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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

2022-06-23 20:10:02
by Dan McCue
Justices Rule GOP Lawmakers Can Defend North Carolina Voter ID Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday held that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene to defend the state’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday held that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene to defend the state’s controversial voter-ID law, despite the fact the state’s Democratic attorney general is already defending it. The 8-1 ruling in Berger... Read More

2022-06-03 14:58:15
by Dan McCue
Secretary of State, Voting Orgs Clash Over Election Mailer in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prospective voters in Ohio should be wary of unsolicited pieces of alleged election-related mail that look like... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prospective voters in Ohio should be wary of unsolicited pieces of alleged election-related mail that look like official government documents and contain partially filled out voter registration forms, the Ohio secretary of state said Thursday. Secretary of... Read More

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

ATLANTA — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated parts of a revised Florida election law that... Read More

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

2022-05-06 18:07:52
by Dan McCue
Early Voting Gets Underway in Virginia Primary

RICHMOND, Va. — Early voting began in Virginia on Friday ahead of the commonwealth’s June 21 primaries. Early voting will... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — Early voting began in Virginia on Friday ahead of the commonwealth’s June 21 primaries. Early voting will continue through June 18 at 5 p.m. Those wishing to vote in person can do so at their local register’s... Read More

2022-05-03 21:14:21
by Dan McCue
Record Number Turn Out for First Day of Georgia Early Voting

ATLANTA — A record 27,298 Georgians turned out to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting for... Read More

ATLANTA — A record 27,298 Georgians turned out to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting for the 2022 primary election, almost double the number for the June 2020 primary, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on... Read More

2022-04-26 19:38:58
by Reece Nations
Texans to Vote on Local Propositions, State Constitutional Amendments in Special Election 

AUSTIN, Texas — Early voting for Texas’ joint constitutional amendment and local proposition election kicked off on Monday and is... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Early voting for Texas’ joint constitutional amendment and local proposition election kicked off on Monday and is set to continue through May 3. There are two statewide propositions for Texans to vote on in addition to numerous... Read More

2022-04-11 20:20:29
by Tom Ramstack
New Mexico Voting Rights Proposals Touted by Democrats as National Model

SANTA FE, N.M. — Congressional Democrats took their campaign for voting rights legislation to New Mexico Monday, where they used... Read More

SANTA FE, N.M. — Congressional Democrats took their campaign for voting rights legislation to New Mexico Monday, where they used a proposed state law as an example of what they say should happen nationwide. New Mexico’s governor introduced the New... Read More

2022-03-31 00:36:19
by Dan McCue
Arizona’s Ducey Signs Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Vote

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday intended to ensure only U.S. citizens — with documentation of their... Read More

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday intended to ensure only U.S. citizens — with documentation of their citizenship — vote in the state’s election. “Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally... Read More

2022-03-29 14:07:59
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Law Barring Felons from Voting Declared Unconstitutional

RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina law banning people with felony records from voting after they’ve served their sentences is... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina law banning people with felony records from voting after they’ve served their sentences is unconstitutional, a state court has ruled. Specifically, the Wake County Superior Court panel held in a 2-1 ruling Monday that... Read More

Some GOP States Seek New Police Units for Election Probes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans responding to the myth of widespread voter fraud are turning to a new tactic to... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans responding to the myth of widespread voter fraud are turning to a new tactic to appease voters who believe the claims: election police. The efforts to establish law enforcement units dedicated to investigating election crimes... Read More

2022-03-11 22:17:34
by Dan McCue
Report Says DNC Considering Changes to Presidential Nominating Process

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is considering a draft resolution that would dramatically shake up... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is considering a draft resolution that would dramatically shake up the party’s nominating process and put an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. A copy of the draft resolution was obtained... Read More

2022-03-04 15:38:29
by Dan McCue
Bills in Idaho Senate Could Impose Stricter Voting Rules Ahead of Primary

BOISE, Idaho – A pair of emergency bills that have been referred to the Idaho Senate could lead to the... Read More

