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An interim agreement reached in a pending lawsuit filed on behalf of four blind or visually impaired Mainers means that Maine voters with certain disabilities will be able to cast absentee ballots from home for the general election in November.

Superior Court Justice William Stokes has denied a group’s request to order changes in Maine’s election law that would make it easier to vote during the pandemic. But the Alliance for Retired Americans is appealing two parts of the decision to the State Supreme Judicial Court.

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Republican Dale Crafts handily won the 2nd District congressional primary in July, defeating two better-known opponents.

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The coronavirus pandemic featured prominently in last night's Maine U.S. Senate debate, as Democratic candidate Sara Gideon and Republican Sen. Susan Collins sparred over state and federal relief efforts.

Supporters and opponents of Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court wasted no time launching a high-pitched battle over her confirmation, with just 37 days until the election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has the support of Republicans to move forward with the confirmation process and confirm Barrett on the Senate floor before Nov. 3, barring any development in her vetting.

In response to President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic nominee Joe Biden urged Democrats to vote in the presidential election to protect the Affordable Care Act.

"Vote like your health care is on the ballot — because it is," Biden tweeted.

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Colby College is out with its latest poll on how Mainers plan to vote in the 2020 elections. The survey asked 847 likely voters about several issues, as well as candidate contests. including the presidential race and the battle for Maine's U.S. Senate seat.

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The Maine Republican Party and opponents of the use of ranked-choice voting will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Maine's highest court must now decide whether a decision it issued earlier this week to allow the process to move forward proceeds during the appeal or not.

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The Maine Supreme Court has determined that a people’s veto effort led by the Maine Republican Party failed to get enough qualified signatures to put a referendum on ranked-choice voting on the November ballot. The decision clears the way for the nation’s first use of ranked-choice voting in a presidential election.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins made it clear on Tuesday that she will vote against a Supreme Court nominee if a Senate vote occurs before the November election.

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Arguments are being heard today in a lawsuit challenging parts of Maine’s election system.

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, is well known in Maine's 1st Congressional District where she was first elected in 2008. Since then she has been re-elected by significant margins.

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While almost all of the attention of this campaign season has been focused on Maine’s U.S. Senate race, there are two other races underway for two Congressional seats.

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With less than two months left before Election Day, the U.S. Senate race in Maine is already the most expensive in state history. And that’s prompted the four candidates to decry the influence of money in politics while also blaming one another for its impact on one of the most closely watched contests in the country.

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Attorneys representing Secretary of State Matt Dunlap and supporters and opponents of ranked-choice voting were grilled by Maine Supreme Court justices Tuesday in a case that could decide whether ranked-choice voting applies to the presidential election in Maine this fall.

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