Latest Voting News

In Texas, GOP voting bills zero in on Democratic Houston

Apr. 15, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation’s next big voting battle underway in Texas would outlaw 24-hour polling places, drive-thru voting and make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Put another way: Everything Houston — the...

Mississippi official defends own comment about 'woke' voters

Apr. 15, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top elections official says he thinks people are doing a “hatchet job” on him over comments he made in a television interview about “woke” and “uninformed” voters on college campuses. Secretary of State Michael Watson, a...

Benson: Michigan voting bills more restrictive than Georgia

Apr. 15, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official on Thursday blasted Republican-backed voting bills that are pending in the Legislature, calling them an “un-American" affront to voters and saying some would be more restrictive than a controversial new law in Georgia. ...

S Carolina Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing

Apr. 15, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Thursday. The subcommittee hearing was less than...

Proposals to require voter ID fail in committee in Maine

Apr. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three proposals to require Maine voters to show photo identification before casting ballots failed to gain support in committee. The Maine Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted down all the proposals on Wednesday. Each vote was...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...

Arizona Senate will conduct audit at state fairgrounds

Apr. 14, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate is renting the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds for its audit of Maricopa County’s election results. The Senate will use the former Phoenix Suns arena to store election equipment and 2.1 million 2020 ballots. ...

Worcester decides not to fight federal voting rights lawsuit

Apr. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council decided not to fight a lawsuit brought by city residents of color who alleged that the at-large system for electing school committee members is discriminatory and violates federal law. Mayor Joseph Petty said following...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Apr. 14, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ April 14 The Bowling Green Daily News on the recent approval of federal funding for a new nursing home for military veterans: More than a decade of diligent work...