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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

Voting Rights Restoration Gives Felons a Voice in More States

A mistake Rynn Young made decades ago, when he was just a teenager, cost him the right to vote. Twenty-one... Read More

A mistake Rynn Young made decades ago, when he was just a teenager, cost him the right to vote. Twenty-one years after his drug possession conviction, he got his ballot back when newly elected Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed... Read More

2020-01-07 17:49:46
by Dan McCue
Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters... Read More

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina to have the final say on who is ultimately chosen to be... Read More

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Plan 92 Events in Iowa in January, Report Says

Brace yourselves, Iowans. The 15 remaining Democratic presidential wannabees have reportedly scheduled 92 events this month in the Midwestern state,... Read More

Brace yourselves, Iowans. The 15 remaining Democratic presidential wannabees have reportedly scheduled 92 events this month in the Midwestern state, which hosts the first contest in the race Feb. 3. Former vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at... Read More

Will America Oust Trump or Give Him Four More Years?

WASHINGTON — If you thought American politics moved at a frenetic pace in 2019, brace yourself for 2020. Over the... Read More

WASHINGTON — If you thought American politics moved at a frenetic pace in 2019, brace yourself for 2020. Over the course of the next 308 days, Donald Trump is poised to become the first president in history to face a... Read More

2020 Watch: Messy Primary Finally Meets Election Year

ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we’re watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Admits Campaign Used Prison Labor for 2020 Phone Calls

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg admitted Tuesday that his presidential campaign has relied on low-paid prison labor to push out... Read More

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg admitted Tuesday that his presidential campaign has relied on low-paid prison labor to push out his 2020 message to American voters. In a statement, the billionaire former New York mayor said his campaign wasn’t aware... Read More

2019-12-24 15:03:51
by Dan McCue
Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days... Read More

2019-12-20 20:22:11
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Election Board Adds Trump Challengers to GOP Primary Ballot

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh will appear on North Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, despite... Read More

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh will appear on North Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, despite objections from state GOP leaders, the state Board of Elections said Friday. The bipartisan elections panel voted unanimously to add... Read More

Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal

WASHINGTON — A roll of the dice decided a tied City Council race in Vineyard, Utah, four years ago. So... Read More

WASHINGTON — A roll of the dice decided a tied City Council race in Vineyard, Utah, four years ago. So when the city had the opportunity to test a different way of voting in municipal elections last month, local officials... Read More

2019-12-17 16:09:30
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls

A federal judge said he will allow Georgia to begin a sweeping purge of its voter rolls Monday, just hours... Read More

A federal judge said he will allow Georgia to begin a sweeping purge of its voter rolls Monday, just hours after he initially put the potential removal of more than 300,000 inactive voter registrations on hold. U.S. District Judge Steve... Read More

Cuomo Calls for Automatic Recounts in Close Elections Across NY State

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a recount. Cuomo pitched legislation Monday as part of his planned... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a recount. Cuomo pitched legislation Monday as part of his planned 2020 State of the State address that would mandate automatic manual recounts in close elections across the state and lay... Read More

Democratic Groups Are Going Door-to-Door While Their 2020 Candidates Are Distracted

PHILADELPHIA — The looming impeachment of President Donald Trump and a crowded Democratic primary are dominating the news. But when... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — The looming impeachment of President Donald Trump and a crowded Democratic primary are dominating the news. But when Craig Robbins goes door-to-door asking voters what they care about, almost no one mentions politics. “It’s health care, crime, schools,... Read More

2019-12-16 17:58:15
by Dan McCue
Judge Orders Purging of More Than 200,000 from Wisconsin Voter Rolls

A judge in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee, has ordered the state to remove 234,000 from voter rolls... Read More

A judge in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee, has ordered the state to remove 234,000 from voter rolls because they may have moved from the area. The ruling by Circuit Judge Paul Malloy came after the state Elections... Read More

2019-12-13 20:47:13
by Dan McCue
Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making... Read More

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making good on an inaugural promise he made after being sworn in recently. The order signed by Beshear applies to Kentuckians... Read More

Where the Real Battle for Votes Lies

WASHINGTON — Call it President Donald Trump’s Guadalcanal: Like the tiny island U.S. Marines invaded in World War II to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Call it President Donald Trump’s Guadalcanal: Like the tiny island U.S. Marines invaded in World War II to break Japan’s Asia-Pacific chokehold, little Juneau County, Wis., is where Trump needs to halt the Democrats’ advance. The struggle for... Read More

Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines

PHILADELPHIA — When votes were tallied last month using new voting machines in Northampton County, it was quickly obvious that... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — When votes were tallied last month using new voting machines in Northampton County, it was quickly obvious that something had gone wrong. The numbers were so clearly inaccurate that a judge ordered the machines impounded, scanners were brought... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Detroit Has Thousands of Dead Residents on Voting Rolls

DETROIT — An advocacy group is suing Detroit election officials, claiming they violated the National Voter Registration Act by failing... Read More

DETROIT — An advocacy group is suing Detroit election officials, claiming they violated the National Voter Registration Act by failing to properly maintain city voting rolls, including listing long-dead residents and keeping multiple registrations for the same people. The “failure”... Read More

2019-12-12 14:36:08
by Dan McCue
18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in... Read More

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in the 2018 mid-term election. Secretary Frank LaRose said the voters were identified through the Electronic Registration Information Center, a coalition... Read More

Why Do Iowa and New Hampshire, 2 of the Nation’s Least Diverse States, Get to Vote First?

WASHINGTON — Guess which Democrat leads the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire, and which one has launched a crusade... Read More

WASHINGTON — Guess which Democrat leads the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire, and which one has launched a crusade challenging the tradition of holding the first presidential skirmishes in two of the nation’s least diverse and most rural states.... Read More

2019-12-06 21:39:50
by Dan McCue
House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act requiring... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act requiring officials in 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process. The bill, H.R. 4, the... Read More

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