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Texas’s war on drop-off votes gets almost everything wrong

There’s a broad consensus among academics and election officials that mail-in voting and ballot drop boxes are secure, that fraud is extremely rare, and that drop sites expand access to voting. But vote-by-mail has been hit by disinformation more than almost any other topic during this election.

At the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump called vote-by-mail a fraud “disaster.” That’s wrong. In fact, vote-by-mail has been expanded nationally over decades on a bipartisan basis, and there’s no evidence of widespread fraud. Between 2000 and 2012, billions of votes were cast, but the total number of vote-by-mail fraud cases prosecuted was 491.

“Disinformation about drop boxes leading to fewer of them in states would have the effect of limiting voter access to the ballot box,” says David Levine from the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan security group. “Drop boxes are secure. They can be more convenient for voters. They

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Senate Commerce votes to issue subpoenas to CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter

The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter, in Washington’s latest attack on Big Tech.

Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey are posing for a picture

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The subpoenas aim to force Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify about the legal immunity the law affords tech platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. That law, Republicans argue, unduly protects social media companies against allegations of anti-conservative censorship. There is little evidence such bias exists on a systemic basis. Democrats have argued tech platforms have failed to moderate enough content under the law.

Thursday’s charge was led by Sen. Roger Wicker, the Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee.

“I fear that Section 230’s sweeping liability protections for Big Tech are stifling true diversity of political discourse on the internet,” Wicker said. “On the eve of a momentous

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Google, YouTube won’t allow political ads while votes are counted after Nov. 3

Google said Friday it would stop allowing political ads for an undetermined period of time after polls close Nov. 3 in anticipation of possible confusion or civil unrest while votes are counted and election results are finalized.

Google announced the decision in a message to advertisers, saying it would block all ads related to the election on Google’s search engine, YouTube and all of its other internet ad networks.

“While this policy is in place, advertisers will not be able to run ads referencing candidates, the election, or its outcome, given that an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after election day this year,” the company said in the letter, which was first reported by the news website Axios.

The decision is intended to prevent confusion in a broad range of possible scenarios, including civil unrest, Google said.

The popularity of absentee or mail-in voting this year is expected

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