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When someone votes by mail or submits a provisional ballot, they sign the ballot as well as an affidavit. Election officials will compare those signatures to see if they match, and, if not, reject the ballot. The problem is that voters are left with little recourse if their ballot is rejected.

New Hampshire's signature mismatch law was ruled unconstitutional just a few months ago. And this week, among a recount for both its governorship and one senate seat, a Florida judge ruled that state residents who had ballots rejected have until tomorrow (Saturday) to validate those ballots. Here's why.

Can You Back Out of Joining the Military?

Something grabs you. Maybe a current event? Perhaps an awesome ad? Your significant other just dumped you for your best friend? Or maybe your parents think you're unmotivated and you feel you have something to prove. You walk by a local recruitment office, maybe for the millionth time in your life, but something draws you in this time. And before you know it, Bam! You're in the Army now!

But what if you've had a change of heart and want to back out. Can you?

There are some times when you might not need an attorney. Insurance companies take care of a large part of car accident claims these days. You can probably make your own argument about why you were or weren't speeding that day (and, in any case, a speeding ticket is relatively cheap). Even some divorce filings can be filled out by the parties and submitted without legal representation.

The immigration process is probably not one of those times. Between filing deadlines, supporting documents, and the amount of paperwork, filing for citizenship or residency is not something you'll want to take on by yourself. So, if you are hiring an immigration attorney, how much will it cost?

The clock is always ticking. At least, it can feel that way when you have a legal matter looming, or a legal question lingering. From contracts and policies expiring, to payment deadlines, to whatever the statute of limitations is, knowing exactly when something is going to happen, or when it needs to happen, is essential.

So here are 10 of those essential legal deadlines to help you out:

Avoid Cyberstalking During Divorce

Temptation pulls at our heartstrings, and it can be at the very core of a divorce. But if you are tempted to lurk on social media to find out what your future ex is up to, even if it's just for legal discovery, make sure you don't blur the line between investigation and cyberstalking. Cyberstalking is a crime, and can really disadvantage your position in divorce hearings.

Woman Sues Greyhound for Racial Profiling

Greyhound Bus Lines, historically a strong supporter of civil rights dating as far back as the 1960's Freedom Riders, is now the defendant in a state consumer protection lawsuit by a California customer over racial profiling and warrantless searches of its buses by border agents. Plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for all California residents, monetary damages for delays caused by the searches, and a court order to bar this practice in the future.

Black Friday is right around the corner. After that? Cyber Monday. And in between? A whole lot of offers, sales, and clearances. And, sadly, a lot of deception, scams, and identity theft.

So here are some holiday shopping tips, to keep you safe (legally speaking) both online and in real life.

Can You Sue a Homeowner's Association for 'War on Christmas'?

Jeremy and Kristi Morris of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho won a jury verdict for $75,000 after successfully suing their West Hayden States First Addition Homeowners Association (HOA) for waging a "War On Christmas." The couple successfully claimed that the HOA's restriction against the couple's annual front lawn five-day-long Christmas pageant extravaganza had little to do with nuisance laws, but instead was a violation of the Morris family's constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs.

Immigration issues have been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office, and many of those issues have concerned immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Under international and U.S. law, asylum-seekers are afforded different considerations than other immigrations, and the asylum process can be different than applying for legal resident status or citizenship. (And the rules may be changing again, if the White House has its way.)

Here are the top three legal concerns and questions for seeking asylum under current U.S. immigration law, and where to turn for answers.

New White House Rule Limits Asylum Seekers

President Trump is preparing a presidential proclamation to empower a new federal rule regarding asylum, which will be in direct conflict with current laws regarding asylum seekers and point of entry. Trump claims this is within his power as Chief, but Civil Rights activists claim this is illegal. Here's what you should know: