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Pistols, a Hearse and Trucks Playing Chicken: Why Some Voters Felt Harassed and Intimidated at the Polls

Pistols, a Hearse and Trucks Playing Chicken: Why Some Voters Felt Harassed and Intimidated at the Polls

A Trump supporter on Election Day near a Salt Lake City polling place.ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.While the 2020 election went more smoothly than most had dared to hope, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan election protection group, nonetheless received a steady drumbeat of complaints to its hotline about voter intimidation and harassment during early voting and on Election Day.The reports described threats, overly aggressive electioneering, racist language and more. They...

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Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists

Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists

.ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published. Having issues voting? You can or read .This story was co-published with Noticias Telemundo.In Florida, where President Donald Trump gained crucial support among Latino voters, his campaign ran a in Spanish making the explosive — and false — claim that Venezuela’s ruling clique was backing Democratic nominee Joe Biden.YouTube showed the more than 100,000 times in Florida in the eight days leading up to the election, even after The Associated Press published a debunking the...

November 13, 2020
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Pa. has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff

Pa. has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff

This article is co-published with , a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to get their next investigation. Pennsylvania has rejected 372,000 requests for mail ballots, straining election offices and bewildering voters in in the presidential election. Related stories More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail ballots for the state’s June 2 primary did not realize they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too. Voters have also been baffled by unclear or inaccurate...

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October 16, 2020
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Pennsylvania’s Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election Staff

Pennsylvania’s Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election Staff

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Philadelphia Inquirer.Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the presidential election, has rejected 372,000 requests for mail-in ballots, straining election offices and bewildering voters.More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail-in ballots for the state’s June 2 primary did not realize that they had checked a box to be sent...

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October 16, 2020
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Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.For months, one postal worker had been doing all she could to protect herself from COVID-19. She wore a mask long before it was required at her plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. She avoided the lunch room, where she saw little social distancing, and ate in her car.The stakes felt especially high. Her husband, a postal worker in the same facility, was at high risk because his immune system is compromised by a condition unrelated to the coronavirus. And the 20-year veteran of the...

September 19, 2020
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What the Post Office Needs to Survive a Pandemic Election

What the Post Office Needs to Survive a Pandemic Election

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This fall’s elections are the latest chapter in the slow-motion of the U.S. Postal Service, one of America’s most venerated institutions. As November approaches, members of Congress and state election officials have grown increasingly concerned that the USPS will fail at a critical moment: a closely contested vote that will involve a record number of people casting a ballot by mail.That worry was fueled by President Donald Trump’s unfounded allegation that voting by mail...

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August 20, 2020
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