Seven days until the election, Barrett's first day, World Series: 5 things to know Tuesday




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  • 2020-10-27 09:00:37Z
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Seven days until the election, Barrett\
Seven days until the election, Barrett\'s first day, World Series: 5 things to know Tuesday  

Election Day is only 7 days away: Get your ballots in the mail Tuesday!

It's officially one week until Election Day, and early voters are turning out like never before. It's possible that 85 million people could vote before Nov. 3, an election expert said, with 150 million voting in total. That would mean an eligible voter turnout rate of more than 62%. It is worth noting, however, that the United States Postal Service is recommending voters utilizing mail-in ballots mail them in by Tuesday. Vote by mail deadlines vary by state, but the USPS is recommending voters allow one week between when they put their completed ballot in the mail, and the respective state's deadline for receiving it. In the context of an election, on-time delivery matters: Missed deadlines are a major reason mail-in ballots are rejected, studies have found.

  • Voting updates from Monday: NYC lines raise worries of suppression; Florida could set turnout record

  • Supreme Court ruling: Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3

  • Investigation: How USA TODAY is measuring swing state mail leading up to the election, and beyond

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett gets to work

Judge Amy Coney Barrett has a new title: Supreme Court Justice. After being confirmed by the Republican led-Senate in 52-48 vote and taking an oath during a ceremony at the White House late Monday, Barrett's approval officially solidifies a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. Barrett is expected to take the judicial oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony Tuesday at the court to begin participating in proceedings right away. Once she takes the oath, Barrett will become the fifth woman ever to serve on the high court, succeeding the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Supreme Court will be in session starting Nov. 2 and will hear a case concerning the LGBTQ community and religious freedoms, along with a highly-anticipated case that could decide the future of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Opinion: Barrett confirmation means Roe is at risk, and prosecutors need to step up

  • Women of the Century: Meet the four women who preceded Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court

  • Pack the court? Battles between Republicans, Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future

Wildfires again threaten California as dangerous weather invades

California prepared for another round of dangerous fire weather Tuesday even as crews fought a pair of fast-moving blazes in upscale sections of Orange County that critically injured two firefighters and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders. Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season drove blazes up and down the state Sunday night and Monday before easing but they were expected to continue into Tuesday morning, although not to the earlier extremes, according to the National Weather Service. More than 500 firefighters turned out to battle the Silverado Fire that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres near Irvine. As a precaution, 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their homes, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said. More than 8,600 wildfires have burned well over 6,400 square miles and destroyed about 9,200 buildings in California this year. There have been 31 deaths.

  • Photos: Silverado Fire prompts evacuations in Orange County

  • 'People are burned out': Brutal fire season is taking a toll on firefighters' mental health

  • Recent development: In abrupt reversal, Trump decides to grant federal wildfire aid to California, governor says

Dodgers can win first World Series in 32 years with Game 6 victory

The Los Angeles Dodgers are just one victory away from their first World Series title since 1988. After an off day Monday, the Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays will play Game 6 of their hotly-contested series Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas. The Dodgers will send 26-year-old Tony Gonsolin to the mound and he will pitch against the Rays' Blake Snell, the 2018 Cy Young Award winner. "We're in pretty good position to finish this thing out," said Max Muncy, who became the record ninth different Dodger to homer in the World Series during Los Angeles' 4-2 win Sunday night in Game 5. "But we can't look ahead." If the Dodgers win their seventh championship in franchise history, it'll mean Los Angeles will be celebrating two tournament-winning teams in a matter of weeks as the Lakers won their record-tying 17th NBA title on Oct. 11.

  • 'He deserves it': Clayton Kershaw sets up Dodgers for first World Series title in 32 years

  • Vin Scully eager for Dodgers World Series win: 'What's taking them so long?'

  • 'No denying there's a problem': Unable to claw back in Game 5, Rays are pushed to the brink vs. Dodgers

Women over 50 are losing out on major movie roles

A new study finds women of a certain age group are relegated to supporting roles in films - or are consistently portrayed as grumpy, frumpy or worse. The Ageless Test study, released Tuesday by TENA in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary's University, reveals only 1 in 4 films passed what they call the Ageless Test. In order to pass the test, the film must have at least one female character who is 50+ who is tied into the plot in a way that their removal would have a significant effect and the character must be presented in humanizing ways and not reduced to ageist stereotypes. The results were sobering: No women over 50 were cast in any leading roles in 2019's top films, while two men over 50 were featured as leads. And when older women did appear, they were cast in stereotypical fashion (stubborn, 33%; unattractive, 17%; grumpy, 32%; unfashionable, 18%).

  • Hollywood survey: Men more likely than women to view entertainment industry as valuing diversity

  • Geena Davis says Hollywood could achieve parity: 'Cross out' men in scripts and sub women

  • Video: 'Thelma & Louise' didn't propel female-led films, Geena Davis said in 2017

Contributing: Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Barrett's first day, Election Day is near: 5 things to know Tuesday

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