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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds up his face mask as he speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic

Oct. 26, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden zeroed in on the critical battleground of Pennsylvania on Monday, demonstrating starkly different approaches to rallying voters just eight days before polls close during the worst public health crisis in a century. Trump drew...

Guinean President Alpha Conde casts his ballot in Conakry, Guinea, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. Guinean President Alpha Conde is seeking to extend his decade in power, facing off against his longtime rival Cellou Dalein Diallo for the third time at the polls. (AP Photo/Sadak Souici)

Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

Oct. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the vote, setting the stage for potential clashes with the opposition whose candidate claimed victory days ago. The opposition quickly announced it would contest the...

This absentee ballot for the 2020 Maine general election, photographed on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Falmouth, Maine, shows how Maine voters are allowed to rank presidential and senate candidates in order of ranked choice preference. It is the first time a ranked voting system is being used for a presidential race. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

Maine's historic ranked vote could play big role in election

Oct. 24, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The presence of ranked choice voting on the ballot in Maine is a new wrinkle in a state famous for its own Yankee brand of political independence, and could play a role in deciding the presidency. Voters in the state approved the adoption of ranked choice voting in a 2016 referendum...

FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, Catalan regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, centre, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain. A Madrid court on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020 acquitted Trapero and the heads of Catalonia's regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region's 2017 secession attempt. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Spain court acquits Catalan police for role in secession bid

Oct. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court on Wednesday acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt. Spain’s National Court ruled in a 2-1...

Voters to decide whether to relocate Confederate monument

Oct. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Voters will have a voice is deciding whether to relocate a Confederate monument that's outside the Forrest County courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports the referendum was placed on the Nov. 3 ballot after the Forrest County Board of Supervisors couldn't agree on what to do...

Churches pay for billboards to oppose Virginia casino

Oct. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — A coalition of churches is paying for billboards with messages designed to influence voters to reject a $400 million casino proposed to be built at a vacant mall in Virginia. Messages written in bold black letters are splashed across bright yellow billboards in Bristol, urging...

City officials against social ballot referendums in Portland

Oct. 17, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’s no backing from most elected officials in Portland City Hall for a series for referendums on minimum wage, affordable housing, construction practices, rent control and short-term rentals. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and seven members of the City Council all have come...

A cyclist rides past a sign in support of making marijuana legal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. New Zealanders are poised to decide on two crucial social issues during an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

Oct. 15, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she walks from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where she unveiled a memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the March 15, 2019 Christchurch terror attack.  Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in a general election scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand election: Ardern vs. conservative challenger

Oct. 15, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is holding a general election on Saturday, and opinion polls indicate Jacinda Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister. Her popularity soared this year after she led an effort to stamp out the coronavirus. New Zealanders will also vote on whether...