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FILE - In this May 12, 2020, file photo, Arjan Walia votes during a special election in Santa Clarita, Calif. California will establish hundreds of in-person voting places across the state for the November election, even in a year when every registered voter will be sent a mail-in ballot because of health concerns over the coronavirus. Counties must have at least one voting location per 10,000 registered voters. Statewide mail-in voting has been criticized by national Republicans as a possible pathway to large-scale voter fraud. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California sets in-person voting rules under virus threat

Jun. 3, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will establish hundreds of locations around the state where voters can cast ballots in-person, a month after he decided to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election. The decision is an effort by the...

FILE - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, attorney Harmeet Dhillon speaks during a news conference in San Francisco. The lawyer leading the fight against California's stay-at-home orders has a long history of taking on free speech and civil rights cases. Dhillon has filed more than a dozen lawsuits challenging pieces of Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

GOP lawyer fights California governor on stay-at-home orders

May. 29, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Long before Harmeet Dhillon became the leader of the legal fight against California's stay-at-home order, she was a new elementary school student in North Carolina uncomfortable because she didn't know the Christian prayer her classmates recited every morning. She told her...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump threatens funds for states easing voting in pandemic

May. 21, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. He backed away from that threat but stuck with his unsupported claim that widespread voting by...

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2016, file photo shows mail-in ballots being sorted at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters in San Jose, Calif. Facing an array of unknowns from the coronavirus crisis, California will send every voter a mail-in ballot for the November presidential election, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Locked-down California sends mail-in ballots to every voter

May. 8, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Setting up a potential legal showdown over California's presidential election, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the state will send every voter a mail-in ballot for the November contest, a move criticized by national Republicans as a pathway to possible large-scale abuse. With the...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020 file photo, 25th District congressional candidate and former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia greets supporters in Simi Valley, Calif. The fight for an open U.S. House seat in a swing district north of Los Angeles provides Republicans with a rare opportunity to gain ground in heavily Democratic California, and the outcome could send a message about where voters place their trust during the coronavirus crisis. The toss-up contest between Republican Garcia and Democrat Christy Smith will inevitably be seen as a proxy vote on President Donald Trump’s leadership during the crisis. (AP Photo/Michael Blood,File)

Virus clouds fight for vacant US House seat in California

Apr. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fight for an open U.S. House seat in a swing district north of Los Angeles provides Republicans with a rare opportunity to gain ground in heavily Democratic California, and the outcome could send a message about where voters place their trust during the coronavirus crisis. The voting...