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Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump? Presidential traditions are usually known for their solemnity and carry the weight of future historical significance. This one began with cartoon turkeys and a reference to lunch.
Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed.
Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in history After more than 1,400 days of Donald Trump's presidency -- after two bitter elections, two impeachments, more than 26,000 presidential tweets and four years of near-constant upheaval -- it is left to American voters to tally it all up.
Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman Jaime Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials.
Biden team reveals theme of inauguration: 'America United' The theme for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will be "America United," an issue that's long been a central focus for Biden but one that's taken on added weight in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Biden faces challenge in guiding America past Trump era President-elect Joe Biden appeared on television last week as a bipartisan group of lawmakers huddled in an undisclosed location to protect them from a violent mob that was ransacking the U.S. Capitol.
Trump finally faces reality -- amid talk of early ouster With 13 days left in his term, President Donald Trump finally bent to reality Thursday amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he'll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat.
After years of work, Abrams takes victory lap in Georgia Stacey Abrams spent years crisscrossing Georgia, working to convince Democratic leaders, donors and prospective candidates that a vast, untapped well of potential voters could upend Republican domination in the state.
The latest: Trump promises 'orderly transition' on Jan. 20 The Latest on Congress' tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local).
Pence affirms Biden's presidential victory Vice President Mike Pence defied President Donald Trump early Thursday morning as he affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's November victory, putting an end to Trump's efforts to subvert American democracy and overturn the results of the election.
Four dead after Trump backers breach U.S. Capitol, National Guard deployed A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.
Voter turnout in Northwest Georgia was a factor in Georgia Republican Senate losses One of the major reasons why Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia were defeated by Democratic challengers in the runoff election on Tuesday was lackluster voter turnout in reliably red counties.
EXPLAINER: How will voting objections play out in Congress? On Wednesday, the latest extraordinary development in an extraordinary election will unfold.
Democrat Warnock wins US Senate runoff in Georgia; 2nd race too early to call Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach.
Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Democrats Senate control Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority — as final votes were counted Wednesday, serving President Donald Trump a stunning defeat in his last days in office while dramatically improving the fate of President-elect Joe Biden's progressive agenda.
Tennessee US Sen. Hagerty defends planned objection to certification of Biden's electoral victory Tennessee's new U.S. senator, Republican Bill Hagerty, is defending his and a dozen or so fellow GOP lawmakers' plan to object Wednesday to certifying Democrat Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump.
Here's what Northwest Georgia voters had to say on Election Day At the voting precinct in Ringgold, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon, 19-year-old Cole Dasinger was surely an outlier when it came to his political beliefs.
Georgia counting ballots in crucial Senate runoff elections Georgia officials started counting ballots as polls began to close across the state on Tuesday night in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Former Chattanooga mayor's chief of staff Ken Hays running for District 7 City Council seat Longtime local leader Ken Hays said he is running for Chattanooga City Council to bring experience to a new era of city government.
Loeffler says country's future is on the ballot Sen. Kelly Loeffler is urging Republican voters to turn out in Georgia's runoff elections to ensure the GOP holds the Senate as a "firewall" against President-elect Joe Biden and congressional Democrats.
Final Election Day: Georgia deciding US Senate control Georgia voters are deciding the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's made-up claims of fake Georgia votes President Donald Trump put forth a dizzying array of fuzzy accounting and outright false claims in an extraordinary phone call to Georgia's secretary of state seeking a reversal of his election defeat, fabricating a slew of votes that he said should've been counted in his favor.
Here we go again: What to expect as Georgia counts votes This week will find us back in a familiar place — waiting for Georgia to count votes.
Trump's loyal fans pose challenges for Republicans, Biden Their candidate may have lost the election, but President Donald Trump's supporters have no intention of fading away. After spending weeks amplifying Trump's unfounded claims that the November election was rigged against him, many of his loyal fans are eagerly awaiting his next ventures, including a potential presidential run in 2024.
Dominion worker sues Trump campaign and conservative media An election systems worker driven into hiding by death threats has filed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump's campaign, two of its lawyers and some conservative media figures and outlets.
Biden inauguration to feature virtual, nationwide parade President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will include a "virtual parade across America" consistent with crowd limits during the coronavirus era, organizers announced Sunday.
Clues about post-Trump politics await in Georgia For more than four years, President Donald Trump has dominated the Republican Party and the whole of American politics. Now Georgia gets to decide what comes next.
Trump, on tape, presses Ga. official to 'find' Trump votes President Donald Trump pleaded Saturday with Georgia's election chief to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state, suggesting in a telephone call that the official "find" enough votes to hand Trump the victory.
Last days in Georgia runoffs that will decide Senate control Two days before dueling runoffs in Georgia that will determine U.S. Senate control, GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler said she had not decided whether to join Republican colleagues in challenging the legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump.
Senate race thrusts 'Black America's church' into spotlight For decades, the red-bricked Gothic Revival church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached has been a monument to the history of Black Americans' fight for civil rights and the legacy of an activist icon.
Missouri senator to contest Electoral College win for Biden Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Wednesday he will raise objections next week when Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election, forcing House and Senate votes that are likely to delay — but in no way alter — the final certification of Biden's win.
Trump, Biden headline final push in Georgia Senate runoff Campaigns and outside groups are making a final push to turn out election-weary Georgians whose votes will determine control of the U.S. Senate, from a crush of text messages and television ads to dueling visits from President-elect Joe Biden and outgoing President Donald Trump.
Analysis: Louisiana considering redesign of election system Louisiana is revisiting a decades-old debate of whether to jettison its "jungle primary" election system that regularly sees the state selecting its members of Congress later than the rest of the country.
Warnock and Loeffler work to consolidate voters for runoff When Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoff, they faced the immediate challenge of winning over the 2 million voters who chose one of the 18 other candidates in November's election.
Biden: Cardona right pick to lead education through pandemic President-elect Joe Biden introduced Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, saying Connecticut's education chief and life-long champion of public schools is the right pick to lead the department as the nation struggles to educate students safely during the pandemic.
Georgians get Scrooged by campaign ads Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you're a Georgia voter, and then it's hunting season for your time and attention, people.
Biden picks Connecticut schools chief as education secretary President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Miguel Cardona, the education commissioner for Connecticut and a former public school teacher, to serve as education secretary.
Newsom taps California election chief Padilla for US Senate California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday as the state's next U.S. senator to fill the seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
GOP activist's voter challenges raise questions in Georgia When a conservative organization announced plans this month to launch an election integrity operation in Georgia, the group's news release included a high-profile name: the chairman of the state's Republican Party.
As Congress eyes coronavirus relief, Georgia runoffs also weigh on deal Federal lawmakers are on the cusp of agreeing to a coronavirus relief package that will funnel much-needed relief to Georgians even as the candidates in the state's critical Senate runoffs clash over the months-long delay in approving the measure.
Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries Attorney General William Barr used his final public appearance to undercut President Donald Trump on multiple fronts Monday, saying he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president's claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax investigation of President-elect Joe Biden's son.
Poll: Tennessee voters split along party lines over COVID-19, presidential election outcome and priorities Tennessee voters are divided along partisan lines over issues ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election's outcome, according to a new Vanderbilt University survey.
GOP places focus anywhere but Atlanta in Georgia runoffs Vice President Mike Pence is seemingly holding rallies everywhere in Georgia lately — except Atlanta and its inner suburbs.
Louisiana governor: Time for people to acknowledge Biden win Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday "it's well past time" for people to accept President-elect Joe Biden's victory, even as most Republican members of Louisiana's congressional delegation refuse to acknowledge the impending change at the White House.
Hatcher defeats Knight in Alabama Senate runoff election A state representative from Montgomery has won the Democratic runoff for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by a legislator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges.
EXPLAINER: How Congress will count Electoral College votes The congressional joint session to count electoral votes is generally a routine, ceremonious affair.
Biden to take oath outside Capitol amid virus restrictions President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris aim to take their oaths of office outside the U.S. Capitol building as inauguration planners seek to craft an event that captures the traditional grandeur of the historic ceremony while complying with COVID-19 protocols.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler campaigns in Fort Oglethorpe, touts Trump endorsement The day after the Electoral College formally voted to elect Democrat Joe Biden the next president of the United States, Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler came to Fort Oglethorpe and followed the lead of President Donald Trump in not acknowledging his election loss.
McConnell congratulates Joe Biden as president-elect Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday, calling him the president-elect and saying the Electoral College "has spoken."
Georgia to audit one county's signatures on ballot envelopes Georgia's secretary of state on Monday announced an audit of signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in one county after receiving a report that officials there may not have properly checked signatures.
'Democracy prevailed': Biden aims to unify divided nation President-elect Joe Biden will tell Americans on Monday that "democracy prevailed" as electors across the country cast votes affirming his victory in last month's election.
Alabama electors cast their 9 votes for President Trump With patriotic music and a face mask-wearing Uncle Sam, Alabama's members of the Electoral College cast their nine votes for Republican President Donald Trump at the state Capitol on Monday.
Sen. Perdue visits Dalton for first day of early voting in Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue was in Dalton on Monday evening as part of his nine-leg flyover tour to kick off early voting in Georgia.
Biden aides hope Electoral College vote is GOP turning point Joe Biden's aides have a message for President Donald Trump and his supporters: It's long past time to move on.
Early in-person voting begins in Georgia Senate runoffs What could be the main event in Georgia's twin U.S. Senate runoffs -- early in-person voting -- begins Monday.
Tennessee casts its 11 Electoral College votes for President Donald Trump Tennessee's 11 Electoral College members formally cast their votes for President Donald Trump on Monday in a process notably calmer than four years earlier, when shouting protesters at times disrupted proceedings.
Early voting starts Monday in Georgia, here's what you need to know Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, Dec. 14, for the two U.S. Senate seats that will determine the power of the Senate for years to come.
EXPLAINER: How do other democratic nations select leaders? The way the United States will formally choose its president on Monday stands in stark contrast to how most of the world's democracies select leaders.
Biden's Homeland Security pick faces questions on 2015 probe The last time Alejandro Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama.
GOP voters ready for Georgia runoffs despite Trump's claims Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry. They're convinced that widespread voter fraud — claims that are baseless — cost President Donald Trump the election to Democrat Joe Biden.
Nearly 30 arrested after clashes at Trump supporters rally Presidential loyalists skirmished with anti-Donald Trump demonstrators over the weekend in Washington, leading to dozens of arrests, several stabbings and injuries to police officers, in disturbances hours after rallies in support of his baseless claims that he won a second term.
Biden's challenge: Building Cabinet that meets all his goals Shortly after President-elect Joe Biden's victory last month, Cabinet hopeful Marcia Fudge pointedly noted that Black people are often typecast into positions such as housing secretary.
Supreme Court rejects Republican attack on Biden victory The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden's election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation's highest court and subvert the will of voters.
Chattanooga area representatives supported failed Texas effort to overturn presidential election results Both Tennessee congressmen representing the Chattanooga area signed an amicus brief supporting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's unsuccessful effort to overturn the election results in Georgia and three other battleground states.
Hundreds of GOP members sign onto Texas-led election lawsuit The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden's victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, with many Republicans signing onto the case even as some have predicted it will fail.
Biden to campaign in Georgia for Senate runoffs President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state's two critical U.S. Senate runoffs.
Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden's Pennsylvania win he Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans' last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania's certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the electoral battleground.
Georgia to again certify election results showing Biden won Georgia's top elections official said his office plans to recertify the state's election results Monday after a recount requested by President Donald Trump confirmed once again that Democrat Joe Biden won the state.
Religious right eyes Biden warily after Trump's good favor Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump's staunchest allies during his presidency.
In Georgia, Loeffler again refuses to say Trump lost Sen. Kelly Loeffler repeatedly refused to acknowledge that President Donald Trump lost reelection in November, as she debated her Democratic opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, ahead of twin Georgia runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate.
Trump tactics to overturn election could have staying power Even after he exits the White House, President Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election could have staying power.
Trump loyalists sow election doubts as Georgia GOP fights to keep Senate As Georgia prepares to welcome President Donald Trump on Saturday for his first rally since the Nov. 3 election, his most ardent loyalists and more establishment Republicans are clashing over how to square his ongoing attacks on the democratic system with an upcoming runoff that's critical for GOP control of the U.S Senate.
Georgia investigating man's possible steps to vote illegally Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.
VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief of staff, the transition team announced Thursday.
Georgia GOP seeks mail-in ballot changes after Biden's win After weathering criticism for certifying President Donald Trump's narrow election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, Republican officials in Georgia are proposing additional requirements for the state's vote-by-mail process, despite no evidence of systemic fraud or irregularities.
Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Special election planned following Whitfield County commissioner's death due to COVID-19 Dates have been announced and set for the special election in Whitfield County to fill the seat of Roger Crossen, the commissioner who died in November due to complications with COVID-19.
Georgia runoff to decide short-term successor to John Lewis Voters in the Atlanta area were summoned back to the polls on Tuesday to decide who to send to Washington for a month to briefly fill the seat of the late civil rights legend John Lewis.
Georgia official announces investigations, defends election Georgia's top elections official on Monday announced investigations into potential violations of election law even as he continued to defend the integrity of the state's election against what he said are baseless attacks.
Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden's win over Trump Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded.
Early voting faces uncertainty despite record absentee votes Alabamians voted by absentee ballot in record numbers this year after the state made it easier to do so.
Republicans rally for Kelly Loeffler, denouncing election results, socialism Southern Republicans continue to denounce Georgia election results while calling for Georgians to vote for Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue in a pair of runoff elections that will determine party control of the U.S. Senate.
In Georgia, Republicans juggle Biden win and Trump loyalties Twin Georgia Senate runoffs have Republicans in a quandary.
Senate control brings new urgency to Georgia turnout drive In a black face mask and cap, activist Garrett Bess walked up driveway after driveway of million-dollar homes in suburban Atlanta on a recent afternoon, placing a flyer in each door, ringing the bell and stepping away to make a socially distanced pitch to vote for the conservative candidates in Georgia's pivotal U.S. Senate runoff elections.
Will Trump's Georgia visit help Loeffler, Perdue? ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump's decision to visit Georgia next week was celebrated as a "Thanksgiving miracle" by the Republican U.S. Senate runoff candidates. But his trip will test how they balance his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud with their all-out efforts to drive up turnout.
Trump says he'll leave if Electoral College seats Biden President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden's victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a "mistake" — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that "massive fraud" and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.
Paper shredding drives false election claims in Georgia Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed.
Rep. Hazlewood becomes chair of Hamilton County legislative delegation NASHVILLE — State lawmakers from Hamilton County have named Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, as chair of the seven-member local delegation to the state Capitol, an apparent historic first for a woman.
Presidential race official recount gets underway in Georgia County election workers across Georgia on Tuesday began a machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state, just days after completing a hand tally that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's lead.
Wisconsin presidential recount in 4th day, with few changes Wisconsin's partial presidential recount entered its fourth day Monday, with very few changes in vote totals as President Donald Trump's attorneys appeared to be focused on a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots, including the one cast by an attorney for the campaign.
US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump's administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20.
Michigan certifies Biden win despite Trump's GOP overtures Michigan election officials on Monday certified President-elect Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the state, another defeat for President Donald Trump in his futile effort to undermine the results of the Nov. 3 election through baseless legal challenges and unsupported claims of fraud.
20,000 new Democratic voters challenged Hamilton County Republicans in 2020 A disparity in voter turnout between Republican and Democratic precincts in Hamilton County helped fight off an influx of Democratic voters in the 2020 presidential election, keeping the county red.
VP Mike Pence comes to Georgia ahead of Senate runoffs Vice President Mike Pence is campaigning Friday in Georgia as the state's two Republican senators try to beat back Democratic challenges in runoff races on Jan. 5 that will determine who controls the Senate at the outset of President-elect Joe Biden's administration.
Sen. Lamar Alexander calls on Trump to provide 'all transition' aid to Biden U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Friday that while there is a "right way" to contest an election such as seeking recounts or taking vote fraud allegations before courts, he thinks President Donald Trump and his allies are crossing a line in trying to persuade election officials or lawmakers to reverse the outcome of the election.
Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona Voting rights advocates had long argued that if Native Americans and other minority groups were mobilized, they could be decisive in a tight race.
EXPLAINER: Trump's election challenges falling flat in court As President Donald Trump continues to push falsehoods about the election, his legal team has so far failed to gain any traction in court without evidence of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn't exist.
AP calls it: Joe Biden wins Georgia, ending long losing streak for Democrats Joe Biden has won Georgia, scoring a rare win in a Southern state that hadn't backed a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years.
Northwest Georgia election results remain largely unchanged after statewide audit Counties in Northwest Georgia found few, if any, differences in the outcome during an unprecedented hand audit of the presidential election results, comparing them to the election night count.
Georgia presidential hand tally done; affirms Biden lead A top Georgia election official said Thursday that a hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race has been completed, and that the results affirm Democrat Joe Biden's narrow lead over Republican President Donald Trump.
With Senate control hanging in balance, 'Crazytown' cash floods Georgia The two Georgia runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate, and much of President-elect Joe Biden Jr.'s ability to enact a Democratic agenda, are already drawing enormous sums of cash, with more than $125 million pouring into the state in only two weeks.
EXPLAINER: How does election certification usually work? In normal times, the certification of election results is a routine process that doesn't get much attention. But these are not normal times.
Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.
Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes A second Georgia county has uncovered a trove of votes not previously included in election results, but the additional votes won't change the overall outcome of the presidential race, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.
Georgia elections chief battles fellow Republicans, Trump Georgia's secretary of state is a man on an island, and the political flood is rising fast, as President Donald Trump and his allies vent their outrage at the fellow Republican and make unsupported claims that mismanagement and fraud tainted the state's presidential election.
Trump campaign lawsuit over Pennsylvania vote heads to court A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay.
Perdue declines runoff debates against Ossoff in Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue is declining to participate in debates against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff ahead of their Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia.
Facebook, Twitter CEOs to be pressed on election handling The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter are being summoned before Congress to defend their handling of disinformation in the 2020 presidential election, even as lawmakers questioning them are deeply divided over the election's integrity and results.
What mandate? Biden's agenda faces a divided Congress President-elect Joe Biden wants to "restore the soul of America." First, he'll need to fix a broken and divided Congress.
Democrats keep winning the popular vote. That worries them. Democrats won the popular vote in this year's presidential election yet again, marking seven out of eight straight presidential elections that the party has reached that milestone.
EXPLAINER: Is Georgia's upcoming ballot 'audit' a recount? Georgia says it's going to be tallying — by hand — nearly 5 million ballots that were cast in its very close presidential election on Nov. 3. But is it a recount? An "audit"? And why are they doing it?
Military voters fear they're part of unsupported fraud claim Even before Attorney General William Barr issued a memo that authorized federal prosecutors across the country to investigate "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities if they exist, the Justice Department had already begun looking into two specific allegations.
EXPLAINER: Why AP hasn't called Georgia The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Democrat Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 0.3 percentage points.
Donald Trump wins battleground state of North Carolina President Donald Trump has won North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes, staving off a hard-fought challenge by Democratic nominee Joe Biden and holding the battleground state for Republicans.
Georgia hand tally of presidential race gets underway Masked auditors in teams of two began counting ballots Friday in counties across Georgia, a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from a new state law.
Top officials: Nov. 3 election most secure in US history A coalition of federal and state officials said Thursday that they have no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in last week's presidential election, rejecting unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud advanced by President Donald Trump and many of his supporters.
Former top Tennessee GOP leaders: Trump victory unlikely Three former top GOP leaders in Tennessee said Thursday it's highly unlikely President Donald Trump can win re-election and his administration should immediately begin providing Democrat Joe Biden and his team transition support and national security briefings.
Dead Dade County man's vote being investigated by district attorney, sheriff's office Authorities are investigating whether a crime was committed when someone cast a mail ballot in the Nov. 3 election in the name of U.S. Navy veteran Edward Skwiot of Trenton, Georgia, who died in 2015 at the age of 82.
Graham giving $1M to help Georgia's GOP senators Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he's donating $1 million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia.
Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, poised to break stereotypes In the Biden White House, the first lady wants to keep her job teaching and the second gentleman plans to quit his law firm to support the vice president's career.
Georgia audit triggers hand recount of presidential vote Georgia election officials have announced an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount.
Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff President-elect Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience in the top role in his White House.
Dade County man died in 2015 and voted in 2020, Georgia election website shows The case of a deceased voter in Dade County, Georgia, whose identity was used to cast a mail ballot in the Nov. 3 general election has drawn the attention of local authorities — and is being used by the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump to emphasize concerns about vote fraud.
Trump wins Alaska, 3 electoral votes; up to 217 President Donald Trump has won the state of Alaska.
Chattanooga native, presidential historian Jon Meacham helping Joe Biden with speeches WASHINGTON — Jon Meacham, the presidential historian and biographer best known for studying the lives of past presidents, has taken on a relatively unique role in a contemporary political moment: helping to write speeches for the next president.
Democrats clinch House control, but majority likely to shrink Democrats clinched two more years of controlling the House on Tuesday but with a potentially razor-thin majority, a bittersweet finale to last week's elections that has left them divided and with scant margin for error for advancing their agenda.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee: It's 'not clear' who won presidential election Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says it's "not clear" who won the presidential election, leading the state's Republican elected officials in full-throated support of President Donald Trump, whose legal battles to overturn an apparently decisive presidential victory by Democrat Joe Biden are just beginning.
Trump faces long odds in challenging state vote counts Republican surrogates for President Donald Trump resumed their legal fight Monday to try to stop the vote count in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, but faced long odds given the Electoral College tally and recent court rulings that found no evidence of widespread vote fraud.
Some Tennessee, Georgia congressmen urge Attorney General Barr step in on presidential vote-counting process Three Tennessee Republican congressmen are among 39 GOP representatives urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to ensure the vote-counting process in states where Democrat Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump is run in a manner "fully consistent" with state and federal law and "completely transparent."
Three states pass amendments that 'only citizens' can vote Voters in Colorado, Florida and Alabama passed ballot measures Tuesday that codify what is already law: That only U.S. citizens 18 and older can vote. The passage of the largely-symbolic measures has triggered questions about why the pro-Trump group behind them spent time and money on the effort.
Hamilton County, region see voter turnout surge Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, long wait times and other hurdles, local voters smashed turnout records in the 2020 presidential election.
Black leaders greet Biden win, pledge to push for equality President-elect Joe Biden's victory was celebrated by civil rights activists and Black leaders who warned that a tough road lies ahead to address America's persistent inequalities and the racial division that Donald Trump fueled during his presidency.
Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden's seasoned cool In a crystallizing moment at the last presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fielded a question about people of color who live alongside chemical plants and oil refineries that seem to be making them sick.
One week in an America riven by politics and the plague On Nov. 1, as election week dawned, Dr. Juan Fitz lay dying in the same Lubbock, Texas, hospital where he had worked in the emergency room for nearly 20 years.
World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden's election as U.S. president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump's rejection of international alliances.
Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers The most turbulent and norm-breaking presidential election of a lifetime has led to an extraordinary spectacle in the United States over the past three days: armed protesters gathering nightly outside offices where workers are counting the votes that will decide who wins the White House.
Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there's one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court. But he may have a difficult time ever getting there.
Bourdeaux flips suburban Atlanta district for Democrats Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has flipped a suburban Atlanta congressional district, defeating Republican Rich McCormick.
Biden defeats Trump for White House, says 'time to heal' Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
Jesse Jackson says John Lewis speaks from grave The Rev. Jesse Jackson is celebrating the way Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in Georgia as vote counting continues.
Perdue, Ossoff head to Georgia US Senate runoff Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue's Senate seat, one of two high-profile contests in the state that could determine which party controls the upper chamber.
Why AP has called Arizona and The New York Times has not The Associated Press and Fox News have called Arizona for Joe Biden. The New York Times has not. In most races, The Times automatically accepts the race calls made by The A.P. But in the most important races, the news outlet independently evaluates whether to accept an A.P. call.
Biden sees path to 270; Trump attacks election integrity President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in this week's election against Joe Biden, as the Democrat gained ground in tight contests in some key battleground states.
Election officials worried by threats and protesters Election officials in several states said Thursday they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid a stream of threats and gatherings of angry protesters outside their doors, drawn by President Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread fraud in the race for the White House.
Trump steps to podium in White House, baselessly attacks election For 40 hours, President Donald Trump fumed in private and tweeted his grievances in all caps.
Poll watchers emerge as a flashpoint in battle over ballots Election officials in key battleground states pushed back on claims by the Trump campaign that Republican poll watchers were being improperly denied access to observe the counting of ballots, saying Thursday that rules were being followed and they were committed to transparency.
Tennessee: Record 3 million votes cast in general election State officials say Tennessee has easily broken the 2008 record for voter turnout with more than 3 million ballots cast in this year's November general election.
Voters choose booze on referendums in East Ridge and three rural towns Voters in three rural Southeast Tennessee towns and the city of East Ridge overwhelmingly approved liquor referendums Tuesday.
Chattanoogans weigh in on Tennessee being Kanye West's best state We might never know whether the more than 60,000 people who voted for Kanye West did so as a protest to front-runners Joe Biden and Donald Trump, or if they were just having some fun — or if they sincerely liked his pro-religion, pro-environment and pro-education platform.
Trump wins big in Chattanooga region, but Democrats see a bump While votes in the 2020 presidential election are still being counted days after polls closed in several states with razor-thin margins — including Georgia — Republican President Donald Trump won big in the Chattanooga region, with over two and a half times the votes for Democrat Joe Biden.
Perdue near runoff territory against Ossoff in Georgia As votes were still being counted Thursday in Georgia, results for Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue hovered near the threshold where a runoff against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff would be required.
Trump predicts 'lot of litigation' in fight to keep his job President Donald Trump is looking at a political map in which he might have to persuade the Supreme Court to set aside votes in two or more states to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.
Georgia presidential count tightens in scan of last ballots Vote counting continued in Atlanta-area counties on Thursday as Americans watched from around the nation to see whether Georgia would give Democrat Joe Biden the electoral votes he needs to become president.
AP VoteCast: Trump, Biden coalitions show race, class divide Americans sorted themselves into two distinct camps in the presidential election, exposing the clear and entrenched partisan divisions that separate voters by gender, class and race.
