As of Monday morning, more than 42 million ballots had been cast nationwide. NBC News is tracking the early vote here.
Democrats, including Senate candidate John Fetterman's 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 on 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 is in violation of federal law. The suit names the state's 67 county boards of election as defendants.
The latest wave of litigation comes after the Pennsylvania 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 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, say the date requirement is immaterial and that enforcing it would violate a federal civil rights law that protects the right to vote.
Cobb County has agreed to extend the deadline for Georgia voters who did not receive requested absentee ballots, according to American Civil Liberties Union attorney Vasu Abhiraman.
The extension to Nov. 14 applies to nearly 700 voters who did not receive an absentee ballot and have not voted in person.
The move comes after the ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the County Board of Elections & Registration alleging that it "failed to timely send absentee ballots" to approximately 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 an extension 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 is seen as a key to any statewide office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 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.
“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 that it was concerning 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 undergoing surgery to repair a skull fracture and injuries to his right arm and hands after the attack on Oct. 28.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.