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2021-03-26 14:12:56
by Dan McCue
Lawmaker Arrested After Georgia GOP Passes Controversial Elections Bill

A Georgia lawmaker was arrested and forcibly removed from the state Capitol Thursday night as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed... Read More

A Georgia lawmaker was arrested and forcibly removed from the state Capitol Thursday night as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping overhaul of state election laws, including adding new restrictions on voting by mail. Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon,... Read More

Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and... Read More

2021-03-25 14:55:12
by Tom Ramstack
Proposal for Election Reform Faces Opposition

WASHINGTON -- The turmoil former President Donald Trump kicked up over integrity of the vote last November continued Wednesday with... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The turmoil former President Donald Trump kicked up over integrity of the vote last November continued Wednesday with a Senate reform proposal that would turn states’ rights to control elections on their heads. The Senate is considering a... Read More

2021-03-19 21:45:29
by Dan McCue
Southern States Made It Harder to Vote in 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Election systems in the Deep South in 2020 suffered from numerous shortcomings, making it harder for many... Read More

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Election systems in the Deep South in 2020 suffered from numerous shortcomings, making it harder for many voters -- particularly those from communities of color -- to safely cast their ballots, states a new analysis by the... Read More

2021-03-13 20:08:32
by Dan McCue
Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It... Read More

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It is a melody a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill may be finding all too familiar. Five months removed from... Read More

2021-03-10 20:48:27
by TWN Staff
The Contest Goes On In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

WASHINGTON - The contest to determine who will ultimately represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District will continue for at least a... Read More

WASHINGTON - The contest to determine who will ultimately represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District will continue for at least a little while longer. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration voted 6-3 to table Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss Democrat... Read More

2021-03-08 14:29:32
by Dan McCue
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to... Read More

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, a new executive order from the White House says. President Joe Biden signed... Read More

2021-03-08 14:08:19
by TWN Staff
Rhode Island Voters Bullish on Housing, Arts and Ed Spending

Rhode Island voters authorized $400 million in borrowing last week, funding projects across the states ranging from improving state beaches... Read More

Rhode Island voters authorized $400 million in borrowing last week, funding projects across the states ranging from improving state beaches to renovating affordable housing projects to bosltering arts and state preservation progams. The seven bond measures were on the ballot... Read More

2021-03-05 22:30:46
by Dan McCue
Deep Local Roots Endure Even In Nationalized Partisan Political Era

WASHINGTON – A new study suggests the deeper a member of Congress’s local roots in their congressional district, the less... Read More

WASHINGTON – A new study suggests the deeper a member of Congress’s local roots in their congressional district, the less likely they are to attract a primary challenger, and if they do, the more likely they are to win by... Read More

House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches... Read More

2021-03-02 21:25:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Uphold Arizona Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona... Read More

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona that critics say discriminate against racial minorities.  The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (Consolidated), is one of the most... Read More

2021-03-02 14:27:23
by Tom Ramstack
Voting Rights Overhaul Championed by Democrats

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress want to overhaul the nation’s voting laws with the “For the People Act” (H.R. 1).... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress want to overhaul the nation’s voting laws with the “For the People Act” (H.R. 1). Their majority in the House makes approval of the bill likely as soon as this week. H.R. 1 would reduce... Read More

Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

2021-03-01 19:08:08
by Dan McCue
St. Louis to Use New Voting Method for First Time

ST. LOUIS – The city of St. Louis, Mo., will hold its mayoral primary Tuesday with a new electoral process... Read More

ST. LOUIS – The city of St. Louis, Mo., will hold its mayoral primary Tuesday with a new electoral process approved by voters in November.  Under the so-called “approval voting” regime, candidates of all political affiliations will appear on the... Read More

Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at... Read More

2021-02-26 20:29:31
by TWN Staff
Aggregate Use of FEC Data on PAC Contributors Okay, Agency Says

WASHINGTON - An independent political committee's use of aggregate contribution data related to PACs does not run afoul of the Federal Election... Read More

WASHINGTON - An independent political committee's use of aggregate contribution data related to PACs does not run afoul of the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Federal Elections Commission said.  Full Employment Now-Political Action Committee is an independent expenditure-only political committee that engages... Read More

2021-02-26 19:02:22
by TWN Staff
All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are going to be made to how they participate in future elections.  Earlier this week, both houses of the State Legislature... Read More

2021-02-25 15:14:15
by TWN Staff
Kilmer, Fitzpatrick Out to Restore Integrity of America’s Election Watchdog

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., have launched an effort to untangle the increasingly common deadlocks... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., have launched an effort to untangle the increasingly common deadlocks at the Federal Elections Commission and enable it to more effectively carry out its mission to oversee and enforce campaign... Read More

2021-02-23 21:52:26
by Dan McCue
Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have... Read More

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have thrown their support behind the election reform provisions of the For the People Act. In a letter to the leaders... Read More

2021-02-17 17:12:33
by Tom Ramstack
Election Commission Plans for More Secure Votes and Elections

WASHINGTON -- A federal election official described the 2020 vote as one of the most difficult in American history during... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A federal election official described the 2020 vote as one of the most difficult in American history during a congressional hearing Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic, reports of attempted foreign cyberattacks and allegations of fraud by President Donald Trump... Read More

2021-02-16 21:19:46
by TWN Staff
FEC to Host Webinar for Membership and Labor Organization PACs

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for membership organizations, labor organizations, and their political action committees on... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for membership organizations, labor organizations, and their political action committees on March 24, 2021. These interactive workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law... Read More

2021-02-12 21:03:01
by Dan McCue
Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S. Census Bureau ended its collection of data for the 2020 census on Oct. 15, 2020, it missed the December statutory... Read More

Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Call

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state's top elections official in which the then-president said he wanted to "find" enough votes to overturn his... Read More

2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday,... Read More

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

GOP Eyes Path to Power by Making Peace With the Far Right

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy theorist with a history of violent rhetoric and a mainstream party leader who backed Donald Trump's impeachment. The seemingly conflicting... Read More

Election Officials Say Combating Lies Will be Big Challenge

After an election season dominated by conspiracy theories and false claims about voting, top election officials across the country say... Read More

After an election season dominated by conspiracy theories and false claims about voting, top election officials across the country say they already are bracing for what comes next. They are grappling with ways they can counter waves of misinformation in... Read More

2021-02-01 21:01:54
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Against Brindisi on Ballots in NY Congressional Race

One could almost hear incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi sigh as he typed a tweet early last week. "Unfortunately, this is... Read More

One could almost hear incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi sigh as he typed a tweet early last week. "Unfortunately, this is a long process," he said of the legal battle and ongoing ballot count that will ultimately decide the outcome of... Read More

Democrats Make Federal Election Standards a Top Priority

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal... Read More

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous post-election period and deadly... Read More

2021-01-22 21:09:59
by Dan McCue
Spanberger, Katko Urge House to Crack Down on Foreign-Backed Disinformation in Elections

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting the U.S. from foreign-based disinformation campaigns. According to the lawmakers, foreign governments took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

2021-01-22 20:50:33
by Dan McCue
USPS Says it Delivered More than 136 Million Ballots During the 2020 Election Cycle

WASHINGTON - More than 136 million ballots passed through U.S. Postal Service facilities and were delivered to state election officials... Read More

WASHINGTON - More than 136 million ballots passed through U.S. Postal Service facilities and were delivered to state election officials during the 2020 election cycle, a new report from the USPS says. The data includes mail-in ballots sent in by... Read More

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