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Strong Early Turnout Sets Stage for North Carolina Primaries 
Elections
Strong Early Turnout Sets Stage for North Carolina Primaries 
2022-05-12 20:42:37
by Reece Nations

RALEIGH, N.C. — Almost 370,000 ballots have been cast ahead of North Carolina’s May 17 primaries that will pit candidates against each other for the House, Senate, state Supreme Court and appellate courts. As of May 12, a total of... Read More

FBI Issues Warning to Election and Other Officials About Login Harvesting Scheme
Cybercrime
FBI Issues Warning to Election and Other Officials About Login Harvesting Scheme
2022-03-30 19:37:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to election and other state and local government officials about invoice-themed phishing emails that could be used to harvest officials’ login information. If successful, the agency warned in a “Private... Read More

Attacks from Within Seen as a Growing Threat to Elections
In The States
Attacks from Within Seen as a Growing Threat to Elections

Election officials preparing for this year's midterms have yet another security concern to add to an already long list that includes death threats, disinformation, ransomware and cyberattacks — threats from within. In a handful of states, authorities are investigating whether... Read More

<strong>Garland Updates Bipartisan Group of Election Officials on Threat Status</strong>
Law Enforcement
Garland Updates Bipartisan Group of Election Officials on Threat Status
2022-01-27 23:19:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials on Wednesday, providing them with an update on the threats that have been investigated and addressed in the past several weeks. Among... Read More

Partisan Media Consumption Tied to Election Legitimacy Perception
Media
Partisan Media Consumption Tied to Election Legitimacy Perception
2021-12-06 21:47:09
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder found viewers’ consumption of Fox News was connected to lowered perceptions of election legitimacy while consumption of other outlets led to higher perceptions of election legitimacy. The study, published... Read More

Tired of Endless Election Cycles? Perhaps the Dominican Republic Has The Answer
International
Tired of Endless Election Cycles? Perhaps the Dominican Republic Has The Answer
2021-10-02 13:43:53
by Dan McCue

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Political candidates, parties, independent policy groups and their members and supporters in this island nation all got a stiff warning recently -- if they campaign outside the prescribed times for that activity they will face... Read More

DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
Elections
DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
2021-09-21 19:25:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Department of Justice is reaching out to election supervisors around the country following months of abuse and threats of violence long after the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.... Read More

Canadians Vote in Pandemic Election That Could Cost Trudeau
International
Canadians Vote in Pandemic Election That Could Cost Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians began voting Monday in a pandemic election that that threatens to knock Justin Trudeau from power.  Trudeau gambled on an early election in a bid to win a majority of seats in Parliament. But the opposition... Read More

Two Votes and Coalition Talks: How the German Election Works
International
Two Votes and Coalition Talks: How the German Election Works

BERLIN (AP) — German voters elect a new parliament on Sept. 26, a vote that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years in power. While it should be clear within hours of the polls closing how... Read More

Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
In The States
Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
2021-09-17 21:12:41
by Dan McCue

Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election began Friday morning, the start of a 45-day period in which those registered to do so can cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and in local races.... Read More

Hurricane Ida Disrupts Fall Election Plans in Louisiana
In The States
Hurricane Ida Disrupts Fall Election Plans in Louisiana
2021-09-10 13:57:54
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on Thursday delaying the state’s fall elections from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13 in response to damage caused by Hurricane Ida.  Nov. 13 was the date originally scheduled... Read More

After Voters Embraced Mail Ballots, GOP States Tighten Rules
In The States
After Voters Embraced Mail Ballots, GOP States Tighten Rules

A monthslong campaign by the Republican Party, fueled in part by the false narrative of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election, has led to a wave of new voting laws that will tighten access to the ballot for millions... Read More

Ohio Begins Process of Verifying Voter Rolls
In The States
Ohio Begins Process of Verifying Voter Rolls
2021-09-01 20:47:23
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has directed the state’s 88 county boards of election to begin a four-year process to identify any registrations that have been inactive for at least two years or appear on the... Read More

