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Voter challenges, records requests swamp election offices

Voter challenges, records requests swamp election offices

Spurred by conspiracy theories concerning the 2020 presidential election, activists around the country are using laws that permit people to exist courageous sufficient a voter's fair to cast a ballot to competition the registrations of thousands of voters at a time.

In Iowa, Linn County Auditor Joel Miller had handled trio voter challenges over the foregoing 15 years. He received 119 over fair place of set of two days following Doug Frank, an Ohio teacher who is touring the country spreading doubts concerning the 2020 election, swung into with every one other accompanied by not here of the state.

In Nassau County inside northern Florida, place of set of two residents challenged the registrations of almost 2,000 voters fair sextet days earlier to last month's primary. In Georgia, activists are dropping off boxloads of challenges inside the diverse accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Democratic-leaning counties comprising the Atlanta metro area, including additional than 35,000 inside one county late last month.

Election officials speak the vast majority of the challenges will exist irrelevant since they competition the presence on voting rolls of people who by that hour dated are inside the procedure of actuality removed following they moved not here of the region. Still, they create potentially hundreds of hours of additional labour while the offices scramble to prepare for November's election.

"They at finest overburden election officials inside the run-up to an election, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at worse they lead to people actuality removed from the rolls when they shouldn't be," said Sean Morales-Doyle of The Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked an upswing inside voter challenges.

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The voter challenges go nearer while activists who exist convinced by inside the election lies of former President Donald Trump excessively have flooded election offices across the country accompanied by condition records requests accompanied by every one one other accompanied by threats of litigation, piling flat additional labour on them while they prepared for November.

"It's time-consuming for us, since we have to inquire accompanied by our county attorneys concerning what the real response is going to be," said Rachel Rodriguez, an elections supervisor inside Dane County, Wisconsin, which includes Madison, the condition capital.

She received duplicate emails demanding records concerning place of set of two weeks ago: "It's taking up valuable hour dated that we don't necessarily have while election officials when we're trying to prepare for a November election."

Michael Henrici, the Democratic commissioner of elections inside New York's Otsego County, received a single-line email last week warning of unspecified "election integrity" litigation, at that hour dated a follow-up complaining he hadn't responded.

"These aren't people accompanied by specific grievances," Henrici said. "They're getting a form letter from someone's podcast accompanied by every one one other accompanied by occasionally filling inside the blanks."

Multiple investigations accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reviews, including one by Trump's own Department of Justice, found no indeed indeed significant fraud i n the 2020 presidential election, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by courts rejected dozens of lawsuits brought by Trump accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his allies. But Trump has continued to insist that widespread fraud cost him re-election. That has inspired legions of activists to become do-it-yourself election sleuths around the country, challenging local voting officials at every one one turn.

In Linn County, Iowa, which includes the city of Cedar Rapids, Miller said he accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the auditors who sprint elections inside the state's other 98 counties have been deluged accompanied by both records requests accompanied by every one one other accompanied by voter challenges.

"The whole barrage came inside a two-week period," Miller said, following the tour by Frank, who uses mathematical projections to build claims of a vast conspiracy to purloin the election from Trump, "and it's happening to auditors across the state."

Election offices routinely go into with every one other accompanied by not here of their voter rolls accompanied by every one one other accompanied by remove those who have moved or died. Federal rules with every one other accompanied by regulations constrains how fast they tin permit let fall voters, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by conservative activists have lengthy complained that election officials do not go swiftly sufficient to clean up their rolls.

The recent challenges stem from activists comparing postal change-of-address accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other databases to voter rolls. Election officials speak this is redundant, since they by that hour dated lay clasp of the same steps.

Sometimes the challenges go nearer following election conspiracists go door-to-door, regularly inside laboriously minority neighborhoods, seeking proof that votes were cast improperly inside 2020.

Texas' laboriously Democratic Harris County, which includes Houston, received almost 5,000 challenges from a conservative category that went door-to-door checking voter addresses. The election office said it dismissed the challenges it legally had to analysis earlier to the election accompanied by every one one other accompanied by will complete the remainder following Nov. 8.

Activists inside Gwinnett County, which stretches across the increasingly Democratic northern Atlanta suburbs, spent 10 months comparing change-of-address accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other databases accompanied by the county's voter rolls. They submitted eight boxes of challenges last month. About 15,000, they said, were complaints that specific voters improperly received letters ballots inside 2020. Another 22,000 were for voters they contend are no indeed indeed longer at their registered address.

There are so numerous challenges that election officials have yet to flat count them all. But Zach Manifold, Gwinnett's election supervisor, said that, inside every one one single letters ballot objection the office has sampled, the voter properly received a mailed ballot.

