Another state adds online absentee voting option for military and overseas U.S. citizens

As the U.S. grapples with concerns about mail delivery during the pandemic, thousands of military and overseas citizens voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina will for the first time be able to cast their ballot through an online portal — from mobile phones, laptops, iPads or other devices.

Within a week, South Carolina election officials will update their website to include a link to the online portal for voters protected under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the South Carolina State Election Commission. These voters are commonly referred to as UOCAVA voters.

In 2016, 8,621 UOCAVA voters in South Carolina requested absentee ballots, including 4,615 military voters and 4,006 U.S. citizens overseas, Whitmire said.

Four other states offer online ballot return for all UOCAVA voters: Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota and West Virginia.

For military absentee voters, 25 states allow email return of

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Offshore Wind Energy Will Deliver Few U.S. Jobs; Lack of Oversight Means Most Jobs Will Be Overseas

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / September 15, 2020 / New developments have raised serious questions regarding the economic and job benefits from offshore wind energy projects in U.S. waters. Unsubstantiated claims of significant economic growth and investment have exaggerated the benefits of offshore wind energy, and diminished the economic and cultural importance of sustainable American wild-caught fisheries.

Georgetown Economic Services: Benefits of Offshore Wind ‘Grossly Inflated’

A new study, conducted by Georgetown Economic Services (GES), finds that “[t]he claim that the huge investments in offshore wind would provide significant job and economic benefits in the U.S. has been grossly inflated.” The study also reaches an important conclusion: many of the jobs and benefits would actually go to the foreign-owned companies currently dominating the wind energy landscape, instead of creating local opportunities.

The study examined the potential permanent and temporary jobs that would be created by wind energy development in New

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50,000 jobs in London’s retail sector at risk as coronavirus pandemic sees drop in overseas visitors



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Tory MP Nickie Aiken has warned that as many as 50,0000 jobs could be lost in London’s West End due to the lack of visitors.

The MP for Westminster said the loss of international visitors had majorly impacted London’s economy.

Aiken said: “Almost half of the £10 billion annual spend in the West End is from overseas travellers and then the lack of office workers who have not been back at their desks since March, that has a huge effect on the overall turnover of West End shops and hospitality.

“Between about 70-80% – you’re basically looking at about 50,000 job losses retail job losses in West End retail alone.”

Aiken added that she suspected a “huge fall off in confidence” regarding the perceived safety of public transport was partly behind the drop in shoppers.

She continued: “We’ve got to get that back, we’ve got

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