Secretaries of State Seek to Put Post-Election ‘Fraudits’ to Rest
Elections
Secretaries of State Seek to Put Post-Election ‘Fraudits’ to Rest
2021-08-20 20:00:56
by Dan McCue

They were the strange spectacle after the big show. In the weeks and months following the 2020 election, dedicated conspiracy theorists and “Stop the Steal” activists descended on Arizona to “audit” the state’s presidential election results.  Critics of the effort... Read More

Census Data Sets Up Redistricting Fight Over Growing Suburbs
Political News
Census Data Sets Up Redistricting Fight Over Growing Suburbs

The once-a-decade battle over redistricting is set to be a showdown over the suburbs, as new census data showed rapid growth around some of the nation's largest cities and shrinking population in many rural counties.  From Texas to Florida, some... Read More

Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block
Political News
Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their push to enact their marquee voting bill, pledging to make it the first order of business when the Senate returns in the fall even though they don't have a clear strategy for overcoming... Read More

Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise
Elections
Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise
2021-07-20 19:48:27
by Dan McCue

Election officials from across the country ran through dozens of worst-case scenarios last week, including potential ransomware attacks, during an exercise staged by the the Department of Homeland Security. This is the fourth year the department has asked state and... Read More

Adams’ Win in NYC Latest in Surge for Moderate Democrats
Political News
Adams' Win in NYC Latest in Surge for Moderate Democrats

NEW YORK (AP) — The triumph of a moderate Democrat in the mayoral primary in deep blue New York City appears to accelerate a recent trend of some of the party's most fervent voters breaking away from its most progressive... Read More

Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
2021-07-06 19:12:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected... Read More

FEC Fines Jeff Sessions’ Campaign $15,000
Campaign Finance
FEC Fines Jeff Sessions’ Campaign $15,000
2021-06-27 12:17:44
by Dan McCue

The Federal Election Commission fined the Senate campaign of Jeff Sessions $15,000 for failing to properly disclose a last-minute, $150,000 loan from the candidate prior to the July 2020 Republican primary. The agency revealed the fine and its payment on... Read More

Black Women’s Next Targets: Governorships and Senate Seats
Political News
Black Women's Next Targets: Governorships and Senate Seats

ATLANTA (AP) — Jennifer McClellan remembers her parents' recounting life as Black Southerners enduring segregation and the trauma and triumph of the civil rights movement.  It showed her that government can be "a powerful force for improving people's lives" but... Read More

Iowa Flap Raises Fears of Politicized Local Election Offices
In The States
Iowa Flap Raises Fears of Politicized Local Election Offices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It had been eight years since a Republican candidate even stepped forward to challenge Democrat Roxanna Moritz as the top elections official in Scott County, Iowa. Running unopposed in 2016 and 2020, Moritz had become,... Read More

Tense Elections Will Shape the Horn of Africa’s Future, Experts Say
Foreign Affairs
Tense Elections Will Shape the Horn of Africa's Future, Experts Say
2021-05-20 21:34:55
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Ethiopia and Somalia will see tense elections this year which experts suggest will play a significant role in shaping the future of the Horn of Africa. On Thursday, director of the Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors and senior fellow at... Read More

AP Interview: Disinformation Concerns Mail Voting Expert
Elections
AP Interview: Disinformation Concerns Mail Voting Expert

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare for the record number of mailed ballots cast during last year's presidential election. She also was recently confirmed by the... Read More

Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... Read More

Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists
Congress
Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case against Democrats' sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing to roll back proposals for automatic registration, 24-hour ballot drop boxes and other changes in an increasingly charged national debate.... Read More

‘I’m Still Exhaling’: Swing-state Voters on Biden’s 100 Days
In The States
'I'm Still Exhaling': Swing-state Voters on Biden's 100 Days

ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Standing on the sidelines of her son's soccer practice in this upscale suburb, Laura Hahn looked skyward for answers when asked how she would rate President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office.  Overall, Biden... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
Political News
Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

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

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

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

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

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