But if some of the address-challenged voters do try to cast a ballot inside November, the county's elections board will need to resolve whether that ballot should count. They'll only have sextet days to build a decision, while they have to certify their ballot total by the Monday following Election Day under Georgia law.

Manifold estimated his office has a month to log accompanied by every one one other accompanied by research the challenges, earlier to letters ballots go not here for the November elections: "It is a firm window to obtain every one thing done," he said.

Many of the large counties facing voter roll challenges are places where President Joe Biden hit Trump inside 2020, including Gwinnett accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Harris. Yet those behind the try debate the idea that they are targeting Democratic-leaning counties accompanied by every one one other accompanied by speak they're employed on behalf of all voters. In Florida's Nassau County, for example, Trump won accompanied by additional than 72% of the vote.

"They should exist pleased that the voter rolls are actuality cleaned up so they tin build sure their votes count," said Garland Favorito, a conservative activist who has teamed up accompanied by supporters of Trump's election lies accompanied by every one one other accompanied by is helping accompanied by voter challenges inside Georgia.

Favorito said additional challenges are coming inside other Georgia counties.

Under legislation passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, there are no indeed indeed limits on the number of voter challenges that tin exist filed inside Georgia. Most states implicitly place restraints on challenges, said Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center. They need a complainant to have specific, personal details concerning the voters they mark accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place up penalties for making frivolous challenges.

Florida is an example. Its voter exist courageous sufficient rules with every one other accompanied by regulations only permits the filing of challenges 30 days earlier to an election, requiring election officials to be in touch every one one voter challenged earlier to Election Day. It is a misdemeanor to file a "frivolous" challenge. But voter challenges almost derailed Florida's main last month inside heavily-Republican Nassau County, inside the northeastern small part of the state.

Two women who belonged to a conservative group, County Citizens Defending Freedom, dropped off the almost 2,000 challenges at the county elections office sextet days earlier to the Aug. 23 primary.

Luckily for the office, the challenges were filed inside an incorrect format. Elections Supervisor Janet Adkins told the activists they would analysis them, anyway — following the primary.

"To lay clasp of away a person's fair to ballot is a extremely solemn thing," Adkins said.

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Holly Ramer inside Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

