Local officials said they felt defeated by vagaries and tight deadlines in the law the General Assembly passed in 2019, which they spent much of the last year asking lawmakers to amend. 

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot. We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

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Sept. 14: Absentee ballots available; no in-person early voting

Oct. 19: Deadline to register

Oct. 27: Deadline to request absentee ballot

Nov. 3: Election day

See what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, and locate your polling place at vote411.org, provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.