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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the member for Oxley Milton Dick bump elbows after casting their votes in the state election, at the Inala State School polling booth in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state is voting for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between incumbent Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Party and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington. (Dan Peled/Pool Photo via AAP Image)

Pandemic takes center stage in Australia's Queensland vote

Oct. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central theme as Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state votes for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between the incumbent premier and an opposition challenger. In a trend following that of next...

Then-Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee, talks with Stephen Ohlemacher, who in 2020 is the decision desk editor, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press during election night. The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain in 2020 to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. “The general public has a more intense desire to understand it at a nitty-gritty level,” said Buzbee, who is now senior vice president and executive editor. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Show your work: AP plans to explain vote calling to public

Oct. 31, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain this year to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. The AP plans to write stories explaining how its experts make decisions or why, in tight...

Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million —...

The Supreme Court is seen as morning fog lingers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

If 2020 is like 2000, Trump believes he's got the votes

Oct. 30, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 86 million Americans have already voted in the presidential election, but President Donald Trump thinks he can count on one hand the votes that will determine the outcome. “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court,” Trump said last month of the election. The...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in a hanger at General Mitchell International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden: I've learned from Clinton campaign errors

Oct. 30, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Joe Biden says he has learned from the mistakes that Hillary Clinton's campaign made four years ago in the Midwest. At an event Friday in Milwaukee, Biden recounted campaigning for Clinton in 2016 and added, “For...

Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, right, write notes as they prepare to debate on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. As he has before, Harrison brought a plexiglass barrier to separate him from Graham. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC's Graham, Harrison clash on criminal justice, health care

Oct. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the Friday night before Election Day, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison met in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia for their second and final debate, clashing over issues related to criminal justice reform, health care and political...

This photo from video provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign shows volunteers delivering boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem on June 26, 2020. In what would be a first in the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon under a ballot measure that voters are deciding on in Tuesday's election. Oregon's Measure 110 is one of the most watched referendums in the state because it would drastically change how the justice system treats people with amounts of the drugs for their personal use. Instead of going to trial and facing possible jail time, people caught with the drugs would have the option of paying $100 fines or attending new

Oregon could become 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs

Oct. 30, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In what would be a first in the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon under a ballot measure that voters are deciding on in Tuesday’s election. Measure 110 is one of the most watched initiatives in Oregon...

Tim McVean, 38, poses for a photo at a ballot drop-off location in Minneapolis after handing his ballot to election officials on Friday Oct. 30, 2020. McVean said he decided to drop off his ballot in-person after learning of an appeals court ruling Thursday evening that indicated mail-in ballots received after Election Day may not be counted. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ibrahim)

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

Oct. 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court’s ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would...

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an annual VTB Capital

Russian election threat potent, but interference so far slim

Oct. 30, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Russian interference has been minimal so far in the most tempestuous U.S. presidential election in decades. But that doesn’t mean the Kremlin can’t inflict serious damage. The vulnerability of state and local government networks is a big worry. One troubling wildcard is the...

Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, poses for a photograph during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Spring City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...