Latest Voter registration News

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

Jan. 18, 2019 7:55 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office. A spokeswoman for Kobach's successor as Kansas secretary of state...

NY Legislature to take up early voting, easier registration

Jan. 11, 2019 4:31 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York are poised to approve early voting and easier registration as part of a major overhaul of the state's antiquated voting laws, which have been blamed for decades of low turnout at the polls. The Senate and Assembly both plan to take up a package of election and...

'Last chance' notices going to thousands of inactive voters

Jan. 9, 2019 6:29 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief said Wednesday that more than 275,000 inactive Ohio voters are about to get their final opportunity to keep from dropping off the rolls. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said that's the total number of so-called "last chance mailings" going out from...

California DMV: 589 voter records not sent before election

Dec. 14, 2018 9:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state called Friday for new leadership at the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that could have prevented nearly 600 people from voting last month. DMV Director Jean Shiomoto told Secretary of State Alex Padilla...

California chief justice gives up Republican Party label

Dec. 14, 2018 5:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S. Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview that she switched her voter registration to "no...

Oregon had 2nd-highest number of votes cast in state history

Dec. 6, 2018 8:46 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon recorded the second-highest number of votes cast in an election in the 2018 election in state history, though the percentage of registered voters who cast ballots was the lowest since 2002, according to final certified results released Thursday. The clashing numbers are due to the...

Lawmakers re-elect guardian of New Hampshire primary

Dec. 5, 2018 6:09 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With loud cheers and applause, New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday re-elected their veteran secretary of state and guardian of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary after two rounds of close votes. Legislators voted to keep Bill Gardner, the nation's longest-serving secretary...

'Full plate' of voter worries for new Georgia elections head

Dec. 5, 2018 5:01 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Republican elected to oversee Georgia's elections for the next four years will inherit an office tasked with replacing the state's aging electronic voting machines, ensuring security flaws that exposed voters' personal information to potential hacks have been patched and dealing...

Correction: Election 2018-Secretary of State-Georgia story

Dec. 5, 2018 1:57 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — In a story Dec. 4 about the runoff election for Georgia secretary of state, The Associated Press erroneously reported the statewide office has no law enforcement role. According to Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, the office has an investigations...

GOP's Raffensperger wins runoff for Georgia elections chief

Dec. 5, 2018 12:57 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Republican Brad Raffensperger won a runoff election Tuesday to become Georgia's next secretary of state, taking over the office at the center of a debate over voter access and election security in the Southern state. Raffensperger, a state lawmaker from suburban Atlanta, defeated...