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United States of America, General Elections, 3 November 2020: Interim Report

Politico: “The first 2020 U.S. election report by international observers makes for sober reading, Ryan Heath emails us. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe — which has 47 member countries including the U.S. — has deployed 30 experts around the U.S. to monitor all aspects of the election through October. While that’s well short of the 500 the organization hoped to bring (thanks Covid-19!), they’ll be joined by another 100 members of Parliament for the week of Election Day, Nov. 3. Among the report’s observations: Around 9.8 million Americans citizens can’t vote for their representatives. “Citizens resident in the District of Columbia and in U.S. territories are not fully represented in the Congress,” the report notes. “Some 5.2 million citizens, about half of whom have served their sentences, are disenfranchised due to criminal convictions. These restrictions disproportionally affect racial minorities.” In addition, “campaign expenditure is unrestrained” — thanks to court decisions and lack of a Federal Election Commission quorum — and will total around $11 billion. OSCE concluded that although America’s news media is “highly polarized,” the country’s 1,758 television stations, 15,460 radio stations and 1,300 news print publications help us wade through rising misinformation…”

Where to Find Public Records Online

Life Hacker – “You can use the internet to find almost anything: a good restaurant, a recording of a half-remembered old commercial, recommendations for a good book, a podcast about basically anything, and yes, even public records. While our most private information (usually) can’t be found online, you can track down items like birth certificates,… Continue Reading

USPS IG Report – Operational Changes to Mail Delivery

“This report responds to an August 7, 2020, congressional request regarding concerns that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s modifications to U.S. Postal Service staffing and policies had an adverse effect on Postal Service operations, leading to slower and less reliable mail delivery. This report also responds to a number of recent similar congressional requests. We are… Continue Reading

How to Make PDF Workflow and Conversion Easier with PDFBear

Make Use Of: “When you create a PDF document containing any type of data, it’ll always display the data in exactly the same way no matter which device you’re using. Modern browsers have all the essential PDF technologies to display and navigate PDF’s easily. With so many apps available, why should we bother with another… Continue Reading

Password protect PDF files, Google Documents, Sheets, and Google Slides

Google Workspace Marketplace – “And remove password protection from encrypted files. Easily protect any PDF file in your Google Drive with a password and add restrictions around printing, commenting, and annotations. Send the encrypted PDF files via email without leaving Google Drive. The PDF toolbox can also password protect native Google file formats include Google… Continue Reading

How to beat bad ballot design and make sure your vote counts

Washington Post – “…“Every year we seem to have one or two big, horrible problems that make the news,” said Whitney Quesenbery, executive director of the Center for Civic Design, the go-to organization for creating voter-friendly election materials. But even if your county ends up being that county, you don’t have to let the ballot… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 10, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 10, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss, highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

States are getting creative to prepare for the pandemic election

Fast Company – “For all the things that seem to be threatening the integrity of the November 3rd election, states have also done a lot of very constructive things to ensure that things go off fairly and safely, election experts say. Over the past six months, the media and the public have become increasingly concerned… Continue Reading

COVID-19 at the White House – Contact Tracking

In the absence of any accountability, transparency or concern for public health, Peter James Walker – a concerned American – has posted this White House contact tracking data, by event, viz using the open source version of Tableau. “If you have information on contacts to add or adjust please use our Google form.” He has… Continue Reading