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Madison, Wis. residents Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city's City-County Building Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

High court won’t extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

Oct. 26, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day. In a 5-3 order, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six...

Wisconsin election clerks seek order on ballot counting

Oct. 26, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks in northeastern Wisconsin asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to issue an order allowing them to fill in a ballot misprint so that as many as 13,500 ballots can be processed more quickly through counting machines on Election Day. Using a black pen or marker to fill...

Jury trials in Idaho prevented amid rising COVID-19 cases

Oct. 26, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Most of the courts in south-central Idaho have been prevented from holding jury trials because of high weekly confirmed coronavirus case numbers following an order that places virus case thresholds on when trials can resume. The Idaho Supreme Court issued the order last month allowing...

Indiana attorney general disputing bill in discipline case

Oct. 25, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is disputing tens of thousands of dollars in expenses a state commission wants him to pay in the disciplinary case stemming from allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party. The state’s attorney...

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...

In a provided campaign handout photo, appeals court Judge Brock Swartzle, is shown. Two seats are up for election on the Michigan Supreme Court. If Elizabeth Welch and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack win, Democratic nominees will be in the court's majority for the first time since 2010. The Republican nominees are Swartzle and Mary Kelly. (Chelsea Whitman via AP)

Decision that 'undermined' Gov. Whitmer spices up court race

Oct. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A decision that torpedoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic has led to calls for political payback in the election for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. The court struck down reams of orders to control the spread of the coronavirus, saying...

Maine supreme court declines to extend mail-in vote deadline

Oct. 24, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court declined to extend the voting deadline to allow absentee votes postmarked by Election Day to be counted. In a divided opinion, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-1 on Friday to uphold a judge's rejection of a lawsuit that sought to allow absentee ballots...

This May 11, 2018 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Scott Peterson. Northern California prosecutors said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 they will again seek the death penalty for Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago, even as a county judge considers throwing out his underlying conviction because of a tainted juror. Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager acted after the California Supreme Court in August overturned Peterson's 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

California prosecutors again seek death for Scott Peterson

Oct. 24, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Friday they again will seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson even as a county judge considers throwing out his conviction for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, because of juror misconduct during a 2005 trial that riveted the nation. ...

Illinois high court: Suspended officers can sue for back pay

Oct. 23, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that officers who were suspended while undergoing disciplinary proceedings can sue the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for backpay lost during their suspensions. In the 4-3 decision on Thursday, the state's high court upheld an appeals court's ruling...

Ballots can't be tossed out over voter signature, court says

Oct. 23, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday on a key concern surrounding an avalanche of mailed ballots, prohibiting counties from rejecting them if the voter's signature on it does not resemble the signature on the voter's registration form. Two Republican justices joined...