Latest Absentee voting News

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

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...

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...

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...

Arkansas lawmakers approve changes to state's election laws

Apr. 13, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators on Tuesday approved changes to the state's election laws, including restrictions outside polling places and on absentee ballots, that opponents said would disproportionately harm voters of color in the state. The measures ...

Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leaders of three-dozen major Michigan-based companies, including General Motors and Ford, on Tuesday objected to Republican-sponsored election bills that would make it harder to vote in Michigan and other states. The businesses issued a joint...

Georgia lawmaker's legal work targeted again over voting law

Apr. 13, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Protesters are trying to get a Georgia state representative fired by cities and counties that pay him to be their attorney, citing his role in pushing through a voting law that adds restrictions. The Washington City Council voted 4-2 to ask Rep....

Analysis: Mississippi unlikely to ease its election laws

Apr. 11, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators imposed no new limits on the election process during their recently ended session, but this state already had some of the strictest voting laws in the U.S. Widespread early voting? Not in Mississippi. This state has a...

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...