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Politics Voting 2020 live updates: President Trump expected to cast Florida ballot; Delaware voters won't be forced to wear masks

13:50  24 october  2020
13:50  24 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Fact check: Trump told moderator to 'go ahead,' not that separated families are 'good'

  Fact check: Trump told moderator to 'go ahead,' not that separated families are 'good' Amid immigration debate, one word from President Donald Trump stood out to users on social media: "Good." The only issue? He didn't say it.The clash centered around court filings from earlier this week that revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children separated at the border have not been found.

Election 2020 . How to vote in your state . Politics. How turnout and swing voters could get Trump or The Washington Post is providing live election updates free to all readers. Get more election news Meanwhile, Pence plans to vote early in his home state of Indiana on Friday before traveling to Ohio

Trump himself has voted by mail in past elections, but plans to vote in person in Florida on Saturday, the White House said. Vice President Mike Pence cast his early ballot in Indianapolis on Friday. Democrats have cast roughly 5 million more votes than Republicans so far, though their margin has

Months ago, some questioned whether the U.S. could pull off an election during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  But despite COVID-19, early voting is smashing records: North Carolina, Georgia and Michigan, to name a few crucial states, have either surpassed or were approaching 40% of their overall 2016 turnout, USA TODAY's Joey Garrison reported earlier this week.

a man standing next to a woman: Voters cast their vote at the Downtown West early voting location in Knoxville, Tenn., on the first day of early voting in Tennessee on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. © Brianna Paciorka, Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK Voters cast their vote at the Downtown West early voting location in Knoxville, Tenn., on the first day of early voting in Tennessee on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

That's a lot of voters. A perhaps record number are expected to cast ballots this weekend, either by mail or at early in-person voting sites across the country. (Need help registering to vote? Check our guide.)

How battleground states process mail ballots -- and why it may mean delayed results

  How battleground states process mail ballots -- and why it may mean delayed results More Americans are voting by mail this election than usual, due to the pandemic. But processing those ballots takes more time. Here's how it works in battleground states. Because of the pandemic, more voters are opting to cast their ballots by mail this year. While the expanded access and increased use of mail-in voting is good for voters, it does create hardships for already strained election officials in many states, including key battlegrounds.

Many voters in the state have been put off by Graham’s hypocrisy in rushing to appoint Trump supreme court Trump dances during a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club in Florida . This week, when early voting stations opened for residents to submit absentee ballots in person, officials

President Donald Trump is struggling to find a compelling rationale for his reelection ahead of the final presidential debate, firing off wild, scattershot attacks The pandemic's haunting presence in the final days of the campaign was underscored when first lady Melania Trump was forced to cancel her own

As voters head to the polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, here are important headlines to keep in mind.

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If you want a long read: We mailed 64 letters and packages in battleground states to check on mail delays. Here’s what we found.

Quick take: Nationwide, states are grappling with legal challenges surrounding voting policies.

  • The Supreme Court blocked curbside voting in Alabama.
  • North Carolina Republicans are requesting an intervention over rules permitting mail-in ballots to be received 48 hours after the election.
  • In Texas and New Jersey, state courts upheld modified election rules — created by state and city legislatures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are lawyered up, bracing for an epic post-election legal battle. And the likely confirmation of Amy Comey Barrett to the Supreme Court is a key piece of chess. More on this from the Associated Press.

Also at play: Foreign hackers are at it again, trying to interfere in the election.

