Latest Voting rights News

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Oct. 19, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch...

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Oct. 18, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch...

Candidate: Many Alabama voters removed, labeled inactive

Oct. 18, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Congressional candidate Mallory Hagan said Thursday that a worrisome number of Alabama voters have been removed from active voter lists, prompting her to create a committee to assist people who encounter problems before and on Election Day. Hagan's campaign said more than 55,000...

Kobach lawyer seeks to delay release of video in Kansas case

Oct. 18, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is seeking to delay the release of a video of Kobach being questioned in a federal voting-rights lawsuit to avoid hurting his campaign for governor. A court filing late Wednesday by Sue Becker draws an explicit link between stopping...

Georgia officials sued over rejected absentee ballots

Oct. 16, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials in one of Georgia's most diverse counties are improperly rejecting absentee ballots cast in the state's nationally watched governor's race, voting rights groups said. Three hundred ninety absentee ballots have been rejected in Gwinnett County — more than one-third of the...

Claims of voter suppression and 'illegals' in Georgia

Oct. 16, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bitter political battle over access to the polls is consuming the final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor's race. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee, says Democrat Stacey Abrams and liberal allies are fighting for immigrants without legal status to cast...

Pressure building on Vatican to give women vote at synod

Oct. 15, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pressure is building on the Vatican to give women the right to vote during its big meetings of bishops, with petitions, protests and persuasion all giving religious sisters hope that they will have their votes heard along with their voices. The issue of women's participation in the...

Carey Mulligan on her 'women's liberation trilogy'

Oct. 15, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Carey Mulligan is a letter writer. As a young woman with acting aspirations, she wrote to Kenneth Branagh asking for advice after seeing him in "Henry V." At 16, she wrote to "Mr. Eminem" to tell the rapper what a fan she was of "8 Mile." After Julian Fellowes visited her school, she wrote...

Suit filed in Tennessee seeks safeguards ahead of election

Oct. 12, 2018 10:56 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group claiming that electronic voting machines used in Tennessee's largest county are not secure filed a lawsuit Friday to get the voting system replaced with paper ballots after the Nov. 6 election. The suit filed in Memphis federal court by Shelby County Advocates for Valid...

US, rights groups say UN rights council vote lets abusers in

Oct. 12, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and the United States said U.N. Human Rights Council elections Friday gave abusive countries a seat at a table where they should be called out, as nations including the Philippines and Eritrea won an uncontested election. Eighteen countries, ranging from India to...