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Federal appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting ballots in battleground Wisconsin, handing Democrats a win.

Sep. 29, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting ballots in battleground Wisconsin, handing Democrats a win.
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...

Court rules against mother of teen who drowned in Belize

Sep. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday to halt a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a teen who drowned during a trip to Belize more than four years ago. The court unanimously ruled that Tomari Jackson’s mother, Adell Forbes, could not proceed with the lawsuit since it was...

Kosovo police guard the entrance of the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo, in Pristina, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Witnesses say European Union security police have stormed the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo. The association represents the former ethnic Albanian separatists who fought Serbian troops in a 1998-1999 war for independence. Members of the group said police from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, prevented them from going into the association’s offices in Pristina on Friday.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo war veteran says he rejects court's jurisdiction

Sep. 29, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The deputy head of an association of Kosovo war veterans who was arrested last week on suspicion of offenses including intimidating witnesses said Tuesday he did not recognize the jurisdiction of the internationally funded court that ordered his detention. Nasim Haradinaj was...

Defendant's sanity in question in deaths of mother, nephew

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge will decide whether a Sioux Falls man is not guilty by reason of mental disease in the slayings of his mother and nephew in 2016. Heath Otto told investigators he felt he did the right thing in killing the two because he was ending their misery from their respective...

Ex-IMF chief acquitted in Spanish bank stock listing case

Sep. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court has acquitted 34 people who were tried over the stock market listing of financial firm Bankia, including former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato. Rato, who is serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for a separate case involving the misuse of Bankia's...

Court halts order over straight-ticket voting in Texas

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a ruling that Texas must offer straight-ticket voting for November’s election. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary stay of last week’s lower-court order as Texas officials fight the ruling, which would allow...

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 4:03 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...

Judge orders Georgia to have paper pollbook backups

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Monday that every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup list of eligible voters to help keep long lines from forming on Election Day if electronic pollbooks used to check in voters malfunction. The “narrowly tailored”...