake for Women in 2018
"Because Equity is Still an Issue."
Judge Orders Trump's Voter Fraud Commission to Turn Over Internal - Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the 11-member board, had accused the panel of withholding crucial information from him and he's unable to be an active member. The judge said her injunction might have come too late, per Politico. The commission held its last meeting in September and officials have said it will not meet again this year, according to Politico. It was expected to issue a report early next year, but several members reportedly say it's unclear if that would happen because the panel has been dormant for a couple of months.
Cuomo wants early voting, new rules for online campaign ads - He wants lawmakers to approve rules requiring online ads to include the name of the group paying for the content. Additionally, platforms like Facebook would be directed to maintain a public file containing greater information about campaign ads. Cuomo also proposed changes to increase voter participation by allowing voting up to 12 days before an election and authorizing same-day voter registration on election day. He says the 2016 election showed New York must upgrade outdated voting policies while doing more to prevent outside meddling. Website aims to increase civic engagement - New York typically has lower voter turnout than other states, and in 2015, a federal agency ranked it 49 out of 50 when it comes to civic engagement. But the 2016 election and a tumultuous year in Washington seem to have more people looking to get involved. So Samantha Diliberti is trying to make it easier for New Yorkers to find out what's going on in their city or town. She created a website called "OrangeU Going?" that lists government, non-profit and business events that are open to the public.
NY lawmakers: Election hacking will be long-term challenge - Officials say New York managed to dodge Russian hacking attempts last year — and they’re aiming to keep it that way. Lawmakers at a hearing on election security Tuesday said they believe the risk of election hacking is here to stay. They say the state must take steps to protect its democratic process. Officials say New York's practice of using paper ballots makes the state's election system harder to hack. Experts and good-government groups say the state should audit more ballots after an election to look for discrepancies.
At Least 30 Countries Use Social Media to Influence Elections Across the World - Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report. “Governments are now using social media to suppress dissent and advance an anti-democratic agenda,” said Sanja Kelly, director of the Freedom on the Net project. “Not only is this manipulation difficult to detect, it is more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking, because it’s dispersed and because of the sheer number of people and bots deployed to do it.”
Trump voter fraud commission sued by one of its own members, alleging Democrats are being kept in the dark - President Trump’s voter fraud commission was sued Thursday morning by one of its Democratic members, who alleged that he has been kept in the dark about its operations, rendering his participation “essentially meaningless.” Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said in a complaint filed in federal court that the 11-member panel is in violation of a federal law that requires presidential advisory commissions to be both balanced and transparent in their work.
Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone - Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times. The detailed disclosures, sent to Congress on Monday by companies whose products are among the most widely used on the internet, came before a series of congressional hearings this week into how third parties used social networks and online services to influence millions of Americans before the 2016 presidential election. The new information goes far beyond what the companies have revealed in the past and underline the breadth of the Kremlin’s efforts to lever open divisions in the United States using American technology platforms, especially Facebook. Multiple investigations of Russian meddling have loomed over the first 10 months of the Trump presidency, with one leading to the indictments of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chief, and others on Monday.
Women — and the Power of the Purse — Will Be Key in 2018 - Female donors are skyrocketing and more women are considering runs. The number of female donors to federal candidates and committees has skyrocketed by roughly 284 percent so far in the 2017-18 election cycle compared with this time in the 2015-16 cycle, according to research from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The number of women donating to a federal campaign has increased by a staggering 670 percent when compared with the early months of the 2011-12 cycle. Still, despite the gains among women donors — and candidates — men continue to keep the edge among contributors and members of Congress. Women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population, according to the 2010 census, but hold 21 out of 100 Senate seats and represent about 19 percent of voting House members.
City Board of Elections Admits It Broke the Law, Accepts Reforms - The New York City Board of Elections is admitting it broke state and federal law when it improperly removed voters from the rolls ahead of the presidential primary last spring, including more than 117,000 voters in Brooklyn.
GAO to investigate Trump's voter fraud commission - The Government Accountability Office will investigate the activities of President Trump's voter fraud commission after three Democratic senators asked that the agency look into the matter. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Thursday that the government watchdog has accepted the request to investigate the commission. Bennet, along with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), wrote to the agency last week asking for a probe.
Wary of Hackers, States Move to Upgrade Voting Systems - State election officials, worried about the integrity of their voting systems, are pressing to make them more secure ahead of next year’s midterm elections. The efforts — from both Democrats and Republicans — amount to the largest overhaul of the nation’s voting infrastructure since the contested presidential election in 2000 spelled an end to punch-card ballots and voting machines with mechanical levers. One aim is to prepare for the 2018 and 2020 elections by upgrading and securing electoral databases and voting machines that were cutting-edge before Facebook and Twitter even existed. Another is to spot and defuse attempts to depress turnout and sway election results by targeting voters with false news reports and social media posts.
Civil Rights Group Threatens Texas If It Doesn't Protect Voting Rights Of Hurricane Victims - More than 60,000 Texans remained displaced by Hurricane Harvey as of Oct. 1, according to The Associated Press. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos (R) on Wednesday requesting that his office extend the state’s voter registration deadline and allow displaced voters to cast a ballot in a place other than their assigned precinct. The group also wants the state to actively work to inform local election officials that people can vote without identification ? something required by the state ? if they sign an affidavit.
NY ballot measure would strip pensions of corrupt lawmakers - Voters in New York state will decide next month whether to authorize judges to strip the pensions of corrupt officials.
Ballot item would create Adirondack land banks, supporters hope to educate public - Environmental and pro-development groups are backing a proposal on the November ballot calling for a constitutional amendment to create a land bank allowing right-of-way and other infrastructure improvements in the Adirondack Park. There has been little opposition voiced about Proposal Three, which would allow up to 250 acres in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves to be used for road improvements, bike paths or power lines. The 250-acre land bank would do away with the requirement for those types of local projects to be on state ballots.
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The Power of One Vote
Your one vote can make a difference.
- In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
- In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.
- In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.
- In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.
- In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
- In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Haves the presidency of the United States.
- In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
- In 1960, a one-vole change in each precinct of Illinois would have denied John F. Kennedy the presidency.
- In 1968, Hubert Humphrey lost and Richard Nixon won the presidential election by a margin of fewer than three votes per precinct.
- In 2000, one vote in the U.S. Supreme Court lost the presidential election for Al Gore and won it for George W. Bush.
- from AAUW's Action Alert, Sept. 2004.
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