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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday restoring voting rights to all felons on parole in the state after the Republican-led Senate rejected a similar proposal.

Why it matters: The governor's office said there are currently about 35,000 people in the state who have been barred from voting while on parole due to felony convictions. In the U.S., more than 6.1 million people have been disenfranchised due to felony convictions, according to the Sentencing Project's 2016 figures, and states vary widely on when they restore voting rights to felons.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.