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Elections 2022 updates: Candidates make final push before midterms

As of Monday night, more than 44 million ballots had been cast nationwide. NBC News is tracking the early vote here.
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Latest midterm elections news

  • NBC's 2022 midterm elections guide: Everything you need to know.
  • President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump delivered closing pitches at rallies Monday night.
  • A new NBC News poll shows both good news and bad news for Democrats.
  • As of Monday night, more than 44 million ballots had been cast nationwide. NBC News is tracking the early vote here. Plan your vote here.

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How the NBC News Decision Desk calls races on midterm election night 2022

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Here’s how NBC News calls races on election night, the steps it takes to verify results and the answers to some frequently asked questions, like:

  • How does NBC News project the outcomes of races?
  • What kinds of calls and characterizations does the Decision Desk make?
  • How will NBC News call control of the Senate?
  • What is the House Estimate, and how will NBC News project control of the chamber?

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323d ago / 3:48 AM UTC

Arizona election officials brace for Election Day

Officials in Arizona said Monday that Election Day security is a top priority in a state that has drawn national attention over allegations of voter intimidation and threats to election workers.

"Security is a top priority for the state and counties," Sophia Solis, a spokesperson for the secretary of state's office, said in an emailed statement. "We have been working with law enforcement to ensure voters have a safe voting experience, regardless of whether they go to the polls tomorrow or cast their ballot early."

Election workers across the state have reported facing intimidation and threats in the run-up to the midterms, Reuters reported.

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly said he is "concerned" that GOP candidates like Blake Masters, who is seeking to unseat him, and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake will "continue to peddle in ... conspiracies and lies" should they lose to Democrats.

"It does worry me that my opponent and others continue to peddle in these conspiracies and lies," he said. "Everybody should accept the outcome of the election."

Masters has said he accepts President Joe Biden's legitimacy, but he has also accused the country's "most powerful institutions" of having rigged the 2020 election against former President Donald Trump. Lake, who was endorsed by Trump, has not explicitly said she will accept the outcome of Tuesday's election.

323d ago / 3:42 AM UTC

Biden highlights democracy and abortion rights in final campaign pitch

President Joe Biden cast the midterm elections Monday as a struggle for democracy and an effort to protect social programs and codify abortion rights.

Speaking at Bowie State University in Maryland as he campaigned for the state's Democratic nominee for governor, Wes Moore, Biden listed Democrats' accomplishments on issues like infrastructure, veteran services and prescription drug costs.

He also vowed to prevent congressional Republicans from further restricting abortion.

“If Republicans gain control of Congress and pass a nationwide ban on abortion, I will veto it,” Biden said, adding that if enough Democrats are elected in both chambers, “we’re going to codify Roe v. Wade in January and make it the law of the land.”

Biden, like many Democrats, said the midterm elections were a battle for democracy, declaring that "more than 300 election deniers" were seeking office, including Moore’s GOP rival, Dan Cox.

Biden said that to Cox, "patriotism means putting on a baseball cap, inviting people to attack the Capitol. You can’t be pro-American and pro-insurrection, it’s real simple.”

“These election deniers are not only trying to deny you your right to vote, they’re trying to deny you your right to have your vote counted,” Biden said. "We know in our bones our democracy is at risk, and we know that this is your moment to protect it."

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Judge blocks Arizona county's plan to hand-count ballots

PHOENIX — A judge on Monday blocked a rural Arizona county’s plan to conduct a full hand-count of ballots in the election — a measure requested by Republican officials who expressed unfounded concerns that vote-counting machines are untrustworthy.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey F. McGinley ruled after a full-day hearing Friday, during which opponents presented their case and called witnesses. An appeal is likely.

McGinley said the county board of supervisors overstepped its legal authority by ordering the county recorder to count all the ballots cast in the election that concludes Tuesday rather than the small sample required by state law.

