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Former Falcons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick signs autographs in the NFL Shop at the Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta in Jan. 31, 2019 file photo. Vick is working with the LeBron James-led political empowerment group More Than A Vote and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help other former felons pay fines that are preventing them from voting. His journey is being chronicled in new documentary miniseries. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Michael Vick working to clear way for Fla. ex-felons to vote

Sep. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

When former NFL quarterback Michael Vick went with some of his family members to try to vote in 2011, the former No. 1 draft pick who made a career on his elusive ability on the football field was sacked by news he didn’t expect: He wasn’t eligible. “I found out because I had a felony on my...

Suit challenges NC's strict liability law on felons voting

Sep. 25, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law making it a serious crime for convicted felons to vote before their right is restored, even when it's an unintentional mistake, is racially discriminatory and needs to be blocked for the November election, a federal lawsuit says. Two civil rights advocacy...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a worker prepares tabulators for the upcoming election at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of American voters worried about their health to scramble to vote by mail for the first time. But a requirement in a handful of states, including presidential battleground North Carolina and Wisconsin, that a witness or notary public sign a ballot envelope is tripping up some voters early. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

Sep. 25, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A...

A ballot drop box is shown where voters can drop off absentee ballots instead of using the mail in Detroit Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Early voting starts in Michigan under new rules

Sep. 24, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Early voting for the 2020 general election started in Michigan on Thursday under expanded voting rights that allow for any resident to request an absentee ballot. Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 2.4 million residents already had requested absentee ballots, more...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US judge blocks Indiana's limits on voting time extensions

Sep. 24, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked a law unique to Indiana that prevents voters from asking courts to extend voting hours beyond the state's 6 p.m. closing time because of Election Day troubles. The judge’s preliminary injunction issued Tuesday blocks a law passed last year by...

Various of groups of pro-democracy activists including Joshua Wong, center, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Prominent activists Jimmy Lai and Joshua Wong were among more than two dozen activists appearing in court after being charged of participating in unlawful assembly. They were charged for joining a vigil last June 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. While the event has been held every year, authorities did not grant permission for the gathering this year citing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly

Sep. 24, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorized assembly last October. Wong tweeted that he was arrested when he reported to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s Central Police Station as part of a...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event in Providence, R.I. Bloomberg has come through on his vow to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump. The former presidential candidate has pledged to spend $100 million in Florida to boost Joe Biden there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Florida seeks investigation on Bloomberg donation on voting

Sep. 23, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general asked state and federal law enforcement on Wednesday to investigate possible election law violations after billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg helped raise more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay their debts so...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 23, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 23 The Guardian on new customs regulations due to Brexit: The prospect of a Brexit-induced queue of 7,000 lorries at Dover, each one requiring a permit to enter the county of Kent, would once have been dismissed by leave campaigners as...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 23, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The Orlando Sentinel on Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to make blocking traffic during a protest a third-degree felony: In 1965, Alabama Gov. George Wallace tried to use traffic problems as a pretext to halt the march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting...

Majority-Black school closer to shedding Confederate name

Sep. 23, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A majority-Black school in Mississippi is one step closer to being renamed for a Black leader or activist rather than a Confederate general. Jackson Public Schools officials said in 2017 that the district would remove the names of Confederate figures from some schools. That included...