Democracy Dies in Darkness
After largely failing to limit access to mail-in voting, GOP now looks to contest votes already cast.
The massive shift to voting by mail this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic has increased the possibility that problems with mail ballots could be a factor in races across the country.
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Early voting is wrapping up in many states across the country on Friday. Here is our daily look at the polls and the early vote totals.
The delays loom large over 28 states that require ballots to reach election officials by Election Day to be counted.
The unit, which also could be used to respond to natural disasters and other missions, was formed in September and initially described as a rapid-reaction force. National Guard officials now refer to them as “regional response units."
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Joe Biden is consistently viewed favorably by half of poll respondents while President Trump remains mired in the low 40s. Why does this matter? Because there’s a link between a candidate’s advantage in favorability and the results of the presidential contest.
Voters in Houston cast their ballots for the general election on Friday. The location was one of Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/AP)
With four days left until Election Day, more than 9 million people have cast ballots already in Texas. Early voting in nearly a dozen other states topped 80 percent of turnout from the last presidential election.
The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division will run a 24/7 war room from Election Day until local officials are confident in the results.
The chief justice is the only member of the court who has not dissented in any ruling on voting accommodations.
Top Senate Democrats issued the request in a letter as Washington failed to coalesce around a new coronavirus relief package.
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National polling average

Biden is leading (+9) the national polling average.

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52%

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43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 12 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by CNN, Economist-YouGov, Fox News, SurveyMonkey-Tableau and Quinnipiac University.

A shuttered Christmas market stall Thursday in Essen, Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Cities in Britain, the Czech Republic and Germany have announced that they will cancel traditional Christmas markets because of the pandemic.
In an article for a magazine published for U.S. diplomats, the former secretary of state says it will take years to reverse the distrust that the past four years have engendered.
The protests came a day after three people were killed in a knife attack in a church in France.
The storm in the western Pacific saw its peak winds increase 80 mph in 24 hours, to more than 175 mph.
The storm affected 17 early-voting centers on the second-to-last day of early voting in Georgia, where polls show tight presidential and congressional races.
The service is discarding its decades-old height standards, but other obstacles remain across the military.
A mural of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. (Photo by Yolanda Richardson for The Post)
Republican Jackie Johnson, who previously coasted to victory, faces an independent, Keith Higgins, who made the ballot late this year in part because of people seeking “Justice for Ahmaud.”
Christian Zionist activist Mike Evans sued Georgia megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin over fundraising to benefit Holocaust survivors in Israel. 
While the crusading journalist claimed “censorship,” his former editors accused him of trying to publish unsupported innuendo.
Caseloads have risen since the start of October as part of a national surge that has lifted several states to record highs.
The 5th District race between Bob Good (R) and Cameron Webb (D) has emerged as the most competitive in Virginia.
Ronald Nerio, with BFC Contracting Services, uses plywood to cover the glass windows that front a building on 17th Street in downtown Washington, D.C. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
D.C. police have canceled leave for officers starting this weekend to ensure adequate staffing, and the District spent $100,000 on less-than-lethal munitions and chemical irritants for riot control to replenish a stockpile depleted by clashes over the summer.
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The Giants and Chargers had no new positive test results after enduring coronavirus-related disruptions Thursday.
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Jim Carrey as Joe Biden during a debate sketch Oct. 24. (Will Heath/NBC)
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