Monday, January 24, 2022

WI Drop Boxes Back For Feb. Primary

Ballot Drop Boxes, are back for Wisconsin's upcoming February 15 Primary Election.

Wisconsin Appeals Court, says Lower Court ruling, allows Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes to be used in Feb. 15 Spring Primary.

Thanks in part to Democrats across Wisconsin, speaking-up and making their Voices heard.

Wisconsin’s District 4 Court of Appeals, today, stepped in to Stop the Fallout from a Conservative Judge’s ruling and Restored the Option of using Ballot Drop Boxes to Vote in the upcoming Primary Election.

WisDems Volunteers are already busy Knocking Doors, making Phone Calls, and sending Texts, to make sure Wisconsin Voters get this crucial Information.

While Right-Wing politicians keep trying to make it Harder to Vote, WisDems is fighting to Protect Voting Freedoms for All Voters in Wisconsin and the Nation.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

2nd CO Clerk Accused Of Election Security Breach

Colorado's Secretary of State, Jena Griswold (D), on Monday, Ordered a County Clerk who has echoed Trump's demands for “audits” of Elections, to return a Copy he says he made of his County's Election system, a potential Breach of Security.

Jena Griswold's Office, said in a Statement, that Elbert County Clerk and Recorder, Dallas Schroeder (R), disclosed he made the Copy of the System's Hard Drive before Aug. 27, 2021.

The Disclosure came in an Affidavit Schroeder filed in a Lawsuit, against Griswold's Office claiming Weaknesses in Election Security.

Schroeder, last fall, joined the Lawsuit, filed by Backers of Trump's Lies about Widespread Voter Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election.

The Secretary of State's Office, said Schroeder made the Copy of the Election system before the System was Rebuilt for the upcoming Contest, so there's No sign of “imminent or direct security risk to Colorado’s elections.”

Still, Griswold is ordering Schroeder to sit for a Deposition to determine the Extent of any Security Breach.

He is the Second Colorado Clerk, who has gotten in Hot Water over Accusations of Election Security Breaches.

Mesa County Clerk, Tina Peters (R), is under State and Federal Investigation for an alleged Security Breach of the Election System there.

A Judge already barred Peters, who appeared at a Meeting of Trump-supporting Election Conspiracy Theorists, from Running the County's 2021 Contest.

Griswold earlier this month Sued to Block Peters from Running this year's Election.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

Judges Approve Special Grand Jury In GA Election Probe

Judges have Approved a Request for a Special Grand Jury, by the Georgia Prosecutor who's Investigating whether Trump and others, Broke the Law by trying to pressure Georgia Officials to Throw-Out Biden's Presidential Election Victory.

Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, last week sent a Letter to, County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher, asking him to impanel a Special Grand Jury. Brasher issued an Order Monday, saying the Request was Considered and Approved by a Majority of the Superior Court Judges.

The Special Grand Jury is to be seated May 2, for a period of up to a year, Brasher's Order says. Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Robert McBurney, is assigned to Supervise and Assist the Special Grand Jury.

Willis wrote in her Letter to Brasher, that her Office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions.” She said her Office has “opened an investigation into any coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections in this state.”

The Special Grand Jury “shall be authorized to investigate any and all facts and circumstances relating directly or indirectly to alleged violations of the laws of the State of Georgia, as set forth in the request of the District Attorney,” the Order says.

The Scope includes, but is Not limited to:

- a Jan. 2, 2021, Phone Call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R).

- a November 2020 Phone Call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Raffensperger (R).

- The abrupt Resignation of the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021.

- Comments made during December 2020 Georgia Legislative Committee Hearings on the Election.

Special Grand Juries, which are Not used often in Georgia, can help in the Investigation of Complex Matters. They do Not have the Power to Return an Indictment, but can make Recommendations to Prosecutors on Criminal Prosecutions.

Willis wrote in her Letter, that the Special Grand Jury is needed because it can serve for Longer than a Normal Grand Jury term, which is Two months in Fulton County. It also would be able to Focus on this Investigation alone, allowing it to Focus on the Complex Facts and Circumstances. And having a Special Grand Jury would mean the Regular Seated Grand Jury would Not have to Deal with this Investigation, in addition to their Regular Duties. Willis wrote.

Willis' Investigation became Public last February, when she sent Letters to Top Elected Officials in Georgia, instructing them to Preserve any Records related to the General Election, particularly any Evidence of attempts to Influence Election Officials.

The Probe includes “potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration,” the Letters said.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

NY Redistricting Panel Fails So New Legislative District Maps Task To State Democratic Lawmakers

A Bipartisan Panel, said today, it has Failed for a Second time, to agree on New Sstate and Federal Legislative Districts in New York.

Absent a last-minute Deal by the New York Independent Redistricting Commission, the Task of drawing New District Maps will now fall to a Democratic controled State Lawmakers.

