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Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin is proposing an extensive list of changes to his party's sweeping elections and voting bill, raising hopes among Democrats that they could unite behind the legislation even if the measure is nearly certain to be blocked by Republicans in a showdown Senate...

Senate Democrats press ahead on voting bill despite dim odds

Jun. 16, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats pledged to forge ahead with a likely doomed vote on their sprawling elections and voting bill next week, even as it faces universal opposition from Republicans, as well as from a key senator in their own party. Democrats have made the...

Senate Democrats press ahead on voting bill despite dim odds

Jun. 15, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats pledged Tuesday to forge ahead with a likely doomed vote on their sprawling elections and voting bill next week, even as it faces universal opposition from Republicans, as well as from a key senator in their own party. Democrats have...

Georgia lawmakers begin hearings to redraw district lines

Jun. 15, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are kicking off the process to redraw congressional, legislative and other electoral districts, setting up a showdown between Republicans seeking to retain power and Democrats reaching toward a majority. The joint House and Senate...

Hundreds protest Manchin's opposition to voting law overhaul

Jun. 14, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators outraged with Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election law marched through West Virginia's capital city on Monday evening. Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign,...

Florida gets another legal challenge to new elections rules

Jun. 14, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two more groups sued Florida over its new restrictive elections laws Monday, adding to a growing chorus of voter rights advocates who say the rules could keep some people from casting ballots. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in...

N. Carolina rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Jun. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Civil and voting rights groups Monday blasted election bills written by North Carolina Republicans and expected on the Senate floor this week, calling them another GOP attempt at voter suppression, especially of minority groups. Senate GOP leaders...

Historical marker honors 1st woman elected to state Senate

Jun. 13, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire historical marker has been placed in Bristol to honor E. Maude Ferguson, the first woman elected to the state Senate who also worked to help women secure the right to vote. The marker was installed in Bristol Town Square and...

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail

Jun. 11, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony. ...

Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

Jun. 11, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double...