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North Dakota governor says ballot processing can start early

Oct. 25, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum said Saturday that election workers in the GOP-run state should be allowed to begin processing absentee ballots five days before the Nov. 3 election. Burgum said in a release he signed an executive order to give workers enough time to verify...

FILE In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 to cast ballots in local elections seen as a key test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian without prior political experience, was elected by a landslide in April 2019 on promises to end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukraine's local elections test leader and his young party

Oct. 25, 2020 3:24 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last year vowing to bring peace, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. Zelenskiy was elected president by a landslide...

Youth movement helping to run Georgia elections

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Five years ago, when she was a sophomore at Carver High School, helping democracy in the community wasn’t what motivated Alana Daniels to be a poll worker. Daniels laughed as she told the Ledger-Enquirer, “Honestly, my first time doing it, it was 90% about the money, and...

Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

Appeals court halts order requiring Georgia pollbook backups

Oct. 24, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted a lower court's order that said every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup of the electronic pollbooks that are used to check in voters. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg last month issued the order...

Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

GOP asks Supreme Court again to block PA ballot extension

Oct. 24, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Republican Party is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speedily take up its case to block counties in the presidential battleground state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election. The Republican Party's late Friday filing came...

People wait  in the rain to vote in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said a record number of absentee ballots have already been cast this year in the election. Some counties allowed Saturday voting for the first time. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Absentee voting hits record level in Alabama

Oct. 24, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians are voting by absentee ballot in record numbers this year after pandemic rules made it easier to do so, even lining up on Saturdays to cast votes. And as early voting opportunities prove popular, some are asking the question why the state does not allow this every year....

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2020, file photo, a woman casts her ballot on the first day of early voting in a recently-shuttered store at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan. As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the vote and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections quickly, accurately and without fear or favor on Nov. 3 and beyond. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

'We don't speculate': How AP counts votes and calls races

Oct. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the nation's vote in real time on Election Day and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections on Nov. 3 and beyond. AP will use that vote count to declare winners in some 7,000 races, so the world knows who wins not only...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2020, file photo voters fill out their ballot during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, which President Donald Trump signed into existence in 2018, is working with other parts of the government to safeguard an election in the middle of a pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

Oct. 24, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message. Christopher Krebs, the director of the...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans want a state judge to stop the counting of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that

Trump campaign sues in Nevada to stop Vegas-area vote count

Oct. 23, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans asked a state judge on Friday to stop the count of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that “meaningful observation” of signature-checking is impossible in the state’s biggest and most Democratic-leaning county. A lawsuit...