Senators: Some voter registration deadlines defy federal law

Two Democratic senators say Mississippi and eight other states are violating federal law with their mail-in voter registration deadlines for the November election.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont say the states are potentially disenfranchising thousands of people by blocking applications up to three days earlier than other states.

Federal law requires mail in registrations to be postmarked 30 days before the election. But that falls on a Sunday this year, followed by the federal Columbus Day holiday.