Election News

Voting systems in the United States have come a long way since the hanging chads of the 2000 recount in Florida — but now cybersecurity is as big a concern as ballot fidelity.

Here's what you need to know.

The good news

The Trump administration's decision to shift more than $100 million of federal disaster aid to help pay for more detention beds for migrants has set off an outcry just as Florida is bracing for Hurricane Dorian.

Count State Senator Timothy Kennedy among those not enthusiastic about Governor Cuomo's recently-announced plan to update New York State license plates, and then require holders of older plates to buy them. But would he, as asked by a fellow local state lawmaker, hold public hearings on the plan?

Today on Stateside, the latest on the road funding dispute between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leadership in the Michigan Legislature. Plus, while some retirees might be getting ready to head to Florida for the winter, one Florida couple recently uprooted their life to move to Michigan to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

When it comes to comedy, Aparna Nancherla's brand is anxiety. She turns the insecurities and questions inside her mind into a brand of commentary on modern life. Her style is light and gentle, but it's rooted in a place of pain and struggle.

The four strangers didn't speak to each other as they unloaded their luggage from a taxi in the early morning August light at the end of a road in rural Champlain, New York. 

“You speak English?” a bearded Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer a few yards away asked to nods from three men. And to the woman: “Madame, parlez-vous français?”

Then, he began to reel off a short speech he and his colleagues repeat many times a day whenever someone arrives at the dead end of Roxham Road to cross into Quebec, Canada. 

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke

Aug 30, 2019

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of August 30, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to recent campaign stops by Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Beto O' Rourke.

With John Harwood

All eyes on Hurricane Dorian. The 2020 field narrows. China signals trade talks could be back on. Oklahoma’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson. Epstein’s accusers have their day in court. The roundtable weighs in.

Guests

Karen Travers, ABC News White House correspondent. (@karentravers)

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says he’s encouraged by progress at his agency, even as more work is needed.

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Security concerns have prompted the Democratic National Committee to recommend nixing a plan that would have allowed Iowans and Nevadans to remotely caucus for candidates next year.

Supporters have long argued that "virtual caucuses" would open up Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest, which requires caucusers to physically attend sometimes hours-long events to declare their choice for president.

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