Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

UNDATED (AP) — The United States is barreling toward Election Day in what is believed to be the most litigated race in American history. Even seemingly mundane issues like where poll watchers can stand are turning into legal disputes in some states. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed as both Democrats and Republicans try to settle in court a process that is usually determined by citizens simply casting ballots. The legal action runs along a broad spectrum, from a dispute over whether guns are allowed near polling places to more complicated matters that already have reached the Supreme Court.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent says a man accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s governor also made threatening online comments about President Donald Trump and other political figures. The agent says in a federal affidavit that Delaware resident Barry Croft railed against Trump, former President Barack Obama, members of Congress and others in private Facebook postings. One mentioned the governor of South Carolina and others attacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Croft is one of six men charged in federal court with scheming to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of her orders dealing with the coronavirus.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic governor and top elections official are defending the integrity of the election amid continued attacks from President Donald Trump. They say results may take longer in close contests due to a surge in absentee voting in the battleground state but every valid ballot will be counted. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer encouraged people to take advantage of their right to cast an absentee ballot for any reason to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. She echoed calls that those who already have a ballot hand deliver it to their clerk or put it in a secure drop box instead of mailing it in.

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are pursuing misdemeanor charges against a City Council member in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Eddie Kabacinski is accused of handcuffing a woman who placed Black Lives Matter stickers on President Donald Trump campaign signs. Eastpointe police say the complaint against Kabacinski will be signed after prosecutors gave approval. He’s accused of handcuffing a 24-year-old woman at an Oct. 14 Trump rally in Eastpointe. She sprayed him with toy aerosol string when he chased and caught her. He has said the woman was disturbing the peace with the stickers and that he had authority as a former military police officer to detain her.