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From North Carolina

Electioneering Complaints, But No Voter Intimidation At Early Voting Sites Around Charlotte

By Coleen Harry, WFAE 90.7 - Charlotte's NPR News Source
Oct 27, 2020
Election officials in 10 Charlotte-area counties say, so far, they haven’t received any major complaints from voters or seen any voter intimidation at polling sites.
From Pennsylvania

Election 2020 in Pennsylvania: All of your voting questions, answered

By Staff, Spotlight PA
Oct 27, 2020
Can I vote in person if I requested a mail ballot? Are guns allowed at the polls? Can I take a selfie? Spotlight PA will continue to answer your questions in the week leading up to the 2020 election.
From New Jersey

Mercer County faces election hurdles

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 27, 2020
While rising number of COVID-19 cases is among issues facing stressed election workers statewide, state is working to safeguard election against the virus.
From Califirnia

Pens, PPE, Police: Preparing for In-Person Voting

By Aaron Leathley and Zachary Fletcher , CalMatters
Oct 26, 2020
It was a succinct appraisal of the state of mind of county election officials grappling with the new normal of voting in the year of a pandemic, disinformation and threats of voter intimidation.
From Pennsylvania

What is ‘ballot harvesting,’ and who can and can’t deliver your mail ballot in Pa.

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Oct 27, 2020
Only a voter can mail their ballot or return it in person, unless they have a disability and officially designate someone to do it for them.
From Texas

Texas’ ability to run accessible, efficient elections is being tested this year. Will Bexar County flunk?

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Oct 27, 2020
While other large urban counties have aggressively pushed to expand voting options amid the pandemic, Bexar County is pursuing a more modest approach. Some critics fear the result will be an Election Day logjam disenfranchising voters of color in San Antonio.
From Wisconsin

How Wisconsin voters can ‘cure’ the hundreds of ballots already rejected

By Nora Eckert, WisconsinWatch.org
Oct 27, 2020
As of Oct. 21, nearly 1,400 Wisconsin voters already had their absentee ballots flagged ahead of the Nov. 3 election. It’s not too late to fix it — if they hurry.
From Detroit, Michigan

Here’s what happens to your Detroit ballot if your signature is a mismatch

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Oct 26, 2020
Your absentee ballot will not be valid if your signature is questionable, missing or doesn’t match Michigan voter files. Here’s how to make sure your vote counts.
From California

How California keeps early votes secret until election day

By Lewis Griswold, CalMatters
Oct 26, 2020
Some county registrars lock up equipment and threaten dismissal to protect California’s early votes from being tallied before election day.
From New Jersey

In NJ’s all-mail election, Black and Latino voters have doubts but are still casting ballots

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 26, 2020
In New Jersey's all-mail election, young adults of color are concerned about making mistakes when they cast their vote, as well as allegations of fraud.
From New Jersey

Mail-in ballots stressing out front-line election workers

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 26, 2020
Mail-in balloting is ratcheting up the stress on NJ election workers who have to deal with voter confusion, suspicion and even outright hostility.
From California

California stadiums welcome voters for November election

By Zachary Fletcher, CalMatters
Oct 23, 2020
The Elections Super Centers Project has organized more than 60 arena voting sites, 12 of them in the Golden State.
From California

CA Democrats swamp Republicans in early voter turnout

By Dylan Svoboda, CalMatters
Oct 23, 2020
Early returns show California Democrats are turning out in proportionately far higher numbers than Republicans and independents.
From Pennsylvania

How Amy Coney Barrett could be key to new lawsuit to block Pa.’s mail-in ballot extension

By Angela Couloumbis and Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Oct 22, 2020
The latest challenge raises a new legal question: whether extending the deadline affords mail-in voters a privilege not enjoyed by those who vote in person on Nov. 3.
From Wisconsin

Most polling sites in Wisconsin will be open Nov. 3, but a few gaps remain

By Nora Eckert, WisconsinWatch.org
Oct 22, 2020
Unlike the spring primary, most clerks say they will have enough workers to staff all of their polling sites for Election Day, including Milwaukee.