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Election officials by that hour dated assume hostile overseas governments ability have the sensitive data, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by so they lay clasp of precautions \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-russia-ukraine-voting-presidential-local-89f03587e105290deddc647d43dd6960\">to retain protected from danger their voting systems\u003c/a>.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>The additional immediate exist concerning is the possibility that \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-presidential-elections-michigan-elections-76957524a0ef7fa0208ddc636aabac2d\">rogue election workers\u003c/a>, including those sympathetic to \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/technology-donald-trump-conspiracy-theories-government-and-politics-db50c6f709b1706886a876ae6ac298e2\">lies concerning the 2020 presidential election\u003c/a>, ability use their access to election apparatus accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the knowledge gained into with every one other accompanied by not here of the breaches to launch an assault from within. That could exist intended to gain an advantage for their desired candidate or party, or to introduce system problems that would sow further distrust inside the election results.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:921431144683' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='95b862c0cb66aac446a213aace504776'>Hub peek embed (2022Midtermelections) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>In some of the suspected safety breaches, authorities are investigating whether local officials provided unauthorized access to people who copied software accompanied by every one one other accompanied by firm operate data, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by inside some cases shared it publicly.\u003c/p>\u003cp>After \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-donald-trump-georgia-6c5483c82b47cf402136b39e72326309\">the Georgia breach\u003c/a>, a category of election safety experts said the unauthorized copying accompanied by every one one other accompanied by sharing of election facts from rural Coffee County presented "serious threats" to the November election. They urged the condition election board to \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-georgia-atlanta-54d9d88fa442398371566bfb736b73a2\">replace the touchscreen devices\u003c/a> used all over the condition accompanied by every one one other accompanied by use only hand-marked paper ballots.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Harri Hursti, a leading expert inside voting security, said he is worried concerning another use of the breached data. Access to the voting apparatus facts or software tin exist used to grow a practical looking video inside which someone claims to have manipulated a voting system, he said.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Such a fake video posted online or to communal media on or following Election Day could create chaos for an election office accompanied by every one one other accompanied by spring voters to exist courageous sufficient the accuracy of the results.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"If you have those rogue images, now you tin begin manufacturing false, compelling proof — incorrect proof of wrongdoing that never happened,\" Hursti said. "You tin begin creating extremely compelling imaginary evidence."\u003c/p>\u003cp>There has been no indeed indeed proof that voting machines have been manipulated, either all over \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/top-officials-elections-most-secure-66f9361084ccbc461e3bbf42861057a5\">the 2020 election\u003c/a> or inside this year's primaries. But \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-presidential-biden-cabinet-b4a3422d188fdd921d8e6f38f53ea0d0\">conspiracy theories\u003c/a> widely promoted among some conservatives have led to calls for replacing the machines accompanied by \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-new-hampshire-nevada-donald-trump-elections-3f6785364fd52655cbd034f0708c6f0f\">hand-marked accompanied by every one one other accompanied by hand-counted ballots\u003c/a> accompanied by every one one other accompanied by raised concerns that they could exist targeted by people employed inside election offices or \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-presidential-conspiracy-theories-colorado-53c90f7afe304e26eaee79b4699181bb\">at polling places\u003c/a>.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>The suspected breaches become perceptible to exist orchestrated or encouraged by people who \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/election-claims-biden-won-explained-bd53b14ce871412b462cb3fe2c563f18\">falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen\u003c/a> from Trump. In some of the cases, \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-technology-donald-trump-voting-92c0ace71d7bee6151dd33938688371e\">employees of local election offices or election boards\u003c/a> gave access to voting systems to people who were not authorized to have it. The incidents emerged into condition view following the voting system passwords for Mesa County, Colorado, were posted online, prompting a local investigation \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-steve-bannon-voting-donald-trump-elections-445316b2dda05dd21855e009411b3f21\">\u003c/a> accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a victorious try \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/technology-elections-colorado-hacking-731504d15659f938d30b8aecdf0caecd\">to replace the county clerk\u003c/a> from overseeing elections.\u003c/p>\u003cp>MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has organized or attended forums around the U.S. peddling conspiracy theories concerning voting machines, said this week that he had received a subpoena from a confederate magnificent jury investigating the breach inside Colorado accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was ordered to hand over his cellphone to FBI agents who approached him at a fast-food eating place inside Minnesota.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"And they told me not to tell anybody," Lindell said inside a video afterward. \"OK, I won't. But I am."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Lindell accompanied by every one one other accompanied by others have been traveling the country over the past year, holding events where attendees are told that voting machines have been corrupted, that officials are "selected" by preference than elected accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that widespread fraud cost Trump the 2020 election.\u003c/p>\u003cp>In an gathering accompanied by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Lindell said FBI agents questioned him concerning the Colorado breach accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Dominion Voting Systems. The firm provides voting apparatus used inside concerning 30 states accompanied by every one one other accompanied by has had its machines targeted inside the Colorado, Georgia accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Michigan breaches.