Latest State elections News

Nation's biggest ranked-choice voting test nearing a result

Jun. 19, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting neared a result but there won't be an announcement of winners in two Democratic primaries until Wednesday, officials said. Maine election officials scrambled to retrieve ballots from a handful of towns because the scanned sheets were...

The Latest: Maine's ranked-choice voting test nears result

Jun. 19, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on ranked-choice voting in Maine (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Maine election officials expect to announce winners sometime Wednesday in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting. Officials scrambled Tuesday to retrieve ballots from a handful of towns because the...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

Jun. 19, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state voters. The complaint...

US, Amnesty International call for justice in Honduras

Jun. 18, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The United States' top diplomat and a global human rights group called on the Honduran government Monday to hold members of its security forces responsible for alleged abuses after November's elections. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Mike...

Collection, count go on after ranked-choice voting in Maine

Jun. 18, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Collection and tabulation of ballots from Maine's Democratic primary election have stretched into a second week in the state's first test of ranked-choice voting. Private couriers were retrieving remaining ballots from less than a dozen of Maine's nearly 500 municipalities on Monday,...

Former Syracuse mayor is running for NY governor

Jun. 18, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Stephanie Miner, an ex-Syracuse mayor and former ally of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced Monday that she's running for governor as an independent. Miner, a 48-year-old registered Democrat, said she's launching her campaign to disrupt what she referred to as Albany's "corrupt...

Maryland Democratic primary has 2 black candidates leading

Jun. 17, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — With two leading candidates who have a shot at becoming Maryland's first black governor, the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary reflects the state's changing demographics and the party's efforts to harness the energy of an increasingly diverse electorate around the country. Whoever...

Political 'Survivor': Ranked-choice tabulations get underway

Jun. 17, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly a week after Maine's primary elections, the state's ranked-choice voting experiment is getting real as it becomes a game of mathematical survival. Ballots from nearly 500 municipalities across the state have been shipped to the state capital and scanned into computers in two...

3 Democrats look to make history in Wisconsin governor race

Jun. 17, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin's first black governor. Meanwhile, Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Roys — who breast-fed her daughter in a campaign video — are each hoping to become the first woman...

In Senate race launched by #MeToo, 2 women have inside track

Jun. 17, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In Minnesota's surprise race to fill Al Franken's former Senate seat, the two women running tell their own versions of a familiar story. Democrat Tina Smith, who filled the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's seat in January after he resigned, recalls being asked if she could...