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PA Gov. Tom Wolf tells residents it may take ‘a few days’ to count their votes

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is telling voters in his state it may take a few days to accurately count the votes for the presidential election in a new ad scheduled to air from Election Day through the end of the week.

“These are unprecedented times. Because of the coronavirus, there were millions of votes cast by mail so it may take longer than usual to count every vote,” he says in the ad, funded by a voter advocacy group, The Voter Project. “Folks in our election offices – your neighbors, family and friends are working hard ensuring every single vote is counted.”

Pennsylvania state law prohibits the counting of ballots before Election Day. Officials in Pennsylvania say they hope to have all votes counted by November 6, but a recent Supreme Court case requiring ballots received after Election Day to be segregated has raised concerns that the results may take longer.

President Trump, however, is demanding a result on election night. “It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3rd, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don’t believe that that’s by our laws,” Trump said last week.

‘The Election should end on November 3rd., not weeks later!’ he tweeted Friday.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1322294301183782912

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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