Did social media actually counter election misinformation? Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates. And they mostly did just that — though not without a few hiccups.
Trump backers converge on vote centers in Michigan, Arizona Dozens of angry supporters of President Donald Trump converged on vote-counting centers in Detroit and Phoenix as the returns went against him Wednesday in the two key states, while thousands of anti-Trump protesters demanding a complete tally of the ballots in the still-undecided election took to the streets in cities across the U.S.
Biden pushes closer to victory as Trump presses legal moves Democrat Joe Biden pushed closer Thursday to the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win the White House while President Donald Trump escalated his unproven accusations of voter fraud and promises of legal action.
Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump's campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat.
Election officials scramble to count ballots in key states Election officials in several key states furiously counted ballots Wednesday as the nation awaited the outcome of the race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden and braced for possible recounts and legal challenges.
GOP hopes for California House comeback rest on tight races A handful of U.S. House contests in California appeared headed for close finishes as Republicans sought to gain ground after losing a string of seats to Democrats in a 2018 rout.
In blue and red states, milestone wins for LGBTQ candidates Across the nation, LGBTQ candidates achieved milestone victories in Tuesday's election, including the first transgender person elected to a state Senate, and the first openly gay Black men to win seats in Congress.
Tennessee state House Democrats' hopes of inroads into GOP super majority dashed in Tuesday election Tennessee House Democrats had high hopes this year of successfully reducing Republicans' 73-representative supermajority in the 99-member chamber with gains of as many as four seats.
GOP maintains lock on Alabama as Trump, Tuberville win big Republicans extended their White House winning streak in Alabama as President Donald Trump carried the state against Democrat Joe Biden and claimed nine electoral votes.
Kennedy: 16-year-old Hixson High School student is youngest poll worker in Hamilton County history Dante' Keoke, a junior at Hixson High School, wasn't technically excused from school on Tuesday, but cut the kid a break.
Trump seeks to stop 'all voting,' but only counting remains President Donald Trump says he'll take the presidential election to the Supreme Court, but it's unclear what he means in a country in which vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end.
Georgia election official: Roughly 200K votes left to count Georgia's top election official said Wednesday the state has roughly 200,000 ballots left to count, and he is pushing counties to complete the task by the end of the day.
World waits nervously, impatiently for US vote count From Ford Model T cars that popped off the assembly line in just 90 minutes to 60-second service for burgers, the United States has long had a major hand in making the world a frenetic and impatient place, primed and hungry for instant gratification.
Presidency hinges on tight races in battleground states Joe Biden won the battleground prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday, reclaiming a key part of the "blue wall" that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and dramatically narrowing President Donald Trump's pathway to reelection.
Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP, but control teeters Democrats had a disappointing night in the battle for Senate control, but it was too soon for Republicans to take a victory lap Wednesday, although they brushed back multiple challengers to protect their now teetering majority.
AP explains: A long night, or more, before president is known Americans won't know the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election until well into Wednesday - if not beyond that.
Georgia's Loeffler, Warnock set for Senate runoff in January Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia, the only state with both its U.S. Senate seats on the ballot.
2020 election results The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory.
Republican state Sen. Gardenhire emerges as victor in Senate District 10 match with Democratic challenger Scruggs Incumbent state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, emerged the winner Tuesday night in his hard-fought Senate District 10 race with Democrat Glenn Scruggs.
Development concerns take center stage in Red Bank, Walden municipal elections East Ridge residents can soon buy liquor in the town after voters on Tuesday approved a referendum to allow package liquor sales in the town.
Hullander defends her District 3 runoff win; Elsberry the new sole commissioner in Chattooga County Complete results from the 2020 election in Georgia may not be in until Wednesday at the earliest, but results in contested races in three Northwest Georgia counties all came in before 10 p.m. without a hitch.
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham wins 4th Senate bid Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has secured a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.
GOP's Tuberville defeats U.S. Sen. Jones, flips Alabama seat Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville has recaptured a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans by defeating Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama. Jones been widely been considered the Senate's most endangered Democrat.
Incumbent Congressmen Fleischmann, DesJarlais win re-election bids Incumbent Tennessee Republican U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann of Ooltewah and Scott DesJarlais of Sherwood turned back Democratic challengers to win their re-election bids in Tuesday's general election.
Chattanooga area voters divided on issues, united in fatigue with conflict If there's one thing Chattanooga area voters agree on, it's that they're ready to move past a divisive and exhausting political season and feel united.
Despite national concerns, increased voting, Hamilton County on track to tally results on Election Night As polls closed at 8 p.m., Hamilton County officials anticipated producing full local results Tuesday night, and lines were diminishing at polling places.
COVID-19 precautions continue as Hamilton County votes in historic election Despite the intense national and local attention on the election Tuesday, local officials continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
AP calls Tennessee, Alabama for Trump The Associated Press has called the states of Tennessee and Alabama for Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 General Election.
Rumbling threats of legal challenges echo on Election Day Even before Election Day, the 2020 race was the most litigated in memory. President Donald Trump is promising more to come.
FBI investigates robocalls warning voters to 'stay home' Voters across the U.S. received anonymous robocalls in the days and weeks before Election Day urging them to "stay safe and stay home" — an ominous warning that election experts said could be an effort to scare voters into sitting out the election.
In Georgia, a double shot at Senate victory In an election where control of the U.S. Senate could be on the line, Georgia is the only state with both Senate seats on the ballot -- two opportunities for Republicans to hold their ground; two opportunities for Democrats to make gains.
Judge orders USPS to search centers for ballots A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep more than two dozen mail processing facilities for lingering mail-in ballots and for those ballots to be sent out immediately.
EXPLAINER: On Election Day, patience a necessary virtue Americans in the 21st century aren't always the most patient of people — and a deeply anticipated nail-biter of a 2020 election is certainly no exception.
Long lines, enthusiasm but no major problems as US votes Amid a global pandemic that defined a tumultuous presidential campaign, voters across the U.S. on Tuesday braved worries about getting sick, threats of polling place intimidation and expectations of long lines caused by changes to voting procedures.
Georgia hopes for smooth election with high turnout expected After a rocky primary election that spawned viral photos of voters waiting for hours to cast their ballots, Georgia election officials are hoping steps taken since then will help things run more smoothly this Election Day.
Long lines greet voters in Chattanooga, rural areas on Election Day There were some long lines, especially in more rural areas, as polls Tuesday opened for Election Day in Chattanooga, where turnout appears as strong as it was during early voting.
Nation by nation, the world watches Election Day in the US For four years, the world's nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn't.
Photos: Election Day in the Chattanooga area Voters went to the polls in the Chattanooga area to decide federal, state and local offices.
Gulf storm damage causes polling place moves, power outages Elections officials in the Deep South spent election eve tending to lingering problems from Hurricane Zeta and other storms that damaged buildings or left polling places without power ahead of Tuesday's election.
Judge rejects GOP effort to throw out 127,000 Houston votes A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.
In 2020 finale, Trump combative, Biden on offense In the closing hours of a campaign shadowed by a once-in-a-century pandemic, President Donald Trump charged across the nation Monday delivering an incendiary but unsupported allegation that the election is rigged, while Democratic challenger Joe Biden pushed to claim states once seen as safely Republican.
"Raw exposed nerves:" anxious nation awaits Election Day She could have dropped her ballot at the post office, but she wasn't sure if she should trust the mail. She considered slipping it into the secured ballot box just outside of City Hall, but what if something happened? A fire maybe; or theft.
6 key questions going into the 2020 presidential election Election Day is finally upon us.
Obama, Trump stop by Georgia in closing days of the campaign Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Joe Biden in Atlanta on Monday, arriving the day after President Donald Trump's second Georgia rally in the home stretch of a presidential race in which the once reliably Republican state has become a battleground.
What Tennesseans need to know before going to vote in Tuesday's election If you plan on voting Tuesday in Tennessee, here is a list of things you should know before heading to the polls:
Legal armies ready if cloudy election outcome heads to court Signature matches. Late-arriving absentee votes. Drop boxes. Secrecy envelopes.
Tennessee judge denies request seeking absentee ballot info A lawsuit has been filed against Tennessee elections officials seeking the release of absentee ballot information.
Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life.
State legislative elections key to redistricting power Not long ago, Berta Patterson's corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come.
After year of disruption, America set to choose a path ahead After a year of deep disruption, America is poised for a presidential election that renders a verdict on the nation's role in the world and the direction of its economy, on its willingness to contain an escalating pandemic and its ability to confront systemic racial inequity.
Networks line up election law experts for vote coverage Television networks are adding experts in election law to their election night coverage teams so they're prepared to explain legal challenges or irregularities that may come up during the vote.
US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world's climate will likely get, experts say.
City of Lakesite seeks to fill three non-partisan seats on city council The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election. Today we highlight candidates for the City of Lakesite's Board of Commissioners. Voters are being asked to fill three at-large seats from a pool of five candidates.
Pre-election virus spike creates concerns for polling places A surge in coronavirus cases across the country, including in key presidential battleground states, is creating mounting health and logistical concerns for voters, poll workers and political parties ahead of Election Day.
In campaign's final days, Trump hopes rallies mean big votes President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race.
Trump pitches 'back to normal' as Biden warns of tough days President Donald Trump dangled a promise to get a weary, fearful nation "back to normal" on Friday as he looked to campaign past the political damage of the devastating pandemic.
Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning?
Pastors are picking sides in the 2020 election but strike a more neutral tone while leading their churches Just days until the 2020 presidential election, the political lines are ever more apparent as yard signs, campaign stickers and flags line Chattanooga's yards and vehicles.
Hamilton, other Tennessee counties have special procedures to allow voters with COVID-19 issues safely vote NASHVILLE — County election officials across Tennessee are implementing special coronavirus procedures and accommodations for next week's Nov. 3 general election, to assist voters who either have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for it or have been in quarantine following exposure to safely cast in-person ballots.
Mailer makes waves in Catoosa County write-in campaign Two weeks before the Nov. 3 election, voters in District 3 for the Catoosa County Commission were sent mailers from write-in candidate Terry Crawford.
Q&A with Walker County commission candidates The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election. Today we highlight candidates for the Walker County Board of Commissioners, which seeks to fill seats for District 1, 2 and 3. The candidates' answers are presented in alphabetical order.
Chattanooga area political donors favor Trump nearly 3-to-1 over Biden In the Chattanooga region, individual donations to the re-election effort of President Donald Trump are running nearly triple those given to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Q&A with Gardenhire and Scruggs for Senate District 10 in Chattanooga The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
Q&A with Fleischmann, Gorman and Hysell for U.S. House District 3 in Southeast Tennessee The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
Early voting in Tennessee surges with 51% of voters already casting Nov. 3 ballots Just over half of Tennessee's 4.4 million registered voters have cast ballots ahead of the state's Nov. 3 presidential election as the coronavirus has pushed residents to polling sites during the 14-day early voting period as well as to mailboxes with their absentee-by-mail ballots.
Signal Mountain council: Four are running for three seats The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
Q&A with candidates for Tennessee's House District 26 The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
More than 2 million ballots cast in Tennessee, including almost 100,000 in Hamilton County Tennesseans continued to set new records for in-person early voting and absentee-by-mail ballots in next week's presidential election, with just over 2.1 million voting through Wednesday, Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced Thursday.
Tennessee offers post office absentee drop-offs until Nov. 3 Tennessee voters now can drop off completed absentee ballots until Election Day afternoon at one post office location in every county, according to a list recently posted on the secretary of state's website.
Tennessee Senate nominee connects activism to election When the Rev. Tondala Hayward learned about plans to build a landfill next to her church in a predominantly Black, working-class neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, she called Marquita Bradshaw.
Tennessee in-person early voting, absentee-by-mail ballots top 2016 totals Tennesseans continued casting record numbers of in-person and absentee-by-mail ballots on Wednesday in the Nov. 3 presidential election after Volunteer State voters earlier in the week burst through the previous record set four years ago.
'We need you': GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory President Donald Trump's campaign has a bold theory for how he will win reelection: It can tap a universe of millions of supporters who did not vote for him in 2016 but will do so this time.
Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls Gary Kauffman says he does not scare easily. So when men waving President Donald Trump flags drive by his house in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he stands on his front steps and waves a banner for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Readers: We may not know results on election night. Here's why. Election night usually ends with results. This year will probably be different.
Q&A with candidates to replace Tennessee's Lamar Alexander in the U.S. Senate The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
Sen. Gardenhire returns $3,200 to Senate GOP leader after attack on Democratic rival Scruggs State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, returned a $3,200 contribution made by Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager's political action committee earlier this month, days after GOP officials launched a direct-mail broadside against Gardenhire's Democratic challenger, Glenn Scruggs, in next week's election.
Can Georgia be flipped? Biden's visit proves Democrats think so; Republicans confident in holding strong Joe Biden was in Georgia on Tuesday, a relatively surprising visit from a Democratic nominee for president in a state that - a few months ago - was seen as a near lock for Republicans to shore up the electoral votes needed to secure the Peach State.
Georgia voters should check Election Day polling places Georgia voters who plan to vote on Election Day should double check their polling places before heading out because some have changed.
