Afghanistan’s next presidential election will be held on April 5, 2014, the election commission said, in a vote seen as crucial for the future of the war-ravaged country.
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According the Houston Chronicle , the flier appeared at the apartment door of a person in Virginia, and was produced by the Americans for Tax Reform. Update A voter in Arlington, Virginia sends along a PDF of the flier that appeared at his door clearly showing the Americans for Tax Reform logo. Update An ATR spokesman comments “the photo you have is of a photocopy of a piece of mail we sent out in September. Someone is either trying to be cute or deliberately trying to mislead.”
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From early voting to evacuations, Hurricane Sandy could make voting more difficult in several states.
Residents are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 30, 2012 — one week before Election Day.
Image by Adam Hunger / Reuters
Hurricane Sandy's devastating landfall and continuing progress through the Northeastern United States present a new set of challenges to the stability of elections scheduled for November 6.
Parts of New Jersey and New York — as well as several other coastal states — have suffered significant flooding and evacuations that already have led to disruptions and could lead to Election Day complications. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Rhode Island also had at least voluntary evacuations because of the giant storm.
Some of the effects were immediate. Today, for example, is the deadline for county clerks in New Jersey to receive applications for a mail-in ballot for next week's election. For many New Jersey voters, however, Hurricane Sandy — which made landfall on New Jersey's shore on Monday night — pushed the election into the background.
Other election administrators have shifted deadlines — though none has suggested moving Election Day. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in impacted counties.
In addition to registration deadlines, the storm already has also cut early voting hours, which have been canceled in several places — including Maryland, D.C. and parts of North Carolina and Virginia. In Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley added early voting hours for later in the week.
Ohio State University law professor Steven Huefner, an expert in election administration, told BuzzFeed Tuesday afternoon he thought the problems with early voting are “manageable” and that, where the law allows it, states have relative ease with extending absentee voting application deadlines. The big problem, he said, could come in the way elections officials handle the actual Election Day.
A difficulty of addressing the impact — and making changes — in the aftermath of Sandy is that there is not going to be any significant passage of time between the storm and the election. If displaced individuals who have been evacuated or whose homes have been damaged remain unable to return home, they could lack both the ability to cast an absentee ballot or to vote in person on Election Day. Moreover, state officials outside of elections divisions, are going to be focused elsewhere — on more immediate public safety and infrastructure issues — in the coming days.
In the storm's aftermath, there also could be physical complications if voting sites have been destroyed or lack power or if any voting equipment has been damaged.
“We don't have a very well-established set of mechanisms for making those adjustments. Some states have existing procedures, but that's a minority of states that do. Even those states that have thought about it have come up with widely differing approaches,” Huefner said.
Finally, shuttered government offices meant one, two or possibly more days of elections preparations in the final full week before Election Day have been eliminated. Among the 8 million without power have been government offices, causing further complications.
Other natural disasters have had sweeping electoral impact.
After Hurricane Katrina, Maya Roy wrote in an article about “The State of Democracy After Disaster” that “approximately 400,000 registered voters … fled the state, 300,000 [of whom] were from New Orleans.” Katrina’s late-August landfall, though creating significant problems for Louisiana elections because of the large numbers of long-term displaced people, was more than two months before an off-year election.
Huefner wrote on Monday about the potential for election disruption because of the storm, noting that “[i]ndividual states … do have some flexibility to deal with emergencies.” Referring to 2001, he wrote, “New York City postponed a municipal election already underway when the September 11 attacks occurred, for instance.” The problem, he wrote, is that “the exact contours of this flexibility are unclear, precisely because it is not routinely exercised and in many states is not clearly spelled out.”
He also told BuzzFeed today that the timing could have been even worse.
“I'd like to invite people to think about what would be happening if the storm had arrived eight days later than it had,” Huefner said. “I think this storm is much more of a warning than an actual problem — although I don't want to say that with complete certainty. We still need to wait, probably a day or so to get a real sense of the effect.”
But poll observer training document is misleading.
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign argued Tuesday that a disputed poll watcher training document is technically accurate, even as it appears to mislead voters.
“It’s obvious Democrats are losing when they start peddling the same tired and false attacks they use every election cycle,” said deputy press secretary Ryan Williams said of the document, obtained by the liberal blog ThinkProgress. “Our campaign is seeking open and fair elections where every legal vote counts and desperate claims otherwise are offensive and wrong.”
In reality, several voting requirements are laid out incorrectly in one portion of the document, and then elaborated on correctly later on.
The document also said felons are ineligible to vote, while they may cast ballots once their voting rights are restored.
“The training states that a felon may vote if his or her rights have been restored,” the campaign maintained. “The materials are correct.”
But on a slide titled “Voter eligibility” the document states a person is ineligible if s/he “has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery. Only later in the document, when discussing when poll workers can challenge ballots, is it made clear that they can only be disputed if there is knowledge that the voter has not had his/her voting rights restored.
Among the most contentious points was a statement that a drivers license is required for voting, which Think Progress noted is false now that the state’s voter ID law has been struck down. The campaign replied that the section on ID was referring to same day registrants — and that proof of residency is required for them to vote.
“The injunction of the Wisconsin ID law does not change what establishes proof of residency for registration,” an aide said. “The materials are correct.”
The training document also said that observers should never talk to voter, while Think Progress notes they are allowed to assist if the voter asks. The Romney campaign said that the document was correct since they have told their observers not to interfere with voting.
Messina derides Republican efforts in PA, MI, and MN.
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Obama campaign manager Jim Messina derided the Romney campaign's efforts in in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota are a sign of weakness for the Republican nominee.
The Romney campaign claims they are seeing movement — particularly in Pennsylvania — that would make the states, thought to be a safe bet for President Obama, more competitive. The Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is advertising there, and the Romney campaign is increasing its efforts in those states, drawing the Obama campaign in further.
The Romney campaign released a memo on Pennsylvania raising the possibility of a “startling upset” for them in the state.
Messina said in a statement that the efforts were a reflection of Romney's narrowing path, with even Romney must-win North Carolina remaining tight in the polls:
Three things are now absolutely clear in this race – we have a significant early vote advantage in states from North Carolina to Nevada, there is no Romney momentum in the battleground states, and the Romney campaign has found itself with a tremendously narrow and improbable path to 270 electoral votes. Now, like Republicans did in 2008, they are throwing money at states where they never built an organization and have been losing for two years. Let’s be very clear, the Romney campaign and its allies decision to go up with advertising in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota is a decision made out of weakness, not strength.
“The President is leading or tied in every battleground state across the country, and he leads early voting in every state across the country. Governor Romney has not been able to put away a single battleground state – in fact, as polls in the past day have showed the candidates tied in North Carolina, Republicans have raced to increase their television advertising there.
Voters who haven’t heard from the Romney campaign in two years will see this desperation for what it is.