BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's weeklong early voting period for the Dec. 11 election begins Saturday in the 38 parishes that have local competitions on the ballot.
Ascension, Bossier, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Orleans, Rapides and Vernon Parishes have candidates vying for elected jobs, with voters in New Orleans choosing their sheriff, clerk of criminal district court and several city council members.
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has ordered two lawyers who filed a class action lawsuit alleging the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump to pay more than $180,000 in attorney’s fees for defendants Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook and others, saying the lawsuit was intended to manipulate “gullible members of the public” and helped spur the Jan.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congressional redistricting is the arcane but consequential process of redrawing U.S. House districts every 10 years, which often goes unnoticed by citizens.
This week, a final congressional map for Ohio sprinted through the Legislature and was signed by Republican Gov.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's redistricting commission should not have held a private meeting to discuss memos related to racially polarized voting and the federal Voting Rights Act's requirement that people have an opportunity to elect minority candidates, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian parliamentary commission recommended Monday that a lawmaker in the lower house be stripped of his immunity as he faces charges over illegally killing an elk.
Valery Rashkin, 66, first denied the accusations but later reversed course and confessed to killing the elk without a hunting license.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A difficult political atmosphere for President Joe Biden may have become even more treacherous with the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Biden was already facing sliding poll numbers with an electorate worn down by the coronavirus pandemic and increasing inflation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a map of new congressional districts on Saturday that will be in effect for the next four years, despite objections from Democrats and voting rights groups.
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Friday to suspend a new law prohibiting out-of-state groups from mailing advance ballot applications, siding with two national nonprofit groups that contend it disenfranchises voters.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has selected two outside experts from a pool of nominees put forward by lawmakers to help it complete its task of drawing new legislative districts to conform with the 2020 census.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, both Democrats and one an ordained minister, made the religious case for protecting and expanding voting rights on Thursday (Nov.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection, another blow to Democrats seeking to retain a House majority next year and win what is expected to be North Carolina's closest congressional race.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With the legislative year nearing an end, North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday advanced a string of measures that voting rights groups fear would prevent lawfully cast ballots from being counted and discourage participation in the 2022 election.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana edged forward Wednesday with its latest effort to update the state's voting system, with the convening of a new commission that will help choose the technology after receiving broader input than officials did during prevous unsuccessful efforts to replace thousands of old voting machines.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill allowing the use of electronic machines for voting. The opposition said the policy is an attempt to rig the next elections.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed to a federal election advisory board a prominent Republican attorney who assisted former President Donald Trump in his failed effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man’s admission that he voted twice in November 2020 in a case that state Republicans seized on to claim voter irregularities amounted to “a cheap political stunt” that backfired, a state court judge said Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a law making voting easier for person with disabilities and creating a group to study removal of further barriers.
The law also makes adjustments in deadlines and other technical requirements for candidates in next year's primary election because it's later.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas business executive whose claim of voter fraud was featured by state Republicans in November 2020 as proof of tainted votes has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of voting more than once in the same election.
ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans pushed a proposal to overhaul the county commission in Georgia's second most-populous county through a state Senate committee on Thursday, a day after the same panel approved changes to Gwinnett County's school board.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election told Wisconsin lawmakers on Wednesday that his probe is expanding and claimed some were trying to obstruct his work.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Clerks and other opponents of a ballot initiative that would toughen Michigan's voting rules raised concerns Wednesday about its proposed ban on using donated spaces as polling places, saying churches and religious organizations account for 20% of them.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's largest county hired a second company to deliver voting machines after officials said the first one overturned some machines and took some to the wrong precincts.
ATLANTA (AP) — One of the longest-serving members of the Georgia House said it best on Wednesday: “Reapportionment is not about kindness or mercy.”
Republicans pushed their proposed new map for the state's 180 House districts past Rep.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two pioneers for voting rights have become the first women represented in the Statuary Hall of notable Alabamians at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
The bronze bust likenesses of Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights pioneer, and Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, the state’s leading suffrage activist in the early twentieth century, were unveiled Monday.