Jones fights for survival in Alabama as Tuberville coasts Standing by a blue pickup truck at a rally near the birthplace of the late civil rights icon John Lewis, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones urged voters to look at his record from his three years in office and not what he called Republican distortions about him.
Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago.
Biden, Trump focus on battleground states in 11th-hour pitch President Donald Trump plans to intensify an already breakneck travel schedule in the final full week of the presidential campaign, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House.
Biden endorses Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has thrown his support for U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw.
'Fried chicken' comment explained, denounced in Chattanooga area state Senate contest An unforced error by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire regarding "fried chicken," obesity and a lack of healthy food availability in East Chattanooga has brought drama and national attention to the white lawmaker's Nov. 3 Senate District 10 contest against Democratic challenger Glenn Scruggs, a Black assistant police chief in Chattanooga.
More than 200,000 Alabama absentee votes already cast A record 200,000 Alabamians have already voted in the November election amid an early voting push and pandemic rules that made it easier to vote by absentee ballot.
Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage With eight days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.
Seven run for three seats on Collegedale board The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation's deep political divide.
'We love this country': Trump supporters rally in Ringgold, parade across region At a rally of Tennessee and Georgia supporters of President Donald Trump on Sunday, business owners and supporters prioritized political fervor and fellowship against business implications and COVID-19 safety.
Youth movement helping to run Georgia elections Five years ago, when she was a sophomore at Carver High School, helping democracy in the community wasn't what motivated Alana Daniels to be a poll worker.
Walden candidates weigh in on issues The following is a part of a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 General Election.
Despite longer wait times in Hamilton County, officials encourage early voting Despite longer wait times due to high turnout and COVID-19 restrictions, Hamilton County officials encourage early voting to produce a smoother Election Day.
Tennessee, Georgia voters continue to break early voting records Tennesseans and Georgians continued casting record numbers of early votes in the Nov. 3 presidential election last week.
Seats available on Red Bank Board of Commissioners include Districts 1 and 2 and at-large position The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.
State Senate fight between Gardenhire, Scruggs, one of costliest legislative contests in Tennessee NASHVILLE — Spending in the Tennessee Senate District 10 battle between incumbent Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire and Democratic challenger Glenn Scruggs hit the $281,000 mark on Sept. 30, making it the second costliest state Senate contest in the state's Nov. 3, 2020, general election.
Commentary: Why the news media shouldn't declare a winner on election night The reporting done on election night 2018 offers a cautionary tale for the news media as we approach Nov. 3.
Upbeat Trump hits the trail, Biden tries debate cleanup President Donald Trump and his allies fought for momentum in election battleground states on Friday after a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. Democrat Joe Biden tried to clean up a debate misstep while urging voters to stay focused on the president's inability to control the worsening pandemic.
Sign ninjas busy at night as Election Day fast approaches With Election Day fast approaching, the sign ninjas have only a few nights left to take action.
House District 30 candidates focus on COVID-19, health care The following is the first in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 General Election.
Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late.
Tennessee draws 19,000 applicants to be poll workers Tennessee has drawn more than 19,000 applicants willing to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic as poll workers.
Celebrities unite to various get-out-the-vote efforts In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote. Here are some of the free, nonpartisan efforts:
Power Poll: Chattanooga leaders support Biden, think he'll win A new Power Poll released Thursday shows Chattanooga leaders supporting Democrat Joe Biden for president and predicting a win for him over Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the November election, aligning with national polling data.
Glenn Scruggs rides political energy at early Chattanooga voting event ahead of election District 10 Tennessee Senate hopeful Glenn Scruggs spent Thursday afternoon encouraging voter turnout at the Brainerd Community Center, hoping to ride political momentum through the last 12 days of the election.
Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into efficient and relatively safe polling places.
In pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to vote Trump out Former President Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his response to racial unrest and his fundamental unfitness for the job in his first in-person campaign pitch Wednesday for Joe Biden, his former vice president.
Greeson: Outside the election commission, an enlightening comment on election I spent a little time Wednesday roaming the parking lot at the Hamilton County Election Commission off Amnicola Highway looking for some information and insight.
In Tennessee, final debate puts surging virus in spotlight When President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden arrive in Nashville Thursday for their final debate before the Nov. 3 election, they'll be greeted by a city with rising coronavirus case counts inside a state immersed in a debate of its own about mask-wearing.
In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep President Donald Trump shunned formal debate practice Tuesday and was heading instead for another of his big rallies, two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden took the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep.
Sen. Todd Gardenhire, Asst. Chattanooga Police Chief Glenn Scruggs continue policing debate in District 10 race Republican State Sen. Todd Gardenhire is promoting diversity in Chattanooga law enforcement in the final weeks of his fight to maintain his seat against Democratic challenger and Assistant Chattanooga Police Chief Glenn Scruggs.
Court keeps Tennessee 1st time voter change pending appeal First-time voters in Tennessee won't have to appear in person to vote while a court appeal proceeds, as the Oct. 27 deadline to request an absentee ballot approaches.
Group offers churches $6-a-ballot to help people vote early A group's offer to pay churches $6 for every person they help to vote early this year does not violate any law although it might not be the "best practice" for getting out votes, Alabama's elections chief said Monday.
Tennessee poll worker fired for turning away voters with BLM shirts A poll worker in Memphis, Tennessee, has been fired after turning away early voters who were wearing "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" shirts, an elections official said Monday.
Loeffler, Warnock, Collins spar in 1st Georgia Senate debate Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins both accused the other of lying and touted their own conservative credentials in their first debate, while Democrat Raphael Warnock assailed Loeffler for associating herself with a congressional candidate who has embraced baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and made racist remarks.
More than 16% of Tennessee registered voters cast ballots in 1st week of early voting More than 725,000 Tennesseans cast ballots last week during the state's first four days of early voting in the Nov. 3 general election, a record-busting 42% jump over 2016 as voters continued to line up at polling stations as well as hit mail boxes with absentee mail-in ballots.
Some states allow ballots if voters die before Election Day At 90 years old and living through a global pandemic, Hannah Carson knows time may be short. She wasted no time returning her absentee ballot for this year's election.
Trump, Biden are campaigning across country from each other President Donald Trump made a rare visit to church Sunday as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned across the country from one another in key states with the Nov. 3 election close at hand.
Policy vs. personality: Undecideds torn as election nears Amanda Jaronowski is torn. The lifelong Republican from suburban Cleveland supports President Donald Trump's policies and fears her business could be gutted if Democrat Joe Biden is elected.
Is Facebook really ready for the 2020 election? Ever since Russian agents and other opportunists abused its platform in an attempt to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has insisted — repeatedly — that it's learned its lesson and is no longer a conduit for misinformation, voter suppression and election disruption.
Cooper: Give Fleischmann sixth term; Gorman far too 'progressive' for 3rd District Third District U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, is correct when he says "God willing, I'm going to be [in Congress] as long as I want to," given East Tennessee's longtime Republican bent."
Cooper: Bill Hagerty easily top Senate pick; Bradshaw's positions far too radical for most Tennesseans Fortune has been kind to former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the run-up to this year's election to be Tennessee's next United States senator.
Trohanis ideal choice to secure Walden's future and more letters to the editors Bill Trohanis is the ideal choice for mayor of the town of Walden.
Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election More than 22 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes.
Biden out-raises Trump $383M to $248M in September President Donald Trump was out-raised by Democrat Joe Biden in September and is being outgunned financially by his rival with just weeks to go until Election Day.
Appeals court keeps Tennessee mail voting signature match A U.S. appellate panel won't change Tennessee's signature matching requirement for absentee voting before the November election, affirming a lower court's decision.
Georgia's McBath seeks 2nd win in once-famed GOP district Karen Handel is looking for Republicans to mobilize in Georgia's 6th District, once an incubator of high-profile Republicans. But Democrat Lucy McBath, who unseated Handel in 2018, is trying to show that Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs have changed.
A fact check of rhetoric from Trump and Biden town halls President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden faced inquisitive voters on separate stages in different cities Thursday night in a substitute for the debate that was meant to be.
Trump, Biden go at it from a distance in town halls President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off, in a way, Thursday night, their scuttled second debate replaced by dueling televised town halls that showcased striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to the pandemic that has reshaped the nation.
Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus.
History, mistrust spurring Black early voters in Georgia They came by the thousands to vote early, descendants of slaves, children of the civil rights era and other Georgians standing in line for hours when all could have been somewhere else.
Long lines greet voters on the first day of early voting in Hamilton County A large turnout at early voting precincts in Brainerd and at the Hamilton County Election Commission in Chattanooga had voters standing in long lines Wednesday morning as the first day to cast an early ballot in Tennessee got underway.
Senate candidates blast TVA for outsourcing, coal ash spill, executive pay The Tennessee Valley Authority, which in recent years has gotten far less Congressional attention than in the past, came into the cross hairs of rapid-fire attacks Tuesday from U.S. senate candidates in Tennessee.
Racial justice movement a factor for 5 state ballot measures The Black Lives Matter movement isn't named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. But this year's nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice are major factors in the campaigns in several states for measures with distinctive racial themes.
After independent coronavirus test, NBC sets Trump town hall NBC News agreed to put President Donald Trump before voters in a town hall event on Thursday after the president submitted to an independent coronavirus test with the results reviewed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Trips by Trump, Biden illustrate calculations on voting map With Election Day just three weeks away, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden concentrated Tuesday on battleground states both see as critical to clinching an Electoral College victory, tailoring their travel to best motivate voters who could cast potentially decisive ballots.
Absentee mail-in votes surge in Hamilton County, at least 7,717 ballots already cast amid COVID-19 concerns With Tennesseans poised for early voting to start Wednesday in the Nov. 3 presidential election, at least 7,717 Hamilton County residents have already cast their votes through absentee mail-in ballots.
Georgia breaks turnout record for first day of early voting More than 128,000 Georgians went to the polls Monday, a record for the first day of early voting in the state, according to the secretary of state's office.
Microsoft attempts takedown of global criminal botnet Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election.
Biden makes big push in Ohio, once seen as long shot for him Joe Biden made two campaign stops Monday in Ohio, attempting to expand the battleground map and keep President Donald Trump on the defensive in a state long thought to be out of reach for Democrats after Trump's wide margin of victory there four years ago.
Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember — and not just because it yielded a historic result as the nation elected its first Black president.
Defiant Trump defends virus record in 1st post-COVID rally Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defense of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans, joking that he was healthy enough to plunge into the crowd and give voters "a big fat kiss."
Penguin Random House, PEN America team up to Book the Vote Neil Gaiman, Anita Hill and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics.
As Georgians kick off early voting for Nov. 3 election, Tennessee braces for Wednesday start Georgia early voting kicked off Monday with long lines in what is likely to become the largest vote in state history in a Nov. 3 general election headlined by a historic presidential race and two U.S. Senate contests, one of them a special election.
Big turnout as early in-person voting starts in Georgia The chance to cast ballots on Georgia's first day of in-person early voting Monday had thousands of people waiting for hours to make their voices heard.
Judge won't order immediate switch to hand-marked ballots A federal judge on Sunday expressed serious concerns about Georgia's new election system but declined to order the state to abandon its touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots for the November election.
Jamaicans in Florida energized by Harris on 2020 ticket President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are entering the final stretch of the campaign in a fierce battle for Latino voters who could sway the results in Florida and determine who wins the White House.
Dem challenger in SC Senate race raises record $57 million South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison has shattered congressional fundraising records, bringing in $57 million in the final quarter for his U.S. Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham as the GOP tries to retain control of the chamber in the Nov. 3 election.
Twitter tightens misinfo limits ahead of Nov. 3 US election Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation, calling for political violence and spreading thoughtless commentary in the days leading up to and following the Nov. 3 U.S. election.
Trump restarting campaign with White House, Florida events Looking to shove his campaign back on track, President Donald Trump and his team laid out an aggressive return to political activities, including a big White House event on Saturday and a rally in Florida on Monday, a week after his hospitalization for a virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans.
The second presidential debate slated for Oct. 15 has been canceled by commission Next week's debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump has officially been canceled after Trump refused to accept the organizer's decision to keep the event virtual out of COVID-19 concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Judge denies motion to extend Florida's voter registration A federal judge has denied a motion to extend voter registration in Florida even though a computer meltdown on the final day of registration might have prevented thousands of potential voters from taking part in November's presidential election.
Mail-in ballot mix-ups: How much should we worry? Several high-profile cases of voters getting incorrect blank absentee ballots in the mail are raising questions about how often such mix-ups occur and whether they could affect this year's presidential election.
With time short, judge mulls Georgia voting system changes With the start of early voting less than a week away and a software update being installed to address a glitch in Georgia's voting machines, a federal judge was still considering a request by voting integrity activists to sideline the new touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots for the November general election.
AP fact check of the vice presidential debate Although more buttoned-up on the stage than his boss, Vice President Mike Pence nevertheless echoed many of President Donald Trump's falsehoods Wednesday in the one and only debate with Democratic rival Kamala Harris.
Pandemic looms over a more civil fight and more takeaways from the VP debate In normal times, vice presidential debates don't matter much. But in an election year as wild as 2020, everything is magnified.
Mike Pence, Kamala Harris spar over COVID-19 in vice presidential debate Trading barbs through plexiglass shields, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris turned the only vice presidential debate of 2020 into a dissection of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Harris labeling it "the greatest failure of any presidential administration."
Write-in candidate for Catoosa County has influential support despite voters choosing Republican candidate in runoff Vanita Hullander, the Republican nominee for the District 3 seat on the Catoosa County Commission, beat the incumbent Jim Cutler in an August runoff.
In VP debate, plexiglass an extra participant on the stage There were three participants in Wednesday night's vice presidential debate: Republican Mike Pence, Democrat Kamala Harris and the plexiglass between them.
Voter beware: US tells public how to avoid election mischief The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans can take to counter the foreign interference threat.
Florida governor extends voter registration after site crash Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the state's voter registration deadline Tuesday after he said heavy traffic crashed the state's online system and potentially prevented thousands of enrolling to cast ballots in next month's presidential election. Several progressive groups are suing for a longer extension.
Tennessee adjusts 1st time voter ID rule after court order Tennessee election officials have adjusted rules for when first-time voters who want to vote by mail must provide identifying documents, following action by a federal court last month.
AP FACT CHECK: False claims fly in Alabama U.S. Senate ads Misleading claims are flying in attack ads for the closely watched Alabama U.S. Senate race between Sen. Doug Jones, a Deep South Democrat, and his Republican opponent Tommy Tuberville, a former college football coach.
Five questions as Pence and Harris prepare for vice presidential debate Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris meet on the debate stage for the first and only time Wednesday night in Utah.
Countering Trump, US officials defend integrity of election Four weeks ahead of Election Day, senior national security officials provided fresh assurances about the integrity of the elections in a video message Tuesday, putting them at odds with President Donald Trump's efforts to discredit the vote.
Trump's deceitful antics extend to his health and more letters to the editors Trump's lead "white coat" doctor was too unsure when addressing the public.
Vision 2020: Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot? If a ballot is tossed because of some issue — maybe a missing signature or it got damaged — will the voter be notified that the ballot's been invalidated? And can the voter cast a new ballot?
Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus As President Donald Trump recovers from the coronavirus, Joe Biden is capitalizing on having the campaign trail largely to himself by hitting critical swing states and investing in longtime Republican bastions that he hopes might expand his path to victory.
Alabama counties report record absentee voting amid pandemic Alabama counties are reporting record numbers of absentee ballots a month ahead of Election Day, and local officials say they're taking steps to cope with a flood of mail-in votes that's likely to continue for weeks during the pandemic.
How Kelly Loeffler went from Atlanta elite to Trump loyalist Kelly Loeffler is not just a U.S. senator and a successful businesswoman. She is also one of the social doyennes of Buckhead, the Atlanta neighborhood of the wealthy and aspiring rich, where she has often thrown open the gates of her $10.5 million European-style manse, known as Descante, for charity fundraisers.
Sohn: Forget political messaging; vote for candidates who want to speak to you So much political arrogance, so little time. National and local. Partisan and nonpartisan.
Voter registration deadline is Monday in Tennessee Tennesseans are running out of time to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election.
Delays in verifying mail-in ballots will slow election tally Voters awaiting results in some of the key presidential battleground states on election night should be prepared to keep waiting, thanks to obstacles that will slow the count for what is expected to be a crush of mailed-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Proposed Chattanooga candidates' debate canceled after Republican incumbents say no An effort by the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga to host campaign debates with congressional and state legislative candidates has been canceled after the four Republican incumbents declined to participate.
Best, Lem: Votes cast in November will shape Congress through 2030 When voters cast their ballots in November, they won't just decide who will be president in 2021. They will also have a voice in determining the partisan makeup of Congress until 2030. Following each census, which happens every 10 years, states are required to adjust their congressional district boundaries to keep district populations equal.
Gash, Cohen, Ray: Trump and Biden clash in chaotic debate President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took part in a presidential debate Sept. 29 that exemplified the lack of civility in American politics. The president frequently interrupted and spoke over his challenger, Biden told Trump to "shut up," and few issues were discussed in enough depth to provide much information to undecided voters.
Trump's diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday, with President Donald Trump declaring that he's tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat.
In big states, tiny counties, Trump attacking voting rules When Donald Trump's campaign took issue with a new rule on processing some votes in North Carolina, it didn't just complain to the Board of Elections and file a lawsuit. It wrote to some of the state's 100 local election offices with extraordinary guidance: Ignore that rule.
Hamilton County elections administrator's firing stemmed from employee allegations in human resources report The termination of former Hamilton County Election Administrator Kerry Steelman and subsequent uproar in the county's election office ahead of the November election stem from a 10-page human resources investigation.
Cleveland, Tennessee, Trump store will turn into early voting site, angering Democrats A Cleveland, Tennessee, store selling campaign gear for President Donald Trump will remain a commercial operation until the day before it becomes an early voting location on Oct. 14, and Bradley County Democrats and a Democratic Congressional candidate are up in arms.
Hamico Foundation president endorses Kim White for Chattanooga mayor, despite nonprofit laws Hamico Foundation President Alexis Bogo endorsed Kim White for mayor, citing the group's pro-Chattanooga values, and the White campaign says the support is welcome despite a law prohibiting tax-exempt nonprofit groups from making endorsements.
Officials to use NBA arena in Memphis for ballot counting Election officials plan to use the FedExForum sports arena in Memphis, Tennessee, to count absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election.
Hamilton County fires elections administrator amid investigation The Hamilton County Election Commission voted Wednesday to terminate Administrator Kerry Steelman after a brief leave of absence.
AP FACT CHECK: False claims swamp first Trump-Biden debate President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing.
Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio.
First presidential debate between Trump and Biden punctuated by anger President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden began the first presidential debate with heated exchanges over health care, the coronavirus and the future of the Supreme Court.
Crowds out, masks in: Debating in the age of the coronavirus Crowds and pageantry are out. COVID-19 tests and masks are in.
Judge orders Georgia to have paper pollbook backups A federal judge ruled Monday that every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup of the electronic pollbooks that are used to check voters in.
Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult.
Greeson: In a downright divided race Tuesday's debate looms larger than ever Monday night, Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, two of the best young quarterbacks since Peyton Manning was young and still a quarterback, duked it out in front of millions of viewers for, among other things, who is in line to be the face of the NFL.
Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe's senior services van to get to the grocery store or the doctor before the coronavirus pandemic ended that option.
Georgians can now get alerts about their absentee ballot Georgians who choose to vote by mail are getting another way to keep track of their ballot throughout the process.
How to restore voting rights in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, and why you should If you drove past the Dollar General on Wilcox Boulevard in Chattanooga on Saturday, you probably saw friendly faces sharing comfort food in the parking lot.
Cooper: Biden campaign banking on the idea the less Americans hear from him the better Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not conducting a front-porch campaign — not with the social distancing advised during the coronavirus pandemic — but he may be trolling the late 19th-century campaign conducted by Republican William McKinley just a bit.
Trump hits battleground states courting key voters President Donald Trump tried on Friday to chip away at his Democratic rival's support among Hispanic voters in Florida, who could determine the election outcome in this crucial battleground state.
Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race Former President Barack Obama endorsed the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia's special U.S. Senate election on Friday, providing a boost as the candidate looks to consolidate support in order to win a spot in a potential runoff.
Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters.
Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election Congressional leaders from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Post office defends accusations that cuts threaten election Lawyers for the U.S. Postal Service were in court Thursday to defend accusations that service cuts are slowing down the mail and threatening the integrity of the presidential election.
Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country.
Be wary of 'political' scams. Here are some election year tips on how to avoid fraud. Q. Is BBB experiencing an increase in politically oriented scams now that the election is near?
State Rep. Hakeem calls on state to investigate Hamilton County Election Commission NASHVILLE — State Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, D-Chattanooga, is calling on Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to immediately investigate what he calls "troubling" allegations that the Hamilton County Election Commission is "engaging in practices causing voter suppression."
Tennessee unveils tool to track absentee ballots The Tennessee Secretary of State's office announced Wednesday that voters who request a mail-in absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election will be able to track the status of their ballot.
Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump Democrat Joe Biden said Tuesday that Cindy McCain plans to endorse him for president, a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP's 2008 nominee.
Hamilton County elections chief takes leave of absence following employee complaint Hamilton County Election Administrator Kerry Steelman has taken a leave of absence amid an internal complaint just weeks before the November general election.
Court, COVID, race are topics for first Trump-Biden debate President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off on the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic and race and violence in the nation's cities next week when they meet for their first presidential debate.
What you need to know to vote in the Alabama general election in November As the Nov. 3 general election approaches, Alabama officials are taking steps to meet health challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
How much do you know about voting in the Chattanooga region, United States? To celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, the Times Free Press has created a quiz to see how much you know about voting in Tennessee, Georgia and the United States.
Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia's primary election earlier this year was marred by dysfunction: Hourslong wait times at polling places. Absentee ballots that never arrived. Votes cast after midnight.
Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Republican candidate for Chattooga County Commissioner opts out of debate A scheduled debate between the two candidates for the new sole commissioner in Chattooga County was canceled after the Republican candidate opted out.
AP Exclusive: Pandemic shrinking Europe's monitor of US vote Europe's largest security organization said Friday that it has drastically scaled back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election and now will deploy just 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death could reshape the presidential campaign A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation's most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots.
Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota Minnesota has backed Democratic presidential candidates for nearly half a century and rarely receives much attention during the final stages of the race. This is when campaigns typically focus their resources on more traditional swing states like Florida or Pennsylvania.
Biden makes push for voters on National Black Voter Day Joe Biden's campaign unveiled a series of nationwide digital events Friday targeting Black voters in swing states — a strategic move by the Democratic presidential nominee to further energize the key demographic as the race heads into its final weeks.
US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service" before the November election.
Chattanooga-based CBL joins Time to Vote movement CBL Properties has joined more than 700 companies nationwide partnering with Time to Vote to ensure that its employees have access to voter registration information and deadlines as well as paid time off to vote on or before Election Day.
Judge weighs ordering changes to Georgia's election system A federal judge is considering whether to order Georgia to make changes to the way elections are run in the state with seven weeks to go before November's general election.
Bloomberg to spend at least $100M to help Biden in Florida Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing at least $100 million to help Joe Biden's presidential campaign in the crucial battleground state of Florida.
Georgia officials tweak standard for marks to count as votes Election officials in Georgia approved a new rule Thursday that changes the standard for how much an oval needs to be filled in on an absentee ballot to count as a vote.
Images of 9/11 attack, porn interrupt voting machine hearing A federal hearing on a challenge to Georgia's voting machines was interrupted Friday when someone began posting video and symbols during the live Zoom session, including images from the Sept. 11 attacks, a swastika and pornography.
What you need to know to vote in the Tennessee general election in November Just shy of two months before the November election, state officials are working to make voting in Tennessee accessible and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Longshot Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw visits Chattanooga as part of 95-county swing Marquita Bradshaw wasn't supposed to win the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. She's also the underdog in November's election against Republican Bill Hagerty in the battle to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal leaves Georgia congressional race against Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene Kevin Van Ausdal, the Democratic nominee for Georgia's 14th District Congressional seat, announced Friday he is dropping out of the race. In a statement on his social media pages, Van Ausdal said he is heartbroken about the decision to drop out and is doing so for "family and personal reasons."
Charges, sanctions revive specter of Russian interference The Trump administration on Thursday charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process and imposed sanctions against a Russia-linked Ukrainian lawmaker accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election.
Phones, offices busy as absentee balloting starts in Alabama Absentee voting began across Alabama on Wednesday with phones ringing constantly and a steady stream of voters at some county offices as the state predicted a absentee turnout that could far outpace past elections because of the pandemic.
Trump raises $210 million, robust but well short of Biden President Donald Trump and his Republican Party jointly raised $210 million in August, a robust sum but one dwarfed by the record $364.5 million raised by Democrats and their nominee, Joe Biden.
Trump and Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns North Carolina caps outdoor gatherings at 50 people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but don't tell that to President Donald Trump. He basked in a largely maskless crowd of several thousand supporters during a campaign rally in this critical state.
Chipping in? Trump may put up his own cash on reelection President Donald Trump is putting out the word that he is considering spending as much as $100 million of his own fortune on his reelection effort as campaign officials try to buck up key supporters and donors amid daunting polling numbers and other bad news.
Kanye West makes presidential ballot in Mississippi Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on Mississippi's ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday.
Georgia investigating double voting in primary election Georgia's secretary of state said Tuesday that his office has identified about 1,000 cases of double voting in the June primary election -- a felony he's determined to see prosecuted.
In battleground states, absentee ballot rejections could triple Thousands of absentee ballots get rejected in every presidential election. This year, that problem could be much worse and potentially pivotal in hotly contested battleground states.
Trump, Biden spar over economy, workers in Labor Day blitz Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other's credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch.
Trump looms large over campaigns for control of Congress The battle for control of Congress is solidifying into a race about President Donald Trump, as Republicans hitch their fortunes to their party's leader and Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him — and as partners in a potential Joe Biden White House.
Kamala Harris meets Blake family to kick off Wisconsin visit Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met Monday with the family of a Wisconsin man shot by police last month to kick off her visit to the critical swing state, where Vice President Mike Pence was also visiting as the presidential race enters its final phase.
Dueling versions of reality define 1st week of fall campaign On the campaign trail with President Donald Trump, the pandemic is largely over, the economy is roaring back, and murderous mobs are infiltrating America's suburbs.
Despite national divisions, Tennessee Republicans largely fall in line behind Trump While some prominent national-level Republicans publicly oppose President Donald Trump's reelection, that isn't the case among top local and Tennessee Republicans, where even the state's most prominent 2016 "never Trumper" is silent this year.
Georgia candidate's post removed for inciting violence Facebook removed a photo illustration showing a Republican congressional candidate in Georgia posing with a rifle next to three Democratic House members, saying Friday that it violated the social media platform's policy against inciting violence.
Democrats request Hatch Act probe of Republican convention Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are seeking an investigation into what they call repeated violations of the federal Hatch Act by members of the Trump administration during last month's Republican National Convention.
Biden confirms virus test, says he'll be tested regularly Joe Biden said Friday that he's been tested at least once for the COVID-19 virus and promised he will be tested regularly during his general election campaign against President Donald Trump.
In Barr, Trump has powerful ally for challenging mail voting As President Donald Trump sows doubt about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, he's found a powerful partner in Attorney General William Barr.
Newly elected Catoosa County commissioner angers local GOP by endorsing Democrat The Catoosa County Republican Party is not pleased after a newly elected commissioner endorsed a Democrat for the commission chair seat in November's general election.
Judge bars Kanye West from appearing on Arizona's ballot A judge has barred Kanye West from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot in Arizona, concluding that a voter who challenged his candidacy had shown he would probably prevail and had established the possibility of an irreparable harm if the rapper's name were to appear on the ballot.
Black Lives Matter supporters disrupt Loeffler event in Atlanta suburb U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has made opposition to the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement a centerpiece of her effort to win conservative support in her campaign, and Thursday, supporters of the movement again pushed back.
Election chiefs worry about uncertainty as voting nears Political battles and pending court fights threaten to upend months of planning for the pandemic election, election officials are warning. In key states, they remain hamstrung with only weeks to prepare.
Trump suggests polling place double-check for mail-in voters President Donald Trump said Thursday that people who vote early by mail should show up at polling places and vote again if their ballots haven't been counted, a slight walk back from his comments a day earlier when he suggested people vote twice to test the mail-in system.
Facebook curbs political ads - for 7 days before US election Bracing for a contentious election with no immediate results and possible "civil unrest," Facebook is enacting a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the U.S. presidential election.
Trump takes jab at Biden during V-J Day visit to battleship As thunderstorms threatened, President Donald Trump sped through a V-J Day speech on Wednesday, trumpeting American strength and managing to squeeze in a swipe at Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Biden: Trump ignores COVID-19 pandemic, stokes unrest, solves neither Joe Biden is hammering President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak ahead of a planned trip to Wisconsin, a pivotal swing state that's become a focal point for political debate over protest-related violence, police treatment of people of color and the actions of vigilante militias.
Fox, C-SPAN, NBC moderators for upcoming Trump-Biden debates Representatives from Fox News, C-SPAN and NBC will moderate the upcoming debates between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Biden raises over $360 million in August, shattering record Former Vice President Joe Biden raised $364 million for his election effort in August, a record-shattering sum that will give the Democrat ample resources to compete in the final two months of the campaign.
Lawsuit filed to keep Kanye West off Virginia ballot A law firm with ties to prominent Democrats has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep rapper Kanye West off presidential ballots in Virginia.
Judge won't block Tennessee mail voting signature match law A federal judge will not block Tennessee's implementation of a law that requires verifying signatures of voters looking to cast ballots by mail.
Kanye West sues to be listed on West Virginia ballot Rapper Kanye West has sued the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office after being told his bid to get on the ballot for president came up short on qualified signatures.
3 incumbents, 1 new Hamilton County Schools board member sworn in Three Hamilton County Schools board members will return along with one newcomer for the next four years.
New focus for campaign: Will Biden or Trump keep you safer? The battle over who can keep Americans safe after recent deadly protests has emerged as the sharpest dividing line for the presidential campaign's final weeks, with Joe Biden on Monday condemning the violence and President Donald Trump defending a supporter accused of fatally shooting two men.
Loeffler visits Dalton as Georgia Senate race heats up As her campaign ramps up with two months left until the November special election, appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia made a stop in Dalton on Monday to meet with voters and talk about the eight months under her belt as a new senator and her plans to stand beside President Donald Trump if elected to the seat.
Uncertainty dominates presidential campaign's final stretch Within President Donald Trump's campaign, some privately feared the worst heading into the national conventions.
Coronavirus worries force election officials to get creative The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting?
Voting groups scramble to reach college students in pandemic Chase Gaines wishes he could get more young people in North Carolina to answer their front doors and take his GOP flyer.
Challenger says Chattanooga's Sen. Gardenhire was irresponsible to vote for 'guns in parks' law Democratic state Senate candidate Glenn Scruggs, an assistant Chattanooga police chief, says it was irresponsible for incumbent Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire to vote in support of a 2015 law allowing Tennesseans with state-issued handgun permits to go armed in parks.
Trump, at New Hampshire rally, sows fears about 'thugs,' 'anarchists' Fresh off accepting the Republican Party's nomination, President Donald Trump said Friday he was the only thing standing between "democracy and the mob," as he lashed out at protesters who accosted his supporters as they left the White House the night before.
Biden, Harris prepare to travel more as campaign heats up After spending a pandemic spring and summer tethered almost entirely to his Delaware home, Joe Biden plans to take his presidential campaign to battleground states after Labor Day in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump.
GOP convention takeaways: What coronavirus? Fear motivates President Donald Trump refused to allow the coronavirus to deny him the crowd he craved for the Republican National Convention.
Trump lashes Biden, defies COVID-19 pandemic on White House stage President Donald Trump was accepting his party's renomination from a massive White House South Lawn stage Thursday night, breaking with tradition by using the executive mansion as a political backdrop and defying pandemic guidelines to address a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd.
Board: Georgia county failed to process ballot applications Georgia's state election board has found that election officials in the state's most populous county failed to process some absentee ballot applications for the June primary and on Thursday referred the matter to the state attorney general.
Trump, in convention speech, to decry Biden, radical forces President Donald Trump plans to tell voters that Democratic rival Joe Biden would pursue the "most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee" when he delivers his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.
Convention-covering networks challenged by competing stories The Republican convention's third night happened amid an unusual confluence of major stories — a dangerous hurricane about to strike Louisiana, a Wisconsin city torn apart following a police shooting and the sports world's forceful response.
Republican National Convention takeaways: Pence pounces while crises swirl Republicans proceeded with the third night of their national convention, but many Americans - particularly those in the path of Hurricane Laura - were focused on more immediate concerns.
Heal the country? Disease specialists running for Congress A background in science — specifically, infectious disease and epidemiology — may not spring to mind as a key selling point for candidates hoping to land a seat in Congress. Not unless, say, the country is in the throes of a deadly pandemic.
Sen. Blackburn accuses Biden, Harris and their 'radical allies' of trying to destroy military, law enforcement heroes During a Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee praised American "heroes" such as volunteers and emergency room nurses while then accusing Democrats of invoking "cancel culture" by refusing to acknowledge members of law enforcement and the U.S. military in the hero category.
Judge orders Tennessee to mention coronavirus on mail voting form A judge has ordered Tennessee election officials to clearly communicate on absentee ballot applications that people can vote by mail if they believe they or someone in their care face a higher risk of COVID-19.
First night RNC ratings down; Fox sticks more with the show Up is down, down is up. President Donald Trump thanked CNN Tuesday for its Republican convention coverage, while Fox News heard complaints from some viewers that it wasn't showing enough.
Kanye West qualifies for Tennessee presidential ballot Rapper and producer Kanye West will be on Tennessee's presidential ballot in November, the state election's office confirmed.
Takeaways from GOP convention: Power, positivity and policy The second day of the Republican National Convention started with a decidedly different, more positive tone, with an emphasis on Americans who say have they benefited from President Donald Trump's policies.
'Fighting for you': First lady makes her case for Trump vote First lady Melania Trump cast her husband as the best hope for America and Americans in a Rose Garden address Tuesday night as President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency to boost his reelection chances on the second night of the scaled-down Republican National Convention.
Melania Trump taking Rose Garden turn to pitch her husband When Melania Trump addresses the Republican convention from the White House, it will be the most that many Americans have seen of their first lady since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that has come to define her husband's administration.
Former River City Co. President Kim White files paperwork for 2021 Chattanooga mayoral campaign Former River City Co. President Kim White has filed paperwork to run for mayor of Chattanooga in 2021.
Republican National Convention takeaways: All Trump, all the time President Donald Trump aggressively asserted control over the Republican National Convention on Monday, overshadowing the prime-time speakers, as he made clear he wants voters to focus on him.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to focus on 'honoring our heroes' in RNC speech U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says her focus will be "honoring our heroes" in her address Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
GOP convention showcases rising stars, dark warnings A rising generation of Republican stars offered an optimistic view of President Donald Trump's leadership on Monday, but were undermined on the opening night of the GOP's scaled-back convention by speakers issuing dark warnings about the country's future and distorting the president's record, particularly on the pandemic.
Georgia Democrat praises President Trump, rips Democratic nominee Biden in convention speech Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat, lavished praise on President Donald Trump while ripping into the Democratic Party during a Monday night speech at the Republican National Convention.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student announces bid for contested city council seat Chattanooga college student and community activist D'Andre Anderson is running for the already contested District 8 City Council seat.
Republicans nominate Trump to take on Biden in the fall The Republican Party formally nominated President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House Monday, one of the first acts of a GOP convention that has been dramatically scaled down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway to leave White House Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's most influential and longest serving advisers, announced Sunday that she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month.
U.S. Sen. Blackburn of Tennessee, Georgia Democratic Rep. Jones to speak at GOP convention President Donald Trump's roster of speakers at the 2020 Republican National Convention includes U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and a Georgia state Democratic representative, Vernon Jones, who became an outcast in his own party for endorsing Trump.
Georgia Republicans aim to flex at RNC next week As former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel led a training session for fellow Donald Trump supporters, she beckoned the crowd to listen closely, as if sharing a secret with the group of Sandy Springs Republicans assembled in a conference room.
Trump's vision of American greatness at center of convention Republicans will aim to recast the story of Donald Trump's presidency when they hold their national convention, featuring speakers drawn from everyday life as well as cable news and the White House while drawing a stark contrast with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Parkland shooting survivors hit the road, target youth vote A group of survivors from the 2018 Florida high school massacre is hitting the road to help register young voters across the country before the November election, seeking to bring about their vision for gun reform.
Film shows trailblazing Black female editor, VP candidate Kamala Harris made history last week by becoming the first Black woman to be nominated to run for vice president on a major party's ticket. But the first Black woman to run for vice president in the nation's history was trailblazing newspaperwoman Charlotta Spears Bass.
Cooper: Democrats offering a leftward version of what voters rejected in 2016 Four years after Hillary Clinton stood on a Democratic National Convention stage, cognizant she was in all likelihood the next president of the United States, Democrats appear to have learned nothing.
Postmaster says 'no idea' mailboxes, equipment being removed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Friday he had "no idea" blue mailboxes and sorting machines were being removed until a public uproar nationwide, as he testifies before a Senate committee digging into disruptions and changes in postal operations being made just as millions of Americans will be relying on mail-in ballots for the November election.
Takeaways from the final night of the Democratic convention A convention without a roaring crowd, confetti cannons, funny hats - a gathering in name only - delivered the Democratic presidential nomination to Joe Biden on Thursday, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit that comes at a time of crisis.
Biden vows to defeat Trump, end US 'season of darkness' Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night with a vow to be a unifying "ally of the light" who would move an America in crisis past the chaos of President Donald Trump's tenure.
State: No perjury charges if mail voters claim COVID risk in Tennessee Tennessee authorities cannot pursue perjury charges against voters who seek mail ballots by concluding on their own that they, or someone in their care, have a health condition that increases their risk for COVID-19, an attorney for the state said in court Thursday.
Kanye West submits petitions to appear on Tennessee ballot Rapper and music producer Kanye West submitted a petition Thursday to appear on Tennessee's ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, the state election's office says.
Mail-delivery concerns put spotlight on ballot deadlines U.S. Postal Service warnings that it can't guarantee mailed ballots will arrive on time have put a spotlight on the narrow time frames most states allow to request and return those ballots.
Democratic convention takeaways: Make history, pound Trump There has been one persistent theme in the Democratic National Convention so far: to portray President Donald Trump in highly personal ways as one unsuited for the White House both in skills and temperament.
Trump, Pence campaign events signal lax approach to coronavirus Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump jammed into an airplane hangar for an Arizona campaign event this week, ignoring the advice of Trump's own health experts.
Democrats pound their message: To oust Trump, you must vote The Democrats' historic boundary breakers joined forces Wednesday night at the party's national convention in an urgent effort to rouse the diverse coalition Joe Biden will need to defeat President Donald Trump this fall.
Pelosi says postmaster has no plans to restore mail cuts House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's postmaster general has no intention of restoring mail equipment or funding overtime hours he cut, despite public outcry that operational changes are undermining service before the November election.