The opponents who sued to stop the proposed hand-count — a group called the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans — argued that state law allows only a small hand-count of early ballots to ensure the counting machines are accurate. Members argued that a last-minute change would create chaos and that it could delay certification of the election results. Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra also opposed the plan for the expanded count, testifying that it could delay results and imperil ballot security.

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323d ago / 3:20 AM UTC

Trump endorses Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's re-election bid

VANDALIA, Ohio — Former President Donald Trump, rallying with Republicans in Ohio on Monday night, issued what amounted to his first endorsement of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s re-election.

Trump and Kemp have been crosswise since the 2020 presidential election. Trump pressured Kemp, a fellow Republican who was elected with his support in 2018, not to certify Joe Biden’s narrow win in the state. Kemp refused, and Trump endorsed a primary challenge by former Sen. David Perdue. Kemp easily won the primary.

The endorsement came unexpectedly and without fanfare, as Trump ran down a list of GOP candidates he urged voters to support in Tuesday’s midterm elections. After he praised Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker as “one of the greatest athletes,” Trump added his support for “Brian Kemp for governor in Georgia.”

Kemp faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in a rematch of their 2018 race.

323d ago / 3:16 AM UTC

Trump teases Nov. 15 for 2024 announcement

Former President Donald Trump strongly hinted Monday that he will launch a bid next week to reclaim the White House in 2024.

"I'm going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 15," Trump said at a campaign rally in Ohio, adding that he would make the announcement next week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump said this month that he would "very, very, very probably" seek the presidency for a third time, but the date of his launch had been a moving target until Monday.

Trump suggested that Tuesday's midterm elections were delaying his announcement.

"We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow," he said.

323d ago / 3:14 AM UTC

Oz’s late-campaign push for bipartisanship draws howls of hypocrisy from Democrats

PITTSBURGH — Republican Mehmet Oz is taking his campaign message of bipartisanship to a new level, saying he wants to know how exactly to reach across the aisle if he wins Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.

“What are you able to predict for us about bipartisanship in Washington? How does it even work?” he asked Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., at a roundtable event Sunday.

“I suspect that all of your colleagues on the Democratic side are in agreement that we want enough law and order that people feel secure and we want a border that’s secure,” he told Collins.

The event alongside two of the most moderate Republicans on Capitol Hill — Collins says Oz “will listen to both sides” — was a microcosm of how Oz has been running his campaign in the final weeks of the pivotal midterm race that could determine control of the Senate. At campaign events and in nonstop TV advertising, Oz is portraying himself as a moderate who would push back against on extremism and bring “balance” to Congress.

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323d ago / 3:08 AM UTC

Democratic super PAC chief 'cautiously optimistic' about holding Senate, citing GOP candidates

ATLANTA — On election eve, the president of the main Democratic Senate super PAC said he's "cautiously optimistic" that his party will keep control of the Senate for the next two years, citing Republican candidates and infighting.

“Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania — they’re all close. They’re all close," JB Poersch of the Senate Majority PAC said in a phone interview. “We have an opportunity to hold the majority.”

While Poersch stopped short of predicting that Democrats would hold on, he said the party was helped by subpar GOP candidates and clashes that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has with former President Donald Trump and GOP Senate campaign chair Rick Scott of Florida.

“This time, McConnell didn’t recruit — Trump did," he said. "The result of Trump recruiting is that they left four Republican governors sitting at home. Chris Sununu in New Hampshire, Doug Ducey in Arizona — even Larry Hogan in Maryland and Phil Scott in Vermont — would have forced a more competitive environment.

“Trump gave you [Herschel] Walker and he gave you [Ted] Budd ... and [Blake] Masters and [JD] Vance and [Mehmet] Oz,” he said, adding: “The hissy fits between McConnell and Scott never really stopped, and they seemed to be at loggerheads for most of the cycle.”

