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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 14, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

Navajo woman sues tribal government over canceled primary

Aug. 14, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A member of the Navajo Nation is suing the tribal government to try to force a primary election that was canceled because of the coronavirus. Eloise Brown alleged in the complaint filed in Window Rock District Court that tribal lawmakers don't have the authority to change election...

FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the coronavirus situation. Kentucky voters concerned about being at risk of contracting the coronavirus will be able to cast mail-in ballots under a bipartisan agreement reached by Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky sets rules for general election amid pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters concerned about being at risk of contracting COVID-19 will be able to cast mail-in ballots under a bipartisan agreement reached by the state's governor and secretary of state. Rules for the November general election also include three weeks of in-person early voting,...

FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his daily press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. State and local government officials across the U.S. have been on edge for months about how to keep basic services running while covering rising costs related to the coronavirus outbreak as tax revenue plummeted. On Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 governors, lawmakers, mayors, teachers and others said they were going to keep pushing members of Congress to revive the talks and agree to another rescue package. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

Governor: New Jersey election will be done mostly by mail

Aug. 14, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Saying it won't be a “regular election year” because of the coronavirus outbreak, New Jersey will move to a nearly all-mail election this November following the model the state used in its July primary, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, said during a news...

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New Hampshire notables put out word about voting absentee

Aug. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of New Hampshire notables has recorded public service announcements to get the word out to residents that they can vote absentee in the state primary and general election during the coronavirus pandemic. Filmmaker Ken Burns, comedian Seth Meyers, and Granite State Challenge...

Official: Get Missouri mail-in votes in week before election

Aug. 14, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service official is warning that Missourians who are using mail-in voting this year should return their ballots at least a week before the Nov. 3 general election to ensure their votes will be counted. Thomas Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of...

Federal judge declines to strike down ranked-choice voting

Aug. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected a request to strike down Maine's ranked voting system ahead of the November election. Four plaintiffs contended the voting system disenfranchises old and uneducated voters who don’t understand how it works and therefore select only a first...

FILE - In this undated photo, provided by her campaign, is Mary Fay, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, in Connecticut. Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican Congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in the November 2020 general election. (Courtesy of Mary Fay Campaign via AP, File)

West Hartford town councilor wins GOP Congressional primary

Aug. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in November's general election. Fay billed herself as a moderate who is best-suited to defeat Larson and...

Indiana Election Commission stalemates on vote-by-mail issue

Aug. 14, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Election Commission deadlocked Friday on whether to let all residents vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. During a virtual commission meeting, the four-person board was split along party lines on a proposal that would allow all voters to cast a ballot by mail in...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Romney said Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy but stopped short of criticizing President Donald Trump who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him reelection. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Mitt Romney slams politicians attacking mail-in voting

Aug. 14, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy but stopped short of criticizing President Donald Trump, who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots. The United States must stand as an example to...