Tag: Elections

It’s a Tough Time for the Left. But I’m More Optimistic Than Ever.

Never in my life have political conditions felt so ripe for change. The signs of radical possibility are everywhere we look. In the midst of a pandemic, masses of people defied lockdowns and demanded justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and all the Black lives lost at the hands of police brutality. What has become […]

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Aleksandr Lukashenko Increasingly in Peril as Belarus Election Nears

MINSK, Belarus — The man often described as “Europe’s last dictator” has never looked so shaky. During his 26 years in power, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko — the iron-fisted president of Belarus and the longest-serving leader in the former Soviet Union — has danced between Russia and the West, alternating praise and blame as he targeted […]

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Joe Arpaio Loses Arizona Primary to Reclaim His Old Job as Sheriff

PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the bellicose former Arizona sheriff whose harsh immigration tactics earned him international notoriety, narrowly lost his Republican primary as he tried to regain his old office in Maricopa County. Voters instead backed Jerry Sheridan, Mr. Arpaio’s former chief deputy, who promised to revive many of Mr. Arpaio’s policies but without the […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Here’s What Happened This Week

Weather: Showers and possibly heavy thunderstorms, with a high in the upper 70s. Scattered storms Saturday afternoon, but Sunday should be mostly sunny. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 15 (Feast of the Assumption). Read about the amended regulations here. ImageCredit…Carlo Allegri/Reuters As fall looms, New York is continuing to stem its coronavirus outbreak. This […]

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Sri Lanka Vote Hands Rajapaksa Family a Bigger Slice of Control

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary seats, the Election Commission announced Friday, bringing the president a step closer in his quest to amend the Constitution and expand his executive power. The Sri Lanka People’s Front expanded its majority, winning 145 of the 150 seats needed to push through expanded […]

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The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages

WASHINGTON — The United States government on Thursday became, for a brief moment, one of the biggest and perhaps most annoying telemarketers in Russia. Seeking to publicize new rewards of up to $10 million for information about people trying to attack American voting systems, the State Department sent text messages to cellphones in Russia as […]

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State Dept. Traces Russian Disinformation Links

WASHINGTON — Russia continues to use a network of proxy websites to spread pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda in the United States and other parts of the West, according to a State Department report released on Wednesday. The report is one of the most detailed explanations yet from the Trump administration on how Russia disseminates disinformation, […]

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Biden’s $280 Million Ad Campaign Includes Black TV Networks

Source: OLIVIER DOULIERY / Getty Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign will roll out a $280 million fall advertising campaign, according to The New York Times. Two hundred twenty million is geared towards television and $60 million is planned for digital ads across 15 states in the lead-up to the November election. Some of this money will […]

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Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?

Today, Wednesday, marks 90 days before the presidential election, a date in the calendar that is supposed to be of special note to the Justice Department. That’s because of two department guidelines, one a written policy that no action be influenced in any way by politics. Another, unwritten norm urges officials to defer publicly charging […]

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Allan Lichtman Predicted Trump’s Win in 2016. Now He’s Ready to Call 2020.

Video by Nayeema Raza and Kristopher Knight Video transcript Back transcript He Predicted Trump’s Win in 2016. Now He’s Ready to Call 2020. Most historians just study the past. But Allan Lichtman has successfully predicted the future. This is professor Allan Lichtman. He’s taught history at American University for almost 50 years. He’s a former […]

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Why the Botched N.Y.C. Primary Has Become the November Nightmare

Election officials in New York City widely distributed mail-in ballots for the primary on June 23, which featured dozens of hard-fought races. The officials had hoped to make voting much easier, but they did not seem prepared for the response: more than 10 times the number of absentee ballots received in recent elections in the […]

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Why Did Hong Kong Delay Its Election — by a Year?

ImageMembers of the Civic Party at a news conference in Hong Kong on Thursday after 12 candidates were barred from running in the legislative election in September. The next day, the election was postponed.Credit…Kin Cheung/Associated Press HONG KONG — And now, it’s election fraud. The Chinese Communist Party’s onslaught against the rights and the freedoms of […]

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Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’ by Reports U.S. Envoy Told Brazil It Could Help Re-elect Trump

RIO DE JANEIRO — Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Friday they were “extremely alarmed” by assertions that the American ambassador in Brazil had signaled to Brazilian officials they could help get President Trump re-elected by changing their trade policies. In a letter sent Friday afternoon, Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel demanded that […]

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With Security Law as a Cudgel, Beijing Cracks Down on Hong Kong

BEIJING — For weeks, as Beijing quickly drafted and imposed a stringent new national security law for Hong Kong, many in the territory feared the rules would be used to intimidate the opposition, but hoped they would not presage a broad crackdown. Now those hopes have been dashed. Brushing aside international criticism and sanctions, the […]

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Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government said on Friday that it would postpone the city’s September legislative election by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision seen by the pro-democracy opposition as a brazen attempt to thwart its electoral momentum and avoid the defeat of pro-Beijing candidates. “It is a really tough […]

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U.K. Officials’ New Trump Dilemma: What if He Loses?

