Latest State elections News

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Aug. 19, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a new secretary of state after his previous elections chief resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters. The Republican governor on Monday announced that he appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs to serve as...

Georgia voters challenge legality of new election system

Aug. 19, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters who want hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the new election system state officials are rushing to implement in time for next year's presidential primaries, saying the new touchscreen machines remain vulnerable and their results unverifiable, even though they produce...

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Aug. 17, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders,...

Abrams brings Fair Fight 2020 to Georgia

Aug. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams launched a new multistate voter protection initiative in Georgia on Saturday. Abrams kicked off her Fair Fight 2020 campaign at an elementary school in Gwinnett County near Atlanta, WXIA-TV reported . Since her loss in the Georgia governor's race last year to...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Aug. 16, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection. "Whether you love...

The Latest: Trump focuses on mental illness, not gun control

Aug. 16, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally in New Hampshire (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun control....

Judge orders paper ballot contingency plan for Georgia

Aug. 16, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they've set to implement an entirely new voting system, they'll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That's according to a Thursday ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg....

Even as some cringe, Rep. Steve King's support may endure

Aug. 15, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing...