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Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington, Wis., Monday, January 13, 2020, where Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy held state election officials in contempt of court for not following his order to remove thousands of people from the voters rolls. Before the courtroom session Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the courthouse and spoke to media gathered. Protestors had tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices being silenced. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

Jan. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections...

League of Women Voters urges redistricting advisory group

Jan. 13, 2020 4:43 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a preemptive push well ahead of the next round of legislative redistricting, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on Monday urged state lawmakers to create a citizen-led commission to recommend new state and federal legislative maps. The proposal would set up a 15-member advisory...

FILE--In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, people vote in Henderson, Nev. A court battle has begun in Nevada over a proposal to amend the state constitution and reshape the way voting districts are drawn following the U.S. Census. The head of the League of Women Voters of Nevada said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, she's confident a ballot measure the organization wants to qualify for a statewide vote next November will withstand a lawsuit filed Nov. 26 challenging it as inaccurate and misleading. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)

Nevada group to seek signatures for redistricting initiative

Jan. 7, 2020 4:38 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada political group plans to start gathering signatures on a petition to have an appointed commission redraw statewide voting maps, a proponent said Tuesday. The development came after the group Fair Maps Nevada PAC revised and resubmitted its proposed constitutional amendment to take...

Wisconsin Legislature seeks to kill lawsuit on voter purge

Jan. 6, 2020 8:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the purging of up to 209,000 registered voters in the battleground state. The Legislature's attorneys asked the court to at least put the lawsuit on hold while a...

Groups settle suit with Arizona over voter address updates

Jan. 6, 2020 7:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit alleging the state of Arizona failed to update voter registration addresses for certain people ended with a settlement Monday. Voting-rights advocates filed a motion in federal court to have the suit against the secretary of state's office dismissed. The dismissal is contingent on...

GOP votes to hire attorney in voter purge lawsuit

Dec. 24, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators have decided to hire their own attorneys in a federal lawsuit seeking to keep more than 200,000 voter registrations in place. The decision underscores the rift between the GOP and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul. Republicans don't trust him to defend their...

FILE--In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, casino workers vote at an early voting site in Las Vegas. Advocates for creating a non-partisan commission to redraw Nevada voting districts instead of the Legislature are offering to amend a proposed statewide ballot initiative to appease a North Las Vegas pastor who has sued to block it. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)

Backers offer amendments to Nevada redistricting measure

Dec. 22, 2019 10:40 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates for creating a non-partisan commission to redraw Nevada voting districts instead of the Legislature are offering to amend a proposed statewide ballot initiative to appease a North Las Vegas pastor who has sued to block it. Fair Maps Nevada PAC, backed by the League of Women...

Wisconsin Supreme Court asked to take over voter purge case

Dec. 20, 2019 4:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to bypass a lower court and take the appeal of a ruling that ordered the purge of more than 200,000 voter registrations in the battleground state ahead of the 2020 election. A judge ruled in favor of conservatives last...

FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Wisconsin voters cast their ballots in the state's primary at the South Shore Park Pavilion in Milwaukee. A judge's ruling to purge up to 234,000 voter registrations in swing state Wisconsin had Democrats vowing Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 to double down on efforts to make sure anyone kicked off the rolls is able to re-register before the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Federal lawsuit seeks to stop Wisconsin voter purge

Dec. 17, 2019 7:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over purging more than 200,000 voters registered in Wisconsin moved to federal court on Tuesday, with a new attempt to block the move in the narrowly divided swing state that's key to President Donald Trump's re-election efforts. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Frank Larose speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio detected and thwarted an election-related cyber attack earlier this month, the state's elections chief said.  LaRose said the “relatively unsophisticated” hacking attempt on Nov. 5, 2019, originated in Panama but was traced to a Russian-owned company. LaRose told The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday, Nov. 26 that the would-be attackers were looking around for vulnerabilities in his office's website.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Groups: Ohio immigrants need more training, voter education

Dec. 10, 2019 3:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights advocates in Ohio have urged both the state's top lawyer and the elections chief to do more to assure that immigrants understand the voting process, after more than 350 apparent non-citizens were referred for investigation last week. A coalition of 11 groups raised their...