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Stop the presses, says appeals court, even if that means longer Georgia voting lines

Georgia's battle over paper at the polls has taken another turn, and much longer waiting times on Election Day look to be the result.

At issue is whether up-to-date printouts of voter registration and absentee voting information need to be on hand at every polling place in the state next week, to backstop a new generation of computerized tablets. A federal appeals court on Saturday ruled against the paper poll book requirement, which a trial court judge had set last month.

The issue sounds nerdy. But if the decision is not changed in the next week, which seems unlikely, it could prove crucial to depressing turnout in one of the nation's essential battlegrounds, with the winner of 16 electoral votes and two Senate seats too close to call.

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More than two-thirds of Colorado voters return their ballots in person, citing the convenience of voting locations.

How Colorado became the model for running an election by mail

All across the country, the consistent theme of this presidential year has been turmoil.

A confusingly huge field of candidates vying to take on a norm-busting incumbent was just the start. The normally boring rules for conducting elections have been in high-profile upheaval since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the spring, as most states grappled with how to steer voting away from polling places and got whipsawed between claims of voter suppression by Democrats and allegations of voter fraud by Republicans.

But in the eye of the tempest has been this rare note of agreement: When it comes to running a fair, efficient and calm election that's reliant on mail ballots, the place to look for guidance is Colorado.



Its politics remain just purple enough to assure plenty of bare-knuckle battling for the slightest electoral advantage. But the centerpiece of the Rocky Mountain region has still emerged as a national model — during the pandemic and beyond — for states looking to mostly remote elections as a way to produce routinely high turnout and consistently low levels of dispute after even the closest contests.

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Your Ballot, Your V​ote: Black Men Do Vote

Organizer: Vote America

We will convene individuals and organizations working to debunk the myth that black men don't vote. Your Ballot Your Voice: Black Men Do Vote brings together Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes of Friendship-West Baptist Church; Everett Ward, national president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter; Jeremiah Chapman, founder of Black Culture Weekly; Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Voter Project; Frank D. Jackson, assistant vice chancellor for state relations, Texas A&M University System; and Traleon Rodgers, Student Government Association president at Dillard University. Our goal is to assemble thought leaders alongside those doing the work in the community. The conversations are not always pretty, but they are necessary and always insightful!

Location: Webinar

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So many voter toolkits, so little time. Here's where to go shopping.

Some advocacy groups try to influence lawmakers, others focus on making change through the courts. And then there are those working to engage the "regular" people by encouraging them to take action.

Now that voting has begun in much of the country, many democracy reform groups are stepping up their efforts to support voters by offering a trove of online tools designed to educate and engage the electorate in the final days of one of the most consequential presidential elections ever — and one facing a unique range of challenges because of the pandemic.

Below is a sampling. Find the one that's right for you. And if we missed something, let us know at newsroom@thefulcrum.us.

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