Report: Social media influencers push voting misinformation
A ballot drop box stands outside the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Tukwila, Wash. Ballots for county residents are being mailed Wednesday. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Are absentee votes and mail-in votes different?
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABSENTEE VOTING AND MAIL VOTING? Absentee voting, the president sometimes argues, means someone has to request a ballot as opposed to automatically getting one in the mail, which he calls mail voting. The problem is that some states call ballots that people request through the mail “mail ballots.” Others call them absentee ballots. There is one system that stands out, what is known as universal mail voting. AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/
AP sources: About 10 MLB umpires opt out over virus concerns
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. There are 76 full-time MLB umpires and more than 20 of them are age 55 or over. A deal between MLB and its umpires reached during the virus shutdown ensured that if even one regular-season game was played this season, the umps were guaranteed 37.5% of their salaries. Minus 10 or more MLB umpires, many Triple-A umps will work the two-month season. Just as MLB redrew the schedule amid the virus outbreak, umpires are certain to see a shift, too.