Key takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic convention Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. It's even more challenging during this, the first virtual convention.
Ballot drop boxes seen as a way to bypass the post office With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places.
Democrats make it official, nominate Biden to take on Trump Joe Biden is drawing on party elders at the Democratic National Convention, making the case that he and his party are uniquely positioned with experience and expertise to repair chaos that President Donald Trump has created at home and abroad.
Tennessee, Georgia politicians address Democratic National Convention Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams was one of 17 "rising stars" who jointly delivered a video keynote speech during Tuesday's National Democratic Convention with Abrams and others praising Democratic nominee Joe Biden while issuing a scathing rebuke of Republican President Donald Trump.
Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Bradshaw hits GOP rival over 'division and hatred' Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Marquita Bradshaw said Monday that Republican rival Bill Hagerty's "type of division and hatred" isn't what Tennesseans want to see in their next senator.
Suffrage anniversary commemorations highlight racial divide As the U.S. marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, many event organizers, mindful that the 19th Amendment originally benefited mostly white women, have been careful to present it as a commemoration, not a celebration.
Five takeaways from first night of the Democratic convention In another profound way that the coronavirus pandemic has upended American life, the Democratic National Convention started Monday with no convening. Instead, Democrats opted for the first virtual convention as the party begins the formal process of nominating Joe Biden as its candidate for president.
Trump counters Biden with law and order message in Minnesota Declaring it's "crunch time" for the upcoming election, President Donald Trump zeroed in on Midwest battleground states on Monday with a law and order message to counter former Vice President Joe Biden's show at the Democratic National Convention.
Democrats put divides aside, rally behind Biden at convention Michelle Obama delivered a passionate condemnation of President Donald Trump during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, declaring him "in over his head" and warning that the nation's mounting crises would only get worse if he's reelected over Joe Biden.
Preparing for convention, Tennessee Democrats hope to make statehouse gains State Democrats said Monday they hope to make political gains in fall elections against the Tennessee General Assembly's House and Senate Republican super majorities in hopes of having more impact on policy.
Amid outcry, postmaster general to testify before House Facing a public backlash over mail delays, the Trump administration scrambled to respond Monday as the House prepared an emergency vote to halt delivery interruptions and service changes that Democrats warned could imperil the November election.
Puerto Rico holds 2nd voting round after chaotic primaries Thousands of Puerto Ricans on Sunday got a second chance to vote for the first time, a week after delayed and missing ballots marred the original primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory's democracy.
House Dems summon postal leaders to hearing on mail delays The Democratic-run House on Sunday demanded that leaders of the U.S. Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays as concerns grow that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency during the coronavirus pandemic while states expand mail-in voting options for the November presidential election.
Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote When Floridians overwhelmingly approved a measure allowing most felons to vote after completing their sentences, many expected Democrats to benefit most from the participation of up to 1.4 million newly eligible voters in this year's election.
Democrats in conservative SC now see opportunity for gains There's an unusual feeling emerging among Democrats in South Carolina: energy.
Man unseats wife in Bledsoe County school board election A divorce filed in the summer of 2019 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, indirectly led to an Aug. 6 general election ballot with its lone contested race pitting husband and wife against each other for the county school board seat she'd held for eight years.
'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days.
At Sturgis, Trump supporters look to turn bikers into voters It's a Friday night at a crowded biker bar in South Dakota when Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, takes the stage. While many have come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for some combination of riding and partying, Cox's focus is on something else: voting.
Facebook beefs up anti-misinfo efforts ahead of US election Beginning Thursday, U.S. Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages -- labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.
QAnon-supporting Georgia candidate unrepentant despite GOP criticism Political newcomer Marjorie Taylor Greene was mocked as a supporter of QAnon conspiracies and denounced for videos deemed racist even by fellow Republicans who withdrew endorsements and declared her unfit for Congress.
Biden, Harris to make unusual campaign debut in virus era Joe Biden is making his first appearance with newly chosen running mate Kamala Harris on Wednesday, betting that the California senator's historic profile and confrontational style against President Donald Trump will boost Democrats' efforts to oust the Republican president amid cascading national crises.
How Biden chose Harris: Inside his search for a running mate Gretchen Whitmer wanted out.
Two conservative Georgia districts choose GOP House nominees Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts chose nominees to Congress on Tuesday.
Postage requirement for mail ballots isn't a poll tax A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an argument that requiring voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots and ballot applications amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax.
Marjorie Taylor Greene wins GOP nod in Georgia primary runoff Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia's 14th Congressional District.
Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.
Cameron defeats Deffenbaugh for Georgia's House District 1 seat and more election results Republican Mike Cameron, former chairman of the Walker County Republican Party, defeated John Deffenbaugh for Georgia's House District 1 seat in Tuesday night's runoff election.
Racist videos bring attention to US House race in Georgia A Republican criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory faces a neurosurgeon who campaigned on his experience to improve the health care system in Tuesday's GOP primary runoff for an open U.S. House seat representing northwest Georgia.
Polls close in most Georgia counties for runoff election Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in most Northwest Georgia counties and across the state for election runoffs.
Georgia board approves online absentee ballot request portal Georgia's state election board voted unanimously Monday to authorize the secretary of state to create an online portal for voters to request absentee ballots for the November general election.
Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of the island's Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory's democracy.
Election day in Georgia: What you need to know for Tuesday Tuesday is election day in Georgia as voters will be going to the polls for a runoff election that will decide many local races and also the premier matchup between John Cowan and Marjorie Taylor Greene for the Republican ticket in Georgia's 14th Congressional District race.
Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall.
Controversy puts spotlight on Georgia congressional runoff Marjorie Taylor Greene is running for Congress - and is unrepentant about her racist rhetoric and support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.
US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump's reelection bid, the country's counterintelligence chief said in the most specific warning to date about the threat of foreign interference.
Assessors of property, mayors elected in balloting across Southeast Tennessee In the counties surrounding Chattanooga in Southeast Tennessee, voters this week elected new mayors, new property assessors — and even approved a new sales tax. Here are highlights of balloting during Thursday's election.
Georgia DA who charged officers faces tough primary runoff Against the backdrop of protests over racial injustice and police brutality and with allegations of misconduct emboldening challengers, the top prosecutor in Georgia's most populous county is fighting to keep his job.
A look at Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary race results The heated race to become the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat topped Tennessee's primary election Thursday, as well as contested challenges in a handful of U.S. House and legislative seats. Here is a summary of those offices on the ballot:
Tennessee House incumbents secure party nominations Several incumbents running for reelection in their House districts comfortably won their primaries Thursday.
Thurman, Wingate, Perez win Hamilton County school board election A push to elect two new conservatives to the Hamilton County Schools board failed at the polls Thursday night, but voters handily reelected conservative Rhonda Thurman despite a challenge from a candidate backed by the teacher's union.
Bill Hagerty, Marquita Bradshaw to compete for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, a Republican from Gallatin, and Marquita Bradshaw, a Democrat from Memphis, will face off in November in a race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
Democrats sue Georgia election officials over lines at polls Democrats are asking a federal judge to order Georgia election officials to take steps to prevent long lines at the polls on Election Day.
Turnout 'steady' early Thursday as Tennessee voters head to the polls Voter turnout was light but steady Thursday morning at precincts in the Glenwood community downtown and in Harrison on Highway 58 while officials at the Brainerd BX said action had been slow early in the day.
In Chattanooga, Hagerty calls for Republicans to vote for a 'true conservative' U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty began his election day campaigning in Chattanooga to propel local Republicans to vote for him in Thursday's GOP primary.
No hoopla: Virus upends Trump and Biden convention plans At the last minute, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are searching for places to impressively yet safely accept their parties' presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh uncertainty to the campaign for the White House.
Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."
Tennessee Election Day: What to know before you vote Thursday After months of listening to political candidates speak or in some instances shout, Tennesseans get their say Thursday as polls open across the state for state and federal primary contests and some county general elections.
Sethi visits Chattanooga on day before GOP primary election, calls for support against 'Washington cartel' U.S. Senate hopeful Manny Sethi stopped in Chattanooga on Wednesday for a final pre-election plea to vote out the "Washington cartel."
Tennessee mail ballot requests for November start Wednesday Tennessee voters can begin requesting absentee ballots for the November election Wednesday.
Here's what's on the line in next week's runoff in Northwest Georgia Georgia's June primary election decided most of the races on the ballot, but a few seats are still up for grabs on the Aug. 11 runoff date.
Six candidates vie for three Hamilton County school board seats Election Day is Thursday, and the Hamilton County school board race has six candidates vying for three contested seats.
Chattanooga region ballots light with mix of assessors of property, school board and municipal races to be decided Most rural counties in Southeast Tennessee have light general election ballots for Aug. 6, but there are contested races for assessors of property, county commission, some road superintendent or commissioner seats, municipal officers and school board.
GOP doctor in Tennessee Senate race wants Fauci fired A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation's leading infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic.
Wisconsin's Democratic governor endorses Biden for president Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday endorsed Joe Biden for president, a move that comes after the first-term Democrat declined to endorse anyone in the primary and just two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Hamilton County DA finds no fault, no penalty, for school board candidate's GOP billboard It's OK for Hamilton County school board candidate Tom Decosimo to call himself a Republican on a billboard even though the race is nonpartisan, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has determined.
Public ideas for Mississippi flag: Magnolias, stars, beer Magnolias, stars, guitars, the cross, beer cans, crawfish, a Gulf Coast lighthouse, Elvis Presley and even Kermit the Frog appear on proposals the general public submitted for a new Mississippi flag.
'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight Americans are preparing to choose a leader and a path through a time of extraordinary division and turmoil. Associated Press journalists tell their stories in the series "America Disrupted."
Nearly 600,000 Tennesseans have already voted as candidates mount final effort in Thursday election Tennessee candidates are mounting their final charge toward Thursday's election, in which nearly 600,000 voters have already cast early or absentee votes in contests ranging from county school board to a bitterly contested U.S. Senate Republican primary.
RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus.
Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump's most significant and boldest actions.
Hagerty bests Sethi in Hamilton County GOP straw poll for Senate seat Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Bill Hagerty topped GOP rival Manny Sethi Friday night in a Hamilton County Republican Party straw poll for the state's hotly contested Aug. 6 primary election.
Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night. But that doesn't mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, despite President Donald Trump's continued insistence Friday.
Despite coronavirus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan's expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November.
Tennessee newly backs mail vote option for COVID risk group Tennessee officials are prepared to offer absentee ballots to voters who have health conditions or live with someone at risk for COVID-19, even if Tennessee's Supreme Court strikes down expanded mail voting in pandemic times, a state attorney said Thursday.
Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Hamilton County school board candidate's billboard sparks complaints A billboard proclaiming Hamilton County school board candidate Tom Decosimo a Republican has sparked several complaints from citizens because the campaign is supposed to be nonpartisan, and the matter is under review by the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.
Dems slam Cowboys for Trump boss for 'back to Africa' video Democrats and civil rights leaders in New Mexico are denouncing the leader of the Cowboys for Trump group after he posted a social media video calling for some Black athletes to "go back to Africa."
Biden says post-pandemic economy can fight racial inequality Joe Biden unveiled a plan Tuesday to ensure that the nation's post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality, promising to dramatically spur investment in Black-owned small businesses and encourage home ownership while closing wealth gaps among minority communities.
Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election.
Tennessee early voting doubles over 2016; Hamilton County up 170.3% Tennesseans set a blistering pace during the first seven days of state early and absentee voting in the Aug. 6 election, more than doubling numbers of votes cast during the same time frame in 2012 and 2016, state figures show.
From police chief to VP? Inside Val Demings' unlikely path Val Demings has already been vice president.
Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads Social media has become the target of a dueling attack ad campaign being waged online by the sitting president and his election rival. They're shooting the messenger while giving it lots of money.
How Chattanooga's 2021 mayoral candidates plan to address police reform Though the recent weeks of protests and calls for police reform in Chattanooga took place under Mayor Andy Berke, he has less than a year left in office.
Ocasio-Cortez, Dems assail men's abusive treatment of women Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outrage over a Republican lawmaker's verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of "accepting violence and violent language against women" whose adherents include President Donald Trump.
Obama blasts Trump, praises Biden in new 2020 campaign video Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama stepped up their attacks on President Donald Trump and defended their time in the White House in a new video showing their first in-person meeting since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Facebook's voting labels on candidate posts sow confusion Facebook has started adding informational labels to all posts about voting by federal elected officials and candidates in the U.S., as it said it would do.
One gave to Gore, one gave to 'Democrat PAC': Attacks continue in Tennessee GOP Senate primary Lawyers for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi's campaign are demanding Tennessee television stations yank an attack ad launched by a new Alexandria, Virginia-based super PAC, charging that the 30-second spot is "false and defamatory."
Bolton: Trump lacks strategic vision, historical knowledge Former national security adviser John Bolton said Monday he believes President Donald Trump committed several impeachable offenses, but Democratic congressional leaders doomed their effort to remove him from office by rushing the process for partisan purposes.
Georgia Dems choose state chair to replace Lewis on ballot Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November.
