The roughly 100-foot long rocket stage is among the biggest space debris to fall to Earth.
Interrogating residents about their votes "can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters," warned a Justice Department official.
China has said its Long March 5B rocket will likely burn up on reentry and not pose a risk to people, but none of that is certain.
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Where it will hit “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry,” said the Pentagon. China says it will mostly burn up and poses little threat.
Hospitals in India are struggling to secure a steady supply of oxygen as coronavirus cases and deaths in the country surge.
But pricing differences could make it difficult for many to get the jab.
The country continues to grapple with the worst outbreak yet.
India's "extraordinarily high" caseloads are at the root of the decision.