323d ago / 3:05 AM UTC

Cortez Masto makes a final push with Latina voters in close Nevada Senate race

LAS VEGAS — On a recent September evening, amid clattering plates of sizzling chorizo and queso fundido, Latina business owners packed into a popular Mexican eatery to talk about the stakes of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s losing her seat.

One by one, seated as a portrait of Mexican feminist icon Frida Kahlo holding a smoldering cigarette hung in the corner, they took the microphone to tell their stories.

“I felt so desperate,” the restaurant’s owner, Vanessa Barreat, said of having nearly lost her business at the height of the pandemic in 2020. She paused and held her nose in an unsuccessful attempt not to cry. Barreat built up the business at La Vecindad restaurant with her husband, an artist who created the colorful mural decor. “I didn’t know how I was going to pay the rent.”

Barreat credited Cortez Masto for helping her secure small-business assistance to help her business survive the economic hit.

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323d ago / 2:58 AM UTC

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine booed at Trump rally in Ohio

VANDALIA, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican up for re-election Tuesday, took the stage to boos here Monday night at former President Donald Trump’s election eve rally.

Trump, campaigning for Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, called DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted to the stage during his remarks. It was an awkward and somewhat surprising moment, given how the Ohio governor is not closely signed with Trump and was not scheduled to speak at the event.

“We’re moving Ohio forward,” DeWine said from the stage as the boos rang out across the crowd — not overwhelmingly, but loud enough to catch Trump’s attention.

“Well that was a very nice welcome,” Trump said sarcastically as DeWine departed. “But he’s up by 25 points or something.”

DeWine’s restrictions early on in the coronavirus pandemic angered many GOP voters.

Polls have shown DeWine with a healthy lead over Democrat Nan Whaley, the former mayor of nearby Dayton. Vance, who received a warmer reception from the crowd, is in a closer race with Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan.

323d ago / 2:49 AM UTC

Sen. Lindsey Graham, stumping for Herschel Walker, says a GOP Senate would stop DC statehood and Biden-picked 'crazy judges'

KENNESAW, Ga. — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., campaigned Monday for Herschel Walker, rallying the Republican base to end Democratic control of the Senate on Election Day.

“Georgia, let’s get it right this time,” he told the crowd. “A liberal’s nightmare is to wake up and find Herschel Walker in the Senate.”

The South Carolina senator also went after D.C. statehood and called for a GOP Senate to hit the brakes on President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees.

“Does anybody need D.C. and Puerto Rico to be a state?” Graham asked.

“No!” some in the crowd yelled.

“That dilutes our power,” Graham said.

If Walker is elected, Graham told voters in this city near Atlanta, “you’re going to get a vote to stop the crazy judges.”

“The pathway to a Republican majority runs through the state of Georgia,” he added.

323d ago / 2:40 AM UTC

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Bill Clinton and other Democrats make last-minute appeals in heavily Latino South Texas amid high-stakes races

EDINBURG, Texas — Former President Bill Clinton made an election eve sweep through South Texas in support of Democratic congressional candidates, warning voters that Republicans “are coming for you.”

Clinton’s appearance the day before Election Day was aimed at holding on to the Latino dominant ground that Democrats have held for a century in South Texas, which could be becoming more Republican.

Clinton credited the GOP for being “hard to beat in a bumper sticker campaign” at an afternoon rally for Michelle Vallejo, the Democratic candidate in Texas’ 15th Congressional District.

Vallejo is one of three South Texas Democrats locked in highly competitive congressional races with Republicans who are Latina.

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323d ago / 2:06 AM UTC

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Arizona's Maricopa County is unlikely to report final election results until Friday, official says

PHOENIX — Election officials in Arizona's most populous county said Monday that they don't anticipate having the election results finalized until Friday.

The warning came as candidates make their final push on the campaign trail and voters say they are increasingly concerned about violence and misinformation on Election Day.

"Under Arizona law, we're not going to have final results on election night," Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, told reporters.