\u003c/p>\u003cp>When agents asked him why he flies inside the centre of different states, Linden told them, "I'm going to attorney generals accompanied by every one one other accompanied by politicians, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by I'm trying to obtain them to obtain understandable of these voting machines inside our country."\u003c/p>\u003cp>The Justice Department did not respond when asked for details concerning its investigation.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Dominion has sued Lindell accompanied by every one one other accompanied by others, accusing them of defamation. In a statement this week, the firm said it would not remark concerning ongoing investigations nevertheless said its systems are secure. It noted that no indeed indeed credible proof has been provided to show that its machines "did anything other than count votes correctly accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reliably inside all states."\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>The scope of the confederate magnificent jury probe inside Colorado isn't known, nevertheless local authorities \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-steve-bannon-voting-donald-trump-elections-445316b2dda05dd21855e009411b3f21\">have charged Mesa County office employee Tina Peters\u003c/a> inside what they described while a "deceptive scheme which was designed to effect condition servants, breach safety protocols, exceed permissible access to voting apparatus accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place inside movement the eventual distribution of confidential details to unauthorized people."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Peters has pleaded not culpable accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said she had the ability to inquire into concerns that the voting apparatus had been manipulated. She has appeared at numerous events accompanied by Lindell over the past year, including Lindell's "cybersymposium" last August inside which a digital copy of Mesa County's election management system was distributed.\u003c/p>\u003cp>David Becker, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney who now leads the Center for Election Innovation & Research, notes the irony of those who lift alarms concerning voting apparatus actuality associated accompanied by inside allegations of breaches of the same systems.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The people who have been attacking the integrity of elections are destroying the real integrity of elections," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>___\u003c/p>\u003cp>Associated Press author Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.\u003c/p>\u003cp>___\u003c/p>\u003cp>Follow the AP's voting coverage at: https://apnews.com/hub/voting\u003c/p>","alertLinkDateTime":null,"storyLayout":{},"reporters":[],"headlinePlacement":null,"relatedStoryEmbeds":[],"disableNativo":false}],"disclaimerText":null,"dividerColor":"#000000","expandedStoryCount":null,"feed":[],"headlineWidget":false,"hubPeekLinkText":null,"hubPeekTagId":null,"hubPeekTagName":null,"hubPeekCanonicalName":null,"hubPeekIsPr":null,"minimizedStoryCount":null,"tagObjs":[{"id":"2022Midtermelections","name":"2022 Midterm elections","canonicalName":"2022-midterm-elections","isPr":false},{"id":"apf-technology","name":"Technology","canonicalName":"technology","isPr":false},{"id":"apf-politics","name":"Politics","canonicalName":"politics","isPr":false},{"id":"apf-topnews","name":"AP Top News","canonicalName":"ap-top-news","isPr":false},{"id":"Elections","name":"Elections","canonicalName":"elections","isPr":false},{"id":"Colorado","name":"Colorado","canonicalName":"colorado","isPr":false},{"id":"Voting","name":"Voting","canonicalName":"voting","isPr":false},{"id":"DonaldTrump","name":"Donald Trump","canonicalName":"donald-trump","isPr":false},{"id":"Software","name":"Software","canonicalName":"software","isPr":false},{"id":"Georgia","name":"Georgia","canonicalName":"georgia","isPr":false},{"id":"Presidentialelections","name":"Presidential elections","canonicalName":"presidential-elections","isPr":false},{"id":"Localelections","name":"Local elections","canonicalName":"local-elections","isPr":false},{"id":"Conspiracytheories","name":"Conspiracy theories","canonicalName":"conspiracy-theories","isPr":false},{"id":"Election2020","name":"Election 2020","canonicalName":"election-2020","isPr":false},{"id":"Votingmachines","name":"Voting machines","canonicalName":"voting-machines","isPr":false},{"id":"Governmentandpolitics","name":"Government accompanied by every one one other accompanied by politics","canonicalName":"government-and-politics","isPr":false}],"textColor":"#000000","layoutType":"null","customLayoutType":"null","styleName":null,"endDateTime":null,"teamLimit":25,"medalCounts":null,"medalsUpdated":null,"olympicYear":null,"notificationUrl":null,"notificationText":null,"notificationTitle":null,"notificationType":null,"notificationUpdated":null,"adUnits":{},"displayPositionHome":null,"displayPositionApp":null,"featuredCard":null,"publishedDate":"2022-09-16 18:18:07","enableTblRegion":false},{"id":"urn:publicid:ap.org:195783f779f2eadec78abbb7cde9b64a","shortId":"urn:publicid:ap.org:195783f779f2eadec78abbb7cde9b64a","allowAd":true,"borderColor":null,"brackets":null,"bracketsSettings":null,"cardTitle":null,"embedCardTitleColor":null,"cardHeadline":null,"cardType":"Wire Story","collectionTagObjs":null,"contents":[{"id":"urn:publicid:ap.org:195783f779f2eadec78abbb7cde9b64a","shortId":"195783f779f2eadec78abbb7cde9b64a","bylines":"By ANDREW DeMILLO","canonicalUrl":"health-donald-trump-arkansas-cancer-mike-huckabee","contentType":"text","disableConnatix":false,"downloadSettings":{},"embedCaption":null,"embedHeight":null,"embedHTML":null,"embedLinkURL":null,"firstWords":"\u003cp>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. 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(AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is running for executive inside Arkansas, underwent surgery Friday for thyroid cancer.Sanders announced she underwent the s...","isTpContent":false,"socialEmbeds":[],"isPrContent":false,"storyHTML":"\u003cp>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is running for \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-arkansas-primary-governor-92c3770dc9fd23d80e0e3a4bc6797597\">governor\u003c/a> inside Arkansas, underwent surgery Friday for thyroid cancer.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Sanders announced she underwent the surgery following a biopsy earlier this month revealed that she had thyroid cancer. Sanders was recovering at an Arkansas medical organization on Friday, her military operation said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Today, I underwent a victorious surgery to remove my thyroid accompanied by every one one other accompanied by surrounding lymph nodes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by by the grace of God I am now cancer-free,\" Sanders said inside a \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/SarahHuckabee/status/1570859978675879938?s=20&t=dd6dJuEZfNZQ3-DG2j6hLg\">statement\u003c/a> released by her campaign. "I want to convey gratitude to the Arkansas doctors accompanied by every one one other accompanied by nurses for their world-class care, while well while my family accompanied by every one one other accompanied by friends for their love, prayers, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by support.