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Will There Be a Red Wave? A Blue Surprise? Here Are House Races to Watch on Tuesday
2022 Elections
Will There Be a Red Wave? A Blue Surprise? Here Are House Races to Watch on Tuesday
2022-11-04 17:36:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The prognosticators have prognosticated. The pollsters have asked their last round of pre-election questions. Now it’s up to the voters to decide whether to stay the course or opt to give Republicans control of one or both chambers... Read More

2022 Elections
Federal Judge Blocks QAnon Linked Group's Close-Up Scrutiny of Ballot Drop Boxes
2022-11-02 15:37:41
by Dan McCue

PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that will keep members of a QAnon-linked group from standing within 75 feet of ballot drop boxes and from openly carrying firearms or wearing body armor... Read More

2022 Elections
Voter Integrity Lawsuits Abound Leading to Midterm Elections 
2022-11-01 20:36:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Disputes over voter integrity are carrying over to lawsuits leading up to the Nov. 8 midterm election on how each state performs its constitutional duty to ensure politicians are fairly elected. Most of the roughly 100 lawsuits challenge... Read More

2022 Elections
DeSantis Signs Executive Order Waiving Some Florida Election Laws
2022-10-14 15:36:46
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday waiving portions of Florida’s election law in response to the devastation wrought in some parts of the state by Hurricane Ian. The order comes two weeks after the... Read More

Disabilities
Disabled Voters Win in Wisconsin; Legal Fights Elsewhere

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Trudy Le Beau has voted in every major election since she turned 18 — a half-century of civic participation that has gotten increasingly difficult as her multiple sclerosis progressed. Now, with no use of her arms... Read More

Research
REPORT: Health Equity Depends on What Happens at the Ballot Box
2022-08-15 19:00:44
by TWN Staff

The Tennessee Justice Center has authored a policy brief that explains the cyclic relationship between voting and health, as well as the impact of politics on health care.   According to the brief, voting creates a sense of belonging to... Read More

Opinion Polls
AARP Poll Suggests Midterms Will Be Nailbiters
2022-07-25 20:40:10
by Natalie McCormick

WASHINGTON — A new poll of likely voters in the 56 most competitive congressional districts in this year’s midterm elections found that tight races will be commonplace, with Republicans currently holding an edge over Democrats with a sizable cohort of... Read More

Voting
11th Circuit Reinstates Florida Voting Restrictions
2022-05-06 21:45:15
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated parts of a revised Florida election law that a lower court found intentionally discriminated against Black voters. In its per curiam opinion, the three-judge panel said Chief U.S.... Read More

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

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

Political News
President to Meet With Senate Democrats to Craft Filibuster Plan
2022-01-13 00:34:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin crafting a plan to pass a pair of voting rights bills that have been stalled in the Senate for months. A major focus of Biden’s lunchtime visit... Read More

Voting
Abrams Seeks National Voting Rights Action Before 2022 Race

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia's governor. Senators including Georgia Democrat... Read More

In The States
Ohio’s General Election Ended With 18 Tied Races
2021-12-17 22:12:09
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The November general election in Ohio ended with 18 local races in ties, meaning they had to be decided by either a coin flip or some similar method, the Ohio secretary of state’s office announced Friday. The... 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

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

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
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

Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

Elections
DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws
2021-07-28 19:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws, specifically those statutes pertaining to methods of voting and constraints on post-election audits. “The right of all eligible citizens to... Read More

In The States
The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

U.S. Senate
Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats... Read More

Think Tanks
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-14 15:36:26
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and... 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

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

In The News
Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
2021-03-29 18:12:58
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have painted their Democratic colleagues’ push for election reform legislation as a devastating grab for power ahead of its consideration for passage in the Senate.  The bill, entitled the “For the People Act of 2021,” seeks... 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

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

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

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

2020 Elections
Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
2021-01-19 20:24:56
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania voters who received a postcard encouraging them to vote by mail in the state's June 2 primary were more likely to request a ballot and successfully cast it than voters who did not receive the reminder, a University of... Read More

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