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GOP campaigns asks that late absentee ballots be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The campaigns for President Donald Trump and Republican state legislative candidates are petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to separate all mailed ballots received after Election Day in case of legal challenges to their validity. The petition filed Wednesday is the latest challenge...

A voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out the vote

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, five days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Florida and North Carolina; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be in...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans want a state judge to stop the counting of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that

Nevada judge to decide GOP bid to stop Vegas ballot counting

Oct. 28, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada state judge said Wednesday he’ll decide “soon” whether county election officials can continue to process mail-in ballots and use a computer to verify voter signatures in the Las Vegas area. With nearly 270,000 mailed ballots already received in the...

Early voters form a long line while waiting to cast their ballots at the South Regional Library polling location in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Some waited almost 3 hours to vote. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

Oct. 28, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day. The justices, by a 5-3 vote Wednesday, refused to disturb a decision by the State Board of Elections to lengthen the period from three to nine days because of the...

As virus surges in Wisconsin, GOP leader open to more aid

Oct. 28, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Coronavirus cases that hit record highs this week in Wisconsin continued to soar on Wednesday, and a Republican legislative leader said he was open to approving more aid to combat the virus in the face of a new poll that shows sinking approval ratings for lawmakers less than a week...

Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvanians urged to drop off mail-in ballots in person

Oct. 28, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With six days until Election Day, Pennsylvania's top elections official on Wednesday urged voters in the presidential battleground state who have one of the roughly 1 million mail-in ballots outstanding to drop it off in person rather than mail it. In addition to concerns over...

Judge: Virginia can't count some ballots without postmarks

Oct. 28, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that Virginia elections officials cannot count absentee ballots with missing postmarks unless they can confirm the date of mailing through a barcode, granting part of an injunction requested by a conservative legal group. The Public Interest Legal Foundation...

Michael Imms, with Chester County Voter Services, gathers mail-in ballots after being sorted for the 2020 General Election in the United States, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

Oct. 28, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclear whether those ballots will ultimately...

Ronnie Pollard, a former lieutenant with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, explains why he is in support of Initiative 65, a strictly regulated medical marijuana program, that is on the general election ballot this November, during a Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2020 news conference in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi marijuana ballot dispute: No ruling before vote

Oct. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will wait until after next week's election to consider whether a medical marijuana initiative got onto the ballot through proper procedures. Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed a one-page order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson a Nov. 6...

Noem names Myren as next South Dakota Supreme Court pick

Oct. 28, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday announced she will appoint Scott P. Myren to the state's Supreme Court. Myren will take Chief Justice David Gilbertson's spot on the court after he retires in January. “Judge Myren is a highly-qualified, senior jurist who respects...