Latest Voting rights News

The Latest: HK protest organizer attacked with hammers

Oct. 16, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's protests (all times local): ___ 10:05 p.m. Organizers of some of the giant demonstrations that have shaken Hong Kong say one of their leading activists has been attacked by assailants with hammers, leaving him bloody but conscious. The Civil Human Rights Front...

Abortion ban opponents conflicted in Louisiana governor race

Oct. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many hundreds of...

Federal judge weighs felon voting rights in Florida

Oct. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge urged voter advocates and Florida officials Tuesday to resolve their dispute over the rights of felons to regain the vote, as he decides whether to temporarily block a state law requiring ex-prisoners to settle outstanding fines and other legal obligations before...

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Oct. 7, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority by requiring former felons to pay fines and settle other legal debts as a condition of regaining their right to vote. The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida's...

Judge upholds voter ID, strikes parts of 2017 voting law

Oct. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has upheld voter ID as allowable under the Iowa Constitution but struck down as unconstitutional portions of a 2017 voting reform law challenged by a Hispanic civil rights group and an Iowa State University student. The law signed by former Gov. Terry Branstad requires...

GOP attorney sues California for alleged voter violations

Oct. 1, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Republican lawyer who has waged lawsuits on behalf of the Trump administration sued the state of California and its Department of Motor Vehicles Tuesday, saying the agency is failing to verify citizenship for voter registration. A federal lawsuit filed by attorney Harmeet Dhillon...

The Latest: Afghan officials extend voting hours

Sep. 28, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan's national elections (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Afghanistan's chief election official says polls will stay open for an extra hour until 5:00 p.m. local time. Hawa Alim Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, said Saturday that officials...

Legislature fails to override most Sununu vetoes

Sep. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu got the last word Wednesday on gun control, voting rights and energy as lawmakers began trying to override his vetoes on more than 50 bills. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature, but they need Republican support to reach the two-thirds...

DC prepares for 1st House statehood hearing in 25 years

Sep. 17, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 140 U.S. flags bearing an extra star are flying along Pennsylvania Avenue as Washington, D.C., prepares for its first House hearing on U.S. statehood in a quarter century. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser led a caravan toward to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to symbolize the city's fight for...

Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments

Sep. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

"The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (W.W. Norton and Co.), by Eric Foner It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution right. The first time was at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The second time was during Reconstruction, the 12-year period after...