"The problem is that people out in social media and elsewhere will take the fact that we don't have final results on election night or early the next day as somehow proof of fraud or allowing that people can start rigging the election or something like that — and that's simply not the case," he added.

The timing is due, in part, by mail-in voting and the county's extensive signature verification protocol, Gates said. Officials will start to process mail-in ballots Wednesday, and expect to have between 95% and 99% of ballots counted by Friday. Day-of votes will be reported after polls close at 8 p.m. local time Tuesday.

As of Monday morning, Maricopa County has received more than 974,700 early voting packets and have verified more than 960,000 of those ballots, according to the county recorder's office.

"We want to get it right," Gates said. "It is no way an indication of incompetence or fraud."

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As Democrats press ‘threat to democracy’ in campaign’s final days, few GOP candidates still want to talk about 2020

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for attorney general in Michigan, checked off every issue he says his campaign is focused on in the closing weeks of a key midterm race: Crime, sex trafficking, fentanyl, education, the economy, business regulations and gas prices.

One issue he did not mention? Efforts to investigate the 2020 election and institute changes to the state’s election procedures — the promises that helped propel DePerno onto the political map and won him former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

“I think it polls down the list,” DePerno told NBC News in an interview. “Certainly, I think it’s an important issue. But when we’re out talking to voters across the state — independents and soft Democrats and those middle-aged, suburban women in southeast Michigan — it’s just an issue that ranks lower than crime and education. It ranks lower than religious liberty, ranks lower than the business issues, inflation, gas prices and meat-and-potato issues of putting food on the table. I think it’s still important. It’s just … sort of a lesser issue.”

With midterm campaigns in their closing sprint, DePerno’s focus speaks to a trend across the battleground states. While Democrats are framing the elections as a referendum on the future of democracy, offering stark warnings that a significant number of Trump allies running for office have demonstrated they will not respect the democratic process after two years of Trump pushing his stolen election lie, Republicans have shifted their attention elsewhere. They’ve switched gears to focus on issues such as inflation and crime that poll highest among voter concerns while highlighting their stance on “parental rights” to bolster their conservative credentials rather than taking aim at the 2020 vote.

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323d ago / 11:47 PM UTC

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Republicans try to allay concerns about U.S. aid to Ukraine ahead of Election Day

Last week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said at a Trump rally in Iowa that “under Republicans, not another penny will go to Ukraine.” In recent days, senior Republicans in Congress have worked to make it clear that won’t be the case.

In the wake of Greene’s statement and the questioning by other Republicans aligned with former President Donald Trump of the amount of U.S. aid delivered to Ukraine in recent weeks, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rick Scott of Florida went on television to make it clear that Republicans would not waver in their support of the Ukrainians as the country continues its counteroffensive against Russia’s invasion.

“I think we have to continue to do everything we can to support Ukraine, who wants to defend their freedom and stop Russia from continuing to expand,” Scott said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when he was pressed about the GOP’s position after Greene’s statement.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who hopes to become speaker if Republicans win control of the House this week, worked to clarify his own statement that a GOP-controlled Congress would not provide Ukraine with “a blank check” in its fight. Many viewed the statement as an indication of a new approach if Republicans take over.

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FBI sets up election security command posts at headquarters and field offices

The FBI has set up an election security command post at its Washington headquarters and separate command centers in all 56 field offices around the country.

The headquarters task force relies heavily on the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, a unit tasked with countering foreign disinformation. But it also includes people from the Criminal Investigative Division, the Cyber Division and the Counterterrorism Division.

The foreign influence task force will watch for malicious activity that can be attributed to a foreign government or its proxy.

The FBI is concerned mostly about Russia, China and Iran. The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command are hunting for malware and surveilling those adversaries.

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323d ago / 9:51 PM UTC

Democrats sue in Pennsylvania mail-in ballot litigation

Democrats, including John Fetterman's Senate campaign, filed a lawsuit Monday demanding that undated or incorrectly dated mail-in ballots be counted in Pennsylvania's election.

