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The ask seemed non-controversial at a time when the nation, pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, was desperate for volunteers to staff polling stations for the 2020 elections.

“I formally request that authority over the HelpAmericaVote.gov domain name be delegated to the EAC,” Election Assistance Commission Executive Director Mona Harrington wrote last July 15 to a Government Services Administration contractor that administers US government websites that end in “.gov.”

But the request instead triggered a tug-of-war between two divisions of the federal government — one bipartisan and statutorily independent, the other part of the Trump White House — over a critical voting matter, according to a series of emails exclusively obtained by Insider. 

The EAC, a federal agency tasked with helping Americans vote, expected approval within a day or two. 

Two days passed. Then a week. No response. 

EAC officials planned to use HelpAmericaVote.gov to recruit and coordinate with an army of new poll workers amid a pandemic that had already sidelined tens of thousands of elderly election volunteers unable or unwilling to staff in-person voting sites. 

A shrinking pool of poll workers had forced many cities and towns to cut or consolidate in-person polling sites during presidential primary contests, putting untold numbers of …read more


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