Albany, NY – The State Board of Elections reports that over 750,000 New Yorkers have registered to vote for the first time in next Tuesday's elections. Because of changes made by Congress after the 2000 elections, the new voters are required to show ID at their polling place. A high voter turn out is expected, and there are worries that there may be confusion at the polls about what kind of identification is acceptable. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Great Barrington, MA – Voters in Western Massachusetts will cast their ballots tomorrow for a representative to a little-known group that determines judicial appointments in the state. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Rensselaer, NY – Amtrak has begun to strictly enforce limits for carry-on bags. Passengers are now allowed no more than two carry-on bags that weigh no more than 50 pounds each. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – Community activists across the country are pledging to protest Wednesday if they spot major problems Election Day. A New York-based group is among the civil rights, labor, and peace groups that launched the pledge campaign. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Pittsfield, MA – When Berkshire County voters go to the polls tomorrow, they'll be voting for their state representatives as well as electing a president and vice president. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, there are Republican challengers for three Democratic incumbents. And a two-way race for an open seat.
Montpelier, VT – The New England Association of Teachers of English met in Nashua, New Hampshire over the weekend. The group of English teachers from around the region says the focus on standardized testing in the No Child Left Behind law is hurting real learning. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley gets some perspectives from Vermont education advocates.
Poughkeepsie, NY – A graduate from Marist College is in Warsaw, Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he is studying changes in the Polish government since the time of communism. He says he cares very much about the outcome of the presidential election in the U.S. And he has cast his vote via absentee ballot for the candidate he says will be the best choice for working with Poland, and in the international arena. WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with the Marist grad about his Polish-American political viewpoints.
Albany, NY – A federal prosecutor has been named election officer for the eastern half of upstate New York to handle complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses in the November 2nd election. But most voter advocates expect problems in New York to be related to new state rules pertaining to identification requirements for new voters. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – There is a new twist in the race for Albany County District Attorney. In a contest that has been at times bitter and nasty - one of the major players has decided to drop out. WAMC's Joe Donahue reports.