The lawsuit, which follows a similar complaint filed Friday by various civil rights groups, argues that a provision in state law requiring mail-in ballots to include the date on the outside of mail-in ballot envelopes violates federal law. The suit names the state's 67 county boards of elections as defendants.

The state Supreme Court last week ordered that such ballots should not be counted, with the justices divided 3-3 on the legal question.

The plaintiffs in Monday's suit, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, say that the date requirement is immaterial and that enforcing it would violate a federal civil rights law that protects the right to vote.

323d ago / 9:28 PM UTC

Cobb County agrees to extend absentee deadline for affected Georgia voters


Cobb County has agreed to extend the deadline for Georgia voters who did not receive requested absentee ballots, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Vasu Abhiraman said.

The extension to Nov. 14 applies to nearly 700 voters who did not receive absentee ballots and have not voted in person.

The ACLU of Georgia sued the county Board of Elections & Registration, alleging that it "failed to timely send absentee ballots" to about 1,036 voters whose absentee ballot applications had been marked as issued last month but apparently were never sent.

The group had asked that all those affected be permitted extensions to return the ballots until Nov. 14 — the same deadline as military ballots.

Cobb County is one of the most crucial counties in Georgia. The increasingly diverse Atlanta suburb is home to swing voters in both parties, and it is seen as a key to any statewide office.

323d ago / 9:02 PM UTC

Nancy Pelosi describes Capitol Police informing her of husband's assault

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was asleep in Washington when Capitol Police appeared at her door at roughly 5 a.m. to inform her that her husband, Paul Pelosi, had been attacked in their San Francisco home.

In a clip of a CNN interview released Monday, Pelosi publicly recalled for the first time details of how she learned about her husband's brutal attack late last month.

“I had just gotten in the night before from San Francisco, and — I hear the doorbell ring,” Pelosi said. When an officer said they needed to speak with her, she said, she hadn't imagined it was about her husband.

"I’m thinking my children, my grandchildren. I never thought it would be Paul, because, you know, I knew he wouldn’t be out and about, shall we say. And so they came in," Pelosi said. “At that time, we didn’t even know where he was or what his condition was — we just knew that there was an assault on him in our home.”

Paul Pelosi was discharged from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital last week after he underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture and injuries to his right arm and hands after the attack on Oct. 28.

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323d ago / 8:35 PM UTC

Nikki Haley campaigns in Wisconsin for GOP with focus on crime and the economy

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley campaigned Monday with Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, where Republicans focused their closing message to voters on issues around crime and inflation. She also raised transgender rights and critical race theory. 

“They want to talk about critical race theory, where if you have a 5-year-old girl, if she goes into kindergarten, if she’s white, you’re telling her she’s bad," Haley said.

Johnson, who’s competing against Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandala Barnes, accused Barnes of being soft on crime and blamed President Joe Biden for higher inflation and dividing the country. 

“This fundamental transformation of America, unfortunately, now we’re seeing what it looks like — it’s 40-year high inflation, record gas prices, skyrocketing crime and open borders flooding with deadly drugs, the embarrassing and dangerous defeat in Afghanistan,” Johnson told the crowd. “All of these things have weakened this nation, but I would argue nothing has weakened America more than the division the Democrats, and now President Biden, are exacerbating.”

323d ago / 7:58 PM UTC

Record number of Black Republicans running for office in 2022

323d ago / 7:26 PM UTC

Wisconsin Democrats emphasize abortion, threats to democracy in closing pitch

Wisconsin Democratic candidates are making abortion access and threats to democracy a central theme of their closing pitch to voters, more so than concerns over inflation and the economy. 

Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes told volunteers in Milwaukee Sunday that “our democracy is quite literally on the line” and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who is running for re-election, told a group of mostly college students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison that Republicans would make women “second-class citizens” by taking away access to abortion. 

