Latest Voting rights News

3rd Pima County resident faces illegal voting charges

Oct. 25, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general on Monday announced the indictment of a Pima County man who is accused of voting in the 2020 election despite being a convicted felon who had not had his voting rights restored. The case is the third filed by the attorney...

Texas governor approves state voting maps redrawn by GOP

Oct. 25, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed redrawn voting maps that pave a safer path for the GOP’s slipping majority, leaving opponents hoping courts will block the newly gerrymandered districts before they can be used in the 2022 elections. ...

Poor People's Campaign rallies at West Virginia Capitol

Oct. 25, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held a rally at the West Virginia Capitol on Sunday to pressure U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support President Joe Biden's package of social services and climate change strategies, according to a news...

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

Groups seek 2 districts with large Black voter bases

Oct. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s seven-member congressional delegation for decades has consisted of a single African-American member, elected from the only district with a majority Black population. But with Black and mixed-race residents now making up more than 25%...

Dave Matthews to join McAuliffe for get-out-the-vote rally

Oct. 24, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Musician Dave Matthews is joining the long list of high-profile campaigners trying to get out the vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe as this year's closely watched race for governor nears the finish. Matthews is set to perform an acoustic set...

Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor's race

Oct. 23, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va (AP) — Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race. Obama accused Youngkin of...

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

White House: Biden to outline filibuster changes in 'weeks'

Oct. 22, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden would speak in the coming weeks about moving to “fundamentally alter" the filibuster or even eliminate the legislative roadblock that empowers the Senate minority as he aims to pass sweeping voting laws and secure the...