The 10-Member Commission faced, a Tuesday Deadline to come up with New Legislative Districts, after State Lawmakers Rejected the Panel’s competing Democratic and Republican plans on Jan. 10.

Democratic Commission Members said in a Statement today, that Republicans Refused to agree to a Public Meeting tomorrow, in which New Plans could be considered and brought to a Vote. But, Democrats said they can’t Schedule a Public Meeting without the Consent of at least Two Republican Commission Members. “The Republicans are intentionally running out the clock to prevent the commission from voting on second maps by its deadline,” the Statement said.

“We have negotiated with our Republican colleagues in good faith for two years to achieve a single consensus plan,” the Democrats said. “At every step, they have refused to agree to a compromise.”

Democratic Commissioners said they tried to Restart Negotiations after the Legislature Rejected competing Partisan Maps on Jan. 10, but Republicans Rejected their Offer and Refused to make a Counter Proposal.

Republican Commissioners issued a Statement blaming Democrats for scuttling the Process. The GOP Members said they had No incentive to avoid Negotiations. “Given the current political environment in New York, the only way Republicans could have any say in redistricting would be through the bipartisan negotiations anticipated by the framers,” the Republicans said.

This year marked the First time that New York allowed a Bipartisan Commission to Draw New District Maps as part of the Once-a-Decade Redistricting Process.

Voters established an Equally divided 10-Member Commission in a 2014 State Ballot Referendum, with the Goal of taking Politics Out of the Process.

Now the Democratic-controlled State Assembly and Senate will Draw their Own District Maps, along with those for New York’s Congressional Districts.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) would have to Approve of any Final Plan.

New York will lose One of its 27 House Seats this year, to reflect the Latest Census.

Ten years ago, a Panel of Federal Judges took over the Drawing of New York’s Congressional Districts after a series of Lawsuits.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

NM Bill For Top-Four Open Primary With RCV General Election System

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

New Mexico State Senator, Bill Tallman (D-18th District, Albuquerque) has introduced SJR 1, a proposed Constitutional Amendment:


- If the Legislature does Not provide for Runoff Elections, the Person who receives the Highest Number of Votes for [any] an Office, except as provided in Subsections C through F of this Section, and except in the cases of the Offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, shall be declared Elected to that Office.

- Instant Runoffs, Ranked-Choice-voting (RCV ), shall be used for General Elections for Statewide Offices, Legislative Offices, and U.S. Congressional Offices. The general election Ballot shall provide the opportunity to mark a First choice, Second choice, Third choice, and Fourth choice, for each office appearing on the Ballot, or joint Offices in the case of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, if that many Candidates or Joint Candidates qualify for the General Election Ballot.

- The Four Candidates, or Joint Candidates in the case of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, that receive the Highest numbers of Votes cast in a Nonpartisan Open Primary Election for a Statewide Office, Legislative Office, or U.S. Congressional Office, shall appear on the General Election Ballot for that Office. No other Names shall appear on the General Election Ballot.

Richard writes: That would Eliminate the Ability of Parties to have Nominees for Congress and State Office. Like the similar Bills in other States, if Enacted, it would make it extremely Difficult for Minor Parties to remain Ballot-Qualified. They would need to Perform very well in the Presidential Race.

As I read it, it would Not permit Write-Ins in the General Election.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

OK Bill For Top-Two Blanket Primary System

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

Oklahoma State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-23rd District, Tuttle) has introduced SB 1754.

It would set up a Top-Two, Blanket Primary system:

- A Primary Election shall be held on the last fourth Tuesday in August of each even-numbered year, if more than Two Candidates have filed for and Qualified to have their Names printed on the Ballot for any Office.

- The Names of All such Candidates shall be put before the Voters on a Single Ballot, regardless of Party Affiliation, or Status as a Nonpartisan Candidate.

- If No Candidate receives more than fifty percent (50%) of the Votes cast, the Names of the Two Candidates receiving the Highest Number of Votes shall be placed on the General Election Ballot.

- Ballots to be printed for the following Offices Electors for: President and Vice President; U.S. States Senators; U.S. Representatives; State Officers; Justices of the Supreme Court; Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals; Judges of the Court of Appeals; District Judges and Associate District Judges; State Senators; State Representatives; District Attorneys; County Officers, and such otherOofficers as required by Law.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

U.S. Citizenship Applications In Limbo

An example of Pandemic-era Delays:

Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Citizenship Applications, and other Requests, are in Kafkaesque Purgatory.

The Federal Records Centers, Paper Records, are Stored in miles-long Networks of man-made Limestone Caves built beneath the Kansas City Metro area, that have been slow to Reopen.

Some Elected Officials are beginning to Criticize the Backlog, which has helped grow the average Processing time by Three months since 2019.

The Citizenship Logjam is an Stark example of a Long-running Problem facing the U.S. Immigration system.

Currently, it operates almost entirely on Pen and Paper.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker