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Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Naema Ahmed and Harry Stevens/Axios

Electricity is the thing we all need but don’t think about--unless it’s gone or extremely expensive.

Why it matters: While the type of fuel powering America’s electricity has shifted rapidly in the last decade, what matters most to many people is what they pay for their electricity. Unlike the gasoline prices on constant big display, our electricity bills are usually buried in the mail or our email inboxes — or simply set to auto-pay.

Driving the news: What we pay can vary wildly based on where we live, the weather, government involvement in electricity markets, and, of course, how much electricity we use. This infographic shows average electricity bill since 2002 for three states — and a drop down menu to see any state.

Go deeper: Tale of 4 states: America’s changing electricity mix

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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

Protesters outside Supreme Court. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new rules on Monday to mute microphones to allow President Trump and Joe Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate, AP reports.

Why it matters: In the September debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared with Biden's 22 interruptions of Trump.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Politics: Trump says if Biden's elected, "he'll listen to the scientists"Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call.
  2. Health: Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise — 8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  3. States: Wisconsin judge reimposes capacity limit on indoor venues.
  4. Media: Trump attacks CNN as "dumb b*stards" for continuing to cover pandemic.
  5. Business: Consumer confidence surveys show Americans are getting nervousHow China's economy bounced back from coronavirus.
  6. Sports: We've entered the era of limited fan attendance.
  7. Education: Why education technology can’t save remote learning.