Latest Voting rights News

GOP readies blitz against Democrats' voting rights bill

May. 11, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are preparing to launch an all-out assault on sweeping voting rights legislation, forcing Democrats to take dozens of politically difficult votes during a committee hearing that will spotlight the increasingly charged national debate over access to the ballot....

Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

May. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a Lazy Susan in the middle. Seated at the...

Clark Atlanta graduation ceremonies feature Abrams, Sellers

May. 08, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University is set to hold a unique dual commencement ceremony honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021 and they are bringing out some heavy-hitting commencement speakers. The ceremonies each will take place May 15 at Clark Atlanta University...

Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

May. 07, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

As Republicans march ahead with their campaign to tighten voting laws in political battlegrounds, some in their party are worried the restrictions will backfire by making it harder for GOP voters to cast ballots. The restrictions backed by Republicans in Georgia,...

Ohio is latest state to see GOP-backed voting law rewrite

May. 06, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio became the latest state Thursday where Republicans are proposing a significant rewrite of state election laws, an effort that comes despite sweeping GOP victories in the state last year and a smooth election. Legislation introduced in the Ohio...

A look at the changes in Florida's election laws

May. 06, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 48-page elections bill Thursday that, despite boasts of a flawless 2020 election, creates many significant changes in the state’s election laws. Republicans say it’s to safeguard against fraud and vote harvesting, while...

US Justice Department worried about Arizona Senate recount

May. 05, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate's unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County. ...

Michigan Senate GOP relaxes bill to close drop boxes early

May. 05, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday relaxed legislation that would have prohibited the use of absentee ballot drop boxes on Election Day, instead proposing to close them at 5 p.m. — three hours before Michigan polls close. The change, which did not...

New law lets New Yorkers released from prison vote

May. 05, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers released from prison would have their voting rights restored upon their release instead of having to wait months or even years under a new law that was signed on Wednesday. Both the state Senate and Assembly passed it last month, and it...

Florida inquiry clears Bloomberg over felons voting case

May. 05, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities on Wednesday closed a criminal investigation into fund-raising efforts by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pay off the outstanding fines of thousands of the state's felons seeking to reclaim their voting rights, finding no...