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>Sanders, 40, said she looked forward to returning to the military operation series soon. Sanders' last condition event was at the Arkansas Razorbacks football game on Saturday. Spokesman Judd Deere said Sanders went to place of set of two fundraisers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by held some meetings at the military operation office Thursday.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Sanders, who served while former President Donald Trump's spokeswoman until 2019, is running opposed to Democratic nominee Chris Jones. She is the feminine child of former Gov. Mike Huckabee. \u003c/p>\u003cp>"Our hearts go not here to you, Sarah. Our family is intelligent of you accompanied by every one one other accompanied by praying for you accompanied by every one one other accompanied by your family,\" Jones accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his wife, Jerrilyn, said inside a \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/JonesForAR/status/1570896301273026560?s=20&t=dd6dJuEZfNZQ3-DG2j6hLg\">statement\u003c/a>. "It's truthfully a blessing that you caught this cancer early accompanied by every one one other accompanied by were intelligent to receive world-class behaviour towards so quickly.\"\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:921431144683' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='195783f779f2eadec78abbb7cde9b64a'>Hub peek embed (2022Midtermelections) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>Sanders, who has shattered fundraising records inside the race, is laboriously favored inside the predominantly Republican condition of Arkansas. The state's contemporaneous Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, is leaving office inside January due to word limits.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Hutchinson said he accompanied by every one one other accompanied by earliest lady Susan Hutchinson wished Sanders a "full accompanied by every one one other accompanied by speedy recovery.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>"We hope you're spine on the military operation series soon!\" he \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/AsaHutchinson/status/1570886075475972098?s=20&t=dd6dJuEZfNZQ3-DG2j6hLg\">tweeted\u003c/a>.\u003c/p>\u003cp>A physician for Sanders said inside a statement that he expected her to exist spine on her feet within the following 24 hours. Dr. John R. Sims, a surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center inside Little Rock, said Sanders will need adjuvant behaviour towards accompanied by radioactive iodine accompanied by every one one other accompanied by continued long-term go nearer behind up care.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Sims said Sanders' cancer was a phase 1 papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most usual type of thyroid cancer accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said she has an "excellent\" prognosis.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"I exist convinced by it's fair to speak she's now cancer free, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by I don't expect some of this slowing her down,\" Sims said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>During Sanders' almost two-year tenure at the White House, she scaled spine done every one one day televised briefings following repeatedly sparring accompanied by reporters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by faced questions concerning her credibility. 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(AP) — The GOP's nominee for Nevada executive said Thursday he would fight opposed to a national abortion ban if Congress were to go one."It's the ballot of the people within the condition of Ne...","isTpContent":false,"socialEmbeds":[],"isPrContent":false,"storyHTML":"\u003cp>RENO, Nev. (AP) — The GOP's nominee for Nevada executive said Thursday he would fight opposed to a national abortion ban if Congress were to go one.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"It's the ballot of the people within the condition of Nevada, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by I will support that," Joe Lombardo, who is normally anti-abortion, told reporters while campaigning inside the condition accompanied by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. "That is an matter that doesn't need to exist inside politics."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Nevada voters codified the fair to abortion up to 24 weeks into rules with every one other accompanied by regulations inside a 1990 referendum. Any order to further restrict abortion would have to go nearer from a ballot of the people, not the condition legislature, different from inside numerous other states.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Earlier this week, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-abortion-inflation-us-supreme-court-health-7ea4f8fa597c97042503d856a082ef94\">proposed a near-total abortion ban\u003c/a> following 15 weeks. \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-abortion-south-carolina-general-lindsey-graham-d81ce581ab1a4c1e4af0ed3991796fdd\">The legislation undermined numerous GOP candidates' arguments\u003c/a> this summer that the future of abortion rights inside the U.S. would exist decided by individual states.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Lombardo, who is the Clark County sheriff, has lengthy maintained that while executive he would esteem the 1990 ballot though he is Catholic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by holds anti-abortion views.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Still, a nationwide abortion ban would supersede Nevada law, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it is unclear how Lombardo could fight one.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Lombardo's announcement came inside difference to some Republicans who have shied away or supported Graham's proposal. Republican April Becker, a candidate inside Nevada's 3rd Congressional District, opposes abortion except for instances of rape accompanied by every one one other accompanied by incest. But she \u003ca href=\"https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/republican-candidate-tests-novel-strategy-abortion-nevada-house-race-rcna47279\">told NBC News\u003c/a> this week that she would ballot opposed to a nationwide abortion ban, calling it unconstitutional for Congress to jurisdiction abortion.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:575522641639' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='8116e7ccde2168ffdd8ed9fde48bb90d'>Hub peek embed (Abortion) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>Also on Thursday, New Mexico's Republican executive nominee proposed a referendum that \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/abortion-2022-midterm-elections-health-new-mexico-constitutions-26fec890866727aa4684225eff7b77d1\">could place new limitations on abortion access.