Voting

Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
In The States
Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
2021-04-07 21:42:55
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans are moving to pass their own set of limits on voting as legislation restricting early voting access awaits a House committee assignment.  The Texas bill, one of 361 bills pending nationwide with restrictive provisions, passed... Read More

Companies Unite to Join Voting Rights Battle
In The States
Companies Unite to Join Voting Rights Battle

WASHINGTON - Nearly 200 companies have come out against Republican voting legislation critics say is simply a blatant attempt to disenfranchise millions of Black and minority voters. The chief executives of Dow, Levi’s Survey Monkey, PayPal and Uber were among... Read More

Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
In The States
Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
2021-04-02 20:31:46
by TWN Staff

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent decision to put in place more restrictive measures on who is able to vote in coming elections. “Major League Baseball... Read More

In North Carolina, Democrats Are Pushing for End to Partisan Gerrymandering
In The States
In North Carolina, Democrats Are Pushing for End to Partisan Gerrymandering
2021-04-02 17:22:57
by Dan McCue

RALEIGH, N.C. - Democrats are used to long odds in the Republican controlled legislature, and perhaps that explains why 26 of them have decided to advance a plan to put control of the state’s upcoming redistricting effort in the hands... Read More

Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
Political News
Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
2021-03-31 21:09:11
by Dan McCue

Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and effectively ending the 2020 election cycle. Hart, who had been challenging the outcome of the race before the Committee on... Read More

U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
Think Tanks
U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
2021-03-31 19:21:54
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The declining levels of social cohesion and the inability to get things done are some of the biggest threats to the U.S., agreed a group of political scholars at a panel discussion about the future of democracy this... Read More

Georgia's New GOP Election Law Draws Criticism, Lawsuits
In The States
Georgia's New GOP Election Law Draws Criticism, Lawsuits

ATLANTA (AP) — Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls Monday to boycott some of the state's largest businesses for not speaking out more forcefully against the law, a day after advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in... Read More

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

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

Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
Litigation
Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
2021-03-26 13:46:29
by Dan McCue

Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news company sought to boost faltering ratings by falsely claiming the voting machine company had rigged the 2020 election.  The company, which is... Read More

Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights
Elections
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, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and... 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

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

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

House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition
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

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

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

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

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
In The States
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 access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

St. Louis to Use New Voting Method for First Time
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

Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades
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

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

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

All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
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

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

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

Election Commission Plans for More Secure Votes and Elections
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

GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules after Record Turnout
State News
GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules after Record Turnout

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers in statehouses across the country are moving swiftly to attack some of the voting methods that fueled the highest turnout for a presidential election in 50 years. Although most legislative sessions are just getting underway, the Brennan... Read More

Voting Machine Company Sues Giuliani for Defamation
Litigation
Voting Machine Company Sues Giuliani for Defamation
2021-01-26 14:47:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Another Trump administration lawyer was hit with a billion-dollar plus lawsuit for defamation Monday after he alleged the company that supplied the voting machines in the 2020 presidential election was implicated in fraud. This time the defendant is... Read More

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

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

Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
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

Former Trump Campaign Lawyer Sued by Voting Machine Company
Litigation
Former Trump Campaign Lawyer Sued by Voting Machine Company
2021-01-08 23:49:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Voting machine manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems Corp. sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell Friday in a lawsuit seeking $1.3 billion in damages for defamation. The lawsuit called Powell’s accusations that Dominion fraudulently deleted or changed votes to... Read More

Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?
State News
Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?

ATLANTA — A defunct county located in what’s now the heart of Atlanta’s fast-changing northern suburbs offers a glimpse into a challenge facing Democrats — and a potential bright spot for Republicans — in the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs. In... Read More

Youth Voter Engagement Could Change Landscape of the Nation
Think Tanks
Youth Voter Engagement Could Change Landscape of the Nation
2020-12-17 15:14:46
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The 2020 national election saw a dramatic increase in turnout for the entire electorate. What surprised many is that a higher-than-ever percentage of that increase came from young people.  Young people turned out to vote in near-record numbers,... Read More

Judge Rules Georgia Doesn’t Have to Immediately Restore Purged Voters
State News
Judge Rules Georgia Doesn’t Have to Immediately Restore Purged Voters

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Wednesday declined to force the state to immediately restore hundreds of thousands of people that were removed from the voting rolls last year. Voting rights organizations, including the Black Voters Matter Fund, sued Georgia... Read More

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