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Tennessee "I Voted" stickers. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A Tennessee judge on Thursday ordered the state to permit vote-by-mail for all registered voters, the Tennessean reports.

Why it matters: Mail-in ballots have become a point of political contention in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Though President Trump has claimed mail-in voting will lead to corruption and fraud, multiple states have moved to expand their absentee options amid COVID-19.

  • Tennessee has restricted the use of absentee ballots and mail-in voting to state citizens who were sick, disabled, traveling or the elderly. The state had argued extending mail-in ballots would be impossible, but Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle argued "the evidence does not support" that claim.

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The 2020 presidential election features a pared-back pool of undecided voters after four years of a highly controversial and media-saturated presidency.

Why it matters: Entrenched views mean there's less reason for campaigns to try to change voters' minds than to convince those already with them to vote — and help educate them about mail-in and early-vote procedures to make sure their votes count.

Twitter flags Trump's tweet on N.C. voting procedure

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President Trump in a tweet Saturday told people in North Carolina to vote by mail, then visit their polling place to ensure their ballot was counted and if not, vote again in person.

The state of play: Twitter flagged the tweet for violating its Civic Integrity Policy by "encouraging people to potentially vote twice."

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U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

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The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.