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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congress
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 would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches... Read More

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

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

Elections
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 on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at... Read More

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

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

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

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

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