Trump's voter suppression machine kicks into high gear

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And harassing election officials is one of their weapons:

The strategy was on display last week when Trump tweeted about nine “discarded” ballots in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Then this week the hot spot was a Philadelphia fight over whether Trump campaign poll monitors could be allowed into newly opened satellite election offices.

Trump poll monitors requested entry, but city election offices said neither party's observers had a legal right to access the buildings. Under state law, poll monitors can only observe live, in-person voting and not places where people can register, fill out early ballots and drop them off to be counted weeks later. The campaign sent observers to the sites, and in one case, they were turned away by a Republican on the city election commission. The campaign sued the city Thursday night in an effort to gain access to the sites.

After tearing apart the Postal Service to slow down the mail (and make people fear mailing in their ballots), of course they're going to haunt boards of elections sites where people go to drop off their absentee ballots. All it takes is a few high-profile incidents and people will be afraid to do that, too. Wisconsin's Election Commission developed guidelines for poll watchers in 2018 that is a good model:

Friday News: It was inevitable

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TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID 19, BLAMES MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: President Donald Trump said overnight that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine. The announcement came after one of the president’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, also tested positive. “The president and first lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Conley wrote. “It’s very, very hard when you’re with people from the military, or from law enforcement, and they come over to you, and they want to hug you and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them. And you get close, and things happen,” Trump said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246164985.html

Over 1/3 of Americans are prone to conspiracy theories

This research is long overdue:

In the most comprehensive analysis to date of people who are prone to conspiracy beliefs, a research team in Atlanta sketched out several personality profiles that appear to be distinct. One is familiar: the injustice collector, impulsive and overconfident, who is eager to expose naïveté in everyone but him- or herself. Another is less so: a more solitary, anxious figure, moody and detached, perhaps including many who are older and living alone. The analysis also found, at the extremes, an element of real pathology — of a “personality disorder,” in the jargon of psychiatry.

First let's look at my introductory sentence above. It is based on a (maybe) subconscious belief that conspiracy theories have not been taken seriously by the mental health community, when in fact delusions have been studied intensely for at least the last half-century. It's easy to be reductive; to discount the efforts of professionals on a wide range of subjects, while having no direct knowledge of those efforts. That is not analysis, it's throwing poop from one's cage. Let's talk about that first group of people, the injustice collectors:

Thursday News: Affidavit is out

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JUDGE RULES VOTERS CANNOT ATTEST TO BALLOT WITNESS, MUST CAST ANOTHER VOTE: Those changes, outlined in a Sept. 22 memo from the state board to county elections directors and confirmed again Monday in an email from the state board's attorney to county boards, were represented as being responsive to changes required by U.S. District Judge William Osteen's ruling in a lawsuit brought by Democracy North Carolina. Osteen pushed back on that representation Wednesday, however, taking sharp exception to the board's changes on witness requirements for absentee ballots. "Nothing about this court’s preliminary injunction order can or should be construed as finding that the failure of a witness to sign the application and certificate as a witness is a deficiency which may be cured with a certification after the ballot has been returned," Osteen wrote in his order Wednesday.
https://www.wral.com/federal-judge-strikes-down-change-to-nc-absentee-ballot-witness-requirement/193...

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