This election will serve as a referendum on Trump's first two years in the office. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP…
This election will serve as a referendum on Trump’s first two years in the office.
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Valdagen is finally here. Tuesday’s half-time election may well lead to some tens of races and small changes in the election. Predictions indicate that the Democrats have a good chance of taking the Chamber and that the Republicans are likely to retain control over the Senate. But close races across the country mean it can be a long night.
We update this post all day with news from all over the country about the voting process: voter suppression efforts, campaign for attenuated campaigns, weather forecasts and anything else that comes up as tens of millions of Americans cast their votes.
Check-in all day for the latest news.
Does your vote count if you die before the election ends?
12:45 p.m. – Washington Post reported that a 82-year-old Texas woman named Gracie Lou Phillips made a voice for the first time in her life during an early vote on Thursday. Her son-in-law told the Mail that Phillips had previously refused to vote because she did not think she had a voice, but this time decided to vote for the fair ticket republican. Then she died on Monday. Does her voice still count?
Yes. The rules of early and absentee votes made by voters who die before the election date vary from state to state. Texas is one of the states that allows such votes to be counted. Even in states like South Dakota, where these voices are technically invalid, most voice systems are not fast enough to update their rolls with the latest deaths in time to count.
What People Ask Google Today
12:30 – The most popular searches on Google today contain a few things you’d expect, with requests like “election results” and “where do I go to vote” take spots among the most popular searches.
ProPublicas Electionland Trend Map, which showing which search terms are popular in some parts of the country show that the requests “long wait” and “provisional polls” have seen nails, especially along the east coast.
We tried to help with voters by answering a pressing question: Is it legal to take a self-service with your vote?
How Spot Voter Suppression
Afternoon – While malfunction and long lines are often the result of bad planning, it is good to be looking for actions aimed at depriving people of their right to vote. Here is a two-question interview with Slate Legal Author Mark Joseph Stern, who has included selected disenfranchisement to a large extent.
What are some red flags that voters should look at at polling stations?
Stern: Voterrensninger is an important tool for disenfranchisement. In recent years, we have seen government officials remove thousands of voters from the rollers without their knowledge and often violate federal voting rights. If you are aware that many people are told, they are mysteriously absent from the reels, which may indicate a cleansing. If you miss yourself from the rolls, you may have been exposed to a cleanup. But it can also be the result of a simple misunderstanding.
What should voters do if they detect signs of repression?
Stern: If you miss from the reels, insist that officials check again. If they still can not find you, call 866-OUR-VOICE for help. It is a hotline staffed by the Law Committee on Civil Rights by Act. They help you and if you are one of the many who struggle to vote for your place, they will flag and investigate further.
If you find that you can not vote for any reason, the most common solution is to require a preliminary vote. You can then vote, but must follow up soon after the election day to give all the material you obviously miss, otherwise your vote will not count. Not every state follows this procedure, but it is therefore important to call 866-YEAR-VOTE.
Had it happen today?
10:30 a.m. – Atherton Elementary School, serving as a polling station in Michigan, holds armed invaders training on the election day. But do not worry: The district informed voters that they would not be worried if they hear shots and see people flying from campus. There will also be several police cars in the parking lot from 8:00 to noon.
The American border patrol in El Paso, Texas, also planned a ” crowd control ” exercise in a latino area at 10:00. The US Civil Freedom Union has criticized the time and place as “suspicious.” [Update:BorderPatrolsubsequentlyissuedapressreleasethatthe exercise was reallocated but did not give rise to it.]
Early Morning Polling Error
] 10:00 am- Several reports have already been made that voters have been rejected at polling stations due to lack of preparation and other logistical failures.
For example, the ABC branch in Detroit reports that people who arrived at the voting spot at Martin Luther King Jr. The High School this morning could not vote for voicemakers were missing. Due to incorrect communication, the machines had been locked in a wardrobe on the opposite side of the campus as elect workers could not access. The problem was resolved later.
Houston Chronicle further reported that several polling stations across the city experience technical difficulties with machines, leading to long lines. A polling place had a line of approximately 70 people from 8:00 AM
The burner of Maricopa County, Arizona, has confirmed that there are “building problems” at least one polling point in the area.
Twitter users from across the country have also reported problems. One claimed that polling staff at a polling station had no key to unlock the voting box. Another said that an election inspector failed to appear.
Who helps bad weather?
8:30 a.m.- Strong winds, rain and snow are expected as part of a huge storm on the east coast on Monday, potentially affecting the participation in states with important battlefields. Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and other states with several throwing breeds are likely to experience storms throughout the day. Does it matter?
The conventional wisdom is that bad weather helps republicans because it discourages people from making the voyage to vote. Consensus among electoral researchers seems to be that bad weather affects the upbringing, but it is unclear how exactly this phenomenon is for certain political parties and voters demographics.
A study from 2007 showed that for every inch of rain, voter participation decreases by almost 1 percent, which ultimately favors Republicans. However, another study in 2016 found that the rain actually margins favored democrats. Researchers at Dartmouth College suggest that rain on the election day can actually convince people to vote for the republic instead of Democrat and Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proving that stormy weather allows voters to choose the candidate they regard as less “risky.”
Not waiting for today
8:15 a.m.- Early voters have been fully recovered in the weeks before the election day. CNN reports that as of Monday morning, at least 31 million people voted in early 2018. It is far more than the 22 million early votes made in the mid-2014 elections.
In at least 10 states, voters under 30 account for a greater proportion of this early polling vote than they did in 2014. Democrats have interpreted this initial surplus as a good sign, because higher divisions usually work in the party’s favor, but we do not yet know the political slopes of these early voters. Support our work: Become a Slate Plus member. You get exclusive content content and a number of great benefits – and you help to secure Slate’s future. Join Slate Plus
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