\u003c/a>\u003c/p>\u003cp>Following the Supreme Court's decision inside June to overturn Roe v. Wade, Nevada Gov. Sisolak signed an administrative order saying Nevada will not assist other states that try to prosecute residents who journey to Nevada for abortions. It excessively ensures medical boards accompanied by every one one other accompanied by commissions that oversee medical licenses do not discipline or disqualify doctors who provide abortions.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Though he has stepped spine from when he said he would overturn the administrative order, Lombardo \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/abortion-2022-midterm-elections-health-nevada-383db9b3cbfa9b0af0946e742f0dfbe1\">has maintained\u003c/a> that he would "look at it from the lens of actuality a pro-life governor."\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>After Thursday's rally, Sisolak spokesperson Natalie Gould released a statement saying "Joe Lombardo is lying."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Lombardo accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Youngkin spent the day holding events inside both Las Vegas accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Reno, where the Virginia executive evoked his own high-profile victory a year ago.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Lombardo attacked the Democratic incumbent Sisolak on education, crime accompanied by every one one other accompanied by for closing nonessential businesses early inside the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked of further diversifying Nevada's economy, additional ability for educational organization decision-making to parents accompanied by every one one other accompanied by expanding charter schools.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"This was a movement," Youngkin said of his victory subsequent on. "And that movement is here now. It's your turn."\u003c/p>\u003cp>___\u003c/p>\u003cp>Stern is a corps subscriber for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national labour program that places journalists inside local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. 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They reached wee-hours usual ground following an appeal to lay clasp of deed inside the shared interests of the nation, avoiding a strike that would have shut down railroads across the country.\u003c/p>\u003cp>By keeping the trains running, Biden overcame a greatest monetary threat that doubled while a political risk. His fellow Democrats by that hour dated face a difficult fight to convey on accompanied by their small clasp on ability inside Congress amid soaring inflation. \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/biden-approval-rating-poll-bf41fe8b0016bf8aaf144e7310c6539f\">Biden's own approval rating\u003c/a>, though improving, is still underwater.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>The tentative deal, which still requires approval from a dozen unions, would lift members' pay 24% over five years accompanied by every one one other accompanied by improve labour schedules accompanied by every one one other accompanied by health protected from danger keeping inside a way that Biden said recognizes "the dignity of their work." Railroad companies could convey on accompanied by vital operations accompanied by every one one other accompanied by retain away from a costly shutdown, while actuality inside a better place to enlist accompanied by every one one other accompanied by retain employees.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:921431144683' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='cbc8eb5b29b817033d42204480b282da'>Hub peek embed (2022Midtermelections) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>"This accord allows us to convey on accompanied by to rebuild a better America accompanied by an affluence that truthfully works for employed people accompanied by every one one other accompanied by their families," Biden said Thursday inside celebratory remarks inside the Rose Garden. "Today is a win, I signify it sincerely, a go nearer earliest inside for America."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Members of one union, the International Association of Machinists accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Aerospace Workers District 19, voted to \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/health-covid-government-and-politics-87bc3c3e0120b8258557767576262d89\">reject the tentative agreement\u003c/a>, nevertheless the IAM agreed to delay some strike by its members to permit additional hour dated for possible additional negotiations accompanied by every one one other accompanied by for other unions to vote.\u003c/p>\u003cp>White House officials had worried that a objection strongly at shutdown, no indeed indeed matter how long, would have perilous monetary consequences fair while voters build up their minds ahead of the November elections. The settlement, instead, now provides Biden an chance to show his management is delivering for voters, while dire report coverage yields to reassurance at the cost of only a few canceled Amtrak trains.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='fa83a6d5cffe4e62b8e22df1d7922a87' class='media-placeholder'>\u003c/div>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Through the talks, Biden managed to retain away from the disruption lacking offending either labour or corporate constituencies. Biden, his advisers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Democrats across the country know the broadest possible coalition is needed to assist candidates lay clasp of small portion inside midterms that have historically favored the communal gathering not here of political power.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Biden intentionally chose not to dictate the terms of the accord to either side, said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The president's focus was making sure that a accord was done that is satisfactory to everybody — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by excessively prevented a greatest disruption to our economy," said Walsh, who moved the last sextet hours of negotiations into his office.\u003c/p>\u003cp>What at earliest appeared to exist a worst-case conspiracy ultimately turned into a collective sigh of relief.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"This is the finest consequence the Biden management could have hoped for," said Jake Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Washington University inside St. Louis who has researched the labour movement. He noted that the unions' requests for ill depart from accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reliable scheduling aligned accompanied by Biden's own values.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Unlike inside past labour disputes involving the railroads, the management never had to place real pressure on the unions, nevertheless while an different could lay clasp of deed exist fond of an morally correct broker looking for a compromise inside the centre of management accompanied by every one one other accompanied by union positions,\" Rosenfeld said. \"That keeps the management inside good graces accompanied by labour additional broadly.