Latest Voting rights News

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

AP Interview: Stacey Abrams on voting rights, her next move

Apr. 09, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is at the forefront of the partisan fight over voting rights and election law. The Associated Press sat down this week with Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 and a leading voice on ballot access, to talk about a...

Kansas lawmakers pass proposal targeting 'ballot harvesting'

Apr. 09, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Thursday softened a proposal to make it harder for people and groups to collect and deliver voters' absentee ballots but did not address Democrats' objections before the measure cleared the GOP-controlled Legislature. GOP lawmakers...

Houses passes bills targeting voter ID, absentee voting

Apr. 08, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House on Thursday passed a group of bills on voter eligibility, including two addressing photo identification. The Republican-led House said the bills are designed to increase confidence in voting, but Democrats said they make...

Indiana panel drops contentious requirement from voting bill

Apr. 08, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A legislative committee has overhauled a contentious proposal to require Indiana voters to submit identification numbers with mail-in ballot applications. Changes to the bill approved Thursday by the House elections committee will only require...

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

Apr. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill automatically restoring voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they are still on parole — a measure sponsored by a lawmaker who was herself formerly incarcerated. ...

Augusta National plays through debate over Ga voting law

Apr. 07, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — While a tempest brews outside Magnolia Lane over Georgia’s voting rights law, Augusta National would prefer to keep the focus on blooming azaleas, pimento cheese sandwiches and tricky greens. That strategy has served the home of the Masters well in...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 07, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 7 The Herald-Dispatch on the return of sports tourism: Sports tourism is coming back after taking a hiatus last year, and that’s good news for the...

Georgia lawmaker won't face charges for voting bill protest

Apr. 07, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia lawmaker who was arrested after knocking on the door of the governor's office as he made televised comments in support of the sweeping, controversial new election law he'd just signed will not be charged, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Rep....