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People deposit their mail-in ballots for the presidential election at a ballot collection box in Phoenix on Oct. 18, 2020. Photo: Robyn Beck AFP via Getty Images

Arizona county election officials found 182 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election, AP reports.

Why it matters: The news organization's finding undercuts former President Trump's claims of a "rigged" election. AP's findings also align with studies showing that voter fraud is rare.

The big picture: The 182 cases of potential voter fraud were referred to investigators for further review, while only four cases have led to charges and there are no convictions, per AP. No person's vote was counted twice.

  • 11 out of the 15 counties sent to local prosecutors reported no potential cases of voter fraud. The majority of cases identified involve people casting a ballot for a relative who had died or people who tried to cast two ballots.
  • Cases flagged by officials involved a ballot cast after someone had died, including three voters in Yavapai County who face felony charges for casting ballots for spouses who died before the election.
  • In Arizona, President Biden won 10,400 more votes than Donald Trump out of 3.4 million ballots cast, per AP.

What they're saying: “The fact of the matter is that election officials across the state are highly invested in helping to ensure the integrity of our elections and the public’s confidence in them,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, per AP. “And part of that entails taking potential voter fraud seriously.”

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At least 130 Polk County voters submitted absentee ballot requests via mail after Monday's 5pm deadline, according to a county auditor's report provided to Axios by Polk County Democrats.

Why it matters: The Nov. 2 elections mark the first time voters head to the polls since Gov. Kim Reynolds signed new voting rules into law.

  • Shorter timeframes and far more restrictive rules could make it harder for communities of color, individuals with disabilities and elderly voters to cast ballots, groups like LULAC Iowa argue.

What to know before heading to the polls in Austin

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Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is here, and Austin voters will weigh in on two local propositions, in addition to eight Texas constitutional amendments.

State of play: So far, turnout has been low. Just 2.25% of Travis County voters headed to polls or voted by mail during the first three days of early voting, according to the Travis County clerk's office.

Yes, but: That's not unusual for an election in which no major political offices are on the ballot.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

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This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.