“Women have the right to determine their health care, their reproductive health care and they don’t have to ask Tim Michels or any Republican legislature for permission,” Evers said, referring to his Republican opponent.

The heads of two prominent abortion-rights groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Federation of American, were traveling with Evers and Barnes around the state Sunday to help elevate the message around abortion access — a message they are hoping will work particularly well at driving college students to the polls.

“We’ve seen all these spikes in voter registration for young voters in all these critical states after Dobbs, so we’re counting on it,” NARAL President Mini Timmaraju said during an interview at the University of Wisconsin event. “Both of our organizations have made significant investments in youth voter outreach, especially on college campuses.”

323d ago / 7:23 PM UTC

Former President Clinton campaigns for Rep. Cuellar in Texas

Campaigning in Laredo, Texas, on Monday, former President Bill Clinton said, “I am campaigning for my grandchildren’s future,” before adding, “I’m largely here to urge the re-election of Henry Cuellar.”

Cuellar is one of three South Texas Democrats locked in highly competitive congressional races with Republicans who are Latina. The districts have been solidly Democratic for more than a century, although legislative redistricting has shifted their boundaries over the years.

Fighting Americans' sentiment that the nation is on the wrong track, Cuellar urged voters to remember past Democratic successes: “If you want to live like a Republican, vote for a Democrat,” the nine-term congressman said, before reminding voters it was Democrats who brought them Social Security and Obamacare among other things.

Cuellar's challenger, Republican Cassy Garcia, has been waging an aggressive, multimillion-dollar campaign to try to show that the higher GOP voting among Latino voters in the area was not a one-time fluke but a sign of a changing political landscape within the 34.5 million Latino voter pool.

323d ago / 6:57 PM UTC

New TV ad bashing Texas Gov. Abbott includes 911 call from child during Uvalde shooting

A new 30-second television ad criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s easing of gun restrictions in the state features disturbing footage and calls from inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde during the deadly shooting.

The ad, by a group called No It Couldn't, starts with video footage of the Republican governor signing the new gun law and dismissing the notion that there will be harmful consequences from it. The clip then cuts to surveillance video of the Robb Elementary gunman walking the hallways and audio of a 911 call from a child inside a classroom.

“I’m in classroom 112, please hurry, there’s a lot of dead bodies,” the child is heard saying in the 911 call.

The ad ends with a dial tone.

323d ago / 6:37 PM UTC

DOJ to monitor polls in 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws

The Department of Justice announced Monday that it plans to monitor 64 jurisdictions in 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws, following a decades-long practice.

"Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Division has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters," said the DOJ, which releases a list of places that it monitors every general election.

The department also said its civil rights division "will also take complaints from the public nationwide regarding possible violations of the federal voting rights laws through its call center."

Those monitoring each jurisdiction will include people from the DOJ's civil rights division and from U.S. attorney's offices.

323d ago / 6:21 PM UTC

Supreme Court turns away GOP challenge to Michigan maps

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Republican challenge to congressional district maps in Michigan that are being used for this year's election.

A brief order noted that the case is moot because the election is already underway with early voters having cast their ballots. A three-judge panel had upheld the maps in an April ruling, allowing them to be used this year.

The challenge brought by a group of Republican voters argued that the maps drawn by the state's independent redistricting commission were unlawful because the population deviation between districts was too large.

The redistricting commission's lawyers told the court that the case was moot because the plaintiffs had been seeking to block use of the maps in the 2022 election.

323d ago / 6:10 PM UTC

Georgia Sec. of State investigating county's alleged failure to send absentee ballots


A spokesperson for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said an investigation has been opened into Cobb County’s alleged failure to mail out absentee ballots.