ATLANTA (AP) — The first major election day following a year of relentless attacks on voting rights and election officials went off largely without a hitch. Unlike the 2020 presidential election, there were no claims of widespread fraud, ballots emerging mysteriously in the dark of night or compromised voting machines changing results.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More and more, Texas and the Biden administration are dragging each other to court.
First it was over immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Reversing its previous position, the University of Florida said Friday that it will allow three professors to testify as experts in a lawsuit challenging a new state election law that critics say restricts voting rights.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two lawsuits are challenging Alabama's newly approved congressional map, arguing it unlawfully dilutes the voting strength of African Americans with one majority-minority district out of seven.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The election board for Ohio's most populous county is being put under administrative oversight by the secretary of state, after another problem with electronic poll books led to three improperly cast votes in this week's election.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's weeklong early voting period for the Nov. 13 election wraps up Saturday.
The only issues facing all voters statewide are four constitutional amendments.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sued Texas over new election laws that outlasted a summer of dramatic protests by Democrats, who remain unable in Congress to pass legislation they say is needed to counteract a year of Republicans adding restrictive voting measures nationwide.
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats and liberal-leaning groups on Thursday attacked a Republican plan to redraw districts for the Georgia state Senate as violating the federal Voting Rights Act by unnecessarily dividing minority populations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats added a new paid family leave program, immigrant work permits and a state-and-local tax break to President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social services and environmental bill Wednesday, reviving key priorities in the rush to finish up and start voting after dismal overnight election results.
New rights to gather in worship and visit loved ones in nursing homes won overwhelming approval in Texas as voters pushed back against pandemic restrictions enacted by some officials to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A sheriff on Wednesday recommended that five members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission be criminally charged for telling local elections officials to send absentee ballots to eight nursing home residents in 2020 instead of sending poll workers to oversee voting there during the coronavirus pandemic.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers approved a ballot measure adding the right to a clean environment to the state constitution but rejected other proposed amendments that could have made it easier to vote.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Citing unspecified examples of election fraud, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday pledged to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes as part of a new package of voting laws.
WASHINGTON (AP) — If at first you don’t succeed, make Republicans vote again.
That's the strategy Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer appears to be pursuing as the New York Democrat forced another test vote Wednesday on legislation to overhaul the nation's election laws.
ATLANTA (AP) — The elections director in Georgia's most populous county, which has been under intense scrutiny for its handling of elections, will step down at the end of the year, county officials said Wednesday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The primary funder of a ballot drive to toughen Michigan's voter identification law and restrict mass mailings of unsolicited absentee ballot applications is Ron Weiser, chairman of the state Republican Party.
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Voters in a Maine city decided Tuesday that they want their hometown to be the second in the state to use a ranked form of voting.
Westbrook will join Portland in using ranked choice.
ATLANTA (AP) — After a year of dealing with false claims and death threats, election officials on Tuesday delivered a relatively smooth Election Day.
There were just scattered reports of voting or equipment problems, typical for Election Day: a technical problem delaying a count of early ballots, a power outage, a polling place opening late.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a photo posted on social media, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday unofficially announced she is now a resident of Madison County.
Reynolds posted the photo of her feeding her ballot into a voting machine and noted she had voted that morning in Madison County.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voters in Louisiana's Nov. 13 election will be deciding whether to back two constitutional changes that would heavily rewrite state sales and income tax laws to more closely match the regulations of other states.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has been asked by its accrediting body to explain how denying a request by three professors to serve as paid experts in a voting rights lawsuit conforms to standards for academic freedom and avoids undue political influence.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that Racine County officials should file charges if they believe election laws were broken at a Mount Pleasant nursing home as alleged by a local sheriff who supports former President Donald Trump.
After a year of falsehoods surrounding the 2020 presidential election, Republican-led ballot reviews and new voting rules passed by GOP lawmakers, election officials are hoping a smooth election on Tuesday will demonstrate that the system works.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Monday in local government elections that will offer an indication if support for the ruling African National Congress has rebounded after waning in recent years.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Those who monitor voting access for people with disabilities say Minnesota generally does a good job on the issue, but the state's is not without challenges.
Minnesota Council on Disability ADA Director David Fenley says while barriers still persist, Minnesota provides good general access for voters with different disabilities.