Pam Fessler

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Some Machines Are Flipping Votes, But That Doesn't Mean They're Rigged

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As early voting starts, there are scattered reports of touch-screen voting machines "flipping" votes from one candidate to another. Old voting machines, not a "rigged" election, are likely to blame.


Voters With Disabilities Fight For More Accessible Polling Places

Monday, October 24, 2016

More than 35 million eligible voters in the U.S. have a disability. And in the last presidential election, almost a third of voters with disabilities reported having trouble casting their ballots.


Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This election, the focus for some has been on vote rigging. But election officials say they are more worried about possible violence at the polls.


Voting: 5 Things To Do Before Heading To The Polls

Friday, October 14, 2016

Here are five things you can do to make sure you can cast your ballot as smoothly as possible on or before Election Day.


Election Experts Share Tips On How To Avoid Voting Issues At The Polls

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For those worried about problems voting in this year's elections, there are several things they can do to help, such as checking their registrations and polling places ahead of time, and volunteering to be a poll worker.


How Clinton And Trump Plan To Address The Issue Of Poverty

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tens of millions of Americans live in poverty, yet the issue has received scant attention on the presidential campaign trail. We examine the candidates' plans to address poverty.


Conservatives File Voter Registration Lawsuits That Liberals Say Are Blocking Votes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"This is an effort to make the voter rolls cleaner ... before the elections in November," says J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, the group behind the suits.


Census Figures Show Poverty Rate Drops For Children And Adults

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

For the first time since 2007, U.S. household income rose last year. And, according to the Census Bureau, that helped push down the number of people living in poverty to 53 million.


Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Drops To Lowest Level Since Before Great Recession

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The government says there was a big drop last year in the number of Americans struggling to get enough to eat, especially children. The USDA credits food aid like the school lunch program and SNAP.


Disabled And Fighting For The Right To Vote

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tens of thousands of Americans with disabilities have lost their voting rights, often after a court assigns them a legal guardian. Now, some of those affected are petitioning to get back those rights.


FBI Warns State Election Offices To Be Wary Of Hackers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The FBI and other government security agencies are protecting against cyberattacks that might affect the elections. Hackers tried to gain access to two state voter registration databases this summer.


Felons' Rights Restored, Early Voting And Other Voting Law Changes This Week

Friday, August 26, 2016

Voting laws have been getting a lot of attention recently and more twists and turns can be expected before the election in November. Here's an update on challenges that saw movement this week.


Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Restores Voting Rights For 13,000 Felons

Monday, August 22, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday he's restoring voting rights for 13,000 felons who registered to vote after he restored the rights of more than 200,000 felons earlier this year. His last move was challenged by state Republicans in court, and they won. This time, McAuliffe says he's restored the rights one by one, which he says is legal.


20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

Monday, August 22, 2016

The new program did work for millions of families. The idea was that people would be encouraged to find work if they knew their monthly checks would end, but instead, some have been left high and dry.


Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill to get more poor families off benefits and into jobs. And while many low-income families have become more independent. many others were left behind.


Trump Calls On Supporters To Monitor Polling Places On Election Day

Monday, August 15, 2016

Donald Trump says he will only lose the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania if there is "cheating." He is organizing his supporters to monitor polling places on Election Day.


Hacking An Election: Why It's Not As Far-Fetched As You Might Think

Monday, August 01, 2016

The recent hacking of Democratic Party emails has raised questions about the vulnerability of other election-related technology and what potential problems could arise on Election Day.


Federal Appeals Court Throws Out North Carolina's Voter ID Law

Friday, July 29, 2016

A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a North Carolina law that requited voter identification. The unanimous decision found the law was "passed with racially discriminatory intent."


Trump Cited My Work In His Speech — But He Missed The Point

Friday, July 22, 2016

Donald Trump talked about how "the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders — he never had a chance."


Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One of the country's strictest voter ID laws violates the Voting Rights Act, according to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. It says the Texas law discriminates against the state's minority voters.