By: - October 26, 2018 12:00 am

GA: Hundreds of Georgia absentee ballots at stake in court battle

A court order issued despite objections by Secretary of State Brian Kemp — the Republican nominee for Georgia governor — and other elections leaders could affect several hundred Georgia absentee ballots once the legal wrangling plays out.

MT: Republicans apologize for misleading publicity about absentee ballots in Montana

The Republican National Committee has apologized for inaccuracies in a mailing that could have resulted in votes coming in too late to count. The mailer incorrectly stated that absentee ballots could be postmarked in Montana and still be counted if received after election day.

VT: Two men with the same name are running for Vermont House seats

Frank Davis and Frank Davis share more than a name. They are around the same age. One is originally from New Jersey, while the other is from New York. They are both former educators, and they both happen to be running for the Vermont House of Representatives in the November election.

MS: Mississippi judge replaces state flag in courtroom

A municipal judge ordered the removal of the Mississippi state flag, which contains the Confederate emblem, from his courtroom in 2017. Now, he’s flying a new proposed state flag in his courtroom.

PA: Electric scooters aren’t street legal in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia officials believed a shared bike ordinance the city passed in June would cover scooters as well as bikes. But the city changed course after it discovered a June 2017 fact sheet released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that says electric scooters are not street-legal. 

CT: Ahead of midterms, some Connecticut companies offer time off to vote

Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote. But most states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. Connecticut is among the minority of states that do not offer such protections.

TX: Texas county expands early voting on university campus after lawsuit

Two days after students at Prairie View A&M University sued Waller County, Texas, over allegations that the county is suppressing the voting rights of black residents, the rural county said it is expanding early voting opportunities for students at the historically black university.

NY: New York election counsel accused of ‘disproportionate’ number of cases against minorities

A co-chairman of the New York state Board of Elections accused the office’s chief enforcement counsel of disproportionately targeting black and Hispanic political candidates. 

NM: Court says New Mexico can fine attorney general in cockfight case

A state court ruled that New Mexico can fine its own attorney general for withholding information under open records laws in a case involving a state task force that raided ranches looking for illegal cockfights. The ruling was seen as a victory for the public’s right to know. 

CA: Three California volcanoes are at the top of federal volcano threat list

Three of California’s volcanoes are still considered to be a very high threat to erupt, along with 15 others nationwide, according to the first update of the federal government’s volcano threat assessment in more than a decade.

MA: Opioid addiction in Massachusetts is much worse than thought, study finds

A study from Boston Medical Center estimates that 275,000 Massachusetts residents, or nearly 5 percent of people older than age 11, suffered from opioid use disorder in 2015. Previous estimates based on national surveys pegged the number at just over 1 percent.

WV: West Virginia governor touts broadband network

In what he called an “incredible announcement,” Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced that a broadband network operator will build a fiber network route, crossing 200 miles of West Virginia.

KS: Methamphetamine fuels Kansas’ crime growth, experts say

Methamphetamine addiction is plaguing Kansas, driving up the crime rate and filling jails with people who would be better served in treatment centers, law enforcement leaders say.

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