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Zuckerberg’s cash fuels GOP suspicion and new election rules

DENVER (AP) — When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $400 million to help fund election offices as they scrambled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic late last summer, he said he hoped he would never have to do it again.

Republican legislatures are granting him that wish.

At least eight GOP-controlled states have passed bans on donations to election offices this year as Republicans try to block outside funding of voting operations. The legislation often comes as part of Republican packages that also . . .

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Trump Refuses to Endorse Butch Miller for Georgia Lt. Gov.

Former President Donald Trump is not just issuing endorsements before the 2022 midterms. Some are getting rejection letters, too, including Georgia state Sen. Butch Miller.

Miller, the current state Senate pro tempore, is running to be the state’s next lieutenant governor, replacing Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who also refused to back Trump’s 2020 presidential election challenges amid . . .

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Left Presses Dems After Supreme Court Voting Ruling

The United States Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold an Arizona law that prohibits votes from out of the district to be counted, and ballot harvesting where third parties collect absentee or mail-in ballots, is forcing congressional Democrats to move swiftly to  pass bills that would deregulate voting in states, and potentially federalize some elections.

“The court’s decision, harmful as it is, does not limit Congress’ ability to repair the damage done today: it puts the burden back on Congress to restore the . . .

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It’s not just Arizona: Push to review 2020 ballots spreads

ATLANTA (AP) — Six months after Donald Trump’s loss, conspiracy theorists and Trump backers are continuing their push for repeated examinations of ballots and finding limited successes.

A Georgia judge last week awarded a group the chance to review mail ballots in a large Georgia county that includes Atlanta. Officials in a rural Michigan county have expressed interest in a review of their voting machines. A similar debate has caused sharp divisions in a New Hampshire town. In some cases, the efforts have been inspired by an audit of the votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County, an elaborate exercise engineered by the GOP-led state Senate.

The efforts are unlikely to yield any new revelations about President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. The votes have been counted — and often recounted — and certified by local officials. Still, the lingering debate and . . .

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Experts or ‘grifters’? Little-known firm runs Arizona audit

In early March, a Boston-based vote-counting firm called Clear Ballot Group sent a bid to Arizona’s state Senate to audit the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County.

The firm has conducted more than 200 such audits over 13 years in business. “Our level of comparison data is unmatched,” Keir Holeman, a Clear Ballot Group vice president, wrote to the Republican-controlled Senate. He never heard back, he says.

Instead, the state Senate hired a small Florida-based cybersecurity firm known as Cyber Ninjas that had not placed a formal bid for the contract and had no experience with election audits. Senate President Karen Fann says she can’t . . .

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