Latest Voter registration News

Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

ACLU sues Tennessee over criminalizing voter signup problems

May. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is facing another challenge of its new law that would fine and potentially jail voter registration workers who don't follow new rules. The American Civil Liberties Union, Campaign Legal Center and Fair Elections Center sued in federal court Thursday, representing the...

National Urban League focusing on minority voting for 2020

May. 6, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voter suppression and Russian interference are some of the greatest barriers to minority voting in 2020, the National Urban League said Monday. This year's State of Black America report focuses on voting rights, and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial is calling...

Voter signup groups say Tennessee penalties change landscape

May. 3, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Facing the possibility of fines for paperwork errors, organizers of voter registration drives and civil rights advocates are furious over a new Tennessee law that they said discourages them from getting minorities and college students to take part in American democracy. They call...

New Tennessee law punishes voter signup missteps; suit filed

May. 3, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to...

Tennessee gov to weigh bill to punish voter signup missteps

Apr. 29, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will soon decide the fate of Republican-backed voter legislation that won final legislative approval Monday, with some critics arguing the measure is intended to suppress efforts to register minorities and other voters. The first-term Republican has been...

Challenge to Georgia election system faces first court test

Apr. 29, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A sweeping lawsuit challenging the way Georgia elections are run is being put to an initial test as a federal judge considers a request by state election officials to toss it out. The lawsuit was filed weeks after Republican Brian Kemp narrowly beat Democrat Stacey Abrams in a governor's...

New Hampshire Democrats push 2020 hopefuls on voting rights

Apr. 28, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democrats are looking for help from their party's presidential candidates in overturning a law they claim will make it harder for some college students to vote. At campaign events across the state, White House hopefuls are being pressed to speak out against the 2018 law. It...

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

Texas bill toughening voting crimes advances over protests

Apr. 15, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sweeping Texas bill that would toughen penalties for election-related crimes advanced Monday over protests from civil rights groups who say it punishes voters with jail time for making potentially honest mistakes. The GOP-backed measure, which has now tentatively cleared the Texas...