Kris Kobach addresses a fundraiser at the local senior citizens center in Emporia, Kansas last year. Nearly a week later, last Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary in Kansas is no closer to resolution. And as county election officials begin the process of counting--or casting aside--mail-in and provisional ballots, the two camps can't even agree on the basic question of whose votes should be counted. One of the major battles between Colyer and Kobach is how to handle ballots cast by unaffiliated voters who do not belong to either party. Kansas has closed primaries, which means only members of a party can vote in its primaries.
After a disastrous March election marked by breakdowns and delays at the polls, Los Angeles County election officials are approaching the November vote with a whole new set of challenges brought on by the pandemic as well as new scrutiny about the integrity of balloting. It will mark the first election since the problem-riddled debut of the county's new $300-million voting system, which officials have spent months trying to fix. And it will be the first election where ballots will be mailed to all 5.6 million registered voters, not just those who request them. The county's top elections official, Dean Logan, says his team is ready, but many with a stake in the election remain nervous about how it will perform amid the hurdles. Yeah, and I am going to be concerned until Nov. 4," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who has been vocal in her criticism after long lines and computer problems frustrated some voters in March.
The Republican Attorney General's Office in Arizona is investigating complaints from some Maricopa County voters that their ballots may have been discarded because they were filled out with a Sharpie, a brand of permanent marker that President Trump is famous for using. In a Wednesday letter from Deputy Solicitor General Michael S. Catlett to Scott Jarrett, the Maricopa County elections director, the prosecutor's office requested information on the validity of ballots filled out with the markers by Thursday, Nov. 5. The discarding of such ballots would take on heightened importance in Arizona, a traditionally red state that Fox News called for Trump's Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, placing him closer to the White House. The president's reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can win the state and called for heightened transparency into the counting of ballots there. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona, home to the state capital of Phoenix and 62% of its 7.28 million residents.
A signature audit of over 15,000 ballots in Cobb County, Ga., found no fraudulent absentee votes, according to Georgia's secretary of state's office. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office teamed up with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review what they determined was a "statistically significant sample of signatures on oath envelopes" cast in the county on Election Day. He said this is the third time the state confirmed the election's outcome and pointed to two earlier recounts. He said his office has been focused on "calling balls and strikes" and "in this case, three strikes against the voter claims and they're out." "This audit disproves the only credible allegations the Trump campaign had against the strength of Georgia's signature match process," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. President Trump and his legal team have questioned the validity of absentee ballots in the state that helped propel Joe Biden to a 12,670 vote victory, where 5 million ballots were cast.
More than 2,000 Los Angeles County voters got mail-in ballots with a very egregious flaw: no way to vote for U.S. president. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office confirmed late Monday that about 2,100 "faulty ballots" were mailed earlier that day to residents in the Woodland Hills area. The botched effort was part of a campaign to mail 21 million ballots to registered California voters. About 5.6 million of those voters are in L.A. County. State law mandates that absentee ballots be mailed 29 days ahead of the Nov. 3 election.