Latest Voting rights News

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Mar. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender. It's a dramatic rise often fueled by the promotional spending of Fair Fight...

San Francisco pays $13.1 million to man framed for murder

Mar. 19, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder received a $13.1 million settlement from the city of San Francisco on Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Jamal Trulove. The settlement was part of...

Wilson urged to speak with UTEP students before starting job

Mar. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — El Paso-area lawmakers are urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to reach out to concerned students ahead of the final vote on her nomination as the next president at the University of Texas at El Paso. Wilson announced earlier this month that she was resigning as soon as her...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who pushed for a constitutional amendment to restore most Florida felons' voting rights are opposing a bill that sets terms for restoration. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday on a 10-5 vote that defines what it means to complete a sentence....

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable. During a...

The Latest: Court weighs proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court weighing whether to resurrect a Kansas proof-of-citizenship voting law (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether Kansas should be allowed to resurrect a law that required people to submit proof of citizenship...

Poland's ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

Mar. 16, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice...

Court: Mississippi must redraw challenged Senate district

Mar. 15, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court told Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge found that black residents' voting power had been diluted. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the order Friday, denying a request by state officials to delay the...