Under pressure from news organizations, the US Small Business Administration released data on spending under the Payroll Protection Program, showing that the agency made 4.9 million loans valued at over $521 billion. It contends that the rescue loans, which are forgivable under certain conditions, saved 107 million jobs.
Officials in Tennessee are seeking to deny first-time voters the option to vote by mail come Election Day, seemingly challenging a court order that they do so. The rule could affect more than 144,000 first-time voters in Tennessee.
A vote-by-mail law passed in response to the pandemic is being used by Republicans in North Carolina to argue that citizens should be required to show photo i.d.'s in order to vote. Courts have ruled in the past that such laws disproportionately target African-Americans and students.