Voting

2023-01-19 17:50:53
by Dan McCue
Arizona Appeals Court Upholds State’s Mail-In Voting System

PHOENIX — Arizona’s mail-in, early voting process does not violate voters’ constitutional right to privacy, the state Court of Appeals... Read More

PHOENIX — Arizona’s mail-in, early voting process does not violate voters’ constitutional right to privacy, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Tuesday’s ruling by a three-judge panel is a blow to the Arizona Republican Party and its chair, Kelli... Read More

2023-01-11 16:46:11
by Dan McCue
8th Circuit to Consider Whether to Limit Election Lawsuits

ST. LOUIS — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could... Read More

ST. LOUIS — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could see the court sharply restrict lawsuits challenging redistricting decisions and state election rules on the basis of racial discrimination. The... Read More

South Carolina US House District Ruled Racial Gerrymander

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal judges ordered South Carolina lawmakers to draw new congressional maps, ruling Friday that the U.S.... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal judges ordered South Carolina lawmakers to draw new congressional maps, ruling Friday that the U.S. House district lines of a seat flipped by Democrats four years ago were intentionally redrawn to split Black neighborhoods to... Read More

Democrat Wins Arizona Attorney General Race After Recount

PHOENIX (AP) — A recount of votes has confirmed Democrat Kris Mayes narrowly defeated Republican Abraham Hamadeh in the Arizona... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — A recount of votes has confirmed Democrat Kris Mayes narrowly defeated Republican Abraham Hamadeh in the Arizona attorney general’s race, one of the closest elections in state history. The highly anticipated results announced Thursday in Maricopa County... Read More

New Year Expected to Bring More Changes to State Voting Laws

State lawmakers around the country introduced thousands of bills to change the way elections are run after former President Donald... Read More

State lawmakers around the country introduced thousands of bills to change the way elections are run after former President Donald Trump falsely blamed his 2020 loss on voter fraud. Hundreds became law. Even with proponents of Trump's election lies roundly defeated during this year's midterms,... Read More

Trump Rebuked for Call to Suspend Constitution Over Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump faced rebuke Sunday from officials in both parties after calling for the “termination”... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump faced rebuke Sunday from officials in both parties after calling for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Trump, who announced last month that he is running... Read More

DeSantis 2024 Prospects Prompt Fla. Lawmakers to Review Law

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated... Read More

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions... Read More

Arizona County Certifies Election After Judge's Order

PHOENIX (AP) — A rural Arizona county certified its midterm election results on Thursday, following the orders of a judge who ruled... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — A rural Arizona county certified its midterm election results on Thursday, following the orders of a judge who ruled that Republican supervisors broke the law when they refused to sign off on the vote count by this week's deadline.... Read More

2022-11-29 22:03:29
by Dan McCue
In-Person, Early Voting in Georgia Senate Contest Shatters Record

ATLANTA — Georgia voters choosing between incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Dec.... Read More

ATLANTA — Georgia voters choosing between incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Dec. 6 runoff election shattered the state’s record for early, in-person voting on Monday, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.... Read More

New State Voter Fraud Units Finding Few Cases From Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems. That's just what election experts... Read More

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

PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that will keep members of a... Read More

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

2022-11-02 15:35:10
by Dan McCue
Pa. Supreme Court Orders Election Official to Set Aside Flawed Mail-In Ballots

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered state election officials to “refrain” from counting absentee and mail-in... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered state election officials to “refrain” from counting absentee and mail-in ballots ahead of next week’s midterms that were sent back in either undated or incorrectly dated envelopes. In a tweet... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Disputes over voter integrity are carrying over to lawsuits leading up to the Nov. 8 midterm election on... Read More

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

2022-10-27 16:15:35
by Dan McCue
As Many as 60M Mail-In Ballots Distributed for Midterms

WASHINGTON — As of last Friday as many as 60 million mail-in ballots had been sent to voters nationwide, far... Read More

WASHINGTON — As of last Friday as many as 60 million mail-in ballots had been sent to voters nationwide, far surpassing the number mailed out during the last midterm election, according to a new analysis by a Democrat-leaning voting group.... Read More

False Election Claims Overwhelm Local Efforts to Push Back

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Republican county commissioners in this swath of ranching country in New Mexico’s high desert have tried... Read More

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Republican county commissioners in this swath of ranching country in New Mexico’s high desert have tried everything they can think of to persuade voters their elections are secure. They approved hand-counting of ballots from the primary election... Read More

Election Deniers Could Make Deep Changes to Arizona Voting

PHOENIX (AP) — Gathered at a table in the Capitol in Phoenix a little less than two years ago, two... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — Gathered at a table in the Capitol in Phoenix a little less than two years ago, two Republicans and a Democrat took part in a ceremony prescribed by state law that made official Joe Biden's 10,500-vote victory... Read More

2022-10-18 18:57:17
by Dan McCue
Democrats See Winning Back Rural Vote as Doable Post-Midterms

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The roar resounded through the Riverview building of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on... Read More

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The roar resounded through the Riverview building of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the banks of the Potomac River. There was no air of threat about it, but one could imagine any number... Read More

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

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday waiving portions of Florida’s election law in response... Read More

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

2022-10-11 19:35:42
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Sides With GOP Candidate in Pennsylvania Ballots Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with an unsuccessful Republican candidate for a Pennsylvania judgeship and threw out... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with an unsuccessful Republican candidate for a Pennsylvania judgeship and threw out a lower court's ruling that cleared the way for the counting of mail-in ballots in the race that he had... Read More

2022-10-04 20:53:20
by Dan McCue
Conservative Justices Appear Inclined to Further Narrowing of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — After nearly two hours of oral arguments on Tuesday, a number of conservative justices on the Supreme Court... Read More

WASHINGTON — After nearly two hours of oral arguments on Tuesday, a number of conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared to be sympathetic to Alabama’s request that key provisions of the Voting Rights Act be narrowed when it comes... Read More

2022-09-23 21:12:21
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Maryland Can Start Counting Mail-In Ballots Oct. 1

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Board of Elections officials across the state of Maryland can begin counting mail-in ballots for the November... Read More

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Board of Elections officials across the state of Maryland can begin counting mail-in ballots for the November election on Oct. 1, a state circuit court judge ruled on Friday. The Maryland State Board of Elections had filed... Read More

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... Read More

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

Conservative Bolduc Wins New Hampshire's GOP Senate Primary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Retired Army Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc won New Hampshire’s Senate Republican primary on Wednesday and will face potentially... Read More

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Retired Army Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc won New Hampshire’s Senate Republican primary on Wednesday and will face potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan in November – setting up another test of whether a fierce conservative can appeal to more moderate general... Read More

Post-Roe Differences Surface in GOP Over New Abortion Rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court repealed in June a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, Wisconsin's 1849 law... Read More

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court repealed in June a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, Wisconsin's 1849 law that bans the procedure except when a mother's life is at risk became newly relevant. Republicans in the Legislature blocked an... Read More

2022-08-17 13:31:54
by Dan McCue
As Alaskans Vote in Primary, DOJ Monitors Voting Rights Compliance

WASHINGTON — As Alaskans went to the polls on Tuesday, the Justice Department deployed monitors “in certain jurisdictions” of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Alaskans went to the polls on Tuesday, the Justice Department deployed monitors “in certain jurisdictions” of the state to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Specifically, the DOJ said in a brief press release... Read More

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

The Tennessee Justice Center has authored a policy brief that explains the cyclic relationship between voting and health, as well... Read More

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

2022-08-05 21:07:48
by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Mail-In Voting Expansion

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mail-in voting law that greatly expanded the population eligible to vote that way has survived... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mail-in voting law that greatly expanded the population eligible to vote that way has survived a legal challenge before the state’s Supreme Court. In a 5-2 ruling handed down Tuesday, the Democratic majority on the... Read More

Kansas Voters Resoundingly Protect Their Access to Abortion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled... Read More

Election Conspiracies Grip Nevada Community, Sowing Distrust

TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) — The Nye County Commission is used to dealing with all sorts of hot-button controversies. Water rights,... Read More

TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) — The Nye County Commission is used to dealing with all sorts of hot-button controversies. Water rights, livestock rules and marijuana licenses are among the many local dramas that consume the time of the five commissioners in... Read More

2022-07-08 21:41:36
by Reece Nations
Wisconsin Supreme Court Quashes Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Ahead of Primary 

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday in a 4–3 decision that absentee ballot drop boxes are not... Read More

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday in a 4–3 decision that absentee ballot drop boxes are not permitted by state law and may only be located in election offices rather than throughout each county across the state... Read More

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