State Elections

Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box
State News
Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box

SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
In The News
Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?
Elections
A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?

WASHINGTON — If you’ve turned on a television in the Kansas City area recently, you’ve probably seen Bob Hamilton’s face. He’s one of 11 names on Kansas Republicans’ Aug. 4 primary ballot for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen.... Read More

Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America
In The States
Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America

Arizona, once the rock-solid Republican home of party legends John McCain and Barry Goldwater, could well have its first Democratic legislature in almost three decades next year. If it does, Republicans will have COVID-19 to blame. Arizona’s Senate and House... Read More

Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls
2020 Elections
Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On an unprecedented primary election day, reports of problems at polling stations across South Carolina’s Richland County have been rolling in. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that led to increased requests for absentee ballots, there has been a... Read More

How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona
2020 Elections
How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump carried Arizona on his way to the White House four years ago, voters were simultaneously ushering another nationally renowned Republican with polarizing views on law enforcement and immigration out of office. Now Joe Arpaio is... Read More

Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election
Voting
Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented shift in American democracy is underway, as more states and counties turn to voting by mail. But as jurisdictions prepare for a pandemic-riddled presidential election, the threat of a financial crisis at the U.S. Postal Service... Read More

Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines
Montana
Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines

WASHINGTON — When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock launched his bid last year for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said he aimed to “defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice.” Although his White House effort... Read More

The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day
2020 Elections
The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election Day is now less than six months away, but most Americans have set aside a presidential campaign that’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus has tossed the mechanics of politicking in flux for the... Read More

At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from President Donald Trump, many local Republican election officials across the country are continuing to push for expanding mail-in voting ahead of November’s election. The novel coronavirus outbreak has made voting in person a health hazard:... Read More

Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests
Voting
Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests

WASHINGTON — States are expecting an increase in voters wanting to mail in their ballots as the coronavirus pandemic has made in-person voting potentially dangerous. Some people have questioned whether mail-in ballots are secure. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said... Read More

New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States
Elections
New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped states, which Congress just pumped $150 billion into, will nonetheless have to pony up in order to access new election security grants in the massive new coronavirus aid package signed by President Donald Trump. The $2.3 trillion... Read More

[SHORTENED] When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
Elections
[SHORTENED] When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
2020-02-25 14:01:55
by Dan McCue

It was an unusual way to spend a Thursday morning in January to say the least. Though the 2017 House of Delegates election was for the most part in its rear view mirror, the Virginia State Board of Elections had... Read More

Gerrymandering Potential Sways State Legislative Targets
State Elections
Gerrymandering Potential Sways State Legislative Targets

National political parties are targeting a handful of competitive state legislative chambers this year, where the majority parties can draw favorable district lines — with the potential for gerrymandering — after the 2020 census. The state legislative campaign arms of... Read More

Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
State News
Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
2019-12-17 16:09:30
by Dan McCue

A federal judge said he will allow Georgia to begin a sweeping purge of its voter rolls Monday, just hours after he initially put the potential removal of more than 300,000 inactive voter registrations on hold. U.S. District Judge Steve... Read More

Cuomo Calls for Automatic Recounts in Close Elections Across NY State
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Cuomo Calls for Automatic Recounts in Close Elections Across NY State

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a recount. Cuomo pitched legislation Monday as part of his planned 2020 State of the State address that would mandate automatic manual recounts in close elections across the state and lay... Read More

Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds
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Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds

ATLANTA — Until her old concrete-block precinct shut down, Maggie Coleman lived about a mile from a place to cast her ballot in rural Georgia. Now, she has to drive nearly 10 miles, past cotton fields and fallow farms, to... Read More

Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines
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Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines

PHILADELPHIA — When votes were tallied last month using new voting machines in Northampton County, it was quickly obvious that something had gone wrong. The numbers were so clearly inaccurate that a judge ordered the machines impounded, scanners were brought... Read More

18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
State News
18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
2019-12-12 14:36:08
by Dan McCue

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in the 2018 mid-term election. Secretary Frank LaRose said the voters were identified through the Electronic Registration Information Center, a coalition... Read More

Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
State News
Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
2019-11-26 14:03:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The thing about Texas is that people looking at it from the outside tend to have skewed view of what goes on here," Joshua Blank said the other day. We had turned to Blank, manager of polling and... Read More

Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged
Voting
Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidates sent text messages to some of the 313,000 people Thursday whose voter registrations could be canceled in Georgia, emphasizing their support for voting rights a day after their debate in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker,... Read More

Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
Elections
Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
2019-11-01 17:06:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 5, voters in two states will cast their vote for governor, while in four states, the makeup of the legislature will be determined -- noteworthy all on their own because they will have a significant... Read More

Californians Can Register to Vote on Election Day at Any Polling Place Under New Law
2020 Elections
Californians Can Register to Vote on Election Day at Any Polling Place Under New Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians will be able to register to vote on Election Day at local polling places and voting centers under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, a potentially significant step toward boosting turnout in key contests... Read More

NewDEAL Announces Judges for Annual New Ideas Challenge
Political News
NewDEAL Announces Judges for Annual New Ideas Challenge
2019-09-06 14:11:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- NewDEAL on Thursday unveiled the esteemed panel of judge for this year's New Ideas Challenge. This year's judges come to the challenge with a wealth of policy experience and expertise, bringing perspectives from leading research and policy organizations,... Read More

Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House
State News
Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House

ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia teamed with an arm of the voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams to launch a high-dollar effort to flip the Republican-controlled state House. The Legislative Victory Fund, unveiled on Wednesday, is a... Read More

Health Care Issues Pivotal in Kentucky Governor’s Race
Health
Health Care Issues Pivotal in Kentucky Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON — Health care is emerging as a prime contrast between candidates in the Kentucky gubernatorial race this fall, where Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear are locked in a heated battle. A number... Read More

Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
State Elections
Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
2019-04-08 20:36:39
by Dan McCue

After weeks of contentious debate in the state legislature, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp last week signed legislation that will replace the state's electronic voting machines with a new system that produces a back-up paper ballot. The legislation, House Bill 316,... Read More

For Independent Voters, California Lawmakers Seek to End Ballot Confusion
State Elections
For Independent Voters, California Lawmakers Seek to End Ballot Confusion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the days leading up to California’s primary three years ago, the complaints from unaffiliated independent voters started pouring in. They were promised they could vote in the closely watched Democratic race for the White House, but... Read More

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