Latest Absentee voting News

Officials to use NBA arena in Memphis for ballot counting

Sep. 30, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Election officials plan to use the FedExForum sports arena in Memphis, Tennessee, to count absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election. The NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, which play their home games at the arena, released a statement Saturday saying that the Shelby County Election...

FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows U.S. District Judge William Conley at the U.S. Courthouse in Madison, Wis. A federal appeals court on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Sept. 21 that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count as long as they're postmarked by Election Day. Sunday’s action puts Conley’s order on hold until the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court issues any further action. (Mike DeVries/The Capital Times via AP, File)

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

Sep. 29, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in November. The decision, if it stands, means that...

This Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 photo, shows a section of an absentee ballot marked

Error leaves thousands in NYC with flawed absentee ballots

Sep. 29, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mail-in voting has gotten off to a rocky start in New York City, where election officials sent out nearly 100,000 absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses printed on the return envelopes. The deluge of faulty ballots, sent to voters across Brooklyn, could result in ballots being...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. The arguments Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, come just five weeks before the election in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin justices weigh removal of 130K from voter rolls

Sep. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court weighed Tuesday whether to go along with conservatives who argue that 130,000 voters should be removed from the rolls in the hotly contested presidential battleground state, while the Democratic attorney general defended not purging them. The Wisconsin case...

Another GOP challenge tries to block absentee ballot order

Sep. 29, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Democratic secretary of state was sued Tuesday by her two Republican predecessors after failing to challenge a major court decision that orders the state to count absentee ballots days after the Nov. 3 election. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in western Michigan, is the...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...

Secretary of state: Later ballot deadline could be confusing

Sep. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The secretary of state wants the Montana Supreme Court to block a judge's ruling that extends the deadline for county election offices to accept 2020 general election ballots returned by mail, saying the ruling disrupts long-standing deadlines, could confuse voters "and may cause...

Daniel Turner, a 59-year-old construction contractor, stands by a U.S. flag as he poses for a portrait, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Turner had high hopes that Donald Trump’s outsider status would help him cut through the bureaucracy in Washington. Then, the 2017 Charlottesville protest happened, with members of the alt right marching while a woman was killed. “I probably say that the tipping point was definitely when he claimed there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. I just don’t know any good Nazis.” (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Election 2020 Today: Debate stakes high, Trump's tax bind

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Election 2020, 35 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: DEBATE STAKES: The first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger,...

Virginia GOP says confusion remains on absentee ballot rule

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican Party of Virginia says state elections officials have created confusion among voters ahead of the November election by failing to make it clear that a witness signature requirement for absentee voters has been waived. The GOP argues in a motion filed in federal court...

Sixth Judicial District Judge Lars Anderson speaks during a hearing at the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018. In an opinion released Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, Anderson is refusing to block a Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won't be fulfilled. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette via AP)

Judge upholds GOP law making absentee voting harder in Iowa

Sep. 29, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge is refusing to block a new Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won't be fulfilled. In an opinion dated Friday and released Monday, Judge Lars Anderson rejected...