Latest Voting News

Nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting nears result

Jun. 20, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials are ready to announce election results in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting. Officials say all of the June 12 primary election ballots have been downloaded onto computers, and the tabulations are expected sometime Wednesday. Under the election...

The Latest: DC OKs change in minimum wage for tipped workers

Jun. 19, 2018 9:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primary elections in Washington, D.C. (all times EDT): 9:28 p.m. Washington, D.C., voters have approved a ballot initiative that will restructure the way restaurants and bars pay tipped employees. With 90 percent of the vote reported Tuesday night, Initiative 77 had secured...

AP FACT CHECK: Democratic voter drop historic? Maybe

Jun. 19, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans have taken over Kentucky's state government, electing majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor for the first time ever. Now, Republicans say it is the first time in the state's history that Democratic voter registration has dropped below 50...

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...

AP FACT CHECK: It's true Heitkamp votes often with Trump

Jun. 19, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, facing a tough re-election in a red state this November, is telling voters she can work with Republican President Donald Trump. In a television ad released last week, Heitkamp speaks directly to viewers and says she's voted more than half...

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...

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

Jun. 19, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats hoped a Wisconsin case would be the vehicle the U.S. Supreme Court would use to strike down highly partisan gerrymandering of electoral maps. When those hopes fizzled Monday, attention turned to North Carolina. A case challenging that battleground state's congressional...

Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

Jun. 18, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback...

The Latest: Kobach to appeal voting rights ruling

Jun. 18, 2018 9:44 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a judge ruling that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship in order to vote. In a statement...