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II threw him an extravagant state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Former Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed him to Blenheim Palace, the family seat of his hero, Winston Churchill. Her successor, Boris Johnson, refused to join a global chorus of criticism after he ordered troops to break up a Black Lives Matter […]

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More Than Just a Tweet: Trump’s Campaign to Undercut Democracy

Nothing in the Constitution gives President Trump the power to delay the November election, and even fellow Republicans dismissed it out of hand when he broached it on Thursday. But that was not the point. With a possible defeat looming, the point was to tell Americans that they should not trust their own democracy. The […]

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Donald Trump Is Terrified of Voters

Trump’s claim that mail-in voting is “fraudulent” but absentee voting is “good” is also nonsensical. The distinction only exists because Republican voters, apparently swayed by the president’s rhetoric, are turning against absentee voting in general and imperiling the party’s voter-turnout operation in November. These contradictions are inescapable for a party whose electoral fortunes rely on […]

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The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans

On Tuesday, The New York Times ran a piece summarizing a new paper by the political scientists Christopher Warshaw, Lynn Vavreck, and Ryan Baxter-King on the impact local coronavirus deaths might have on Republican candidates. Reviewing survey data from the Democracy Fund and the University of California, Los Angeles’s “Nationscape” project, they concluded that a […]

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Why Trump Has No Power to Delay the 2020 Election

President Trump, who is trailing badly in polling of the race for the White House, suggested on Thursday that the Nov. 3 general election be delayed “until people can properly, securely and safely vote.” Even for him, floating the idea of postponing the election was an extraordinary breach of presidential decorum. But the president does […]

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The Struggle for a New Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda — Brutal policing is a global crisis, but America’s favorite African strongman, Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president since 1986, has deployed his own security forces to a particularly malign end: assaulting opposition parliamentary lawmakers to crush the democratic challenge he is facing. I speak from experience. I am a member of Uganda’s Parliament and […]

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China Faces Dilemma After U.S. Consulate Closure Escalates Conflict

BEIJING — Two weeks ago, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, pleaded with the United States to step back from the brink and find ways to work together. Just days later, he complained to his Russian counterpart that the United States had “lost its mind, morals and credibility.” The question now is what China can do […]

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After Death of John Lewis, Democrats Renew Push for Voting Rights Law

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Monday to lament the death of Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon whom the Republican leader called a “monumental figure” who made “huge personal sacrifices to help our nation move past the sin of racism.” While many Democrats welcomed the tribute, they immediately pressed […]

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How the Twitter Hack Revealed a Risky 2020 Election System

Over the past year government officials have raced to help states replace voting machines that leave no paper trail, and to harden vulnerable online voter registration systems that many fear Russia, or others, could hijack to trigger chaos on Election Day. But this week, the country got a startling vision of other perils in political […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Major Blow to Voting Rights, Won’t Change Florida Voting Rules for Felons

Photo: GREGG NEWTON/AFP (Getty Images) In 2018, Florida voters made a momentous decision: restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, so long as they’ve fulfilled their prison time, parole or probation. But since then, the state of Florida has introduced what has been deemed as a modern-day voting tax for released […]

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Opposition Challenges Poland’s Presidential Election Results

WARSAW — Supporters of the mayor of Warsaw, joined by scores of Polish voters and rights groups, raced on Thursday to file legal challenges to the validity of Sunday’s presidential election, which he narrowly lost to the incumbent, President Andrzej Duda. The rush to file the complaints was the result of a new electoral code […]

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North Macedonia Election Returns No Clear Winner

BERLIN — The first general election in North Macedonia since the country changed its name and resolved a longstanding dispute with neighboring Greece has ended with no clear winner, leaving the country’s future diplomatic trajectory in the balance. The center-left Social Democrats emerged as the strongest party, taking 36.3 percent of the vote with nearly […]

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Representative Steve Watkins of Kansas Is Charged With Voter Fraud

Representative Steve Watkins, Republican of Kansas, was charged with three felonies related to voter fraud on Tuesday, shortly before a televised debate in which he dismissed the accusations involving a municipal election as a political move. The district attorney of Shawnee County, Mike Kagay, charged Mr. Watkins with three felonies: interference with law enforcement by […]

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Poland’s Presidential Election Was Close but Voters Remain Far Apart

WARSAW — President Andrzej Duda narrowly won re-election this week, using the same playbook that brought his Law and Justice party to power five years ago: stoking fear and blaming an enemy. In 2015, it was an enemy at the gates: Migrants, who party leaders said carried “all sorts of parasites,” were threatening the nation. […]

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What It’s Been Like to Vote in 2020 So Far

Over the past five months, people have waited in all sorts of lines to vote: some bent around stuccoed store corners, some curving through city parks, others spaced six feet apart. On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Texas and Maine went to the polls in primary and runoff contests for one of the final election days […]

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