“It is unacceptable, period. We have opened an investigation and will refer to the State elections board to determine appropriate consequences,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The investigation comes a day after several voters and the Cobb County Democracy Center, an advocacy group, sued the county. The lawsuit seeks to move the deadline for ballots to be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, per Georgia law, to Nov. 14 — the same deadline for absentee voters in the military and overseas.

Cobb County elections officials allegedly failed to send requested absentee ballots to more than a thousand voters who requested them weeks ago. Board of Election officials are required under state law to send out absentee ballots within three business days of processing an application.

323d ago / 5:27 PM UTC

New Warnock ad features top Georgia Republicans criticizing Walker


ATLANTA — A new TV ad released by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is an appeal to conflicted Republicans in the state, featuring two top state GOP leaders criticizing his opponent.

“Republicans are speaking out about Herschel Walker’s history of violence,” a narrator says in the ad, which began airing in Georgia on Saturday, according to a spokesperson with the Warnock campaign.

The ad then shows Georgia's Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan saying in a TV interview: “Herschel Walker hasn’t earned my respect or my vote.”

GOP Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who ran against Walker in the primary, discusses an allegation from Walker's ex-wife. "If you held a gun to your wife's head and threatened to blow it off. You're a bad man," adding "that Georgians deserve better."

Walker spokesman Will Kiley responded: “Raphael Warnock is desperate to save his failing campaign. Warnock has wasted millions of dollars smearing Herschel and it isn’t working. Every poll shows that Warnock has failed. If he can’t use his campaign’s money responsibly, how can we trust him with ours?”

323d ago / 4:40 PM UTC

Obama, Biden urge people to go vote in brief video clip

Former President Barack Obama tweeted a short video clip Monday of himself with Biden urging people to go vote on Tuesday.

"A quick reminder: Vote!" the two Democrats said in what looked like a selfie-style video recorded on a cellphone. "Go to to find out where and how," Biden added.

Obama and Biden campaigned together at a rally in Philadelphia Saturday for Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman and other Democrats running in the battleground state.

323d ago / 4:10 PM UTC

Putin ally on U.S. elections: 'We have interfered, we are interfering and we will continue to interfere.'

LONDON — Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin suggested on Monday that he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue doing so, an apparent admission from a figure who has been formally implicated by Washington in efforts to influence American politics.

In comments posted by the press service of his Concord catering firm on Russia’s Facebook equivalent VKontakte, Prigozhin said: “We have interfered, we are interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, accurately, surgically and in our own way, as we know how to do.”

The remark was posted on the eve of the U.S. midterm elections in response to a request for comment from a Russian news site.

Prigozhin, who is often referred to as “Putin’s chef” because his catering company operates Kremlin contracts, has been formally accused of sponsoring Russia-based “troll farms” that seek to influence U.S. politics.

In July, the U.S. State Department offered a reward of up to $10 million for information on Prigozhin in connection with “engagement in U.S. election interference.” He has been hit by U.S., British and European Union sanctions.

324d ago / 3:59 PM UTC

The good news and bad news for Democrats in NBC News poll

The good news for Democrats is that their base isn't napping through the 2022 election: 73% of Democrats are registering high interest in voting this year, according to a new NBC News poll.

By contrast, the figure was 49% in 2010 and 48% in 2014 — when low Democratic turnout fueled a red wave and huge Republican gains.

The bad news for Democrats is that President Joe Biden's approval rating is low — 44% — and even lower among independents: 28%. Those are strong headwinds for Democrats to overcome.

Notably, the survey shows that disapproving of Biden doesn't cleanly correlate to wanting GOP control of Congress: 38% of independents said they prefer a Republican Congress, while 36% said they prefer a Democratic Congress.

324d ago / 3:39 PM UTC

Elon Musk says he recommends 'voting for a Republican Congress'

Elon Musk, whose purchase of Twitter was finalized last week, tweeted Monday that he recommends that voters cast ballots in support of GOP candidates because Democrats control the White House.

"To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic," Musk tweeted.

