The result could potentially change future presidential election outcomes in Florida, which is almost always one of the closest states.
Among the most important swing states for presidential elections, Florida banned felons from voting for the rest of their lives, even after their prison sentences and probations were completed. The law had been created in the wake of the Civil War, with the primary aim of disenfranchising newly-eligible Black voters.
A century and a half later, in 2018, this policy was repealed by Florida voters with 65 percent support. Starting in 2020, it seemed, more than one million Florida ex-felons would gain voting rights. …
32 of the 50 states currently allow the practice.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people will vote by mail. Different states have different rules for whether the ballot has to arrive by Election Day, or merely has to be postmarked by Election Day (or the day before), even if it actually arrives up to several days afterwards. And although the stereotype is that blue states are more lenient with their vote-by-mail laws and red states are stricter, this is not always the case.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states (plus the District of Columbia) allow a mail-in ballot to arrive after Election Day, including such red states as Alaska, Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. The other 32 states do not, including such blue states as Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. …
by GovTrack Insider staff writer Jesse Rifkin
Without even having completed one full term yet, Vice President Pence already ranks seventh all time among the 48 vice presidents in his number of tied Senate votes broken. At 13, Mike Pence has already broken the most tied Senate votes of any vice president since Schuyler Colfax back in 1869–73.
Pence has already broken more tied votes in less than four years than his four predecessors combined, who served a combined 28 years. In fact, his immediate predecessor, current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, cast zero tie-breaking votes in his eight years.
So, what have Pence’s tie-breaking votes been? …