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Why election doomsday scenarios may not happen, after all

MIT election expert Charles Stewart III breaks down for WBUR some of the most common election meltdown scenarios playing out in the media, and why they may be overblown. He lays out why it will be hard for the Trump campaign to organize wholesale challenges to votes cast by mail. It's also going to take a series of increasingly unlikely events to get GOP-controlled state legislatures to ignore the popular vote and select their own electors — even in strained, partisan swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Stewart says.
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Six things to do if you face voter intimidation

With President Trump's Sept. 29 call for supporters to flood polling places to "watch the vote," there's more anxiety than normal for voters heading to the polls in 2020. The Advancement Project today issued a concise six-step guide for concerned voters.

Voters should remember that intimidation at the polling place is a federal crime, so the law will be on their side if they face intimidation, the Washington-based civil rights organization says. Voters should be mindful that any challenge to their vote must be based on a specific reason that's spelled out in the law. They have a right to know the reason their vote is being challenged and to hear from the precinct judge before the polls close. Voters should report any suspicious or aggressive behavior to officials on site. The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has established a hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-667-8683) to provide real-time legal assistance.

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'UnRepresented' — Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Organizers: Fix Democracy First, League of Women Voters of WA, and Meaningful Movies Project

Join us for a very special film screening and panel discussion of "UnRepresented" featuring: Daniel Falconer, "UnRepresented" film director; Sheila Krumholz, executive director of Center for Responsive Politics; Ellen Weintraub, commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission; Carl Parrish, community and social activist.

"UnRepresented" investigates the mechanisms that give political insiders enormous, unchecked power. If you are tired of the status quo, then join us for a virtual screening of this important new film and take part in a panel discussion following the movie to hear about grassroots movements taking shape to break this cycle. We will also discuss legislative efforts happening in Washington state.

Location: Webinar

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Private-sector coalitions are providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other supplies to ensure safety in voting locations.

Business gifts to help run the vote expand, along with objections on left and right

Conservatives hoping to prevent private money from helping Americans vote have so far taken direct aim at just a couple of billionaires: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, who on Tuesday announced another $100 million in donations to help local governments conduct comprehensive and safe balloting in three weeks.

The donation follows their previous gift of $300 million, which has prompted lawsuits from the right in eight battleground states arguing that such benevolence should not be permitted to cover election administration costs.

But the Facebook philanthropists are among hundreds of business leaders who have stepped forward to help cash-strapped election officials scrambling to put enough poll workers, protective gear and infrastructure in place to avert chaos on Election Day. From the four dozen stadiums that sports leagues have opened as polling sites to the millions worth of face shields, masks and safety supplies donated to election workers by major corporations — the private sector's investment in this election is without precedent.

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