Hurricane Zeta ripped through Louisiana days before the election, and officials surveyed the damage to polling places, warehouses full of voting machines and offices. Utilities pledged to restore power to polling places by Tuesday.
Firearms will be permitted at Michigan polls on Election Day. A three-member appeals court ruled against Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's directive banning guns at or around polls on Election Day.
Rural hospitals in Texas say they’re in a bind as larger facilities fill with coronavirus patients and cannot accept gravely ill patients who need more advanced care. Some die in emergency rooms waiting for a life-saving transfer.
Trailing in the polls, President Donald Trump and his campaign are pursuing a three-pronged strategy that would effectively suppress the mail-in vote in the critical state of Pennsylvania.
The top official of the Republican Party of Wisconsin said hackers stole $2.3 million during a crucial phase of the presidential campaign. Party Chairman Andrew Hitt said the loss was attributed to a phishing attack that has been reported to the FBI.
The Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors voted unanimously to move the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from its central location on post. The vote comes just days after the superintendent of the state-supported military college resigned under pressure from the administration of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and top Virginia Democratic legislators.
The U.S. Supreme Court has settled North Carolina’s election rules with only five days left before the election. The justices ruled that they would not interfere with the settlement agreement decided in Wake County Superior Court that allows the North Carolina Board of Elections to collect mailed-in ballots through Nov. 12 as long as the ballot is postmarked by Nov. 3.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will back a new Iowa law that would ban and track racial profiling after receiving recommendations from a state working group tasked with crafting a proposal for the legislation.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to take a case that would tell officials in northeastern Wisconsin how to deal with misprinted ballots, raising the prospect of lengthy counting delays as clerks fill out thousands of replacement ballots on Election Day. The court's decision not to accept the case fell along ideological lines, with the four conservatives declining to take it and the three liberals saying they should have.
Colorado election officials are making an extra effort to address the fact that roughly 90% of all mail ballots that get rejected could have been fixed and counted. Ballot-return data shows more than 10,000 mail ballots had been rejected through mid-week, with voters under age 35 accounting for more than half of all rejected ballots.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court. The ruling doesn’t block Minnesota’s seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots.
An estimated 50,000 students vanished from Arizona’s public district and charter schools over the summer, preliminary numbers for the 2020-2021 school year show. Education advocates fear some school-age students are not in school at all, and that the lag in kindergarten enrollment means that children are losing out on vital early lessons. The dramatic enrollment drops could also come with devastating and long-lasting financial repercussions for school districts.
New Jersey has stockpiled tens of millions of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment but needs millions more to meet its goals to combat the second wave of COVID-19, state officials said.
The Missouri Association of County Clerks president said dozens of Missouri counties have purchased pens for their voters. Greene County Clerk Shane Schoelle said his office alone has bought 150,000 pens.
This year, Florida has one advantage in the counting stage of the election over some other swing states: Election officials are permitted to sort, prep and tabulate absentee ballots weeks in advance.
Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have joined together in hopes of attracting manufacturing business for offshore wind projects, reducing costs of projects through supply chain development, sharing information and synchronizing their regulations.
Maryland State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon called on school systems in suburban Maryland to begin bringing back at least some of their students for in-person instruction right away as learning losses accumulate. Only a handful of the state’s 24 school systems have not brought students back to campus in some form.
The number of Washingtonians filing new unemployment claims fell again last week amid mixed signals over the pace of economic recovery from the pandemic. The state received 14,198 new, or “initial,” claims for regular unemployment benefits, a 15.9% drop from the prior week.
With less than a week to go until Election Day, more than 57% of the registered voters in Oregon have already cast their ballots. At this point during the last three presidential elections, fewer than 44% of Oregonians had returned their ballots.
Hurricane Zeta is Mississippi's 10th federally declared disaster of the year. Over the past 50 years, the most federal disasters Mississippi ever had in one year was four.
Spokespeople at two Idaho colleges say the schools have no indication that any students are intentionally trying to contract the coronavirus in order to cash in on plasma sales. That comes after word spread that some students at another school were trying to get sick so they could later sell their plasma, which would contain COVID-19 antibodies and therefore earn them more money.
Public health officials in Illinois reported 6,363 new cases of COVID-19, setting yet another troubling record for the most infections ever confirmed statewide in a day. A stunning viral resurgence is sweeping the state, with more than 102,000 people testing positive for the virus so far this month alone.
"The virus is raging throughout the state of Ohio," Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said. "There's no place to hide."
The end is approaching for federal payments that helped Georgia gig and self-employed workers who lost incomes because of the pandemic, even as the economy continues to fling thousands of others into the pool of job seekers.
Rulings in a federal lawsuit over absentee voting laws in Alabama just weeks before the election could result in some absentee ballots not counting, depending on when voters sent them in.
In an election expected to have an unprecedented voter turnout, it's likely New Mexico county clerks won't be finished counting ballots for a day or two after polls close. Results for some close races could be delayed.
As COVID-19 cases surge to ominous and record-setting levels, Maine health officials announced that free rapid antigen testing will be available at pharmacies across Maine beginning next month.