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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.

The midterm elections are upon us. And while early voting in most states has closed, you can still cast your ballot at the polls on election day tomorrow. If you're registered to vote, that is.

Just about every state requires you to be registered to vote before you can cast your ballot, but the deadlines to register can vary from state to state. Worried you won't be able to vote? Here's a look at when you need to register and if it's too late.

Every election is important, but this year's midterms feel more meaningful than most. And if early voting totals are any indication, voter turnout could be at an all-time high. Young people, too, have been energized to get to the polls, even those who may be too young.

You must be 18 years old to vote, and if you're going to turn 18 before election day, you can register to vote while you're still 17. But what if you're turning 18 on election day? Your ability to vote in this year's midterms may depend on where you live.

Why Do Some Schools Ban Halloween?

Every year, school teachers and administrators grapple with the decision whether or not to allow students to celebrate Halloween on campus. An increasing number of schools are banning Halloween parties and costumes for religious reasons. And it's not just public schools avoiding entanglement issues. Even private schools are joining the movement, as they try to be sensitive to all cultures that have joined the American melting pot.

Can a Pharmacist Refuse to Transfer an Order Based on Religious Views?

Rachel Peterson, a Michigan woman, had to bear the unfortunate circumstance that the child she was carrying was no longer viable; the fetus had no heartbeat. She decided to take a short vacation, within Michigan, to deal with the devastating loss. Her doctor prescribed misprostol to complete her miscarriage and help with the postpartum hemorrhage. However, a pharmacist at the local Meijer's market refused to fill the prescription, based on his religious values as a Catholic, since the drug can be used in conjunction with another drug to induce abortions.

Peterson painfully divulged that this wasn't for an abortion -- the baby was already dead. But the pharmacist still refused. Not only did he refuse, but he refused to let her speak to a manager, to ask another pharmacist to fill it, or transfer the prescription to another pharmacy. Is this legal? It depends.

Last week, President Donald Trump signed a package of legislation regarding the Federal Aviation Authority, including a landmark effort to protect the rights of passengers with disabilities on airlines.

The Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights will increase civil penalties for bodily harm to passengers with disabilities or damage to wheelchairs and mobility aids, as well as create an advisory committee to recommend consumer protection improvements. Here's a closer look.

Native American Adoption Law Struck Down by Texas Federal Judge

Native Americans were dealt a severe blow by the federal court in Texas just days before Columbus Day. That court struck down the federal lndian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, governing the adoption of Native America children, which was seen as the gold standard by 18 national child welfare organizations. The law was created to keep Native American children with tribes, to every extent possible, in order to secure Native American heritage and sovereignty. But now that law has been deemed unconstitutional.

5 More States Requiring ID at the Voting Polls

Five more states have recently joined the ranks of requiring identification to vote at polling places: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, and Texas. Though federal law has always required first-time voters to show a photo ID, states have not always had the same requirement. However, in the past decade, states have increasingly passed legislation requiring some form of identification, whether it be a government issued photo ID, a utility bill, or merely a signed affidavit.

For the upcoming midterm elections, 34 states now require some form of ID. At first, one might think "of course you should have to show a photo ID to vote. We've all heard the voter fraud stories about dead people's votes being cast." But it really isn't that simple, and unfortunately, the debate goes down party lines.

If you plan to vote (and you should), then you need to keep an eye one deadlines for online and mail-in registration, which vary by state. Some states do allow residents who miss the deadline to register and cast ballots during early voting or on Election Day, but it's best make sure you're registered ASAP. You can visit for more information about where and when to vote.

Here are the top five legal issues related to voter registration:

Yes, the Constitution and Bill of Rights generally require the separation of church and state, but references to God remain -- in the Pledge of Allegiance, presidential oath of office, and, as became controversial recently, the U.S. citizenship oath.

Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo, a French woman living in Massachusetts, recently challenged the inclusion of the phrase "so help me God" in the citizenship oath, claiming it violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First and Fifth Amendment. But a federal judge dismissed her claims, finding that the phrase did not equate to a substantial burden on her free exercise of religion.