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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wears a mask before talking about voting and the upcoming elections in Detroit. Benson said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that the 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than use the mail with two weeks to go until the presidential election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Michigan election head: Drop off absentee ballot, don't mail

Oct. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top elections official said Tuesday that the presidential battleground state's 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in-hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than risk sending them by mail with two weeks to go until...

Voters participating in the first day of Wisconsin's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election wait in line outside the city's City-County Building in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin voters line up to cast early in-person ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters across Wisconsin lined up Tuesday to cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state, marking the beginning of the final push to Election Day in two weeks. Locations and times to vote Tuesday varied across the state, but lines...

Wisconsin officials worried about confusion from vote count

Oct. 20, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Confusion could reign in Wisconsin on Election Day when posted results from the closely watched battleground state appear to be complete but don't include thousands of absentee ballots still being counted, members of the state's bipartisan elections commission said Tuesday. The...

Mississippi expands curbside voting, sets absentee 'cure'

Oct. 20, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is expanding access to curbside voting for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and setting a new process to let voters correct, or “cure,” minor discrepancies with signatures on absentee ballots. The changes are being made after voting-rights groups sued the...

Wisconsin elections panel doesn't want delay in vote count

Oct. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission wants a judge to allow officials in a northeastern county near Green Bay to use markers to fill in a ballot misprint so that the ballots can be processed more quickly through counting machines. The commission opposed giving Outagamie County more time...

Court keeps Tennessee 1st time voter change pending appeal

Oct. 20, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-time voters in Tennessee won't have to appear in person to vote while a court appeal proceeds, as the Oct. 27 deadline to request an absentee ballot approaches. In a 3-0 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Monday declined the state’s request to...

Nevada's early voting numbers suggest shift to mail votes

Oct. 19, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With more than two weeks until the election, more than twice as many Nevada voters have returned ballots by mail than in the entire 2016 election. Nearly 176,000 voters have returned ballots mailed to them in early October, election officials reported Monday. In 2016, less than...

Group offers churches $6-a-ballot to help people vote early

Oct. 19, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group’s offer to pay churches $6 for every person they help to vote early this year does not violate any law although it might not be the “best practice” for getting out votes, Alabama's elections chief said Monday. The “New South Souls to the Polls...

In this Oct. 13, 2020, photo, an envelope of a Pennsylvania official mail-in ballot for the 2020 general election in Marple Township, Pa. The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 on Oct. 19, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they don't have a clear postmark. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

Oct. 19, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election, rejecting a Republican plea in the presidential battleground state. The justices divided 4-4 on Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that...

Voters stand in line Monday Oct. 19, 2020 at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock, Ark.,  as they wait to vote on the first day of early voting. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Early voting begins in Arkansas for November election

Oct. 19, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Early voting began Monday in Arkansas for the November general election, and lines were reported at several locations around the state. Secretary of State John Thurston hasn't predicted how many of the state's 1.8 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year's...