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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — As the 2020 election inches closer, Towson University student-athletes are working to whip up excitement among their fellow peers about voting.

Towson University associate woman’s basketball coach Zach Kancher recently hosted a virtual town hall for student-athletes, teaching them about voting.

“I’m kind of walking them through the entire election process,” Kancher said.

It’s meant to help student-athletes understand the 2020 election on the local, state and national levels.

“Student-athletes don’t realize that the changes and reforms they want to see actually occur at the state and local levels first, and it’s really important to be engaged in that process,” Kancher said.

Student-athlete LaKaitlin Wright said she is grateful for her coach hosting a virtual town hall.

“I’m fortunate enough to have a coach that’s very passionate about voting,” she said.

Along with the town halls, Kancher created a Twitter handle for students; TUAthletesVote, with non-partisan voter information.

“It’s just really very accessible information for us to have and for us to share with our teammates,” Wright said.

Generation Z makes up more than 24 million eligible voters in the 2020 election.

“Young voters have an unbelievable opportunity to make an impact,” Kancher said.

Now, students like Wright are trying to encourage others to get registered and get educated.

“We’re working to get 100 percent voter registration throughout Towson student-athletes,” Wright said.

“The purpose of me creating, of me doing this, is not to get people registered,” Kancher said. “But it’s to provide education on the voting process, on the election and then create habitual voters.”

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AN FBI probe has been launched after a mail-in ballots cast for Donald Trump were allegedly trashed by a temporary worker. 

The incident in the swing-state Pennsylvania has added fuel to Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election which he said was susceptible to fraud.

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The FBI were contacted on Monday amid concerns about "potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections".

Of the nine ballots, found opened in the dumpster next to the elections building, seven were cast for Trump.

Today Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri said the worker began on September 14 but the error was discovered by Luzerne County Elections Director Shelby Watchilla two days later.

He said: "Ms Watchilla immediately began an internal inquiry and informed her direct supervisor. 

"The temporary independent contractor was removed from service and informed not to return."

The temporary employee began working at the elections bureau on September 14.

The temporary independent contractor was removed from service and informed not to return

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri

Following the news, Trump tweeted: "Cheating on Unsolicited Ballots by political hacks, or anyone else, is against the law. We are closely watching!"

The discovery has added fuel to Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election.

He has often asserted that widespread mail-in voting, encouraged by Democrats because of Covid-19 risks, will lead to fraud.

Opinion polls show that more Democrats than Republicans plan to vote by mail to avoid exposure to the virus in crowded polling places. 

Trump's campaign has filed lawsuits in several states to restrict mail balloting.

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Election experts have said it might take several days after the November 3 election until a winner is known as officials will need time to count mail ballots that arrive after election day.

Speaking at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, Trump said he would prefer to find out quickly whether he won or lost, rather than wait for the mail ballots to come in.

He said: "I like watching television and have, 'The winner is', right? You might not hear it for months, because this is a mess.

"It's very unlikely that you're going to hear a winner that night," he said. "I could be leading and then they'll just keep getting ballots, and ballots, and ballots and ballots. Because now they're saying the ballots can come in late."

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