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GOP Arkansas candidate faces criticism over Klan costume

Oct. 30, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Arkansas Senate who dressed up like a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a Halloween event when he was in high school is facing criticism from former classmates and advocacy groups. Charles Beckham III is challenging state Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia,...

Enrique Balcazar, of Migrant Justice, an advocacy group representing immigrant farmworkers in Vermont, speaks to a crowd outside the federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreed not to deport Balcazar or two other activists in a settlement of the activists' lawsuit accusing the federal government of targeting them in retaliation for their activism. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont

Oct. 28, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The federal government has agreed not to deport three immigrant activists in Vermont who sued two years ago after they were arrested, saying they were targeted in retaliation for their activism, according to the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Vermont. As part...

FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Lawsuit says census takers were pressured to falsify data

Oct. 28, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau was able to claim it had reached 99.9% of households when the 2020 census ended two weeks ago because census takers were pressured to falsify data as the statistical agency cut corners and slashed standards, according to an amended lawsuit from advocacy groups and local governments. In...

Texas council outlaws social worker bias against clients

Oct. 27, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas council on Tuesday rescinded action that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients on the basis of their disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. By a unanimous vote, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council restored protections of those clients who...

In this file photo taken on Monday, March 9, 2020, Speaker of the House Todd Huston, R-Fishers, speaks with the media after being sworn in at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Huston is trying to hold onto his suburban Indianapolis district that’s shifted away from reliably Republican as he faces his first election since March, when he took over the powerful position that controls much of the General Assembly’s action. He faces Democratic challenger Aimee Rivera Cole, who received 46% of the vote against Huston two years ago. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

New in power, Indiana House leader faces tough election race

Oct. 27, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big money has been pouring in for a closing days rush to protect the legislative seat for one of the top Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse. Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston is trying to hold onto his suburban Indianapolis district that’s shifted away from reliably Republican...

U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham departs a census news conference to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade population count Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats and result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

After high court ruling, DOJ wants census challenges stopped

Oct. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

Now that the Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to end the 2020 census count, the courts should not interfere with efforts to meet a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats by state, Department of Justice attorneys said recently in court papers. All...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., not pictured, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors

Oct. 27, 2020 3:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is the culmination of a decadeslong coordinated effort by a constellation of conservative groups, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from wealthy anonymous donors, to tilt the high court farther to the right. At the forefront...

Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Secretary of State Frank Larose speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against LaRose on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in an attempt to force an expansion of ballot dropboxes ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Dispute over Ohio drop box limit ends as advocates drop suit

Oct. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of voter advocacy groups dropped a lawsuit Friday against Ohio's strict rule limiting ballot drop boxes to one location per county, a coup for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in a key battleground state less than two weeks before the election. The A. Philip...

States allowing voters to track ballots online and those that must notify voters of signature problems on absentee ballots.;

Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot?

Oct. 23, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — IF A BALLOT IS TOSSED BECAUSE OF SOME ISSUE — MAYBE A MISSING SIGNATURE OR IT GOT DAMAGED — WILL THE VOTER BE NOTIFIED THAT THE BALLOT HAS BEEN INVALIDATED? AND CAN THE VOTER CAST A NEW BALLOT? This is a tough one because the rules vary from state to state. The National...