Are 'ballot seflies' legal? Depends where you are voting, it's punishable in some states

  Are 'ballot seflies' legal? Depends where you are voting, it's punishable in some states California, Colorado and New Hampshire are among more than 20 states where it’s legal to take a ballot selfie. But in Illinois it’s punishable by up to three years in prison. © Rick Bowmer / AP Jennifer Fresques takes a selfie before inserting her ballot into an official ballot drop box Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

President Trump posted a sharper and calmer performance during his final debate against former Vice Mackowiak: More of the same from Trump on COVID. I think voters wanted to hear him take Soufer: Trump kept his cool this time, but Biden clearly and effectively walked every voter through

President Trump trails Joe Biden in most national polls. More than 40 million Americans have Initially donning a mask emblazoned with the word " vote ", 44th President Barack Obama is Whether the Delaware Democrat has surprising devotion from his party’s faithful or the prospect of four more

  • Hackers from Russia and Iran are attempting to undermine the election by sending false emails from the far-right, authoritarian group Proud Boys.
  • Russian hackers have been coming after various networks in the U.S. since September, the FBI has said.
  • When Lillian Rozsa got the so-called Proud Boys email, she said she knew better. Still, the University of Florida law student said "it was shocking and scary."

Voters are already casting ballots: Numbers compiled by @electproject show 54 million people have voted. In other numbers, the Guardian and ProPublica report 21% of registered voters in swing states have had their mail-in ballots accepted.

We're 10 days from Election Day. USA TODAY is keeping track of what's happening as voters around the country cast ballots. Keep refreshing this page for updates.

Trump to vote Saturday in Florida, Pence votes in Indianapolis

President Donald Trump plans to early vote on Saturday in West Palm Beach, officials said earlier this week. It's the first time an incumbent president will cast his vote in Florida. That is a departure for Trump, who cast absentee ballots in the March presidential primary and then in the Aug. 18 primary election.

9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered

  9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered How many people have already voted? And what does that tell us about the election?The early vote in 2020 has already far surpassed the total early vote in 2016. The early vote surge indicates turnout in 2020 could be the highest in a century, at around 65 percent of the voting-eligible population, or about 150 million voters.

Republican senators advanced President Trump ’s Supreme Court nominee, setting up a final vote [Follow our live Trump vs. Biden presidential debate updates and our live debate fact check.] Authorities in Florida will station deputies at voting sites after armed men appeared at a tent outside

Donald Trump and Joe Biden will share the stage on Thursday night for the final presidential debate before election day on 3 November. And in terms of coronavirus, safety protocols are expected to be similar to the first Trump -Biden face-off.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, cast their ballots Friday in Indianapolis. They used the absentee ballots they had requested in early September.

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Trump casting a vote in Palm Beach County will be part of a historic, blockbuster political weekend in Florida. Trump spoke Friday in The Villages, a conservative community north of Orlando, and in Pensacola. Pence also stumped in Florida. On Saturday, former President Barack Obama will rally the Democratic faithful in Miami.

– Antonio Fins, The Palm Beach Post and Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star

Michigan ban on hiring transportation to bring voters to the polls upheld

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has ruled in favor of Michigan's Republican-led legislature, reinstating the state's ban on hiring transportation to carry voters to the polls after a state court issued an injunction against the Michigan law.

The law prohibits voter advocacy organizations from paying for transportation to bring voters to the polls and ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber from offering discounted rides to Michigan voters on Election Day. It does not prohibit volunteers from driving voters to the polls for free.

Millions of Americans are voting for the first time this year, and it's not just young people

  Millions of Americans are voting for the first time this year, and it's not just young people This year's election is seeing a surge in first-time voters. And it's not just young people.Last week, the Indiana resident voted for the first time.

US President Donald Trump has completed his course of treatment for Covid-19 and can return to public engagements this weekend, his Mr Trump later said he would probably take another Covid test on Friday and hoped to hold a rally over the weekend. Critics have accused the White House of

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Trump in the 2020 He ended a nearly yearlong quest built around a message of peace and unity that failed to resonate with voters . He is not expected to run for any other office in 2020 .

– Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Voters in Delaware don't have to wear masks at the polls

Despite Delaware Gov. John Carney's requirement that residents wear face coverings in public, mask-less voters will be able to walk into polling places to cast their ballots on Election Day. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required when voting. Elections Commissioner Anthony Albence said the decision was made in consultation with the state Department of Justice. (Read also: At the polls in New York, Joe2020 hats are a no but BLM shirts and MAGA hats are OK.)

