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Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, before leaving for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Ohio for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

Sep. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House as the conservative jurist emerged as a favorite to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the start of a monumental Senate confirmation fight over objections from Democrats it’s...

Nevada governor won't punish county that held Trump rally

Sep. 21, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday that he does not plan to take back the $8.9 million in coronavirus relief that Nevada allocated to Douglas County, despite local officials agreeing to welcome President Donald Trump for a campaign rally in defiance of state pandemic directives. To...

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. A federal judge has ruled that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election

Sep. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The highly anticipated ruling, unless overturned, means that the outcome of the presidential...

4 special elections will fill Mississippi legislative seats

Sep. 21, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four nonpartisan special elections are being held to fill vacant seats in the Mississippi Legislature. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. If runoffs are needed, they will be Oct. 13. Candidates in Mississippi special elections run without party labels, but they often tell voters...

This Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, shows a view of a ballot box on a counter prepared for early voting at the Warren County Board of Elections, in Lebanon, Ohio. Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief's directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)

Ohio, GOP defend limit on ballot drop boxes to 1 per county

Sep. 21, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are fighting to uphold a GOP election chief's directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the presidential battleground to one per county. They told a state appellate court in filings Monday that a county judge overstepped his...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2020 file photo, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Sen. Peters and Republican challenger John James have staked out differing stances on the fight over President Donald Trump's pending Supreme Court pick.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta File)

Sen. Peters: Election should decide Supreme Court vacancy

Sep. 21, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James staked out differing stances on the fight over President Donald Trump's pending Supreme Court pick. Peters said over the weekend that given the stakes involved, “voters should have their voices heard" in the fall...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the battleground state told counties that they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn't match the signature in the voter’s file. 
 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns

Sep. 21, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy...

Absentee ballots sent to city, town clerks for distribution

Sep. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election are on their way to New Hampshire city and town clerks' offices. The secretary of state's office said three truckloads of ballots were shipped on Monday and will be delivered to communities by Friday. From there, they will be delivered to voters...

Coloradans will vote on a 22-week abortion ban in November

Sep. 21, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Despite past failed attempts to ban or limit abortions in Colorado, anti-abortion advocates have another chance to win over voters with a November ballot measure that would ban the procedure after 22 weeks. The measure would make abortions illegal during the third trimester of pregnancy...