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Bill seeks easier N.C. ballot access in fall during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges. The measure that cleared two House committees on...

FILE - This Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, file photo shows Dr. Ron Stollings, a West Virginia state senator, as he stands in the gallery of the state Senate chambers, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Stollings is participating in a Democratic debate in Bridgeport on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia Democrats face off in debate for governor

May. 19, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ron Stollings doesn't think West Virginia is that into socialism or soccer fields. The Democratic candidate for governor took aim at primary opponents Stephen Smith and Ben Salango in the final minutes of a gubernatorial debate Tuesday night as he emphasized a long career of...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP House hopefuls in New Mexico tout Trump love in debates

May. 15, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Republican candidates in a crucial U.S. House race in southern New Mexico are touting in recent debates their love of President Donald Trump and popular Republican themes around gun rights, oil consumption and building a border wall. But little else. Three GOP hopefuls vying to...

Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, center, wearing masks, pray at the monument to the late President Lech Kaczynski, the party leader's twin, killed with 95 others in a plane crash April 10, 2010 in Russia, in Warsaw, Poland Sunday, May 10, 2020. Poland was to hold presidential election Sunday but the anti-coronavirus lockdown and political infighting made it impossible and there is no voting. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's presidential election to be held within 74 days

May. 10, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top electoral body gave the speaker of parliament 14 days to set a new date for presidential elections that were to have been held Sunday but were suspended amid debate over how voting could be done during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The election must be held within 60...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., about a GOP challenge to the way the state is counting absentee ballots. Three Republican hopefuls seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

GOP hopeful in crucial US House race skips 1st radio debate

May. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The first major debate among GOP hopefuls in a crucial U.S. House race in New Mexico had a noticeable absence — a Republican who skipped debates in 2018 and lost the seat. Former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell declined Thursday to participate in the debate with two of her...

Vice President Mike Pence, center, visits Dennis Nelson, a patient who survived the coronavirus and was going to give blood, during a tour of the Mayo Clinic Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Rochester, Minn., as he toured the facilities supporting COVID-19 research and treatment. Pence chose not to wear a face mask while touring the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. It's an apparent violation of the world-renowned medical center's policy requiring them. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Face masks make a political statement in era of coronavirus

May. 7, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decision to wear a mask in public is becoming a political statement — a moment to pick sides in a brewing culture war over containing the coronavirus. While not yet as loaded as a “Make America Great Again” hat, the mask is increasingly a visual shorthand for the...

Leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus, sits in parliament in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, ahead of the debate on the postal presidential election that is scheduled for Sunday The ruling party wants the election in May, the Senate is calling for a state of natural disaster that would allow for postponement by three months. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish ruling coalition postpones Sunday presidential vote

May. 6, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader and a partner in the governing coalition announced an agreement late Wednesday to postpone Sunday's presidential election, saying a new date will be chosen later. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling Law and Justice party, and Jaroslaw Gowin, leader of a...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo wearing gloves, a King County Election worker collect ballots from a drop box in the Washington State primary in Seattle. Washington is a vote by mail state. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Democrats are now much more likely than Republicans to support their state conducting elections exclusively by mail, 47% to 29%. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation

May. 5, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a pandemic is provoking online disinformation and conspiracy theories that could undermine trust in the results, even if there are no major problems. With social distancing...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democrat and former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson poses for a photo in Columbus, Ga. Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff and Tomlinson, two of the top Georgia Democrats vying to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November, took hard swipes at each other during a virtual debate Sunday, May 3, 2020, as criticism of the official response to the coronavirus took center stage. (Mike Haskey/Ledger-Enquirer via AP, File)

Top Georgia Democrats running for US Senate spar in debate

May. 3, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the top Georgia Democrats vying to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November took hard swipes at each other during a virtual debate Sunday as criticism of the official response to the coronavirus took center stage. Former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson took an opening shot...

Gianforte, Fox clash as Republican governor's race heats up

May. 3, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Republican primary for governor is getting increasingly acrimonious as Attorney General Tim Fox steps up his attacks on Rep. Greg Gianforte for avoiding public appearances and sinking more than $1 million of his own money into the campaign. Gianforte, the presumed...