Midterms 2018: Early voting sees record-breaking turnout as Oprah heads on campaign trail for Stacey Abrams
The major elections are less than a week away
The US is just four days away from the 2018 midterm elections on 6 November and races around the country are heating up.
There are several state and local races of importance, too, as the parties square off for control of state legislatures and local city councils.
Follow our liveblog below for all the latest as the elections approach
Welcome back to The Independent’s live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections for Wednesday, 10 October.
With less than 30 days before the crucial elections, the Democratic Party appears to have lost its double-digit lead in support on the national ballot against Republicans, leading the majority party by just two points on the generic House ballot.
However, as anyone following the news cycle knows, a lot can happen before voters flock to the polls. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments throughout the day.
Taylor Swift, who found her political voice this week as the singer endorsed Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen for US Senate, continued to encourage her young fans to register to vote ahead of the November midterms last night at the American Music Awards.
The typically apolitical singer — who picked up four awards, including artist of the year — used the night to stress the importance of voting.
"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people," she said, "the midterm elections on November 6."
Analysts saw a massive spike in voter registration earlier this week after Ms Swift posted an Instagram caption encouraging folks to get registered ahead of the elections.
With less than 30 days until the contentious elections, Donald Trump’s lawyers have tried out a new talking point in their defence against accusations of collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
The president’s attorneys have argued the 1st Amendment protects the “right to disclose information — even stolen information.”
However, the sharing of stolen information during an election cycle breaks all forms of federal campaign laws, and if that information was stolen by an foreign national or international organisation, the act would be in even further violation of federal law.
Yesterday was a big day across the country in terms of voter registration — mainly because a handful of states require residents to register by 9 October to vote in November.
Voting rights organisations often rally for expanded access to registration, including automatic voter registration, with each election cycle.
Find out what’s the last day to register to vote in your state below.
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