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Trump releases list of 20 new possible Supreme Court picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to replicate a strategy long seen as key to his appeal among conservative voters, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he is adding 20 names to a list of Supreme Court candidates he's pledged to choose from if he has future vacancies to fill.
The list includes a trio of conservative Republ ... (full story)

'It's going horribly': College towns fret about census count

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PHOENIX (AP) — Betsy Landin was listed by her parents on the 2020 census as living at her family's home in Phoenix when she really should have been counted in the college town of Tempe, where she studies finance at Arizona State University.
Also missing from Tempe's tally was Arizona State political science major Betzabel ... (full story)

Election chief: Ohio positioning for smooth Election Night

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's elections chief said that he continues to take steps to head off a potentially chaotic November election, including adding clarity to absentee ballot request forms, tracking poll worker recruitment and upgrading his website so the potentially large number of outstanding absentee ballots will be clearly v ... (full story)

Striving toward justice with data

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said it’s long overdue. In 1999, an Ohio Supreme Court racial fairness commission called for a statewide sentencing database to gather concrete information about the fairness and proportionality of criminal sentences, and a related task force reiterated the request three years later. Dozens ... (full story)

In battlegrounds, absentee ballot rejections could triple

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ATLANTA (AP) — 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.
With the coronavirus creating a surge in mail-in balloting and postal delays reported across the country, the number of reject ... (full story)