– On Wednesday The U.S. Senate will vote on a $300 billion Senate Republican coronavirus relief bill that is far below the estimated $2 trillion that Democrats have demanded.
– The bill, dubbed a “skinny” relief bill for its pared-down funding, that was already rejected by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail.
– Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the vote would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds on Tuesday.
– Time is winding down before the Nov. 3 presidential election to reach an agreement on a new coronavirus relief package. (source: reuters)
– Start Small Think Big, an organization that supports under-resourced entrepreneurs who are of color, women, members of other disadvantaged groups, and/or low-income with business revenues under $1M created a letter to Congress urging the renewal of the PPP funding and recommending improvements to the program informed by challenges to access faced by minority-owned small businesses, Black-owned micro-businesses in particular.
– To sign the letter please visit their website here.
– Election Day is still 16 days away and more than 27 million ballots have already been cast, according to a survey of election officials by CNN, Edison Research, and Catalist.
– Voters in the 45 states and the District of Columbia that make pre-Election Day data available are already setting records. The ballots cast so far represent almost 20% of the more than 136 million total ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election.
– Early in-person voters in Georgia have already cast more than 1,450,000 ballots as of Sunday afternoon. That’s up 152% from 2016 when 578,147 ballots were cast during the same period.
– As of Friday, ballots are available in all 50 states and DC. In-person voting will kick off in a slate of critical swing states in the coming days.
– Nevada opened early in-person voting on Saturday with more than 17,800 voters casting their ballots in Clark County, which houses Las Vegas. (source: CNN)
– This week’s early voting schedule:
– Early voting begins in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho and North Dakota.
– Drop boxes open to accept mail ballots for the general election and Voter Services and Polling Centers open in Colorado.
– Early voting begins in some Florida counties, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Duval and Palm Beach.
– Deadline to apply for mail/absentee ballot in Maryland, Nevada and New Mexico.
– Early voting begins in Hawaii, Louisiana, Utah and Wisconsin.
– Deadline to apply for mail/absentee ballot in Missouri (request by mail).
– Early voting begins in West Virginia.
– Deadline to apply for mail/absentee ballot in Indiana.
– Deadline to apply for mail/absentee ballot in Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska (ballot by mail), New Jersey, Virginia (ballot by mail), Texas and Utah.