Tennessee votes: At least 90,540 cast ballots during 1st two days of early voting; 4,700 in Hamilton County Early voting resumed Monday in Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary elections after at least 90,540 people cast early votes or by mail-in absentee ballot last Friday and Saturday, according to to Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office.
Kanye West wants $1 million for new moms, slams Harriet Tubman at campaign rally Self-declared presidential candidate Kanye West delivered a winding and unconventional campaign introduction speech in which he proposed a $1 million payout to each new mother and decried Harriet Tubman for her work on the Underground Railroad.
Cost, hassle of stamps questioned as mail-in voting surges Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle.
Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses President Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden. Trump says it's too early to make such an ironclad guarantee.
Greene, Cowan face off in first televised debate for 14th Congressional District In their first televised debate before the Aug. 11 runoff, Georgia congressional candidates Marjorie Taylor Greene and John Cowan spent much of their time accusing each other of lying, mishandling business operations and derailing the debate structure by arguing over issues both campaigns have been focused on through social media.
Early voting begins in Tennessee Voters now have the option to cast their ballots ahead of the Aug. 6 primary.
Trump's grand GOP convention plans shrink as virus surges President Donald Trump's plans for a grand convention keep shrinking.
Watch: Advocacy approaches, thoughts on COVID-19 reopening framework separate Hamilton County school board District 1 candidates During the final Hamilton County school board debate on Wednesday evening, 16-year incumbent Rhonda Thurman and lifelong resident Stephen Vickers demonstrated strong commitments to the Soddy-Daisy community with contrasting approaches on how to advocate for that community and how schools should respond to COVID-19.
Poll workers needed as early voting for the August primary starts Friday in Hamilton County Tennessee and local election officials are recruiting poll workers, bracing for record-setting absentee voting and overhauling processes to keep people apart and protected from the coronavirus, but there is one thing they can't do as they prepare for early voting to begin Friday in Hamilton County.
In defeat, Sessions still says Trump right for the nation Jeff Sessions took the stage with the same sense of conviction he had displayed in giddier times at a Mobile stadium almost five years ago, declaring once more that Donald Trump's vision was right for America.
Watch: Despite similarities, divisions arise in experience levels, beliefs on funding for Hamilton County District 7 school board candidates While District 7 candidates for the Hamilton County school board shared some common views, differences in experience level and beliefs on funding shaped a Tuesday evening debate.
Biden's $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy.
Senate, House runoffs included on Alabama runoff ballot The Republican Senate runoff for U.S. Senate and three contests to select party nominees for two open U.S. House seats are the highlights of Tuesday's election in Alabama.
Watch: District 2 school board candidates draw differences during debate on testing, equity, funding beliefs Hamilton County School Board candidates Marco Perez and Tom Decosimo drew notable differences in opinion about funding, equity and other issues during Monday night's virtual debate hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga 2.0 and WRCB in the race to fill the District 2 seat being vacated by incumbent Kathy Lennon.
Donald Trump, Joe Biden win Louisiana's presidential primary President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won Louisiana's twice-postponed presidential primary.
Biden proposes $700 billion-plus 'Buy American' campaign Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government's regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.
Tuesday is deadline to register for Tennessee Aug. 6 primary Tennesseans are running out of time to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election.
Tuesday is Tennessee's deadline to register to vote Tuesday is the last day for Tennesseans to register to vote in the state's Aug. 6 elections, but one result is already clear: Hamilton Countians as of Monday set a modern-day record when it comes to requests for absentee ballots.
Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.
Senate candidate's campaign bus catches on fire in Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's campaign bus went up in flames Wednesday night on the side of a north Alabama interstate.
What to know about requesting an absentee ballot for upcoming Tennessee elections Tennessee became one of the last states to expand mail-in voting earlier this month when Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that voters under 60 can request an absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden campaign says 36% of senior staff are people of color Joe Biden's campaign says a little more than a third of its senior staff are people of color, sharing staff diversity data after facing pressure to answer questions on the issue.
Monty Bruell enters 2021 mayoral race to close gap between 'two Chattanoogas' Business consultant Monty Bruell wants to be Chattanooga's next mayor in order to lessen the economic disparity between the "two Chattanoogas."
Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race The U.S. Postal Service's famous motto — "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers" — is being tested like never before, by challenges that go well beyond the weather.
Georgia measure would stop officials mailing ballot requests Republicans controlling a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent election officials from proactively sending mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of an election.
Trump rally highlights vulnerabilities heading into election President Donald Trump's return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House.
Access to ballot, seal of democracy's covenant, under attack The ballot is deployed to replace the bullet, to decide peacefully who will lead, to resolve divisive issues and to empower individual citizens.
Trump suggests US slow virus testing to avoid bad statistics President Donald Trump said Saturday he's asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.
Mayoral candidate Andrew McLaren wants to bridge Chattanooga communities with 'out of the box' ideas Independent candidate Andrew McLaren is running for mayor of Chattanooga in hopes of bridging community disparities with fruit trees and police pay raises.
Liberal groups warn Biden could lose over policing policies More than four dozen progressive groups have signed a letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign criticizing his police reform proposals and warning that if he doesn't adopt more progressive policies he risks losing black voters — and the election — this fall.
Blind voters fear loss of privacy with shift to mail voting Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified.
Tennessee makes mail voting form changes ordered by judge Tennessee election officials on Thursday made changes to the absentee voting application, a move ordered when a judge scolded them for making their own edits after she required a universal mail-in voting option during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nashville judge to top election officials: 'Shame on you' for not following absentee voting order A Nashville judge rebuked Tennessee's top election officials on Thursday, threatening them with criminal contempt of court if they don't abide by her order to update the state's absentee voting request form to accommodate those who wish to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden gets more aggressive as 2020 campaign heats back up Joe Biden is adopting an increasingly aggressive stance as he looks to break out of a monthslong campaign freeze imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Polls find majority support among Tennesseans for voting by mail NASHVILLE — Two new polls show most Tennesseans support being able to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic even as state Attorney General Herbert Slatery appeals a Nashville chancellor's ruling that expands absentee voting by mail to all 4.1 million of the state's registered voters.
Mullis holds off Moore in Georgia Senate race; Greene and Cowan advance to August runoff in 14th congressional district With all four counties in the 53rd District Senate race reporting, Sen. Jeff Mullis held off challenger and current House District 1 Rep. Colton Moore by winning 54.67% of the vote.
New voting machines, rain, long lines: Georgia election plagued by problems Voters endured heat, pouring rain and waits as long as five hours on Tuesday to cast ballots across Georgia, demonstrating a fierce desire to participate in the democratic process while raising questions about the emerging battleground state's ability to manage elections in November when the White House is at stake.
Georgia primaries: Officials prep for lines and slow results Elections officials in Georgia are preparing for long lines and slow results in Tuesday's primaries as poll closures and coronavirus restrictions complicate in-person voting and counties grapple with processing a huge increase in paper ballots received by mail.
Democrats look to counter GOP vote-by-mail fraud claims Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump has said, without offering proof, will lead to election fraud.
Virus, racial unrest force Trump campaign to recalibrate Less than five months before voters will decide his fate, President Donald Trump is confronting a vastly different political reality than he once envisioned. For starters, if the election were held today, he'd likely lose.
Georgia voters heading to polls Tuesday for primary elections The races are set for Tuesday in Georgia's delayed statewide and presidential primary elections.
Judge to decide on excuse-free mail voting in Tennessee amid coronavirus fears A judge will rule on Thursday whether to expand excuse-free absentee voting to any Tennessee voter who requests a mail-in ballot.
With wins in 7 states and DC, Biden closes in on nomination Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest.
Tennessee vote-by-mail case ruling expected next week A Tennessee judge expects to rule next Thursday on whether to order a temporary injunction to let all voters cast ballots by mail in the August primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Parties target control of state legislatures, redistricting Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for the next decade.
Tennessee officials: 2020 vote-by-mail for all not feasible Tennessee officials say they "cannot feasibly implement" a quick shift to let all voters cast their ballots by mail in the 2020 elections, an outcome sought in three lawsuits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home.
Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.
Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots Joe Biden worked out deals with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He defended Vice President Mike Pence as a "decent guy" and eulogized Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's "fairness, honesty, dignity, respect."
GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it's become a cliche.
Stacey Abrams endorses candidates in 7 US Senate contests Alongside discussions of her own national political ambitions, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is wading into elections outside her home state, endorsing the campaigns of seven Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seats.
Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — that the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so.
2016 repeat? Trump revives Clinton playbook to battle Biden Accusations of a "deep state" conspiracy. Allegations of personal and family corruption. Painting an opponent as a Washington insider not to be trusted.
Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot application and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential election can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tech glitches keep Atlanta voters waiting for mail ballots The election director for Georgia's most populous county said Thursday that technical issues have prevented officials from processing absentee ballot applications sent in by email, causing a backlog of thousands of pending applications ahead of the June 9 primaries.
Pandemic creates electoral uncertainty for Trump, Democrats President Donald Trump's reelection is facing growing headwinds less than six months before Election Day.
Georgians face Monday deadline to register to vote on June 9 Georgians have until the end of the day Monday to register to vote in the June 9 elections.
On duty for National Guard, Clay Fuller can't actively campaign for Congress while on the frontlines of coronavirus pandemic Clayton Fuller, a prosecutor in Georgia's Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and candidate for the state's 14th Congressional District, has been on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak for nearly two weeks helping disinfect nursing homes in Alabama for the Air National Guard.
Georgia election board approves ballot drop boxes for June Georgia's state election board on Wednesday approved a new rule allowing counties to establish absentee ballot drop boxes for the state's June primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
'Against all odds': Colton Moore running against Jeff Mullis for Georgia Senate seat Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press in a phone call Friday morning that he is running against Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, for the Senate seat in District 53.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke endorses Joe Biden after Pete Buttigieg ends presidential bid Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced on Twitter the day before Super Tuesday that he endorses Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate.
Rep. Colton Moore will not run for reelection in District 1 In a surprising announcement that will shake up the political landscape in Northwest Georgia, Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, announced he will not run for relection in House District 1.
What you need to know for Super Tuesday in Hamilton County On Tuesday, Tennessee, Alabama and 12 other states will participate in the 2020 Super Tuesday primary election.
Hamilton County, Tennessee Democrats turned out in droves during early voting Overall numbers of Hamilton County voters who cast early ballots in the upcoming Super Tuesday presidential primary dropped slightly from 2016, but local Democrats' turnout soared nearly 50% and actually topped the total number of GOP voters in the Republican county, state figures show.
Most Americans don't think Democratic candidates are religious, but it may not matter Most Americans do not think the current Democratic candidates for president are very religious, which could damage progressive hopes for wins Southern states where faith remains an important voting issue.
Randy Fairbanks takes Hamilton County property assessor opponent Marty Haynes to task for not owning property Incumbent Property Assessor Marty Haynes is under scrutiny again by opponent Randy Fairbanks as a new campaign mailer suggests Haynes, who does not own property, is unqualified to maintain his office.
Monday is voter registration deadline for Georgia primary Monday is the deadline to register for Georgia's March 24 presidential primary.
Power Poll: Who would Chattanooga leaders back in the coming primaries? If the 2020 presidential primary election were held today, Chattanooga's leaders would choose former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg over all other candidates, according to a new Power Poll released Thursday.
US Senate race: Sethi campaign hits rival Hagerty's use of national surrogates in Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi on Tuesday knocked GOP rival Bill Hagerty as yet another national surrogate for Hagerty swooped into Tennessee to campaign on his behalf.
Hamilton County early voting off to strong start thanks to heated Democratic contest State figures show 65,491 Tennesseans last week took advantage of the first four days of early voting as they began casting ballots in the March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary, as well as a smattering of local contests across the state.
Bloomberg rallies Chattanooga: 'Trump is afraid of me.' Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg drew hundreds of people to downtown Chattanooga Wednesday for a rally emphasizing his electability against President Donald Trump.
Opponent Randy Fairbanks accuses incumbent Marty Haynes of favoring political allies Just days before early voting begins, two Republican candidates for Hamilton County property assessor unleashed "D.C. politics" in an effort to sway local conservatives.
A list of Chattanooga area early voting locations and hours Early voting for Tennessee's March 3 Presidential Preference Primary/County Primary Election begins Wednesday and will run through Feb. 25.
Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert announces 2021 mayoral campaign Chattanooga District 5 City Councilman Russell Gilbert officially announced his 2021 candidacy for city mayor Monday, promising "fresh ideas."
Chattanooga Assistant Police Chief Glenn Scruggs announces state Senate District 10 bid Chattanooga Assistant Chief of Police Glenn Scruggs on Monday announced his candidacy for the Tennessee Senate District 10 seat held by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga.
Who is running for re-election in Hamilton County this year? Some candidates have already announced their bids for this year's local and state elections, but others have only picked up nominating papers.
Former Red Bank Mayor John Roberts running for Hamilton County school board Former Red Bank Mayor John Roberts picked up nominating papers for this year's District 2 school board race from the Hamilton County Election Commission Monday.
Like-minded conservatives and former friends battle for Hamilton County property assessor position The pair were friends for decades and often allies in their time on the Hamilton County Commission, but now Property Assessor Marty Haynes and Commission Chairman Randy Fairbanks are locked in a heated and deeply personal campaign for the March property assessor primary election.