Latino voters in Pennsylvania are diverse, growing in number — and could sway the election
PHILADELPHIA — A decade ago, Ángela Rodríguez became an American citizen and promptly registered as a Democrat. But for Rodríguez, a native of the Dominican Republic, years of living in the United States have reshaped her perception of the party’s relationship with the more than 60 million Latinos in this country."They have done absolutely nothing but use us,” said Rodríguez, 57, a stay-at-home caregiver for her 4-year-old granddaughter.Maricela Ayllon, 49, has been a registered Democrat since 1999. But this year, said the Kennett Square resident and Mexico native, "I don’t feel satisfied with...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Texas Supreme Court upholds governor's limit on mail ballot drop-off sites
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location in a Tuesday evening ruling that overturned two lower courts.The unanimous ruling dissolved an injunction, issued by a Democratic District Court judge in Travis County, that sought to bar enforcement of Abbott’s limit of drop-off locations as an impermissible burden on voting rights.The all-Republican court determined that while Abbott restricted voters to one site per county to deliver their completed ballots, the governor actually had expanded voting opportunities...
Close elections and absentee ballots could delay some Georgia results
ATLANTA — Results in close races might not be clear on election night because of the time it takes to count absentee ballots, but Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that every vote will be tallied.A record number of absentee ballots introduces the possibility that candidates leading on election night could fall behind as more votes are tabulated in the following days.Raffensperger sought to assure voters that vote counting will be thorough, fair and accurate — even if it takes longer than usual.“I want voters to hear that your vote matters. Every legal vote will be counted, whet...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Minnesota ballot extension deadline goes before federal appeals panel
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s one-week extension for counting mailed-in absentee ballots in November went before a three-judge federal appeals court panel Tuesday, one of several Republican election challenges being heard in battleground states.Republican state Rep. Eric Lucero and GOP activist James Carson — both Minnesota GOP electors in the presidential race — have challenged a recent rule change that allows state election officials to count ballots received until Nov. 10 as long as they are postmarked by the regular Nov. 3 Election Day.In their appeal from a lower-court ruling, they argue that...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
One week before Election Day, Florida poll shows Biden with 50% and Trump at 48%
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Democrat Joe Biden has the support of 50% of likely Florida voters in a public opinion poll released Tuesday, 2 percentage points ahead of President Donald Trump, who has with 48%.With percentages so close — the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points — the candidates effectively are tied.Other results in the poll indicate that either man could win Florida’s 29 electoral votes. Even after the long campaign, FAU found 2.5% of respondents were undecided and 6% said they could still change their minds.The bottom line is that the race is exceedingly tight in a ...
At Michigan rally, Trump suggests alleged Whitmer plot 'maybe' wasn't a problem
LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump returned to the battleground of Michigan a week before Election Day, and so did his supporters’ chants of “lock her up” about the state’s top official, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.In a wide-ranging, hourlong speech at the Capital Region International Airport, the Republican incumbent on Tuesday inaccurately connected surges in COVID-19 cases to increased testing for the virus, contended the auto business was “afraid” of environmentalists and touted his administration’s trade policies.Trump won the state four years ago by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a percen...
The Detroit News
Michigan judge halts state official's ban on open carry of guns at polling places
DETROIT — Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that effectively halts Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s directive banning the open carry of guns near polling locations on Election Day.Attorney General Dana Nessel announced almost immediately after the decision was issued that her office would appeal to the Court of Appeals “as this issue is of significant public interest and importance to our election process.”The edict by Benson “smacks of an attempt at legislation” and lacks public input instead of following the regular rule-making proce...
The Detroit News
Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times
Trump, Biden campaigns lawyer up to take the election to court in Florida, rest of US
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are still battling to get votes, but they’re also signing up thousands of lawyers and poll watchers in Florida and throughout the country in anticipation of a slew of legal challenges that could prevent the outcome from being known for weeks after Election Day.In fact, legal battles throughout the country have already been waged over voter registration deadlines, deadlines to turn in mail ballots, how to correct signatures on mail-in ballots, and drop-off boxes for mail ballots.It’s no different in Florida, which both campaigns see as a ...
Georgia made more competitive by 1 million new voters since 2016 election
ATLANTA — The latest list of Georgia voters makes it easy to see why the state is in play this election.One million new voters since 2016. A younger, more racially diverse electorate. Rapid changes in Georgia’s voting population.There are now a record 7.6 million registered voters in Georgia, according to voter registration rolls obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the secretary of state’s office after the Oct. 5 registration deadline.Shifts among Georgia’s voters threaten the state’s 28-year run of consecutive Republican victories in presidential races, said Charles Bullock, a U...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution