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From California

Election officials say no need to hand deliver mail ballot

By Lewis Griswold, CalMatters
Oct 21, 2020
California election officials assure voters their ballot is safe in drop boxes and the mail, yet some voters are hand delivering anyway.
From Pennsylvania

A year ago, voting machines malfunctioned in a pivotal Pa. county. Have the problems been fixed?

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Oct 21, 2020
Voters in Northampton County — widely seen as a bellwether for the 2020 election — will use machines that in 2019 caused voting errors and miscounts.
From California

Early voter turnout smashing California election records

By Dylan Svoboda, CalMatters
Oct 21, 2020
There’s no clear-cut reason for the increase, but experts have their theories: voter enthusiasm, ballot and personal safety concerns, and a sense of relief.
From California

How to vote when you’ve lost your home in a wildfire

By Isabella Bloom and Marco Torrez, CalMatters
Oct 21, 2020
For thousands of Californians who have lost their homes to wildfires this year, mail-in voting poses a unique set of challenges.
From California

AG Becerra takes ballot box fight to court

By Michael Lozano, CalMatters
Oct 20, 2020
Becerra escalated a ballot box battle with the California GOP, asking the courts to force the GOP to hand over subpoenaed information.
From North Carolina

More Than 2 Million Have Already Voted In North Carolina

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Oct 20, 2020
Just over 2 million North Carolinians have voted early for the election as of Tuesday, though a small fraction of ballots cast will need to be fixed, according to the state Board of Elections.
From Michigan

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Oct 19, 2020
Many elections workers, who tend to be retirees, are sitting out Nov. 3, so clerks are turning to younger recruits for an Election Day that could be like few others. Among the newbies’ questions: What to do if people “walk in with AR-15s?”
From North Carolina

2 Years After Election Fraud Scandal, Bladen County Voters Head To The Polls

By Michael Falero, WFAE 90.7 - Charlotte's NPR News Source
Oct 19, 2020
Bladen County in eastern North Carolina drew national attention two years ago for an election fraud scandal involving mail-in ballots. It led to the results of the 9th District congressional race being thrown out and a new election. So, with mail-in voting happening in larger numbers this year because of the pandemic, WFAE sent a reporter to see how voting was going in Bladen County.
From Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court allows 3-day extension to count Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Oct 19, 2020
The high court’s refusal to intervene in the case, brought by the state Republican Party and GOP leaders, means ballots in Pennsylvania will be accepted through Nov. 6.