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Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

Jan. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a 277-page...

Decision ending court order in GOP voting rights case upheld

Jan. 13, 2019 11:10 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to re-impose restrictions on Republican National Committee voter activities set in motion decades ago by a New Jersey gubernatorial race. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge John Vazquez ending a...

Lawsuit targets GOP laws reducing Wisconsin governor's power

Jan. 10, 2019 2:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of liberal-leaning groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to void laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans that reduced the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general. Republicans derided the lawsuit as a frivolous attempt by bitter Democrats to score...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

Jan. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties. First up was a court hearing Thursday in...

The Latest: Lawsuit seeks to void Wisconsin's lame-duck laws

Jan. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuit challenging laws weakening power of Wisconsin governor (all times local): 10:55 a.m. A coalition of liberal-leaning groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to void laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans that reduced the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor....

French protesters want to set off bank run with withdrawals

Jan. 9, 2019 12:35 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Activists from a French protest movement encouraged supporters Wednesday to set off a bank run by emptying their accounts, while the government urged citizens to express their discontent in a national debate instead of weekly demonstrations disrupting the streets of Paris. Activists from the...

Florida felons rejoice after regaining their right to vote

Jan. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional amendment. "I'll be a human being again. I'll be an American citizen again," Robert Eckford said,...

Correction: Ferguson-School Lawsuit story

Jan. 8, 2019 4:36 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Jan. 7 about school board elections in a Missouri district that includes students from the city of Ferguson, The Associated Press reported erroneously that cumulative voting allows people to cast as many votes as there are candidates. Cumulative voting allows people to cast as...

House Dems urge sweeping reforms to boost voting, ethics

Jan. 4, 2019 1:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday unveiled a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be considered as Democrats take control of the House...

Voting rights case costs Kansas county about $70,000 so far

Jan. 2, 2019 4:25 PM EST

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A county in western Kansas has paid more than $70,000 so far to a legal firm hired to defend an official who moved Dodge City's only polling place to outside the iconic Wild West town ahead of the November election. Ford County paid the Hinkle Law Firm $71,481 in October and...