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Nov 7, 2012

Complaints about voter IDs, long lines in election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. voters complained about erratic implementation of voter ID laws, while long lines in some battleground states and makeshift polling sites in storm-hit New York and New Jersey added to confusion in a bitterly contested presidential election.

Watchdog groups reported complaints from people turned away from polls because they did not have identification in states like Pennsylvania, where ID was not required.

Nov 7, 2012

Complaints about voter IDs, ballots, long lines in election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters complained about erratic implementation of voter ID laws, while long lines and makeshift polling sites in storm-hit New York and New Jersey added to confusion in a bitterly contested presidential election.

Watchdog groups reported complaints from people turned away from polls because they did not have identification in states like Pennsylvania, where ID was not required. In swing states Virginia and Florida, long lines led to numerous complaints and fears that people would give up without casting a ballot, while large numbers of people in Ohio reported being forced to vote by provisional ballot.

Nov 2, 2012

Will poll watchers help or hinder voting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In some areas, they are becoming as much a part of elections as voters and precinct workers: poll watchers, the sometimes unofficial monitors who go to polling places with the idea of stopping fraudulent voting.

Poll watchers come in all political stripes – conservative Republicans, liberal Democrats, anti-fraud groups, labor unions and even international organizations.

Nov 2, 2012

Will poll watchers help or hinder voting in the elections?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In some areas, they are becoming as much a part of elections as voters and precinct workers: poll watchers, the sometimes unofficial monitors who go to polling places with the idea of stopping fraudulent voting.

Poll watchers come in all political stripes – conservative Republicans, liberal Democrats, anti-fraud groups, labor unions and even international organizations.

Oct 26, 2012

Up to 40 percent may vote early in election; Obama ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Early voters could account for up to 40 percent of all voters in the 2012 presidential election, and polls of people who already have cast ballots show President Barack Obama with a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Both candidates have been urging supporters not just to vote but to do it early as Republicans and Democrats campaign vigorously – particularly in key battleground states – to lock up as many votes as possible before Election Day on November 6.

Oct 24, 2012

As U.S. election nears, efforts intensify to misinform, pressure voters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Florida, Virginia and Indiana, voters have received phone calls that wrongly told them there was no need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day because they could vote by phone.

In Ohio and Wisconsin, billboards in mostly low-income and minority neighborhoods showed prisoners behind bars and warned of criminal penalties for voter fraud – an effort that voting rights groups say was designed to intimidate minority voters.

Oct 24, 2012

As U.S. election nears, efforts intensify to misinform, pressure voters intensify

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – In Florida, Virginia and
Indiana, voters have received phone calls that wrongly told them
there was no need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day
because they could vote by phone.

In Ohio and Wisconsin, billboards in mostly low-income and
minority neighborhoods showed prisoners behind bars and warned
of criminal penalties for voter fraud – an effort that voting
rights groups say was designed to intimidate minority voters.

Oct 17, 2012

Round 2 over, Obama and Romney back to campaign trail

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Fresh off a feisty debate
that re-energized Barack Obama’s bid for a second term, the
Democratic president and Republican rival Mitt Romney headed
back on the campaign trail on Wednesday to start their final
appeals to undecided voters.

With 20 days to go until the Nov. 6 election, the
candidates’ vice presidential running mates blanketed the
morning television talk shows to claim victory in the second
U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday evening.

Oct 16, 2012

Obama extends slim lead over Romney in White House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama gained ground on Republican rival Mitt Romney for the third straight day, leading 46 percent to 43 percent, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Tuesday.

Released hours before the presidential contenders face off for their second debate, the poll showed the number of undecided voters had increased, indicating a drop of support for Romney among the coveted voting bloc.

Oct 12, 2012

Catholics Ryan, Biden disagree over abortion rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan on Thursday offered sharply different views on abortion policy although they both said their Catholic faith had shaped their personal beliefs on the thorny topic.

In a discussion that reflected the divisions seen between liberal and conservative Catholics, Biden and Ryan sparred over whether abortion should be legal and if the Supreme Court should be the deciding voice on the issue.

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      "General assignment reporter in Washington, DC where she has previously covered the White House, Justice Department, Homeland Security and foreign affairs. Debbie has covered three presidential campaigns, including extensive coverage of Obama from 2007 through inauguration. Also worked in bureaus in Madrid, Bangkok, Montreal, Toronto, New York and Buenos Aires. In February she covered her fifth Olympics in Vancouver."
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