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Michigan GOP Rep. Meijer loses reelection after Trump vote

Aug. 03, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who witnessed the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection days after taking office and then cast one of the 10 Republican votes to impeach Donald Trump over it, has lost his reelection bid. Meijer was defeated in a primary Tuesday by Trump-endorsed...

Trump loyalist wins GOP nod to oversee Arizona elections

Aug. 03, 2022 03:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker who embraces election conspiracies and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump won the Republican primary Tuesday for the top elections post in the presidential battleground. Mark Finchem beat out three other GOP candidates in the race for...

False claims about pens in Arizona primary prompts warning

Aug. 02, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for Arizona's most populous county sent a letter on Tuesday warning a local candidate to stop encouraging voters to steal the pens given to them at polling places on Election Day to mark their ballots. Tuesday was the final day of voting in Arizona's...

What to watch in primaries in Arizona, Michigan, elsewhere

Aug. 01, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

In Missouri, scandal-ridden former Gov. Eric Greitens is attempting a political comeback. In Michigan, a crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates includes a man charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack. In Arizona, a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement is running for the...

Election conspiracies grip Nevada community, sowing distrust

Jul. 29, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) — The Nye County Commission is used to dealing with all sorts of hot-button controversies. Water rights, livestock rules and marijuana licenses are among the many local dramas that consume the time of the five commissioners in this vast swath of rural and deeply...

Conspiracy-promoting sheriffs claim vast election authority

Jul. 22, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The sheriff in Kansas' most populous county says he took it for granted that local elections ran smoothly — until former President Donald Trump lost there in 2020. Now he's assigned detectives to investigate what he claims is election fraud, even though there...

Election leaders urge openness to dispel misinformation

Jul. 20, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The key to dispelling conspiracy theories and misinformation about how elections are run is to confront the lies head on, top state election officials said Wednesday. The advice from election administrators in Georgia, Ohio and Utah came during a gathering of...

No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds

Jul. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the...

Republican-led counties urge election reform in New Mexico

Jul. 15, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — County boards led by Republicans are urging New Mexico legislators to require photo identification at polling locations, approve new procedures for purging voter registration rolls and prohibit the use of ballot drop boxes that aren't supervised directly by people. ...

Woman arrested, accused of participating in Jan. 6 attack

Jul. 13, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman with ties to Oregon and Southwest Washington was arrested last week and accused of participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lilith Saer was arrested July 7 in Portland, KOIN-TV reported. She’s charged with entering and remaining in a...