Latest State elections News

GOP-backed voting law rewrite in Ohio offers mix of changes

Apr. 22, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A significant rewrite of Ohio's election laws will call for prohibiting off-site ballot drop boxes, eliminating a day of early voting and tightening Ohio's voter ID requirement while also adding new conveniences to elections, such as allowing absentee ballot requests...

NC legislative leaders don't expect delays to 2022 elections

Apr. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election dates for 2022 likely won't be altered despite anticipated delays in receiving data needed to perform the once-a-decade redistricting, the General Assembly's top Republicans said on Thursday. The Census Bureau isn't expected...

Alabama Senate delays vote on curbside voting ban

Apr. 22, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to ban curbside voting as the state became the latest to debate new restrictions on voting. The debate in the state that was home to key events in the voting rights movement reflected...

Florida Senate moves closer to approving elections bill

Apr. 22, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate marched toward approval of a nationally watched elections bill Thursday after hours of debate over the mundane, but high stakes, process of casting a ballot — including who can collect vote-by-mail ballots, when those ballots can be put in drop...

Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law

Apr. 22, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. The 2-2 vote...

After months of study, lawmakers face election law decisions

Apr. 21, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A monthslong review of state election law by Pennsylvania representatives has wrapped up, but leaders said Wednesday it's unclear what changes, if any, might be enacted for the November election. There are many ideas floating around, but House...

Maricopa County delivering ballots, equipment for audit

Apr. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials in Arizona's most populous county started delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden to the state fairgrounds on Wednesday. They plan to cart 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have...

Failed governor candidate Loren Culp to run for US House

Apr. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

REPUBLIC, Wash. (AP) — Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp will challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, a fellow Republican, in next year’s primary after Newhouse was one of 10 members of the House GOP who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. ...

Second state House Democrat joins lieutenant governor's race

Apr. 21, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Another state House member is jumping into the race for Georgia's lieutenant governor post. Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Tyrone Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday. Jackson, who was first elected to the House in 2016, said he wants...

Virginia agrees to absentee ballot option for blind voters

Apr. 21, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia election officials have agreed to permanently provide an absentee ballot option for blind voters. The agreement comes after several voters with disabilities, the American Council of the Blind of Virginia, and the National Federation of the...