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    The 3d of November is Election Day in the United States, with Republican presidential nominee and incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden expected to go head to head for the White House.

    In-person early voting started in a few more US states on 12 October, with just three weeks left before the presidential elections in the country.

    According to data released on Monday, US voters have cast a total of 10,296,180 ballots in the reporting states, with Florida, Virginia and Michigan in the lead (over 1.6 million votes, over 977,000 votes and more than 965,000 votes, respectively). 

    Recent polls conducted by Redfield & Wilton in five key states - Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina - have shown former Vice President Joe Biden with leads ranging from 5 to 10 points over US President Donald Trump.

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    • 23:56

      US Supreme Court Asked to Extend Wisconsin Ballot Deadline

      Several organizations including the advocacy group Protect Democracy asked the US Supreme Court to extend the state of Wisconsin's mail-in ballot receipt deadline for the November election, court documents revealed.

      "We JUST filed an emergency application to the #SupremeCourt, asking #SCOTUS to reinstate essential relief in #Wisconsin that would extend the ballot receipt deadline and allow citizens from anywhere in the state to fill impending poll worker shortages," the Protect Democracy group said in a tweet accompanying the court filing on Tuesday.

    • 20:42

      Trump Support From White Christian Voters Slips, Still a Majority - Poll

      White American Christians continue to back President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in office, albeit with support that has slipped since a mid-summer survey, the PEW Research Center said in a poll on Tuesday.

      “Among White Catholic voters, Trump is ahead of Biden by 8 percentage points: 52 percent in this group say they would vote for Trump (or lean that way) if the election were held today, while 44 percent favor Biden,” a press release explaining the poll said.

    • 19:50

      US Lawmakers Call for Virginia Registration Extension after Voting System Crash

      US Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Jennifer Wexton called for a court order to extend a voter registration deadline by 72 hours in their native Virginia to offset disruptions of the state’s Department of Elections website on Tuesday.

      "The shutdown of Virginia’s online voter registration threatens to prevent many Virginians from casting their ballots in the 2020 election," Democratic lawmakers said in a statement. "It is imperative that the deadline for Virginians to register to vote be extended. We hope the courts will swiftly grant such an extension."

    • 17:21

      Biden Leads Trump by 3 Points in Battleground State of North Carolina, Poll Shows

      Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by three percentage points among registered voters in the battleground state of North Carolina, a Monmouth University poll said on Tuesday.

      Biden leads with a 49-46 percent margin among all registered voters, with the former vice president’s lead increasing to 4 points in a high turnout scenario and shrinking to 1 percent if voter participation is low, the release said.

      "There has been some shifting within the electorate but the overall picture remains the same – another tight presidential contest in North Carolina. Basically, it looks like Trump has been locking in his base at the expense of swing voter support," Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in a press release explaining the poll.

      The previous Monmouth poll taken in September had Biden ahead by two points.

      Each of the last three presidential elections were decided by fewer than four percentage points in North Carolina, the release added. Trump won the state in 2016 with a 3.7 percent margin. Both campaigns are concentrating on so called battleground states such as North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio, crucial to obtaining the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

      Biden is up 2.7% in North Carolina on average in the most recent six surveys posted on Realcleapolitics.com (RCP), which includes Tuesday's Monmouth poll. The former vice president is ahead by more than 10% in the RCP average, and leads in 8 of the top ten largest swing states. However, Biden's lead in four of those 8 states is within a typical margin of error range.

      Electoral votes are allocated to individual states based on their representation in Congress, a system that makes it possible for a candidate to win the presidency without winning the nationwide popular vote, as with Trump’s 2016 victory.

    • 16:21

      Army Secretary Says No Requests Made for National Guard to Ensure US Election Security

      The US military has not received any requests for the National Guard to be used to ensure security during the upcoming November presidential election, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a press briefing on Tuesday

      "There have been no requests from other agencies to support at this time," McCarthy said in response to a question whether he anticipated the National Guard to play any role in ensuring the security of the November election.

      McCarthy also said "we are always available to support the Metro police department or other federal agencies."

      The United States presidential election is set to be held on 3 November.

    • 16:12

      How Has This Incident Affected Voter Registration System?

      Virginia System Goes Down on Last Day of Voter Registration Due to Cut Cable

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Virginia voter registration system has gone down on the last day for voters to register before the 3 November presidential and general elections as a result of a cable cut, the Virginia Department of Elections said in a statement on Tuesday.
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    • 15:33

      NYPD Memo: Police Must Be Ready to Respond to Unrest

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      New York Police Ordered to Prepare For Protests Before, After Election, Memo Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea told all uniformed NYPD members to prepare to deal with protests before and after the November 3 US presidential election, according to a department memo that was obtained and published by CNN.
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    • 12:53

      Why Do Republicans Want Trump's SCOTUS Nominee to Be Confirmed Before Elections?

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      Republican and Democratic senators clashed during the first day of the fast-tracked confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, with Republicans underscoring her commitment to the rule of law, while Democrats cast her as an alleged threat to Americans' health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 12:50

      NYPD Bracing For New Wave of Protests

      Protesters are arrested by NYPD officers on Park Avenue after violating curfew Friday, June 5, 2020, in New York. Demonstrations continued Friday following the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25

      New York Police Reportedly Urge Officers to Get Set for New Protests Ahead of Election

      Nearly all parts of the US were shaken by a wave of unrest after the death of George Floyd on 25 May. The riots went on for weeks, with many stores looted, public property damaged and thousands of arrests made.
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    • 12:48

      Ballot Witness Requirement Eliminated in Alaska

      This Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 photo shows a completed Alaska Primary absentee ballot before it was put inside a mailbox in Anchorage, Alaska.

      Alaska Scraps Ballot Witness Rules Amid Trump’s Fears of Mass Mail-In Vote Fraud

      The US president has repeatedly criticised the mass mail-in voting being used as a health precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, alleging that mail-in ballots are ripe for fraud because they are easier to steal, forge or alter, since they are not as actively supervised by election officials. Democrats have dismissed these claims.
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    • 12:45

      Long Queues at Polling Stations

      Hundreds of people wait in line for early voting on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Marietta, Georgia

      'Absolutely Ridiculous': Extremely Long Lines Caught on Camera in Georgia as Early Voting Begins

      In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, US election officials have been calling upon Americans to cast their votes as early as possible, either through absentee voting or by going to polls in person.
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    • 12:44

      Early Voting Continues

      StreetsLA workers install one of 123 Vote by Mail Drop Boxes outside a public library, amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 11, 2020.

      Over 10 Million US Voters Have Already Cast Ballots - US Elections Project

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - More than 10 million Americans have already voted in the US election, data from the United States Elections Project, led by University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, shows.
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