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Postal carrier accused of stealing mail-in ballot in Miami

Oct. 20, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service carrier is accused of stealing a Miami-Dade County mail-in ballot, 10 gift cards and four prepaid debit cards earlier this month, federal authorities said. A federal complaint filed by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said that between Oct. 5 and 16,...

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Vision 2020: Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

Oct. 17, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Postal officials have repeatedly said the agency has more than...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is sworn in before testifying during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday, Oct. 14, to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Postal Service agrees to reverse service changes

Oct. 15, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. The lawsuit filed against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy...

A ballot drop box stands outside the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Tukwila, Wash. Ballots for county residents are being mailed Wednesday. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Report: Social media influencers push voting misinformation

Oct. 13, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Social media influencers, partisan news outlets and even President Donald Trump's son are driving the spread of online misinformation swirling around the U.S. vote, casting doubt on this year’s election and prematurely raising suspicions about the accuracy of its results. Legitimate...

A woman and child walk past Laurae Caruth, right, volunteer with Christian Cultural Center Social Justice Initiative's voter registration drive, as she sits at a table where she registers voters, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Oct. 12, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember — and not just because it yielded a historic result as the nation elected its first Black president. The pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland recalls how, on the last Sunday of early...

Judge blocks order limiting Texas ballot drop-off locations

Oct. 9, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Friday halted Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that shuttered dozens of mail ballot drop-off sites weeks before November’s election, authorizing only one for every county no matter the size. Abbott's order dramatically reduced the number of...

Ann Mintz, 73, and Clifford Wagner, 65, pose for a picture at their home, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Philadelphia. The couple are debating whether to vote by mail or in person on Election Day. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Some worried Democrats have 2nd thoughts on voting by mail

Oct. 8, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Ann Mintz and Clifford Wagner have been struggling with indecision about the election for weeks. Their angst isn't over whom to vote for — the Philadelphia couple are Democrats who support Joe Biden. It's about how, precisely, they should cast their ballots. They voted by mail without hesitation in the...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US court denies bid to force expanded Indiana mail-in voting

Oct. 7, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that aimed to make mail-in ballots available to all Indiana voters for the November election because of the coronavirus pandemic, ruling that the limits included in state law don’t violate voters' constitutional rights. The record...

A sign indicates a drive-through ballot drop off location at the 700 Lavaca Parking Garage in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, shortly after an order was announced by Gov. Greg Abbott restricting such drop off locations. Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Gov. Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots.
The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against Abbott’s order that assigns just one drop-off location in each of Texas' 254 counties and allows poll watchers to observe ballot deliveries.  (Jay Janner)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Groups sue Texas governor to block limits on ballot drops

Oct. 2, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots. The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against...

Signs direct traffic at a drive-through ballot drop off location at the Travis County Tax Office in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020. (Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas governor restricts mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Oct. 1, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday dramatically reduced the state's number of drop-off sites for mail-in ballots, a move the Republican said was needed to ensure election security, while Democrats quickly blasted it as a naked effort to suppress voters. Abbott's order limits drop-offs...