State legislature

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. New York will allow voters to request absentee ballots for the general election because of coronavirus under a new state law signed Thursday, Aug. 20. Lawmakers passed the bill last month, and voting rights groups have been calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation for weeks. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
August 20, 2020 - 3:56 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will allow voters to request absentee ballots for the general election because of an outbreak — like coronavirus — under a new state law signed Thursday. New Yorkers can now vote by absentee in any election through Jan. 1, 2022, over concern about voting in-person...
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Pinellas County poll worker Jeanne Coffey wears a protective shield as she worked the front door at the Coliseum Ball Room during the state's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Scott Keller/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
August 19, 2020 - 9:37 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most of the results of Tuesday's primary election — one with large numbers of mailed votes — were known in Florida. Yes, Florida. The poster child for election meltdowns, where the...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Cuomo used a Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, appearance on public radio to offer the failure of New York to institute a statewide mask mandate earlier as an example of a lesson for other states. "I was the first person in the nation to do masks. I should have done masks earlier," Cuomo said on WAMC. "That would have made a dramatic difference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 19, 2020 - 8:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded Wednesday to an Associated Press report that his state’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a significant undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home’s property. Unlike the federal...
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August 19, 2020 - 7:39 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, state legislators scrambled to authorize relief programs, review emergency protocols and rebalance their budgets amid plummeting revenue projections. In California, they passed emergency measures to allow remote voting. In Arkansas, they...
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August 19, 2020 - 1:37 am
The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Alaska time Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan advanced to the November election, emerging unopposed from his primary Tuesday. Sullivan, 55, will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which featured nonpartisan candidate Al...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Bucks County commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia, left, and Robert Harvie unpack a new ballot drop box at the county's administration building prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 18, 2020 - 7:47 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. Such boxes have been...
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FILE - In this Mar. 3, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his wife Jill attend a primary election night rally in Los Angeles. The Democratic Party’s attempt to adapt its typical convention rituals to a pandemic-induced virtual affair will be put through its paces Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 18, 2020 - 7:06 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The pageantry often associated with presidential conventions will be remade again as Democrats gather virtually for a second day. The roll call vote of state delegations, which typically unfolds over several hours of fanfare, will instead be abbreviated Tuesday. And the keynote...
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The statues on the Confederate monument are covered in graffiti and beheaded after a protest in Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protesters beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument. The crowd was frustrated by the Portsmouth City Council’s decision to put off moving the monument. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
August 17, 2020 - 8:55 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator has been charged with damaging a Confederate monument in Portsmouth during protests that also led to a demonstrator being critically injured when a statue was torn down, authorities said Monday. Sen. Louise Lucas faces charges of of conspiracy to commit...
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In this 1920s photo, Alice Paul sews a suffrage flag in Washington. One hundred years ago, American women gained the guaranteed right to vote, with ratification of the 19th Amendment. But to suffragist Paul, the vote wasn't enough. She equipped herself with a law degree and got to work writing another constitutional amendment — one that would guarantee women equal rights under the law. (National Photo Company Collection/Library of Congress via AP)
August 17, 2020 - 2:30 pm
It was a huge step forward for American women when, exactly 100 years ago, they finally gained the guaranteed right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment. But to Alice Paul, the step wasn't nearly large enough. Paul, a suffragist who'd waged hunger strikes and endured forced feedings in...
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William Freeman, 51, poses for a photograph outside of his polling station, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Riviera Beach, Fla. Freeman recently registered to vote after serving three years for grand theft, his fourth prison stint. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
August 16, 2020 - 10:47 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Floridians overwhelmingly approved a measure allowing most felons to vote after completing their sentences, many expected Democrats to benefit most from the participation of up to 1.4 million newly eligible voters in this year’s election. But the coronavirus...
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