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Katrina McKelvin of New London, Conn. on Aug. 6, 2020 deposits her absentee ballot for the Aug. 11 primary in a special box that has been set up outside the New London City Hall. The state of Connecticut used federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase the boxes for each city and town so voters can drop off their ballots instead of having to go personally to the polls.  (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Connecticut primary seen as Election Day rehearsal

Aug. 9, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters will rubber-stamp the presidential nominees and decide a number of down-ballot races Tuesday, but the result everyone will be watching for is how the primary itself comes off. Local election officials will have to count an unusually large number of absentee...

JFK Library Foundation podcast examines 1960 election

Aug. 9, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is launching a new podcast that looks at the 1960 presidential election and the way it continues to influence presidential campaigns to this day. The eight-part audio documentary called “60/20: The Election of 1960 and Its Echoes Today" premieres...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 8, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders...

Adkins will take COVID test after supporter tests positive

Aug. 8, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Amanda Adkins, the new Republican nominee in Kansas' 3rd District, will be tested for the coronavirus after a supporter who attended a campaign party tested positive for COVID-19, the campaign announced. The campaign was informed of the positive test on Friday. The supporter...

Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Never in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states

Aug. 8, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Brace yourself for what’s expected to be the first U.S. presidential election conducted mostly by mail. It could be messy. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant way seems like a no-brainer. States have made the option widely available --...

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a photograph in his office as he is running for the position of Maricopa County Sheriff again, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Arpaio is trying to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years, in what Arpaio acknowledges could be his last political race. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Joe Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in 2nd failed comeback bid

Aug. 7, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to...

Court rules in lawsuit challenging voter guide statement

Aug. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled against state schools chief Chris Reykdal, who sued his reelection opponent, Maia Espinoza, for defamation. The Seattle Times reports that in her official voter guide statement, Espinoza claimed Reykdal championed a policy that taught sex positions to fourth...

State Rep. Beth Doglio secures second place in 10th CD race

Aug. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two women, both Democrats, have advanced to the general election in the the race for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Democratic state Rep. Beth Doglio secured the second spot on the November ballot Friday, with more than 14% of the vote. Former Tacoma mayor Marilyn...

Maryland elections board votes for fewer polling locations

Aug. 7, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s state elections board voted Friday to significantly reduce the number of places where voters can cast ballots on Election Day in November, a proposal aimed at accommodating a shortage of poll workers while avoiding voter confusion and crowded precincts during the...

$20M in paid COVID-19 leave for Arkansas teachers proposed

Aug. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and education officials on Friday proposed setting aside $20 million for teachers who have to miss work because of the coronavirus as the state reported one of its biggest increases in confirmed virus cases since the pandemic began. Hutchinson proposed...