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2020-02-21 21:11:07
by Dan McCue
As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role

The arrival of the bus made all heads turn. Mostly blue, its side was dominated by the name "Biden" in... Read More

The arrival of the bus made all heads turn. Mostly blue, its side was dominated by the name "Biden" in large red and white letters, and a slogan, declaring it was dispatched to wage a "Battle for the Soul of... Read More

Unlikely Voters Say They’ll Vote in 2020. Who Will That Benefit?

MIAMI — Tens of millions of people who have chosen not to vote in recent U.S. elections could be headed... Read More

MIAMI — Tens of millions of people who have chosen not to vote in recent U.S. elections could be headed to the polls this November in a massive wave that would change the look and feel of the presidential contest,... Read More

Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange... Read More

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their... Read More

Democrats Court Diverse Voters in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Lisa Rosario describes herself as a political junkie. But she still hasn’t decided who she will support... Read More

LAS VEGAS — Lisa Rosario describes herself as a political junkie. But she still hasn’t decided who she will support in the Democratic presidential contest. “It’s gut-wrenching because this to me is one of the most important votes that we’ve... Read More

2020-02-18 20:58:32
by Dan McCue
Biden Campaign Confident As South Carolina Primary Approaches

Former Vice President Joe Biden's supporters in South Carolina are not cutting and running after the candidate's disappointing finishes in... Read More

Former Vice President Joe Biden's supporters in South Carolina are not cutting and running after the candidate's disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, canvassers going door-to-door in the neighborhoods of Charleston, South Carolina say what they're hearing... Read More

In Aftermath of New Hampshire Results, a Scramble for Black Votes

MANCHESTER, N.H. — What’s one thing Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar all have in common, other than the... Read More

MANCHESTER, N.H. — What’s one thing Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar all have in common, other than the fact they each had a good showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary? They all come from mostly white states and... Read More

2020ers Look to Super Tuesday Even as 2 Other States Loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada votes next and then South Carolina. But top Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination are... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada votes next and then South Carolina. But top Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination are already looking ahead to the biggest prize on the primary calendar: Super Tuesday, the slate of contests when more than... Read More

2020-02-12 17:39:15
by Dan McCue
New Hampshire Democratic Turnout Surpasses Record 2008 Numbers

Turnout in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire surpassed that of the record turnout year of 2008. With 98%... Read More

Turnout in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire surpassed that of the record turnout year of 2008. With 98% reporting as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the New Hampshire vote tally stood at 295,129 - blowing by the 288,672... Read More

Even Before Iowa Fiasco, Caucuses Were on Their Way Out

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take the high-profile disaster that was last week’s Iowa caucus for state political parties to move... Read More

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take the high-profile disaster that was last week’s Iowa caucus for state political parties to move away from the party-run presidential preference system. Even before the Iowa debacle, caucuses were on their way out across the... Read More

2020-02-11 21:50:52
by Dan McCue
Absentee Ballot Rules Explained

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C., where the give-and-take was accompanied by cigars and whiskey, to the crowded dining room of the Red Arrow 24 Diner... Read More

Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds

WASHINGTON — A vast majority of election-related websites operated by local governments in battleground states lack a key feature that... Read More

WASHINGTON — A vast majority of election-related websites operated by local governments in battleground states lack a key feature that would help distinguish them from those run by commercial entities or criminal hackers — a site that ends in .gov... Read More

2020-02-04 16:53:41
by Dan McCue
Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting... Read More

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting board have very little chance of ever being used. Appearing on WISN television in Milwaukee, Speaker Robin Vos said he... Read More

2020-01-31 17:00:02
by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having... Read More

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run... Read More

2020-01-30 17:56:28
by Dan McCue
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a... Read More

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences.... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions... Read More

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

For 2020 Election, States Debate Who’s Allowed to Vote

WASHINGTON — The 2020 presidential election is just months away and state legislators, courts and election officials are making final... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 2020 presidential election is just months away and state legislators, courts and election officials are making final changes to policies governing access to the ballot. States remain divided along partisan lines on expanding and tightening voting laws.... Read More

2020-01-28 18:35:37
by Dan McCue
9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and... Read More

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and Native American voters. In a 7-4 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that... Read More

2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this... Read More

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

2020-01-24 15:58:21
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Secure Voting Systems

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed H.R. 4990, the Election Technology Research Act of 2019,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed H.R. 4990, the Election Technology Research Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that will give the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation new resources... Read More

2020-01-21 22:07:57
by Dan McCue
New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether

Given the massive media attention it receives every four years as home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it's sometimes easy... Read More

Given the massive media attention it receives every four years as home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it's sometimes easy to forget that New Hampshire is also a swing state. For decades, polling has shown independent-minded New Hampshirites are nearly... Read More

2020-01-17 23:10:27
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin's Reputation for Swinging Expected to Extend to 2020

WASHINGTON - Even among battleground states, Wisconsin is considered special; a study in political contrasts if ever there was one.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Even among battleground states, Wisconsin is considered special; a study in political contrasts if ever there was one. It went for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, flipped to Donald Trump in 2016 by the narrowest of margins... Read More

Huge Michigan Voter Turnout Could Turn Into National Embarrassment

DETROIT — Two Michigan elections experts have some record-breaking predictions for 2020 that could end up putting Michigan in a... Read More

DETROIT — Two Michigan elections experts have some record-breaking predictions for 2020 that could end up putting Michigan in a potentially embarrassing national spotlight. Chris Thomas, the former Michigan director of elections at the Secretary of State’s Office, said Michigan... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Upholds ‘Fines and Fees’ Restriction for Ex-Felon Voting Rights

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court confirmed the status quo for ex-felons in Florida, ruling Thursday they must pay... Read More

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court confirmed the status quo for ex-felons in Florida, ruling Thursday they must pay all fines, fees and restitution before their right to vote is restored under Amendment 4. In an advisory opinion following... Read More

Early Voting is Coming to Pennsylvania in Time for 2020. It Won’t Be the Same for Everyone

PHILADELPHIA — Early voting is coming to Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. Sort of. Under a new law,... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — Early voting is coming to Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. Sort of. Under a new law, people will have the option of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot during one in-person visit to county elections offices,... Read More

Iowa’s Small Latino Population Looms Large in 2020 Election

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders sounded awkwardly gringo in naming the Latino politician he thanked for introducing him, and he... Read More

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders sounded awkwardly gringo in naming the Latino politician he thanked for introducing him, and he bungled the Spanish title of his own event, dropping the “con” from “Unidos con Bernie.” Yet it only seemed to... Read More

Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest impact in the 2020 election, amid warning signs that parts of the crucial bloc are abandoning the president. President Donald... Read More

2020-01-10 18:48:30
by Tom Ramstack
Voting Machine Manufacturers Discuss Potential Election Interference From Foreign Adversaries

WASHINGTON - Top executives from companies that make voting machines tried to ease lawmaker’s concerns that hackers could influence the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Top executives from companies that make voting machines tried to ease lawmaker’s concerns that hackers could influence the nation’s elections during a congressional hearing Thursday. Their concern was heightened this week by an Iranian missile strike at a... Read More

2020-01-10 18:45:11
by Dan McCue
New York State Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

The New York State Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would automatically register state residents to vote when they... Read More

The New York State Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would automatically register state residents to vote when they file applications at the Departments of Health or Motor Vehicles. The bill, which passed by a 40-20 vote, builds on... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

2020-01-10 18:08:46
by Dan McCue
State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute... Read More

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute over the planned purging of up to 209,000 from voter rolls in the battleground state. The District 4 Appeals Court,... Read More

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