Will Weissert, Associated Press Updated 12:24 pm PDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo, Megan Heckel of Plano holds her daughter Lily as they wait in line for early voting outside Maribelle M. Davis Library in Plano, Texas. Some Texas voters are complaining that while casting Democratic or Republican straight-ticket ballots, voting machines used in 80-plus counties changed their selections to the other party for key races, including the Senate contest between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. The Secretary of State's office says the problem is occurring on Hart eSlate machines, when voters submit ballots before their choice is fully rendered. It says the machines aren't malfunctioning and instead blames user error. less FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo, Megan Heckel of Plano holds her daughter Lily as they wait in line for early voting outside Maribelle M. Davis Library in Plano, Texas. Some Texas voters are ... more … [Read more...] about Texans say voting machines changing straight-ticket choices
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jessie Scanlon October 17, 2018 ON A COOL MONDAY EVENING in late September, Kyle Bailey stands at a high-top table at the back of Nonesuch River Brewing in Scarborough, Maine. The brewery’s customers, bundled in flannels and fleece, are talking with friends over burgers or poutine, mostly unaware of Bailey. A tall man with a shaved head and a big voice with a hint of a Georgia accent, the veteran political campaigner presses on, calling out votes. “Six for the blonde, 11 for the IPA, 4 for the ESB, 6 for the red, and 11 for the stout,” Bailey says, as a colleague jots down the numbers on a whiteboard. This isn’t consumer research on Nonesuch River’s newest beer — it’s a demonstration of ranked-choice voting, the way Maine is starting to run many of its statewide elections.Since none of the five beers wins a majority of … [Read more...] about Could Maine’s new ranked-choice voting change American elections?
Viet Nam News PALU, Indonesia — Indonesian volunteers dug mass graves for more than 1,000 bodies on Monday after a quake and tsunami devastated swathes of Sulawesi, as authorities -- struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster -- appealed for international help. Indonesia is no stranger to natural calamities and Jakarta wanted to show that it was able to deal with a catastrophe that has killed at least 832 people so far according to the official toll. But four days on some remote areas have yet to be contacted, medicines are running out and rescuers are struggling with a shortage of heavy equipment to reach desperate victims calling out from the ruins of collapsed buildings. In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance. "Last night, President @jokowi authorized us to accept international help for urgent disaster-response & relief," senior government official … [Read more...] about Quake-hit Indonesia asks for help, graves dug for 1,000-plus
Booking data from Webjet, the largest online travel booking site in Australia, shows that Vietnam has overtaken Bali to become the most favorite travel destinations for Australian tourists. Volcano eruptions and earthquakes have deterred Australian tourists from returning to Bali, and the number of tours to the beautiful island has reduced significantly over the past year, the Webjet website quoted managing director John Guscic as saying. Instead, more Australian visitors are showing greater interest in Vietnam, a country known for beautiful beaches, mountains, rice terraces, world heritage sites, plus low cost of living. Vietnam has also achieved renown as a dream destination for expats. The online booking site has reported a 63 percent growth in full-year profit thanks to a bookings surge to Asian countries, mainly Vietnam. Australian travel blogger Phoebe Lee, who has taken global viewers through Hanoi in two CNN commercials, told VnExpress that she had visited Ha Long Bay and the … [Read more...] about Vietnam takes Bali’s place as top Aussie travel choice
Jeffrey Collins Associated Press Published 8:46 PM EDT Sep 13, 2018 North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Mercedes O’Neill lives just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in a zone so imperiled by Hurricane Florence that it has been marked for mandatory evacuation. But for now, she plans to ride out the hurricane in her home with her boyfriend, her 6-year-old daughter and two cats, even though the prospect scares her. O’Neill, who has a son due Sept. 27, thought hard about leaving. But because her family lives paycheck to paycheck, the idea seemed too costly. And she worried about not getting home in time to return to her job at a Family Dollar store after the storm passes. Their dilemma reflects the limited choices faced by many households in the storm’s path. First, a family member offered a hotel room 200 miles inland from her North Myrtle Beach home in Aiken. Then Florence slowed down, suggesting that the coast would get even more rain and evacuees would be forced … [Read more...] about Hurricane evacuation choices often depend on money