Latest Local elections News

Connecticut House votes to give more time to process ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday to give local election officials some extra time to begin processing the large numbers of absentee ballots that are expected to be filed for the Nov. 3 general election. The legislation, which cleared the House of Representatives on a 139-5 vote,...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, volunteers sort mail-in ballots on Primary Day, in Glastonbury, Conn. Town and city clerks across Connecticut have been enlisting volunteers, hiring extra staff and paying overtime to workers to process an unprecedented number of requests for absentee election ballots. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Connecticut clerks enlist help with ballot application surge

Sep. 30, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

Town and city clerks across Connecticut have been enlisting volunteers, hiring extra staff and paying overtime to workers to process an unprecedented number of requests for absentee election ballots. In East Hartford alone, where records show 858 absentee ballots were submitted in the 2016 presidential election,...

Applications for mail-in ballots are seen at a satellite election office at Temple University's Liacouras Center, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trump campaign threatens to sue over Philly election offices

Sep. 30, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign threatened a lawsuit Wednesday if it does not gain access for its campaign employees to observe activity inside newly opened satellite election offices in Philadelphia, where people can register to vote, apply for mail-in ballots and fill them out. A...

Judge grants extension in Wyoming sheriff appointment

Sep. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has granted a request to extend a deadline to replace a Wyoming sheriff. A deadline this Thursday to replace Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley was too soon after the county commission accepted O'Malley's resignation Sept. 15 to properly vet candidates to take his place...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. Democrats and Republicans are involved in hundreds of lawsuits across the country relating to the upcoming election. The lawsuits concern the core fundamentals of the American voting process, including how ballots are cast and counted.(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

Sep. 30, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, fans watch the racing sausages during a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants in Milwaukee. The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Andrew Hitt, is warning Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in the days leading up to the election. Milwaukee plans to allow for in-person absentee voting at Miller Park and Fiserv Forum between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Republicans don't want Bucks, Brewers at early voting sites

Sep. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump greets Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, at the podium at the Governors' Ball in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, has rejected an effort by the campaign of President Donald Trump and Republican groups to block Montana counties from holding mostly-by-mail elections this November, saying the campaign's claim that the election may fall prey to widespread voter fraud is

Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Judge tells Indiana to count ballots mailed by Election Day

Sep. 30, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Indiana law cannot dismiss mail-in ballots that don't arrive at county election offices by noon on Election Day. The decision issued late Tuesday orders state election officials to count mail-in ballots if they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and...

FILE - in this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, Democratic congressional candidate Kathy Boockvar steps out of the voting booth with her daughter, Colette, after casting her vote on Election Day at the Pine Run Community in Doylestown, Pa. Boockvar, Pennsylvania's Secretary of State, said Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, it appears that the nine military ballots thrown out by an election office worker in Wilkes-Barre was a mistake and not

9 discarded ballots weren't fraud, state election chief says

Sep. 30, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It appears that an election worker’s decision to throw out nine military ballots in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, amounted to a mistake and not “intentional fraud,” the state’s top elections official said Wednesday. Workers in the elections office in Luzerne...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 30, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: The county Election Bureau needs fixing and quickly The Citizens' Voice Sept. 26 Luzerne County is taking an unfortunate turn in the national spotlight after a joint federal/county investigation found at least seven...