BOISE, Idaho – A pair of emergency bills that have been referred to the Idaho Senate could lead to the enactment of stricter rules for voters ahead of the state’s May primary. Idahoans will head to the polls to cast... Read More

2022-03-02 22:51:12
by Dan McCue
Tennessee Bans Ranked-Choice Voting in State, Local Elections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state of Tennessee has banned the use of ranked-choice voting, a method of holding elections that... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state of Tennessee has banned the use of ranked-choice voting, a method of holding elections that Republicans in the state legislature argued is confusing to most and leads to a lack of confidence in elections. Gov.... Read More

Election 2022: Texas Primary Tests GOP's Rightward Shift

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voters in Texas will usher in the midterm campaign season with primaries that will test just... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voters in Texas will usher in the midterm campaign season with primaries that will test just how far to the right the Republican Party will shift in a state where many in the GOP have already tightened their... Read More

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... Read More

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

2022-02-24 17:16:35
by Dan McCue
Appeal Claims Tennessee Elections Director Wrongly Violating Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s elections director is wrongly violating an ex-felon’s voting rights, preventing him from registering despite having served... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s elections director is wrongly violating an ex-felon’s voting rights, preventing him from registering despite having served his sentence and being granted clemency in another state, a newly filed appeal claims. Ernest Falls was convicted of involuntary... Read More

2022-02-22 18:26:07
by Reece Nations
Idaho House Approves Bill Prohibiting ‘Ballot Harvesting’

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday that prohibits individuals from delivering another person’s... Read More

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday that prohibits individuals from delivering another person’s voting ballot to post offices or polling locations. The bill, introduced and carried in the House by Majority Leader Rep.... Read More

GOP Positions to Grab Left-Leaning Nashville in US House Map

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Black college students once marched downtown from the north Nashville neighborhood where Aaron Marble preaches, sitting... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Black college students once marched downtown from the north Nashville neighborhood where Aaron Marble preaches, sitting at Whites-only lunch counters to fight for civil rights. Soon, his historically Black community will fold into a mostly rural,... Read More

2022-02-14 19:10:14
by Dan McCue
Maryland Shifts Candidate Filing Deadline After Court Order

FREDERICK, Md. — The candidate filing deadline for Maryland’s June primary has been moved to March 22, while the deadline... Read More

FREDERICK, Md. — The candidate filing deadline for Maryland’s June primary has been moved to March 22, while the deadline to withdraw one’s candidacy has been shifted to March 24. The formal changes in the state’s electoral calendar Monday came... Read More

2022-02-11 18:31:10
by Dan McCue
Early Voting Set to Begin in Texas Under State’s Tough New Election Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans will begin heading to the polls Monday for early voting in the 2022 primary elections. The... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans will begin heading to the polls Monday for early voting in the 2022 primary elections. The contests, the first to be held under the state’s restrictive new voting rules, have already been marred by controversial voting... Read More

High Court's Alabama Ruling Sparks Alarm Over Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to halt efforts to create a second mostly Black congressional district in Alabama for the 2022 election sparked fresh warnings that the court is becoming too politicized, eroding the Voting Rights Act and reviving the... Read More

States Seek to Protect Election Workers Amid Growing Threats

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers in a handful of states are seeking greater protections for election officials amid growing concerns... Read More

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers in a handful of states are seeking greater protections for election officials amid growing concerns for their safety after they were targeted by threats of violence following the 2020 presidential election. Widespread threats against those... Read More

2022-02-03 14:06:21
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Supreme Court Expected to Rule Soon on Redistricting Challenge

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday waded into the state’s high profile dispute over partisan gerrymandering,... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday waded into the state’s high profile dispute over partisan gerrymandering, a case likely to influence the outcome of state and congressional races across the state for the next decade. At... Read More

2022-01-28 19:26:26
by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down State’s Vote-By-Mail Law

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania court struck down Act 77, the state's election reform law that permitted no-excuse mail-in voting... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania court struck down Act 77, the state's election reform law that permitted no-excuse mail-in voting in the last presidential election, saying the state Constitution requires voters to cast ballots in person unless they meet specific... Read More

Voting Bill Collapses, Democrats Unable to Change Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The... Read More

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