Sometimes, for sanity's sake, you just have to laugh at what is happening in this crazy year of very serious debates over how our elections are going to be conducted.
Maybe these two related stories out of battleground Michigan in the last few days will help — although, be forewarned, one's a bit more overtly humorous than the other.
- Claim: Michigan illegally sent absentee ballots to voters. Fact check ... ›
- Michigan plans to send vote-by-mail applications to everyone - The ... ›
- Voter purging decisions in Michigan and Wisconsin - The Fulcrum ›
- Michigan counties sued over claims of clogged voter rolls - The ... ›
- Michigan official once honored by Dems now facing election fraud ... ›
- Voter Fraud Map: Election Fraud Database | The Heritage Foundation ›
- Southfield city clerk charged with 6 felonies tied to November election ›
- City Clerk in Michigan Faces Election Fraud Charges | ›
- President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here's the reality in ... ›
Ballot measure campaigns spent more money to qualify for the ballot this year than at any other time in the past decade.
The coronavirus is the reason. Gathering signatures for these measures was extraordinarily challenging, and only a few places changed their rules (or were forced to by the courts) to extend deadlines or to allow for online collection.
As a result, only 43 measures have qualified for the ballot in November, the smallest roster since 2014.
- Ballot initiatives are voters' best tactics, so use them - The Fulcrum ›
- Ballot measures require a college education - The Fulcrum ›
- Ballot measure campaigns look to e-signatures amid pandemic ... ›
The nation's newest campaign finance regulator is inserting himself into the never- ending debate about separating church and state, and causing a stir by accusing Roman Catholic bishops of hiding behind their church's nonprofit status to avoid endorsing candidates.
Trey Trainor, a Catholic who was confirmed for a long-vacant seat on the Federal Election Commission in May, also said in an interview with the conservative website Church Militant released on Wednesday (and a followup interview with the Religion News Service) that separation of church and state is a "fallacy" and that this year's election amounts to a "spiritual war."
None of these comments would appear to have any bearing on Trainor's role overseeing the federal rules that govern the flow of money into politics, but they quickly attracted criticism.
- Campaign watchdog agency can reopen — but has no new ability to ... ›
- Trainor survives Democrats' jabs, looks in line for FEC post - The ... ›
- Trey Trainor takes over as chairman of the FEC - The Fulcrum ›
- 5 things to know about FEC nominee Trey Trainor - The Fulcrum ›
Russia has switched tactics for undermining American democracy this year, focusing on the spread of misinformation instead of computer hacking to influence the presidential contest, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on Thursday.
Moscow is using social media, online media outlets and other tools to spread misinformation and sow "divisiveness and discord" in the electorate in a bid to undermine confidence in the election, he said. And operatives have started using against Joe Biden many of the same techniques they deployed to spread falsities about Hillary Clinton four years ago.
The "malign foreign influence" campaign is designed not only "to denigrate" the Democratic nominee but also "what the Russians see as an anti-Russia establishment," Wray testified in one of the most explicit public descriptions yet of the Russian effort — one that almost totally contradicts the president's own descriptions about the foreign threat to the election.
- Modest measures to thwart foreign election hacking in annual ... ›
- Senate report say fear led to mishandling of hacking intel - The ... ›
- Mueller stresses gravity of Russian meddling, but election security ... ›
- Warnings of Russian meddling bolster case for security bills - The ... ›
- MapLight offers tools to ease reporting of misinformation - The Fulcrum ›