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Trump, Biden hit Arizona, Supreme Court makes battleground state rulings

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The presidential race went west on Wednesday to court voters in the crucial state of Arizona, a swing state where Covid-19 woes could spell trouble for President Donald Trump.

Trump held afternoon rallies in Bullhead City and Goodyear after delivering remarks at his namesake hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is visiting Phoenix and Tucson.

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Florida man arrested for allegedly altering governor's voter registration online

Police in Florida have arrested a man they say changed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's address in the state's voter registration database.

DeSantis noticed when he tried to vote in person Monday and was told by a poll worker his address had been changed by an unknown party, according to a report from the Collier County Sherriff's office.

The internet protocol address used to make the change helped police track down the suspect, a 20-year-old Floridian who had recently Googled DeSantis's Wikipedia page for his age so that he could make the change, the report said.

Florida voters whose addresses appear wrong when they go to vote can still cast a provisional ballot.

305,000 unregistered Asian American swing state voters still have time to register, study finds

Thousands of eligible Asian American voters in seven crucial swing states could define the course of the 2020 election if they utilize the same-day voter registration options available to them.

The Research group New American Economy found that there were almost 305,000 currently unregistered Asian Americans living across the seven states in question. Three of the biggest populations live in Nevada (77,400), Michigan (63,800) and Minnesota (58,700).

The study found that because seven out of 13 swing states have same-day registration, Asian immigrants and other potential voters of color in those areas would have an outsize influence on the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential contest if they decide to head to the polls.

New American Economy defined the swing states with same-day registration available as Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Read more here.

Biden hammers Trump over Covid-related consequences of gutting Affordable Care Act

Joe Biden on Wednesday drilled down on President Trump over his attempted gutting of the Affordable Care Act, saying that the law’s dismantling would result in thousands of people who'd been sickened with Covid-19 also, possibly, not being able to have access to insurance or a free vaccine

Referring to the Trump administration’s efforts to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Biden said Trump "is on a single mind crusade to strip Americans of their healthcare."

"That would only create another enormous crisis in the public health system," he said during a brief speech to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10 in a case challenging the health care law.

"If you have diabetes, asthma, or even complications from COVID-19, you're going to lose the protection," Biden said, noting also Obamacare mandates that insurers cover many vaccines. "Overturning the ACA can mean the people have to pay to get a COVID-19 vaccine, once it's available."

Democratic Senate candidates have ad spending advantage in nearly every competitive race

Democratic Senate candidates have outspent Republicans in TV and radio ad spending in nearly every competitive Senate race, according to data from Advertising Analytics. 

In Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, one Georgia seat, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas the Democratic challenger or incumbent has outspent the Republican on TV and radio ads. The only race where Republicans have outspent Democrats is the special election in Georgia which features two Republican candidates, Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins, and just one chief Democratic candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock. 

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Obama to join Biden in Michigan on Saturday

Obama will join Biden on the campaign trail at a stop in Michigan this Saturday. 

The former president has made solo campaign appearances in Orlando and Pennsylvania this past week on behalf of the Democratic nominee. 

Saturday's event will be the first time since Biden won the nomination that the former running mates campaigned in-person together.

Biden slams Trump after rallygoers left in the cold

Joe Biden lashed out at Trump after hundreds of the president's supporters were left in the freezing cold for hours after a rally at an airfield in Omaha.

"It's an image that captured President Trump's whole approach in this crisis, he takes a lot of big pronouncements. He makes a lot of big pronouncements, but they don't hold up," he told reporters during a brief speech in Wilmington, Delaware. "He gets his photo op and he gets out. He leaves everyone else to suffer the consequence of his failure to make a responsible plan."

Bidens cast their ballots

Joe Biden cast his ballot for president in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday afternoon shortly after delivering remarks on Covid-19. He was joined by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

Georgia poll: Biden holds lead among registered voters

Joe Biden leads with 50 percent in a new poll of Georgia registered voters by Monmouth University, compared to Trump who was supported by 45 percent of voters.

Georgia has consistently voted for Republicans in recent elections, but polling this year has shown a tight race. Biden campaigned there on Tuesday.

According to Monmouth, over half of Georgia’s registered voters have already cast their ballots. While Biden leads amongst those who have already voted, Trump is still expected to win the election day vote.

Democrats are also gaining traction in the state’s Senate races. The Republican incumbent David Perdue has lost his advantage to Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff. A major shift from just a month ago where Perdue was holding a solid 5 percentage point lead.

The state’s other Senate seat will be decided by special election, where again Democrats are holding a lead with candidate Raphael Warnock.

The poll of 504 registered voters was conducted Oct. 23 to 27 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. 

NYC-based organization helps senior citizens travel to early voting sites

A NYC-based organization is working to help transport senior citizens to early voting sites in Harlem this week.

The Harlem-based community group solutionsNOW launched their “Seniors to the Polls” initiative as a way to make sure senior citizens could safely vote amid the pandemic.

"Now more than ever, we know the importance of voting or not voting and what that can lead to," Erin Ruby, a co-founder of the group, told NBC News, adding, "We don’t want physical access to be a barrier to vote."

"Seniors to the polls" volunteers and voters stand outside an early voting site in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Oct. 28, 2020.Courtesy solutionsNOW

The organization is providing free shuttle buses to bring senior citizens who are living at various developments in the area to the early polling sites.

Volunteers will be riding on the buses with the seniors, who will be socially distanced, to assist them in getting on and off, as well as standing in lines as placeholders for those who are unable to stand outside in the cold for long periods of time.  

The organization will also offer free transportation to senior citizens in the area on Election Day.

Ernst's Democratic challenger pauses RV tour because of Covid-19 contact

The campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield in Iowa announced Wednesday that it was temporarily pausing its RV tour because several staffers came into contact with a person last week who tested positive for Covid-19. 

Communications Director Sam Newton said in a statement that the campaign was pausing events including the ones scheduled for Wednesday. Greenfield is in a tight race against incumbent GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.

"Theresa regularly gets tested for COVID-19 and recently tested negative, but she's getting tested again to be safe. She is eager to get back on her GOTV tour once we get test results and we're absolutely certain it's safe to do so, which is hopefully very soon," he said. 

Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR

Talu Massey, who voted for FDR and JFK, is seen at her home in Detroit on Oct. 27.Paul Sancya / AP

DETROIT — Talu Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted before Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout. But it's far from the Detroit resident’s first election. Very far. She voted for FDR, after all.

The 103-year-old is proud of her lengthy voting record, saying it’s every citizen’s “civic duty” to take part in the process.

Massey voted absentee in September, eight decades after she cast her first presidential ballot — for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“I don’t remember whether I made each election, but I have been constantly voting,” said Massey, who was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1917. She moved to Detroit as an infant and has been a resident of the Motor City for 102 of her years, during which she voted for a host of Democrats, including John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and now Joe Biden.

Massey recently made an appearance in a music video entitled “I Have a Right to Vote” that seeks to educate citizens about the hard-earned right to vote. The four-minute video features “Hamilton” original cast member Christopher Jackson, actors Billy Porter and Hill Harper and others reciting the words of voting-rights icons such as John Lewis and Frederick Douglass. Massey shows up just after tennis great Billie Jean King repeats the words of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Massey, a retiree who worked for the federal government, is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Her secret to long life: “I didn’t miss having fun growing up. I played a lot of sports. Clean living,” she said.