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FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Congressman urges New Mexico to extend mail-in vote deadline

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Wednesday urged New Mexico´s top election regulator to provide more time for people to submit absentee ballots by mail in the state's June 2 primary even though state law may not allow it. Lujan requested Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...

Montana court rules ballots must be received by Election Day

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters must have their primary ballots in to their county election offices by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order for them to be counted, the Montana Supreme Court said Wednesday. The justices blocked an order issued by a Billings judge last week that said ballots would be counted as long...

A worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Doylestown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Will mail-in voting turn Election Day into Election Week?

May. 27, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results. State election officials in some key...

Fulton elections chief says ballot application backlog clear

May. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials in Georgia's most populous county say they've cleared a backlog of absentee ballot applications and are now processing ballot applications as they come in. Fulton County is up to date on its processing of absentee ballot applications received by mail, email and fax,...

Vermont National Guard Sgt. Michael Menard grabs boxes of food and loads them onto people's vehicles at a Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution site at Brattleboro Union High School, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont gov says to prepare for mail-in voting, decide later

May. 27, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is in favor of preparing to hold the November election by mail, but he wants to wait until later in the year to determine if it's needed. Speaking at his regular COVID-19 news conference, Scott said he is not opposed philosophically to voting-by-mail...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror

Kentucky election laws draw court challenge amid virus

May. 27, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new law requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID to vote drew a court challenge Wednesday from groups seeking widespread use of mail-in absentee ballots for the fall election, eager to protect voters fearful of coronavirus spread. The groups argued in a...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Republicans Tried to Suppress the Vote in Florida. And Failed. The New York Times May 26 Who gets to cast a ballot in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, could well determine who will be the next leader of the...

Bill seeks easier N.C. ballot access in fall during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges. The measure that cleared two House committees on...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ May 26 The Post and Courier on absentee mail-in ballots requiring a witness signature: The Legislature removed South Carolina’s biggest impediment to voting amid the pandemic when it passed a law this month to let all registered voters cast absentee...

In this May 20, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is at a crossroads in the Covid-19 crisis. Lawmakers are wrestling over whether to “go big” as Pelosi wants for the next relief bill or hit “pause” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

May. 27, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a day that's shaping up as one for the history books: For the first time, House lawmakers intend to vote by proxy, a move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the majority party...