Latest Absentee voting News

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a worker prepares tabulators for the upcoming election at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of American voters worried about their health to scramble to vote by mail for the first time. But a requirement in a handful of states, including presidential battleground North Carolina and Wisconsin, that a witness or notary public sign a ballot envelope is tripping up some voters early. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

Witness mandate vex some new mail-in voters in key states

Sep. 25, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam listens to a reporter's question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va.  Northam and his wife have both tested positive for the coronoavirus. The governor’s office said in a statement Friday, Sept. 25,  that Northam no symptoms while those of Pam Northam are mild.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Va Gov. Northam, wife test positive for virus

Sep. 25, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus. Northam says he isn’t showing symptoms. He and wife Pam, who has mild symptoms, plan to isolate for the next 10 days while working remotely, according to a statement from his office. The Democrat,...

Election workers open and sort mail-in ballot requests Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

Sep. 25, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time, election data shows. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of...

Absentee ballot lawsuit will not be heard before election

Sep. 25, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court will not hear an Alaska absentee ballot lawsuit before the Nov. 3 general election. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency order ahead of the election. The decision likely eliminates the possibility a judge will require the...

Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

Sep. 25, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state's presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m....

A maintenance worker power-washes the state seal at an entrance of the capitol building on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The building has been closed to the public since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislative meetings and gubernatorial addresses are broadcast online. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Demand surges for absentee ballots across New Mexcio

Sep. 24, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters across New Mexico have submitted nearly 250,000 absentee ballot requests with especially strong demand among Democrats for alternatives to in-person voting amid the pandemic, according to statistics released Thursday by state voting regulators. In 2016, voters cast 8,000...

A ballot drop box is shown where voters can drop off absentee ballots instead of using the mail in Detroit Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Early voting starts in Michigan under new rules

Sep. 24, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Early voting for the 2020 general election started in Michigan on Thursday under expanded voting rights that allow for any resident to request an absentee ballot. Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 2.4 million residents already had requested absentee ballots, more...

Polling manager Diana Belton shows a roll of voting stickers as people arrive to vote in the Democratic presidential primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Appeals court: Witness signature required on SC mail ballots

Sep. 24, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday reinstated a requirement that South Carolinians voting by mail in this year's general election must obtain a witness signature for their ballots. The order from the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge J....

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose briefs reporters on election preparations at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

Republicans argue against electronic Ohio ballot application

Sep. 24, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top election official acted reasonably when he barred counties from accepting absentee ballot applications electronically in the face of potential cyberthreats and a loosely worded law, lawyers for the state and Republicans argued in a court filing Wednesday. Republican...