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>Business interests excessively praised the administration's efforts. John Drake, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president of transportation policy, said Walsh came to the bench accompanied by a flat of expertise accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the trust of stakeholders. That made it easier to finalize a deal.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The ramifications of a objection strongly at strike were so catastrophic that we couldn't flat begin to catalog it,\" Drake said. \"This is 100% a win."\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Not everyone celebrated. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had proposed a measure on Wednesday that would have forced the unions to receive a contract. He criticized Senate Democrats for blocking his proposal, only to have aides carry on accompanied by to exist silent on Thursday when asked whether the accord was good for the economy.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Biden has gone not here of his way to champion organized labor, regularly having members of local unions introduce him for speeches across the country. \u003c/p>\u003cp>UAW Local 598's Ryan Buchalski, introduced Biden on Wednesday at the Detroit auto show while "the most union- accompanied by every one one other accompanied by labor-friendly president inside American history" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by someone who was "kickin' ass for the employed class." Buchalski harked spine to pivotal sitdown strikes by autoworkers inside the 1930s. \u003c/p>\u003cp>In the speech that followed, Biden recognized that he wouldn't exist inside the White House lacking the support of unions such while the UAW accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the IBEW electrical workers, saying that autoworkers "brung me to the dance." \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>About 16% of voters inside the 2020 election came from union households, which backed Biden 56% to 42% inside the narrowly decided race, according to AP VoteCast.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The president's approval took a greatest hit starting last year since of inflation worsened by inside attendance accompanied by chain disruptions for autos, furnishings accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other basic goods coming not here of the pandemic recession. The problems intensified this year accompanied by a infant formula shortage accompanied by every one one other accompanied by diminished supplies worldwide of food, lubricant accompanied by every one one other accompanied by natural gasoline following Russia's February invasion of Ukraine. Consumer inflation hit a 40-year high inside June, only to begin drifting down inside the place of set of two months since. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Biden's popularity has been regaining ground while gasoline costs have declined. A new poll by AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows his approval improving from a low of 36% inside July to 45% inside the most recent survey. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Estimates place the done every one one day cost of a railroad shutdown at $2 billion. A stoppage would have left-hand stranded raw materials for factories, fuel accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flat the chemicals needed to behave towards wastewater. 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He received 119 over fair place of set of two days following Doug Frank, an Ohio teacher who is \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-presidential-biden-cabinet-b4a3422d188fdd921d8e6f38f53ea0d0\">touring the country\u003c/a> spreading doubts concerning the 2020 election, swung into with every one other accompanied by not here of the state.\u003c/p>\u003cp>In Nassau County inside northern Florida, place of set of two residents challenged the registrations of almost 2,000 voters fair sextet days earlier to last month's primary. In Georgia, activists are dropping off boxloads of challenges inside the diverse accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Democratic-leaning counties comprising the Atlanta metro area, including additional than 35,000 inside one county late last month.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Election officials speak the vast majority of the challenges will exist irrelevant since they competition the presence on voting rolls of people who by that hour dated are inside the procedure of actuality removed following they moved not here of the region. Still, they create potentially hundreds of hours of additional labour while the offices scramble to prepare for November's election. \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"They at finest overburden election officials inside the run-up to an election, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at worse they lead to people actuality removed from the rolls when they shouldn't be," said Sean Morales-Doyle of The Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked an upswing inside voter challenges.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:921431144683' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='dfbe7f00418a35c70c9d53fa3a260111'>Hub peek embed (2022Midtermelections) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>The voter challenges go nearer while activists who exist convinced by inside \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-michael-pence-electoral-college-elections-health-2d9bd47a8bd3561682ac46c6b3873a10\">the election lies\u003c/a> of former President Donald Trump excessively have flooded election offices across the country accompanied by condition records requests accompanied by every one one other accompanied by threats of litigation, piling flat additional labour on them while they prepared for November.\u003c/p>\u003cp>\"It's time-consuming for us, since we have to inquire accompanied by our county attorneys concerning what the real response is going to be," said Rachel Rodriguez, an elections supervisor inside Dane County, Wisconsin, which includes Madison, the condition capital.\u003c/p>\u003cp>She received duplicate emails demanding records concerning place of set of two weeks ago: "It's taking up valuable hour dated that we don't necessarily have while election officials when we're trying to prepare for a November election."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Michael Henrici, the Democratic commissioner of elections inside New York's Otsego County, received a single-line email last week warning of unspecified "election integrity" litigation, at that hour dated a follow-up complaining he hadn't responded.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"These aren't people accompanied by specific grievances,\" Henrici said. \"They're getting a form letter from someone's podcast accompanied by every one one other accompanied by occasionally filling inside the blanks."