Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

With November Approaching, Election Officials Still Face Safety, Security Fears

Friday, July 24, 2020

With about 100 days left before Election Day, election officials warned this week that they need money from the federal government to deal with the pandemic and long-standing cybersecurity threats.


NPR Analysis: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Arriving Too Late

Monday, July 13, 2020

A new NPR analysis has found that at least 65,000 mail-in ballots have been rejected during primaries held so far this year, because they arrived too late — often through no fault of the voter.


Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness

Monday, July 13, 2020

An NPR analysis finds that at least 65,000 absentee and mail-in ballots were rejected this year for arriving late. While it's a relatively small number, they could prove crucial in a close election.


Tom Ridge, Ex-DHS Secretary, Laments 'Sad' Trump Fears About Voting By Mail

Friday, June 19, 2020

The former Pennsylvania governor tells NPR that he worries the president is hurting his own cause by talking down absentee voting because in many cases, it helps Republicans.


SPLC Announces $30 Million To Help Register Southern Voters Of Color

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The grant program is scheduled to run through this year's election and continue to the 2022 midterm races. Organizers say they want to sign up and mobilize more black and Latino voters.


Chaos In Primary Elections Raises Fears For November

Monday, June 15, 2020

Recent primaries have exposed an overtaxed voting system and raised questions about how much can be fixed by November.


Primary Election Snafus Show Challenges For November Vote

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Some voters in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Maryland did not receive the absentee ballots they had requested, leading to long lines at the limited number of polling places that were open.


8 States And D.C. Hold Primary Elections Amid Pandemic And Civil Unrest

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

A slew of primary elections that were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic are underway Tuesday. But in addition to the virus, election officials now have to grapple with civil unrest.


Need A Witness For Your Mail-In Ballot? New Pandemic Lawsuits Challenge Old Rules

Monday, June 01, 2020

Among the main targets are requirements such as signing a ballot envelope, or getting a witness or notary to sign it. Small details matter a lot and could affect the outcome in November.


The Legal Fight Over Mail-In And Absentee Voting Intensifies During The Pandemic

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As states move to expand mail-in and absentee voting in response to the pandemic, the political parties are going to court to make sure the rules do not hurt them in November.


Pandemic Puts A Crimp On Voter Registration, Potentially Altering Electorate

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Most places where Americans usually register to vote have been closed since March. It's led to a big drop in new registrations right before an election that was expected to see record turnout.


Trump Threatens To Cut Off Funding To States That Plan To Expand Absentee Voting

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

President Trump has threatened to cut off unspecified federal funding to Michigan and Nevada because of their plans to expand absentee voting. He claims that such voting is ripe for rampant fraud.


'It's Partly On Me': GOP Official Says Fraud Warnings Hamper Vote-By-Mail Push

Friday, May 15, 2020

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams campaigned on fighting voter fraud but says it isn't very common. He's now trying to make "the concept of absentee voting less toxic for Republicans."


Republicans Disagree On Voter Fraud Risk For Mail-In Voting

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Many Republican secretaries of state are pushing to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic, but they face pushback from some party members who say it invites voter fraud.


Why States Might Have A Hard Time Preparing For Mail-In Voting

Monday, May 04, 2020

States are considering more mail-in voting this year. It would be a major change for many states and would require them to find someone to print and mail all the ballots.


Ballot Printers Increase Capacity To Prepare For Mail Voting Surge

Sunday, May 03, 2020

With mail-in voting set to grow due to the coronavirus, experts warn that the companies that print ballots could get overwhelmed. One of the country's biggest vendors is ramping up capacity quickly.


The Legal Fight Over Voting Rights During The Pandemic Is Getting Hotter

Saturday, May 02, 2020

A slew of lawsuits about mail-in voting have been filed in recent weeks. Some challenge efforts to make it easier to get absentee ballots; others call on states to do more to make voting accessible.


Mail-In Voting Sparks New Political Battle, Endangers Elections

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The push to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic has led to a new legal battle between political parties and related interest groups. The conflict might have a major impact on upcoming elections.


As Democrats And Republicans Spar Over Changing Voting Laws, Lawsuits Expected

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Democrats and Republicans have launched major legal campaigns to try to shape voting laws in their favor. The effort has taken on new urgency with the pandemic.


Coronavirus Likely To Supercharge Election-Year Lawsuits Over Voting Rights

Friday, April 17, 2020

Both parties are turning to the courts to try to ensure that election rules don't disadvantage their side. The litigation campaign has taken on a new urgency amid the coronavirus pandemic.