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Puerto Rico finalizes details of upcoming referendum on political status amid criticism over cost

Jul. 24, 2024 13:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Plans to hold a nonbinding referendum on Puerto Rico’s political status came under scrutiny Wednesday for its multimillion-dollar cost as election officials announced the order and description of choices on the upcoming ballot. The $1.3 million...

Eluned Morgan will be Wales' first female leader as she takes over a troubled governing party

Jul. 24, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Wales is set to get its first female leader after Eluned Morgan was chosen Wednesday to lead the governing Welsh Labour Party as it tries to emerge from scandal and division. Morgan succeeds First Minister Vaughan Gething, who stepped down last week as party leader...

Arkansas court orders state to count signatures collected by volunteers for abortion-rights measure

Jul. 24, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday night ordered the state to begin counting signatures submitted in favor of putting an abortion-rights measure on the ballot — but only ones collected by volunteers for the proposal's campaign. The one-page order from...

Biden will make a case for his legacy - and for Harris to continue it - in his Oval Office address

Jul. 24, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though President Joe Biden won't be on the ballot this November, voters still will be weighing his legacy. As Vice President Kamala Harris moves to take his place as the Democratic standard-bearer, Biden’s accomplishments remain very much at risk should...

Maduro seeks to shore up Venezuela military's support ahead of vote threatening his hold on power

Jul. 23, 2024 22:31 PM EDT

AGUA CALIENTE, Venezuela (AP) — At a crossroads not far from a gas station overgrown with weeds, young men and women in faded green fatigues stop vehicles returning from a rally for opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, ask passengers for their identifications, and inspect their...

Measure aimed at repealing Alaska's ranked voting system still qualifies for ballot, officials say

Jul. 23, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An initiative aimed at repealing Alaska's ranked choice voting system still has sufficient signatures to qualify for the November ballot, attorneys for the state said in court filings Tuesday, days after a judge disqualified some of the booklets used to gather signatures. ...

State election directors fear the Postal Service can't handle expected crush of mail-in ballots

Jul. 23, 2024 20:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State election directors from across the country voiced serious concerns to a top U.S. Postal Service official Tuesday that the system won't be able to handle an expected crush of mail-in ballots in the November election. Steven Carter, manager of election and...

Judge approves referendum sought by slave descendants to challenge rezoning of island community

Jul. 23, 2024 19:25 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday approved a referendum sought by residents of one of the South's last remaining Gullah-Geechee communities of slave descendants, ordering an Oct. 1 special election on whether to overturn zoning changes that Black residents see as a threat to an island...

Montana Supreme Court allows signatures of inactive voters to count on ballot petitions

Jul. 23, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would allow the signatures of inactive voters to count on petitions seeking to qualify constitutional initiatives for the November ballot, including one to protect abortion rights. District Court Judge Mike Menahan...

Proposal to create a new political mapmaking system in Ohio qualifies for November ballot

Jul. 23, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to change Ohio’s troubled political mapmaking system has qualified for November's statewide ballot, the state's elections chief announced Tuesday. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the bipartisan Citizens Not Politicians had...