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Multiple \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-wisconsin-presidential-elections-state-elections-madison-9a2f172dd8074668ded26bd5b0b41fbb\">investigations\u003c/a> accompanied by every one one other accompanied by \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-joe-biden-election-2020-elections-government-and-politics-4b6643aa699480dc63cbce8555aac946\">reviews,\u003c/a> including one by Trump's own \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/barr-no-widespread-election-fraud-b1f1488796c9a98c4b1a9061a6c7f49d\">Department of Justice\u003c/a>, found \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/voter-fraud-election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-7fcb6f134e528fee8237c7601db3328f\">no significant fraud i\u003c/a> n the 2020 presidential election, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by courts rejected \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-courts-election-results-e1297d874f45d2b14bc99c403abd0457\">dozens of lawsuits\u003c/a> brought by Trump accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his allies. But Trump has continued to insist that widespread fraud cost him re-election. That has inspired legions of activists to become do-it-yourself election sleuths around the country, challenging local voting officials at every one one turn.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>In Linn County, Iowa, which includes the city of Cedar Rapids, Miller said he accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the auditors who sprint elections inside the state's other 98 counties have been deluged accompanied by both records requests accompanied by every one one other accompanied by voter challenges.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The whole barrage came inside a two-week period," Miller said, following the tour by Frank, who uses mathematical projections to build claims of a vast conspiracy to purloin the election from Trump, "and it's happening to auditors across the state."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Election offices routinely go into with every one other accompanied by not here of their voter rolls accompanied by every one one other accompanied by remove those who have moved or died. Federal rules with every one other accompanied by regulations constrains how fast they tin permit let fall voters, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by conservative activists have lengthy complained that election officials do not go swiftly sufficient to clean up their rolls.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The recent challenges stem from activists comparing postal change-of-address accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other databases to voter rolls. Election officials speak this is redundant, since they by that hour dated lay clasp of the same steps.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Sometimes the challenges go nearer following election conspiracists go door-to-door, regularly inside laboriously minority neighborhoods, seeking proof that votes were cast improperly inside 2020.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Texas' laboriously Democratic Harris County, which includes Houston, received almost 5,000 challenges from a conservative category that went door-to-door checking voter addresses. The election office said it dismissed the challenges it legally had to analysis earlier to the election accompanied by every one one other accompanied by will complete the remainder following Nov. 8. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Activists inside Gwinnett County, which stretches across the increasingly Democratic northern Atlanta suburbs, spent 10 months comparing change-of-address accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other databases accompanied by the county's voter rolls. They submitted eight boxes of challenges last month. About 15,000, they said, were complaints that specific voters improperly received letters ballots inside 2020. Another 22,000 were for voters they contend are no indeed indeed longer at their registered address.\u003c/p>\u003cp>There are so numerous challenges that election officials have yet to flat count them all. But Zach Manifold, Gwinnett's election supervisor, said that, inside every one one single letters ballot objection the office has sampled, the voter properly received a mailed ballot.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>But if some of the address-challenged voters do try to cast a ballot inside November, the county's elections board will need to resolve whether that ballot should count. They'll only have sextet days to build a decision, while they have to certify their ballot total by the Monday following Election Day under Georgia law.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Manifold estimated his office has a month to log accompanied by every one one other accompanied by research the challenges, earlier to letters ballots go not here for the November elections: "It is a firm window to obtain every one thing done," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Many of the large counties facing voter roll challenges are places where President Joe Biden hit Trump inside 2020, including Gwinnett accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Harris. Yet those behind the try debate the idea that they are targeting Democratic-leaning counties accompanied by every one one other accompanied by speak they're employed on behalf of all voters. In Florida's Nassau County, for example, Trump won accompanied by additional than 72% of the vote.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"They should exist pleased that the voter rolls are actuality cleaned up so they tin build sure their votes count," said Garland Favorito, a conservative activist who has teamed up accompanied by supporters of Trump's election lies accompanied by every one one other accompanied by is helping accompanied by voter challenges inside Georgia.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Favorito said additional challenges are coming inside other Georgia counties.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Under legislation passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, there are no indeed indeed limits on the number of voter challenges that tin exist filed inside Georgia. Most states implicitly place restraints on challenges, said Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center. They need a complainant to have specific, personal details concerning the voters they mark accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place up penalties for making frivolous challenges.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Florida is an example. Its voter exist courageous sufficient rules with every one other accompanied by regulations only permits the filing of challenges 30 days earlier to an election, requiring election officials to be in touch every one one voter challenged earlier to Election Day. It is a misdemeanor to file a "frivolous" challenge. But voter challenges almost derailed Florida's main last month inside heavily-Republican Nassau County, inside the northeastern small part of the state.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Two women who belonged to a conservative group, County Citizens Defending Freedom, dropped off the almost 2,000 challenges at the county elections office sextet days earlier to the Aug. 23 primary.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Luckily for the office, the challenges were filed inside an incorrect format. 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