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Elections

Democrats unveil plan to update landmark voting law

House Democrats on Tuesday put forward a new proposal to update the landmark Voting Rights Act, seeking against long odds to revive the civil rights-era legislation that once served as a barrier against discriminatory voting laws. The bill, introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama, seeks to restore a key provision of the federal law

Legal Beat

Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states as he slipped behind Democrat Joe Biden in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better

Media

Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery

This coming weekend, CNN’s Sam Feist will distribute to his staff copies of the testimony news executives gave to Congress when they tried to explain how television networks got 2000′s disputed election so spectacularly wrong. It’s required reading — perhaps never more than this year. Media planners are preaching caution in the face of a

Politics

EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

There’s a good chance Americans won’t know the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election when they go to bed that night. The main reason? Many states have made it easier to request a mail ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about crowded polling places. But mail ballots generally require more time to process than ballots

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