October 26, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply torn Senate is set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Republicans are overpowering unified Democratic opposition to vote Monday on President Donald Trump’s nominee a week before Election Day. Democratic leaders want Vice President Mike Pence to stay away after his aides tested positive for COVID-19. Pence’s tie-breaking vote is not expected to be needed. Pence has not said if he plans to preside, as is customary. Democrats tell Pence it’s “not a risk worth taking.” With no real power to stop the vote, Democrats argue the winner of the Nov. 3 election should choose the nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi once predicted she’d have the House majority won by November — but of 2019. Now, days before the Nov. 3 election, she seems to have done it. With control of the House hardly contested, Pelosi is expanding her reach to fortify Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. She’s also working to win House seats deep in Trump country. It’s a turnaround for the speaker, who just two years ago was being challenged for her job leading House Democrats. In an interview with The Associated Press, Pelosi said she feels so confident Democrats will keep the House this election that she’s preparing to win the next one in 2022.
The number of people casting an early ballot in the presidential election now surpasses those who voted early during all of 2016. That’s more than 58 million people voting with eight days to go before Election Day. Democrats have been dominating early voting, but Republicans are slowly narrowing the gap. That’s because in-person early voting has kicked off in a number of states and President Donald Trump has convinced many of his supporters they should not vote with mail ballots. One out of every 4 of the voters is either new or infrequent, a sign of a potential record-setting turnout.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Election officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year. The toxic political atmosphere and the prospect of armed extremists gathering at the polls have some experts worried that voter intimidation could impact the Nov. 3 election. On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a team of hundreds of civilians who will spread out across the city to report any instance of voter intimidation. In Ohio, the League of Women Voters has been recruiting and training “peacekeeper teams” of clergy and social workers to de-escalate any tensions at the polls.