Twitter announced mass layoffs last week, including people whose primary job is combating misinformation on the platform, current and former employees told NBC News. Two former Twitter employees and one current employee warned the layoffs could bring chaos around the elections.

Last month, he tweeted and deleted an unfounded anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory Sunday morning about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband from a website that has a history of publishing false information.

324d ago / 3:12 PM UTC

Republicans sue to disqualify absentee ballots in battleground states

Republican officials and candidates have filed lawsuits to disqualify thousands of absentee ballots in three key battleground states amid baseless allegations of voter fraud ahead of Election Day:

In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court sided with the Republican National Committee, which urged election officials not to count ballots “contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes” even if the ballots arrive before Election Day.

In Michigan, Kristina Karamo, the GOP nominee for secretary of state, sued Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey in an effort to toss absentee ballots unless voters present identification.

And in Wisconsin, Republicans won a court ruling that prevents some mail-in ballots from being counted if there is a “missing or insufficient witness address” on absentee ballot envelopes.

324d ago / 2:30 PM UTC

Georgia county sued for not sending absentee ballots

Cobb County, Georgia, is facing a lawsuit to have it send absentee ballots overnight to hundreds of voters from the county after civil rights groups and voters alleged election officials failed to mail them out.

The lawsuit, filed Sunday by several voters and the Cobb County Democracy Center, an advocacy group, seeks to move the deadline for ballots to be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, per Georgia law, to Nov. 14 — the same deadline for absentee voters in the military and overseas.

Under Georgia law, Board of Election officials are required to send out absentee ballots within three business days of processing an application. But Cobb County elections officials allegedly failed to send requested absentee ballots to more than a thousand voters who requested them weeks ago.

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McCarthy previews GOP's plans if they take the House

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in an interview with CNN on Sunday offered a glimpse into the Republicans’ plans if they win the House and he becomes speaker in the midterm elections.

McCarthy said those plans include tackling inflation, rising crime and border security — three talking points Republicans have hammered leading up to midterms. McCarthy spoke to CNN the same day he rallied for a trio of Hispanic GOP women who are running to represent key districts along the southern border.

McCarthy also said oversight and investigations would be a key priority for a GOP-majority House, which potentially includes probes into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also left open the possibility of launching potential impeachment proceedings that some of his members have pushed for.

Additionally, McCarthy reiterated his vow to reinstate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., to her committee assignments after Democrats last year voted to revoke them following incendiary remarks that mused over the execution of Democratic lawmakers. Greene previously indicated that she wants a seat on the House Oversight Committee.

“She’s going to have committees to serve on, just like every other member," McCarthy told CNN. He added, "Members request different committees, and as we go through the Steering Committee, we’ll look at it.”

324d ago / 12:57 PM UTC

Biden and Trump to deliver closing pitches at rallies Monday night

On the eve of the midterm elections, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to deliver their closing pitches to voters at rallies Monday night.

Biden plans to attend virtual receptions for the Democratic National Committee this afternoon in Washington. The president then heads to Bowie State University in reliably blue Maryland to deliver remarks at a rally for gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore and the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, Trump heads to red-leaning Ohio to stump for Senate GOP candidate J.D. Vance as he makes a final push in the competitive race against Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan.

324d ago / 12:19 PM UTC

PA Gov. Wolf: 'I urge counties to ensure that every vote counts'


Ahead of what could be days of vote counting, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf put out a statement Sunday urging counties to communicate with voters who “have submitted ballots with minor but potentially disqualifying errors as soon as possible and allow them to address those errors so their voices can be heard.”

Undated mail ballots have been the subject of years of legal confusion in Pennsylvania stemming from the 2020 election. The state's Supreme Court earlier this month ordered that county elections boards refrain from counting any absentee and mail-in ballots received that contained undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.  The NAACP and other groups have since sued to try and reverse the order.

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Weekend news roundup

Just catching up? Here's what you may have missed this weekend: