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Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclear whether those ballots will ultimately be counted.

Washington officials encourage vigilance on election misinformation

OLYMPIA — Elections officials in Washington on Monday touted security enhancements made over the years and the state’s long history of voting by mail as reasons voters should be confident heading into Election Day, but they encouraged the public to remain vigilant about misinformation efforts in light of recent warnings about attempted foreign interference and intimidation in other states.

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

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.

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

WAUKESHA, Wis. – President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus – despite spiking cases – and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic. Meanwhile, Biden bemoaned to a smaller gathering the need to campaign at a distance but said he understood the public health reasons behind it.

Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

CONAKRY, Guinea  — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the vote, setting the stage for potential clashes with the opposition whose candidate claimed victory days ago. The opposition quickly announced it would contest the results in court but offered no immediate evidence of fraud.

Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

BOISE — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one of the most contentious elections ever.

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

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.

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump.

First days of voting in Oregon brings large numbers

Ballots for the 2020 election began to be mailed to Oregonians last Wednesday, and so far more than 88,000 people have casted their vote, following suit with the nationwide early voting trends.

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to U.S. election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place where U.S. citizens cannot cast ballots but have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida.

Around the Remote: ‘The Voice’ loses the audience and gives judges more space

“The Voice” – Slowly but surely, the fall TV season is looking more familiar as the popular singing competition returns for its 19th go-around. Also returning for her fifth season is Gwen Stefani, who joins Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and her sweetheart Blake Shelton on the coaches panel (Stefani replaces Nick Jonas.)