While elections officials want to provide the safest environment possible, voting is a fundamental right, Albence said. He described the rule as "trying to balance everyone’s needs and everyone’s concerns."

"We don’t deny anyone’s right to vote if they don’t wear a mask," Albence said. "We really strongly encourage it. It is not an absolute requirement."

– Sarah Gamard, Delaware News Journal

Election problems: What to keep in mind

This cheat sheet from Columbia Journalism Review offers tips for media organizations reporting on Election 2020.

Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day

  Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day The survey showed a significant partisan divide, too. Those supporting Biden are more likely to say they plan to vote by mail than those who support Trump.When combining those who are voting by mail (42%) and those who voting early in-person (26%), nearly 2 in 3 voters will be casting their ballot ahead of Election Day, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.

  • Voting problems aren't failures. They happen every year and, as CJR notes, hiccups such as voting machines not working or polling places opening late don't mean anything is "rigged."
  • Some problems, however, are significant. CJR recommends the media scrutinize areas that have a history of voter suppression or obstructing minority voters, calling out Georgia as a place to monitor.
  • Don't expect a winner on Election Night. This year is different because mail-in ballots could be as high as 30%. Previously, that number was 3%-5%. It will take a while to tally.
  • Seriously, expect to wait. State vote certification deadlines differ and don't have to be reported to the federal level until Dec. 8. Additionally, the Electoral College doesn’t meet until Dec. 14.

Federal case over where Ohio drop boxes could be installed dismissed

After two lawsuits and months of legal arguments, Ohio's battle over multiple drop boxes is officially over.

Ohio Democrats and voting rights groups can claim one victory: Multiple courts found Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, could install multiple drop boxes for voters to deposit their ballots.

But he was not required to do so and in the end, LaRose didn't allow off-site drop boxes this election. On Friday, the federal case disputing where drop boxes could be installed was dismissed, ending a several-month legal fight.

Earlier in the month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked a ruling that would have allowed multiple collection sites for Ohioans' ballots.

Florida failed to spend $10 million for election security, COVID-19 protection at polls

  Florida failed to spend $10 million for election security, COVID-19 protection at polls Federal funds sent to Florida are sitting in a state account as "unbudgeted reserve." But Secretary of State Laurel Lee insists the state is ready.A large piece of that pie is $3.5 million that Secretary of State Laurel Lee requested from the Legislature earlier this year for the state’s 67 county supervisors of elections to shore up their systems.

– Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer

How to vote in 2020? This is the best way, according to experts and activists

With the election less than two weeks away, voting rights advocates, conservatives and community activists are urging the millions of voters who haven't voted yet to cast their ballots in person at the polls or at absentee ballot drop boxes.

The 2020 election is on track for record voter turnout as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic, a fight for racial equality and an economic recession. More than 53 million people have already voted.  But voters, particularly people of color and the elderly, are concerned about the health risk of voting in person and their vote being fairly counted.

People of color are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates than white people. Voting rights groups have accused Republican lawmakers of suppressing Black and Latino voters with long lines in urban communities and restrictive voter laws while President Donald Trump maintains that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud. Read more.

– Nicquel Terry Ellis

Contributing: Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Voting 2020 live updates: President Trump expected to cast Florida ballot; Delaware voters won't be forced to wear masks

The final week in polls: Trump eats into Biden's leads in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania .
The final polls show the race between Trump and Biden has tightened since mid-October, both nationally and in the critical battleground states.Biden's lead in USA TODAY's average of averages, which is based on data from RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, reached double-digits on Oct. 12, but has since fallen back to a 7.5-percentage point lead. That leaves him back roughly in the same position USA TODAY found him in its first poll roundup on Sept. 28, when his polling average lead over Trump was 7.2 points.

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