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‘I’ve never seen voters this anxious’: Postmaster, county auditor say voting by mail is safe, urge voters to return ballots ASAP

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2020

The Spokane County Auditor and the Acting Postmaster for Spokane urged voters in both Washington and Idaho to get their ballots in as soon as possible. Voters can leave their ballots in a drop box by 8 p.m. on election day or mail them through the post office, but must have their ballots postmarked by election day for them to be counted. 

Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2020

Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day.

Biden vows not to make ‘false promises’ about pandemic

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2020

Joe Biden said Wednesday he's “not running on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch” but would prioritize science, while President Donald Trump used the race's final days to keep up a whirlwind campaign schedule aimed at focusing on anything but the cornavirus.

Push is on in Wisconsin to return 320K outstanding ballots

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2020

 Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had wanted.

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020

In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and heroic action that was made into a movie by Clint Eastwood in which the trio starred as themselves. Now, Skarlatos, 28, is hoping to ride his moment of fame to get a seat in Congress, representing Oregon’s 4th congressional district in the House of Representatives. 

Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020

President Donald Trump embarked Monday on a final-week charge through nearly a dozen states ahead of the election, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is holding far fewer events in an effort to demonstrate that he’s taking the worsening pandemic seriously.

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems’ advantage

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020

With eight days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.

LIVE VIDEO: Presidential debate in Nashville

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 22, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are meeting onstage at Belmont University in Nashville. The Washington Post's Libby Casey will host and Post reporters Lenny Bronner, Rhonda Colvin, James Hohmann, Hannah Jewell, Michael Scherer and Whitney Shefte will provide analysis. Joyce Koh will also provide dispatches from the debate site in Nashville.

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into efficient and relatively safe polling places.