From suppression to fraud:
Voting obstacles of 2018

From reports of voter suppression and voter fraud to problems with ID laws and early voting, 2018 voters have to navigate a minefield of different issues, that vary widely from state to state and even county to county. Here’s just an overview of what voters are dealing with.

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National Voting Issues

Three secretaries of state are refereeing the election while running in the field

Is higher turnout worth the risk of hacking? W.Va. pilot program will find out

Two years after ‘trauma’ of hack, DNC builds tech team with a veteran bench

Candidate hit snooze button on hacker threat, say defending cyberattacks is hard

Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show it’s possible in nearly 30 states

Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election

Are wireless voting machines vulnerable? Florida, other states say they’re safe enough

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Washington Voting Issues

Voter suppression in Gig Harbor? Deceptive mailer called ‘utterly stupid’ by one candidate and ‘dirty politics’ by another

Whatcom sees a surge in voter registrations ahead of midterm elections


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California Voting Issues

16-year-olds can pre-register. Free postage comes next. California is all in on voter access

Fresno church removed as polling place after complaints about Black Lives Matter banners

Motor Voter lives on at DMV, but California adds extra review to prevent registration errors

High school students can pre-register to vote. This woman is making sure they do


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Idaho Voting Issues

Someone online may be trying to sell public Idaho voter data, state warns

Idahoans are voting early. Here’s turnout so far, & a tip to skip lines in Boise

In Idaho, program to fight voter fraud may cause more problems than it catches

Idaho gets highest primary voter turnout in 16 years


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Hundreds of EEC (Election Equipment Carrier) voting machines, colored red and blue are prepared locally for polling places. Paul Moseley

Texas Voting Issues

Texans: Don’t let reports of flipped votes keep you from voting early.

Texas election officials report complaints from voters who say machines flipped votes

Texas GOP’s final pitch: Voter fraud could steal elections

Students sue Texas county, allege voting rights violations

Four women in ‘voter fraud ring’ arrested. They targeted seniors on city’s north side

Former Democratic Party leader paid women in alleged Tarrant voter fraud ring, AG says


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Missouri Voting Issues

Missouri GOP sent 10,000 voters false absentee voting information

Missouri voters without photo ID won’t have to sign affidavit to vote, judge says


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Kansas Voting Issues

Judge troubled by clerk’s ‘LOL’ remark, but won’t order another Dodge City polling site

Local election official responds to voter suppression concerns with ‘LOL’

Data collected by Trump’s Kobach-led voter commission is entirely deleted

‘It takes five minutes or less.’ Court ruling means new Kansas voters sign up easily

The candidates to replace Kobach don’t want his prosecution power

Kris Kobach won’t recuse himself from a recount in governor’s race. No law requires it.


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Illinois Voting Issues

Today is the deadline to register to vote, but you’ve still got options if you miss it

British priest may not have to leave U.S. But he can’t be a citizen after voting error


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Pennsylvania Voting Issues

New voting machines for next presidential election? Centre County looks to upgrade

President Trump rallies Pennsylvania GOP against new congressional map


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Kentucky Voting Issues

Grimes concerned Kentucky voter information is reportedly for sale on ‘dark web’

Another Kentucky elections staffer accuses Grimes of misusing voter data


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North Carolina Voting Issues

NC candidate and campaign manager accused of trying to intimidate voters

Man arrested after black volunteer says he was threatened at Charlotte polling site

Franklin County poll worker removed amid allegations of voter intimidation

New state law will mean fewer places to vote early in some counties

Too late to redraw NC’s congressional districts for 2018 election, plaintiffs agree


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South Carolina Voting Issues

South Carolina needs money to protect its elections. Its senators aren’t helping

Haven’t voted in a while in SC? Make sure you still can

Psst, you really don’t have to have an ID to vote in SC

Court ruling could change how SC votes. Will it stop elections from being hacked?


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Georgia Voting Issues

Judge: No rejecting mail ballots due to signature mismatch

Should Brian Kemp oversee his own governor’s race?

More Georgia voter suppression? Atlanta-area county now under fire


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Mississippi Voting Issues

How hard is it to vote in your state? Mississippi ranks as most difficult state

Hosemann tells Trump commission requesting voter roll data to ‘jump in the Gulf’

Facebook isn’t the only one sharing your data. Mississippi does too — for cold, hard cash.

Should ex-cons lose voting rights for good? Lawsuits seek to have Mississippi restore them.


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Florida Voting Issues

What is Amendment 4 on Florida ballot? It affects restoration of felons’ voting rights

FBI, Homeland Security say Russians aren’t inside Florida election system


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