Latest Absentee voting News

Court to hear challenge to Minnesota mailed ballot extension

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday was set to hear a challenge to Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots after Election Day, which the Republican plaintiffs argue could lead to thousands of votes received after Nov. 3 being disqualified and the election being...

People wait in line at an early voting site in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. New Yorkers lined up to vote early for a fourth consecutive day Tuesday after a weekend that saw a crush of more than 400,000 voters statewide. The unofficial tally shows about 194,000 voters this weekend in New York City, where some people waited an hour or more in lines that stretched for several blocks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Deadline approaching for absentee ballot requests in NY

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers streamed into early voting locations for the fourth straight day Tuesday, also the last day to request an absentee ballot. State election officials said over 710,000 New Yorkers have voted at in-person polling stations Saturday through Monday, including nearly 400,000 in New...

A local resident arrives to cast her ballot during early voting for the general election, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa elections officials concerned over surge in virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Elections officials in Iowa are worried about the state's rising number of coronavirus cases, saying that any illnesses or absences among key workers and volunteers could hinder their services through Election Day. A week before the election, Iowa is reporting a new high 7-day...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Debra Hubbard jumps after voting on the first day of early voting inside the Vote Center at Staples Center sports and entertainment arena in Los Angeles. Tens of millions of Americans already cast ballots in the 2020 election amid record-breaking early voting during the coronavirus pandemic. But for some voters in a handful of states, casting an early ballot in-person isn't even an option. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees voting chaos that does not exist

Oct. 27, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeing chaos where others don't, President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that voting by mail is proving to be rife with problems across the country. For the most part, the surge in early votes has been managed smoothly. Trump also made the impossible demand that all votes be counted...

Virginia Democrats sue for list of voters with ballot errors

Oct. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats are suing Richmond's top elections official to get a list of absentee voters whose ballots contain errors that need to be corrected in order for them to be counted in the Nov. 3 election. In a lawsuit filed late Monday in Richmond City Circuit Court, the Democratic...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, voters wait in line to enter the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, in Annapolis, Md., on the first day of in-person early voting in the state. Tens of millions of Americans already cast ballots in the 2020 election amid record-breaking early voting during the coronavirus pandemic. But for some voters in a handful of states, casting an early ballot in-person isn't even an option. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Voters in some states unable to cast early ballots in person

Oct. 27, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — With coronavirus cases spreading rapidly across her state, Samantha Allen laments that Missouri does not allow voters to cast their ballots in person before Election Day. More than 21 million voters across the U.S. have taken advantage of early in-person voting amid record-breaking...

Many NH voters relying on absentee ballots amid pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As Election Day approaches, many New Hampshire voters have taken advantage of the state's absentee ballot law, which was expanded to allow for concerns about the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, more than 225,000 absentee ballots were requested statewide. Of that, over 181,575 ballots have...

A man drops off his ballot for the 2020 General Election in the United States outside the Chester County Government Services Center, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

More than 3M in Pennsylvania apply for mail-in ballots

Oct. 27, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A week ahead of the Nov. 3 election, applications in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania for mail-in or absentee ballots have exceeded 3 million, with Tuesday the last day to request one. State data shows that, of those applications, more than 57% have been returned...

A sign for a tribal council candidate on the Rosebud Indian Reservation is shown on Aug. 6, 2020. An Associated Press analysis in Democratic primaries in South Dakota showed that turnout was 10% lower among voters who lived in counties with a majority American Indian population and at least 95% of the county on reservation land. Voter advocates say that long trips to access polling places and the fact that some people lack reliable transportation has led to low voter turnout. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Voting by mail isn't so easy on Native American reservations

Oct. 27, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

MISSION, S.D. (AP) — The small, brick post office in Mission, South Dakota, sees steady business most days as people wait outside to allow one family at a time to check for mail at one of just four such depots scattered across the Rosebud Indian Reservation. With limited polling places on a reservation...