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FILE - This Oct. 21, 2020, file photo shows election workers sorting ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Despite massive turnout for early voting, elections are going pretty smoothly in the battleground state of Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona sees massive turnout, smooth process in early voting

Oct. 29, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Even on weekends, there's a constant stream of cars that drive through the downtown Phoenix building where one of Maricopa County's several secure drop boxes allow voters to return their ballots. Some people get out of their cars and take selfies as they're dropping off their ballots. They...

FILE - In this file photo from Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump in Minneapolis. The union that represents Minneapolis police officers is trying to recruit former cops to work as

Bid to recruit ex-cops as poll challengers comes under fire

Oct. 29, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The union that represents Minneapolis police officers is trying to recruit former cops to work as “poll challengers” to work in “problem” areas at the request of an attorney connected to President Donald Trump's campaign, sparking a backlash from city and...

New York Giants' Sterling Shepard (87) catches a touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles' Darius Slay (24) and Rodney McLeod (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Rodney McLeod's voting initiative includes fun events

Oct. 29, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rodney McLeod is bringing a party atmosphere to Election Day. The Philadelphia Eagles’ safety and his wife, Erika, developed a “My Voice My Vote” initiative in partnership with their Change Our Future Foundation to support and encourage civic engagement and voting...

Judge backs Iowa's limits on absentee ballot drop box sites

Oct. 29, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has kept in place guidance from Iowa's secretary of state that county elections commissioners can only set up absentee ballot drop boxes at or outside their offices. Judge William Kelly rejected a request from a Latino civil rights organization and a group aligned with...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 28, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 27 The Los Angeles Times on the Dodgers' World Series win: For the second time in this strange and awful year, Los Angeles has found a reason to cheer. The World Series championship won by the Dodgers on Tuesday night is its first in 32...

Delaware authorities clarify stance on voter intimidation

Oct. 28, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware attorney general’s office has backed away from a suggestion that anyone handing out literature at polling places that accurately cites state law regarding voter fraud could be charged with voter intimidation and has confirmed that Delawareans are not prohibited by...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 28, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: We Believe Reed Has The Best Chance To Represent Our Congressional District The Post Journal Oct. 28 No one should be happy with the ongoing stalemate in Congress over the latest round of COVID-19 relief funding or a host of...

Talu Massey speaks about voting from her home in Detroit, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted prior to Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout. But this is far from the Detroit resident's first election. Very far. She voted for FDR, after all. The 103-year-old is proud of her lengthy voting record, saying it's every citizen's

Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR

Oct. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Talu Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted before Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout. But it's far from the Detroit resident’s first election. Very far. She voted for FDR, after all. The 103-year-old is proud of her lengthy voting record, saying...

Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Oct. 27, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by...

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...