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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, left, attends a House session, in Nashville, Tenn. Hargett, who had previously argued the original 2019 voter registration law would bolster election security, is submitting a separate bill in 2020 that will criminalize “intentional dissemination of misinformation” surrounding the qualifications to vote, voter registration requirements, voter eligibility and polling dates, times and locations. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Judge: Tennessee must allow vote by mail for all amid virus

Jun. 4, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state's limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

GOP House race drags on after vote-counting board walks out

Jun. 4, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary remained undecided on Thursday as local election regulators in northern New mexico tallied a deluge of absentee ballots. Vote tabulation stretched into a third day in Santa Fe County, as three Republicans competed for the 3rd Congressional District...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper didn't appear at a Colorado Independent Ethics Commission hearing Thursday, June 4, 2020, defying a commission subpoena and a court order that he participate as it considers a Republican complaint that trips he took on private planes while Colorado's governor violated the state's gift ban. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former Colorado governor held in contempt by ethics panel

Jun. 4, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission held former Gov. John Hickenlooper in contempt Thursday for defying orders to appear at a hearing on a Republican complaint that private plane trips he took while governor violated the state's gift ban. The commission had subpoenaed Hickenlooper to...

A voter cast her mail-in ballot at in a drop box in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Vote counting drags through 3rd day after state primary

Jun. 4, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting an avalanche of 1.4 million mail-in votes dragged through a third day in Pennsylvania on Thursday as some races from Tuesday’s primary remained too close to call. Some counties had yet to report any mail-in ballot count, while others had reported a fraction of theirs....

FILE - In this May 17, 2014 file photo Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga, and candidate for US Senate talks to voters during the

Ideals versus effectiveness in 9th District GOP contest

Jun. 4, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — All the Republicans running in Georgia's 9th Congressional District are pro-Trump, pro-gun and anti-abortion. That's where the work begins to tell them apart. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' decision to run for U.S. Senate in January set off a scramble to succeed him in one of the nation's most...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins reacts during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Atlanta. In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November. The school said Thursday, June 4, 2020, that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on the Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot. Geoff Collins was one of the first Power Five football coaches to express his support for those protesting the treatment of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jon Barash, File)

Georgia Tech athletes get day off to vote on Election Day

Jun. 4, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November. The school said Thursday that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot....

Court continues halt on expanding mail voting in Texas

Jun. 4, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday continued to keep on hold any expansion of mail voting in Texas, where President Donald Trump has cheered on a fight against relaxing balloting rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is...

North Dakota ordered to notify voters of signature problems

Jun. 4, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota election officials are working to comply with a federal judge’s order forcing the state to notify and provide a remedy for voters whose mail-in ballots are rejected due to signature discrepancies. U.S. District Judge Peter Welte’s ruling late Wednesday comes...

Indiana Democratic chairman fails in state Senate bid

Jun. 4, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington-area voters overwhelmingly picked a former congressional candidate over the Indiana Democratic Party chairman for a state Senate seat nomination. Unofficial returns released from Tuesday’s primary election show Shelli Yoder received 80% of the vote in the...

Maryland lawmakers call for review of election problems

Jun. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation on Thursday called for a review of problems that occurred in this week's primary election. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined seven of the state’s eight U.S. House members in calling for the review of...