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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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Voters have made up their minds

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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."

Acting Capitol Police chief: Phone logs show Jan. 6 National Guard approval was delayed

Pittman at a congressional tribute for fallen officer Brian Sicknick. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman testified on Thursday that cellphone records show former USCP chief Steven Sund requested National Guard support from the House sergeant-at-arms as early as 12:58pm on Jan. 6, but he did not receive approval until over an hour later.

Why it matters: Sund and former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving clashed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday over a dispute in the timeline for when Capitol Police requested the National Guard during the Capitol insurrection.