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Abortion rights groups look to next fights after 2022 wins

Dec. 01, 2022 00:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Emboldened by the results of November's midterms, abortion rights supporters say they are preparing for even bigger fights in state legislatures and pivotal elections to come, including 2024 races for Congress and president. Victories for abortion rights ballot...

S. Carolina's US House maps under scrutiny because of race

Nov. 29, 2022 17:03 PM EST

A trial to determine whether South Carolina’s congressional maps are legal closes Tuesday with arguments over whether the state Legislature diluted Black voting power by remaking the boundaries of the only U.S. House district Democrats have flipped in more than 30 years. The trial...

Poles vent anger at leader over his policies, ideas on women

Nov. 28, 2022 16:47 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 300 demonstrators gathered Monday outside the house of Poland’s ruling party leader to protest what is widely seen as the erosion of women’s rights under the conservative government and a recent remark by the politician about women using alcohol. ...

New state voter fraud units finding few cases from midterms

Nov. 26, 2022 08:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems. That's just what election...

Midterms free of feared chaos as voting experts look to 2024

Nov. 25, 2022 07:32 AM EST

Before Election Day, anxiety mounted over potential chaos at the polls. Election officials warned about poll watchers who had been steeped in conspiracy theories falsely claiming that then-President Donald Trump did not actually lose the 2020 election. Democrats and voting rights...

UN rights body deplores Iran crackdown, establishes probe

Nov. 24, 2022 12:20 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Thursday to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests in Iran and create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children. A resolution put forward by...

New Hampshire secretary of state faces challenger next month

Nov. 18, 2022 08:43 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan will face his first election next month, and his first challenger. Democrat Melanie Levesque, a former state senator from Nashua, said Thursday she is running for the position Scanlan took over in January when...

Ohio GOP aims to change voting laws during lameduck session

Nov. 17, 2022 16:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief on Thursday championed a lameduck push to require a supermajority of voters in order to pass certain constitutional amendments, a move that came the same day further voter restrictions were added to a significant rewrite of Ohio's election laws. ...

Democrat Caraveo wins Colorado's new US House district

Nov. 15, 2022 16:08 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo has defeated Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer in a tight race to win a U.S. House seat in a new district that stretches north of Denver's suburbs. The Associated Press called the race in Colorado's 8th Congressional...

Shapiro to take office with mandate from Pennsylvania voters

Nov. 15, 2022 09:28 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Josh Shapiro, the Democratic governor-elect of Pennsylvania, will take office with a decisive mandate from voters, who overwhelmingly rejected a Republican drive to pare back abortion rights and voting laws in the premier battleground state. Shapiro, the...