Latest Voting News

Deadline passes for requesting absentee ballots in Maine

Oct. 31, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline has now passed to request an absentee ballot in Maine, unless extenuating circumstances are shown. All told, nearly 480,000 Mainers had voted by absentee ballot either in person or returned through the mail as of Friday. Friday was also the last day to cast an early...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP PHOTOS: Race enters final weekend before Election Day

Oct. 31, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

Election Day is Nov. 3, but the nation has been teeming with voting activity for weeks as the 2020 campaign barrels down the home stretch. With coronavirus cases spiking in most of the country, millions of Americans are mailing in ballots or lining up at socially distanced intervals at early voting stations to...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, to travel to Flint, Mich. to campaign with former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan's Black voters

Oct. 31, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Penn. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters, whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat Donald Trump. The Democratic nominee was to team up Saturday with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through...

President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally at Keith House, Washington's Headquarters, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Newtown, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump baselessly cites fraud in virus toll

Oct. 31, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The actual crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and a manufactured crisis over voting fraud featured heavily in President Donald Trump’s misstatements during the 2020 campaign’s final week. Democrat Joe Biden went astray on trade as he assailed the president’s record on...

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre marquee indicates that the theater is a voting location, in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. California mailed ballots to all active registered voters this year, and more than 8.7 million have already been returned. That's nearly 60% of all votes cast in the 2016 presidential election in California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Amid pandemic, in-person voting underway in California

Oct. 31, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In-person voting started for most California counties this weekend as local election officials — many for the first time — opened polling places days early in hopes of avoiding crushing crowds on Election Day. More than 22 million people are registered to vote in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

4 dozen undelivered ballots found at Florida post office

Oct. 31, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Postal and law enforcement officials are investigating after four dozen mail-in ballots were found undelivered at a post office in Florida. U.S. Postal Service Office investigators said Saturday they found six completed ballots and 42 blank ballots among piles of undelivered mail in...

A pedestrian passes by a mural encouraging people to in Washington state to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in downtown Seattle. A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Majority of Washington voters have already returned ballots

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots in an election where they’ll weigh in on scores of federal and state races ranging from president to governor to local legislative districts. Nearly 65 % of the state’s more than 4.8 million...

Voters line up to vote at the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis as early voting began for county residents. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota ballot tracking website restored after going down

Oct. 31, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A website that Minnesotans can use to track their absentee ballots went down for more than an hour Saturday morning, along with other parts of the state’s online voter registration system, with just three days to go until the Nov. 3 election. The problem was an apparent hardware...

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, R-S.C., talks with state Reps. Chris Wooten, left, and Micah Caskey, right, at a get-out-the-vote event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC Republicans face well-funded Democrats in US House races

Oct. 31, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's $175 million U.S. Senate race has received much of the attention this election cycle, but every incumbent in the state trying to return to Congress has a major party challenger in 2020. The most expensive and most watched U.S. House race involves Democrat U.S. Rep....