Election 2020 Today: Changing suburbs, Trump returns
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CHANGING SUBURBS: Once firmly in Republican control, suburbs are increasingly politically divided. The reasons for the shift are many. Suburbs have grown more racially diverse, more educated, more economically prosperous and more liberal. But demographers and political scientists are just as likely to point to another trend: density. Suburbs have grown more crowded, looking more like cities and voting like them, too. The latest from the America Disrupted series.
'I FEEL GOOD': President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House after leaving the military hospital where he was receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19. He immediately ignited a new controversy by declaring that despite his illness the nation should not fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans — and then he entered the White House without a protective mask.
HARRIS STUMPS: Sen. Kamala Harris is pitching the Democratic presidential ticket's message directly to Black voters in states like North Carolina and Michigan in the closing weeks of the campaign. Harris is speaking about police reform, ending the pandemic and creating a more equitable economy. But she's still facing skepticism from some Black voters who question whether she and Joe Biden are committed and able to make meaningful change.
'AN EMBARRASSMENT': Some survivors of COVID-19 and people who have lost loved ones to the pandemic are angry over Trump's advice not to fear the disease. The world's most prominent coronavirus patient tweeted that he's feeling great and that people shouldn't let COVID-19 dominate them. The virus has infected about 7.5 million Americans, leaving more than 210,000 dead and millions more unemployed.
VISION 2020: If a ballot is tossed because of some issue — maybe a missing signature or it got damaged — will the voter be notified that the ballot's been invalidated? And can the voter cast a new ballot? This is a tough one because the rules vary from state to state. Voters should check with their local elections officials to understand their options. Read more in AP's Vision 2020 series, answering your questions about the election.