California’s Secretary of State and Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist order to the state Republican Party, which has been setting up unofficial (and often insecure) ballot collection boxes across the state. The California Republican Party defended their actions by arguing that they are simply giving voters “an opportunity for their friends, family and patrons to drop off their ballot with someone they know and trust.” The Secretary of State responded by reminding Californians that, regardless of intent, unauthorized collection boxes are illegal.Visit the NPR
Two recent polls have found that only 35% of Americans say that they will vote by mail in the general election, down from 50% in May. This decrease has multiple causes, including President Trump’s consistent (and unfounded) claims that voting by mail is flawed and fraudulent, worries over the U.S. Post Service’s ability to deliver mail-in ballots on time, and Democratic accusations of intentional disenfranchisement. This recent trend away from mail voting has local election officials scared about the prospect of long lines and
19-year-old activist Tyler Okeke believes that 16-year-olds are ready and prepared to vote and is working to get the voting age lowered to 16. Gen Z activists have been crucial in movements to address climate change, gun control, police brutality, and LGBTQ rights. Democratic lawmakers have expressed support for the idea of lowering the voting age, while Republicans lawmakers (and most of the American public) oppose the idea. Visit NPR to learn more.