The Hill / Changing America: Native American communities make a final push to get out the vote this November

The Hill / Changing America: Native American communities make a final push to get out the vote this November. “Many Native American households lack access to the internet, where the census count is taking place for the first time ever, and in-person efforts were postponed due to COVID-19. Now, members of the community are concerned that they will be disenfranchised yet again at the ballot box. The nonprofit is hosting two virtual town halls on Facebook about the importance of voting and representation on Sept. 22, National Voter Registration Day, and Oct. 14. A new website includes resources for Native American people to check their voter registration and make a plan to vote safely.”

MIT Technology Review: Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

MIT Technology Review: Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.. “Of course, there’s nothing new about writing letters. But a combination of social distancing measures and a volatile political year has made the traditional act of putting pen to paper suddenly more attractive than just shooting an email or an emoji-filled text. Beyond Instagram-fueled social projects for people in quarantine, letter writing has become a form of retro-political activism to help get out the vote.”

Engadget: Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting

Engadget: Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting. “Facebook is launching a national consumer awareness ad campaign around voting and registration that includes a ‘vote-a-thon’ and in-app consumer marketing campaign. It’s the continuation of a program that Facebook said that has helped 2.5 million people register to vote so far this year, with the aim of registering 4 million people before the November 3rd election date.”

BuzzFeed News: Trump Is Waging A Multistate, Multimillion-Dollar Legal Battle Against Mail-In Voting During The Pandemic

BuzzFeed News: Trump Is Waging A Multistate, Multimillion-Dollar Legal Battle Against Mail-In Voting During The Pandemic. “President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party are devoting millions of dollars to wage a state-by-state legal battle against mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, not only suing state officials but also intervening in cases where they aren’t a party to limit how Americans can vote from home.”

Washington Post: How to track your ballot like a UPS package

Washington Post: How to track your ballot like a UPS package. “For an election marked by confusion and deceit about voting, ballot-tracking tech is a win for truth, justice and the American way. It won’t end all our debates about disenfranchisement and election fraud. But the transparency helps us hold local officials and the U.S. Postal Service accountable. And it can take away some of our own uncertainty about voting by mail.”

Hyperallergic: Guerrilla Girls and Julie Mehretu Among 60+ Artists Helping You “Plan Your Vote”

Hyperallergic: Guerrilla Girls and Julie Mehretu Among 60+ Artists Helping You “Plan Your Vote”. “A new, nonpartisan initiative launched by the nonprofit Vote.org seeks to channel the power of art to encourage voter participation. Along with links to register to vote, check absentee status, and set voting reminders, among other crucial resources, the ‘Plan Your Vote’ website offers a digital library of voting advocacy visuals that are free for anyone to download and circulate.”

ProPublica: Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic

ProPublica: Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic. “At least 68,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic outbreak began, some 41% of all coronavirus deaths in the U.S., according to a New York Times analysis. This ongoing crisis at care facilities across the country has had a troubling hidden effect: the looming mass disenfranchisement of America’s elderly and disabled.”

ProPublica: Facebook’s Political Ad Ban Also Threatens Ability to Spread Accurate Information on How to Vote

ProPublica: Facebook’s Political Ad Ban Also Threatens Ability to Spread Accurate Information on How to Vote. “Facebook this week said it would bar political ads in the seven days before the presidential election. That could prevent dirty tricks or an ‘October surprise’ and give watchdogs time to fact-check statements. But rather than responding with glee, election officials say the move leaves them worried. Included in the ban are ads purchased by election officials — secretaries of state and boards of elections — who use Facebook to inform voters about how voting will work. The move effectively removes a key communication channel just as millions of Americans will begin to navigate a voting process different from any they’ve experienced before.”

CNET: Twitter flags Trump’s tweets for ‘encouraging people to potentially vote twice’

CNET: Twitter flags Trump’s tweets for ‘encouraging people to potentially vote twice’. “Twitter said Thursday that it labeled two of President Donald Trump’s tweets ‘for encouraging people to potentially vote twice’ because the remarks violated the site’s rules about civic integrity and elections.”

Washington Post: Google greenlights ads with ‘blatant disinformation’ about voting by mail

Washington Post: Google greenlights ads with ‘blatant disinformation’ about voting by mail. “Google has declined to remove ads from a shadowy group echoing President Trump’s misleading claim that there is a meaningful difference between voting by mail and absentee voting. Google took five days to reach its decision to leave the ads in place, alarming voting rights advocates as well as researchers in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering department who had alerted Google to the ads last week.”

FedTech: Mail-In Votes Require Special Cybersecurity Attention

FedTech: Mail-In Votes Require Special Cybersecurity Attention. “Cybersecurity was always top of mind in connection with the 2020 election season, but the focus has shifted to protecting a more low-tech method of casting votes: ballots filled out by hand and mailed in by voters. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has provided checklists of steps states can take to keep elections safe. Envelopes marked with special bar codes, extra protection for voter registration rolls and better security on websites that report election results are among the strategies being used.”

Washington Post: Disinformation campaign stokes fears about mail voting, using LeBron James image and boosted by Trump-aligned group

Washington Post: Disinformation campaign stokes fears about mail voting, using LeBron James image and boosted by Trump-aligned group. “The website, called Protect My Vote, warns baselessly that mail balloting results in ‘lost votes and lost rights.’ An associated page on Facebook has purchased more than 150 ads, which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times this month. They appear designed to tap existing anxiety about the integrity of the voting system to convince voters in swing states where minority turnout could be decisive that mail balloting is not reliable amid an uncontained pandemic leading many Americans to consider alternative ways to be heard on Election Day.”

The Verge: VoteByMail makes it easier to request a mail-in ballot ahead of the election

The Verge: VoteByMail makes it easier to request a mail-in ballot ahead of the election. “Registering to vote by mail can be a tricky process that varies depending on the state you reside in. You’ll often need to find the right website, the right form, fill in the correct info, and find the right election official to submit the paperwork. VoteByMail streamlines the process by finding your local election official, assembling some basic information needed to request a ballot, and sending the whole thing off for you. You should still check with your local board of elections if you do not receive a mail-in ballot, to ensure you can vote when election season arrives.”

The Civics Center: New Voter Registrations Have Plummeted Due to COVID-19

The Civics Center: New Voter Registrations Have Plummeted Due to COVID-19. “Voter registration rates in April and May of 2020 have plummeted in relation to the rates in the same months in 2016. Declines in voter registration rates have been as significant as 75% in some states. This decrease is likely credited to the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has caused the closure of schools and offices including many DMVs and the cancellation of nearly all spring in-person voter registration drives.”