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Kershaw County Assistant Director of Registrations and Elections William Brunson stands behind glass used to separate him from candidates filing for office to protect them both from the coronavirus on Friday, March 27, 2020 in Camden, South Carolina. While filing to be on the ballot has gone on as normal in March, there are still uncertainty on whether the June primaries in South Carolina will need to be moved or the way people vote changed because of the virus. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC's typical June primary not certain with coronavirus

Mar. 29, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled — the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election. But as filing ends Monday, there is uncertainty whether the...

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, early voters cast their ballots at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans told Democratic county clerks on Friday, March 27, to stop telling people they can mark themselves as indefinitely confined to get around photo ID requirements for absentee ballots, saying the governor's stay-at-home order isn't a lockdown. Wisconsin voters can request absentee ballots online, but they must upload a photo ID with the application. Voters who are indefinitely confined are exempt from the photo ID requirement. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Judge tosses 1 lawsuit over Wisconsin election; plenty left

Mar. 28, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed one lawsuit seeking to delay Wisconsin's presidential primary, even as a handful of other legal actions remain over how and whether it should be carried out in the midst of the coronavirus threat. Green Bay had sought to postpone the April 7 election and move...

Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four staffers have tested have tested positive for the coronavirus in Morgantown, W.Va., Wednesday March 25, 2020. The nursing home with at least 20 coronavirus cases has become

Outside hard-hit nursing home, staffers find nervous public

Mar. 27, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — They can't get taxis or child care. Two were refused service at a gas station. Another's trip to a pharmacy prompted a concerned call. Staffers at a nursing home dubbed “ ground zero ” for West Virginia's growing coronavirus caseload have been treated as pariahs for...

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, early voters cast their ballots at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans told Democratic county clerks on Friday, March 27, to stop telling people they can mark themselves as indefinitely confined to get around photo ID requirements for absentee ballots, saying the governor's stay-at-home order isn't a lockdown. Wisconsin voters can request absentee ballots online, but they must upload a photo ID with the application. Voters who are indefinitely confined are exempt from the photo ID requirement. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

GOP calls Evers' mass ballot mailing idea 'complete fantasy'

Mar. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signaled Friday that they have no interest in postponing or adjusting the state's April 7 presidential primary despite the coronavirus threat, branding Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call for the Legislature to send absentee ballots to every registered voter a...

Moments after announcing the possible extension of Ohio voting until June 2, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose answers a reporter's question at a coronavirus news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio sets all-mail primary April 28; in-person voting off

Mar. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28 due to the coronavirus, ignoring the timing recommendations of the state elections chief and some voting-rights groups. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a sweeping relief bill containing the change Friday,...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan talks about the state's response to the new coronavirus during a news conference on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland schools will be closed another four weeks through April 24. Hogan said he has made a formal request for a presidential disaster declaration to help provide funding for state and local governments as well as nonprofits. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Hogan: Maryland receives federal disaster designation

Mar. 26, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland received a federal disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday night. “This declaration will help provide much-needed funding for state and local governments and nonprofits, and it will be another important step in...

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, R - Blue Ridge, speaks to media following the 29th day of the Georgia Legislative session, Friday, March 13, 2020. Out of caution and in relation to the coronavirus, the Georgia General General Assembly suspended the legislative session until further notice. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia House speaker wants election delayed again

Mar. 26, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A top Georgia Republican is pushing for more delays in state elections because of the threat of COVID-19 and how it might suppress turnout. House Speaker David Ralston wrote a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow member of the GOP, urging that the state's May 19...

State senator sanctioned after release of ethics report

Mar. 26, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has barred state Sen. Dean Tran from interacting with his staff except through official emails in the wake of an ethics investigation. The action followed the release of a report Thursday that found the Fitchburg Republican had his staff conduct campaign work during...

Attorneys try to block suit seeking to stop in-person voting

Mar. 26, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The legal fight over how to conduct Wisconsin's spring election intensified Thursday as the League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit looking to ease absentee voting requirements and Republicans tried to block an action seeking to move to a mail-only footing. The election, which features...

FILEā€”In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo,Kate Schroder, Democratic candidate for Ohio's first congressional district, right, greets a woman following a question and answer session held by the Bold New Democracy Work Group, in Cincinnati. In Ohio, candidates such as Schroder and Nikki Foster nearly emptied their campaign coffers in the closing days before March 17, and now are focusing on social media and phone banks to keep up their campaigns while awaiting clarity on when the primary will end amid the coronavirus stay-home orders. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

Democracy in overtime: Candidates await virus-delayed votes

Mar. 26, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Political campaigns in some U.S. states have been switching gears or are in limbo awaiting decisions on voting plans after elections were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Candidates lacking cash and prohibited from staging rallies that are considered mass gatherings have...