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Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

About one in five voters now mail in their ballots, but many get rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.

Soldier Killed, Suspect Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament

A gunman opened fire near Ottawa's National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. Shots also were fired on Parliament Hill. Two people are dead and police say they are looking for one or more suspect.

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Obama Sits Out Campaigning As Fill-Ins Stump For Democrats

With President Obama's popularity suffering, other big-name Democrats are trying to give candidates a boost. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about what they're telling voters.

Morning Edition

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

Since his early days in politics, President Obama has championed the cause of expanding access to the ballot box. But that cause is facing growing resistance, in the guise of preventing "voter fraud."

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Obama Has To Balance His Base Without Hurting Dems In Red States

If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.

Morning Edition

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

Morning Edition

After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012. Now front-runner, she could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

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Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.

Morning Edition

N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

Surgeon General Nominee Murthy Loses Support Of Key Backers

October 22, 2014
Dr. Vivek Murthy (Charles Dharapak/AP/File)

One of the country’s leading medical journals is withdrawing support for a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician President Obama nominated to become the next surgeon general.

Political Polls Are More Popular, But Also Harder To Conduct

October 22, 2014

Changing technologies and societal norms have been making it harder to reach some members of target populations.

What Do You Want Us To Ask Baker, Coakley?

October 22, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

We’re seeking your questions before an Oct. 28 broadcast debate.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

How Do You Judge A Secretary Of State?

October 22, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane after arriving at Vienna International Airport on July 13, 2014. Kerry landed in Austria early on July 13 to help steer the final stretches of negotiations between global powers and Iran over Tehran's suspect nuclear program, as a deadline for a deal looms. (Jim Bourg/AFP/Getty Images)

Professor Jeremi Suri has studied that question and joins us to discuss John Kerry and how to rate the success of a secretary of state.

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

October 22, 2014
A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Critics say a ban would violate the state’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

Senate Tracker: A Race To Fill A Seat In Iowa

October 22, 2014
Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley are vying for a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa. (Google+/U.S. House)

As longtime Sen. Tom Harkin retires, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley are vying for the seat.

Jeff McCormick, Independent Candidate In Mass. Gov. Race, Talks Business Background

October 22, 2014

As part of our ongoing series of conversations with the gubernatorial candidates, WBUR’s Bob Oakes speaks with independent Jeff McCormick.

Baker, Coakley Argue Policy Opinions With Care In Debate

October 22, 2014

With the latest WBUR poll showing Republican Charlie Baker inching ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the state’s governor’s race by 1 percentage point, the two candidates faced off in a debate Tuesday.

WBUR Poll: Baker Edges Ahead Of Coakley

October 22, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Republican has narrowed the gap in urban hubs, and now holds a 1-point lead in the WBUR poll.

Commentary: Charlie Baker Out-Debates His Chair

October 22, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks with reporters after speaking to members of The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston in Roxbury Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Charlie Baker lost the debate last night, but the good news for the GOP candidate is that there’s another debate next week. A final question was lighthearted: If you could select a movie star to play you in a film, who would it be? Democratic candidate Martha Coakley must have known she had won the […]

Baker, Coakley Face Off In Gubernatorial Debate

October 21, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate.

Commentary: Can Charlie Baker Dodge Pay-To-Play Bullet On N.J. Connection?

October 21, 2014

The episode is a peek into how business is done when no one’s looking, says Dan Payne.

Republican Candidate For Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito

October 21, 2014
Massachusetts Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito speaks during her primary election night rally Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 in Boston, Mass. (AP)

Republican Karyn Polito is a veteran state legislator from Shrewsbury, an attorney and part owner of a commercial real estate development firm and she’s running to be the state’s next lieutenant governor.

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014
In this Jan. 18, 2008 photo, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

Would the U.S. be handling the outbreak differently it had a surgeon general? We ask former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

Politicians And Populace Face Off In Hong Kong

October 21, 2014
A Time magazine cover featuring Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is seen at an occupied area by pro-democracy protesters outside the gate of government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides

Today, protesters and officials from Leung Chun-ying’s administration finally met, but little was accomplished.

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