Latest Absentee voting News

Florida bill aims to cure balloting woes, streamline counts

Apr. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida lawmakers are considering several measures to address the state's long documented election woes. Problems with ballot counting - from the controversial 2000 presidential election to the 2018 statewide election - prompted Spring Hill Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia and two House...

Princeton council race tied; absentee ballots next

Apr. 4, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

PRINCETON, Ill. (AP) — Absentee ballots could break a tie in a race for city council in a western Illinois community. Robin Swift and Jerry Neumann each emerged Tuesday with 771 votes in Princeton. Swift said she wanted to concede the race to Neumann, the incumbent, and run again in the future. But the...

Montana lawmakers consider bill allowing early ballot counts

Mar. 20, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's election administrators are asking lawmakers to allow them to open and begin counting absentee ballots earlier because the number of mailed-in ballots continues to increase. The Senate has passed a bill that would allow absentee ballots to be opened starting on the Thursday...

Pittenger backs former county official in Congress primary

Mar. 19, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former North Carolina Republican congressman for a district where a re-do election will be held because of evidence of illegal absentee ballot manipulation in the fall has endorsed a potential successor. Ex-Rep. Robert Pittenger confirmed Tuesday he backs former Mecklenburg...

Elections chief seeks changes to absentee ballot form laws

Mar. 13, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Additional restrictions should be placed on how absentee ballot request forms can be collected to discourage the type of illegal activity alleged in a North Carolina congressional race last fall, the state's election chief said Wednesday. State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim...

State threatens legal action for lawmaker's unpaid fine

Mar. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut attorney general's office is threatening to take a state lawmaker to court for failing to pay a $4,500 fine for election law violations that was levied a decade ago in connection with the 2006 election. Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, who has represented part of...

Search warrants released in North Carolina election probe

Mar. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants unsealed Wednesday show that a North Carolina political operative suspected of illegally handling election ballots in 2016 was under surveillance by FBI and state investigative agents days before last year's primary. The three search warrants issued in December and...

Republicans fast-track bill to delay voter ID until 2020

Mar. 12, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans fast-tracked legislation on Tuesday that would delay requiring photo identification to vote for this year's elections, the result of yet-finished ID regulations and an unexpected race for a vacant congressional seat. The state Senate approved a measure that...

Feds issue subpoenas in North Carolina election probe

Mar. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating potential election crimes have demanded documents for a grand jury reviewing a North Carolina congressional race that's still undecided and being rerun after last year's contest was deemed tainted. The state elections board on Tuesday provided a grand...

Benson wants election changes after approval of voting law

Mar. 9, 2019 10:31 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging lawmakers to let absentee ballots be counted before Election Day and to make other changes following the passage of a ballot initiative that expanded voting options in Michigan. The Democrat said the number of absentee ballots is...