Presidential debate: Trump and Biden ready for first TV showdown – live

12.53am BST

We’re closing down this blog, but Joan E Greve and I will be covering the presidential debate tonight. Follow along here.

12.38am BST

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling – contested by Republicans – that extends the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

The decision means that ballots postmarked by 3 November will be so long as they arrive before 9 November. The Republican National Committee and state Republican leaders and legislators had argued against the extension – arguing that people would have plenty of time to return their ballots.

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