Kentucky, New York and four other states faced a challenging day of votingon Tuesday, as officials tried to balance a crush of mail-in ballots with a reduced number of in-person polling sites.
That combination has led to long lines, delays and confusion during primaries in other states, including Wisconsin and Georgia, offering a preview of possible problems for the Nov.
3 general election if it is conducted under similar social distancing guidelines and other restrictions.
Kentucky and New York, which have statewide elections Tuesday, encouraged mail-in balloting as a safe alternative to in-person voting, resulting in record numbers of absentee ballot requests.
Early voting was also encouraged.
One who took advantage of that was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who voted presumably for herself in her home district in the Bronx four days ago.
Ocasio-Cortez, the 30-year-old progressive firebrand better known as AOC, campaigned in Astoria, Queens Tuesday, bumping elbows and with locals and speaking to the media about what she said were shortcomings in New York's voting procedures - even in the best of times.
"We do not have mail-in ballots, we do not have same-day registration.
And these are really enormous obstacles to the vote, and it really puts New York far behind in voter access." Her primary race will test the strength of the Democratic party’s left wing as she faces a challenge from the more moderate, former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, progressive Charles Booker, an African-American state legislator, is waging an unexpectedly spirited challenge to Amy McGrath, an ex-fighter pilot, in the race to become the Democratic candidate to face RepublicanSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.
Polling locations in Kentucky were cut to fewer than 200 from more than 3,000, leaving one each for the biggest counties of Jefferson and Fayette.
Absentee ballots were issued to about 27 percent of the state’s registered voters.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in a war of words with NY Mayor Bill de Blasio and it looks like she's losing... badly. De Blasio called her “just wrong” when she accused him of fudging his $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget. AOC said said de Blasio was using “budget tricks” and “funny math” to make it look like he had defunded the city’s police department. The Mayor appeared in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning. “Well, she’s just wrong.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has likely secured a second term after winning her Democratic primary. According to Business Insider, Ocasio-Cortez won the race by a significant margin on Tuesday. The final numbers from the primary election won't be known for at least several days. The delay in declaring an official winner is due to this year's large number of absentee ballots. According to Decision Desk HQ, Ocasio-Cortez has already won nearly 73% of the vote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leader in the Democratic Party's progressive movement, was far ahead of challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a moderate and former television anchor, early results showed on Tuesday (June 23).
Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary to face GOP Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath is a former fighter pilot and 2018 House candidate backed by the US Senate Democrats' campaign arm. She defeated Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker. Business Insider reports that McGrath positioned herself as a pro-Trump Democrat. Her eye-catching ads and national Democrats' widespread dislike of McConnell made her one of the top fundraisers of the cycle.
(Newser) – Gunfire erupted at a protest against police violence Saturday, leaving one man dead and another person injured. Details are scant, but a bystander video (WARNING: disturbing images) shows a man just outside Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky, shooting at a tent-filled area more than a dozen times, the Courier-Journal reports.
A man died in a shooting on Saturday night at a park in central Louisville, Kentucky, where demonstrators had gathered to protest over the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by officers in her home using an incorrect no-knock warrant. Louisville Metro police said there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park at about 9pm on Saturday, adding that there were also calls saying the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department tried to resuscitate a man who later died. Another shooting victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Video posted on social media appeared to show a man opening fire into the park as people scrambled for cover.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Reverend Al Sharpton and others on Thursday in painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue - and right outside of Trump Tower. Lisa Bernhard has more.
Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's move to oust the State Department's internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating his fight against any oversight of his administration. Colette Luke has more.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday on U.S. charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Senator Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, who crafted a new police reform bill, said the legislation would create greater safety for both suspects and police. "We hear you. We're listening to your concerns," Scott told reporters on Wednesday.
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., more commonly known as the rapper and actor T.I., has joined the faculty at Georgia's Clark Atlanta University to help teach a course about the hip-hop subgenre of trap music.
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