Latest Voting News

Online voter registration options expanded in North Carolina

Mar. 31, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is making it easier to register online to vote or to make registration changes through the Division of Motor Vehicles. The State Board of Elections and the DMV announced this week that people with North Carolina driver's licenses or division-issued IDs can make...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

Mar. 31, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread voting by mail — to protect the November election. But Democrats' hopes...

New Mexico election regulators want mail-in-only primary

Mar. 30, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local elections officials petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court for permission to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail, asserting that the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible to conduct traditional election-day balloting. Nearly all of the state's 33 county clerks signed...

This undated photo provided by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Derek Lichtenwalter. Lichtenwalter, who is serving a two-year sentence on a

Ohio school closure extended; FDA OKs mask-sanitizing system

Mar. 30, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday extended the Ohio schools' shutdown order until May 1 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, while a federal judge said a state ban on elective surgery was unconstitutional if it prevented abortions from being carried out. A look at virus-related...

Linda DeFrancesco stocks shelves with her farm's own salsa, spreads, veggies and salsa at DeFrancesco Farm Stand in Northford, Conn., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Businesses across the state are worried about the impact of the coronavirus, even the ones considered

Connecticut setting up 'hospitals in a box' to grow capacity

Mar. 30, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said plans are underway to expand hospital bed capacity in Connecticut to prepare for the anticipated surge in patients diagnosed with COVID-19, including transforming the field house at Southern Connecticut State University into a 250-bed temporary hospital....

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, stands onstage with President Donald Trump during a campaign rally,  in North Charleston, S.C. The filing period for South Carolina’s 2020 primaries and November general election closed Monday, March 30 although the coronavirus outbreak has left in flux how exactly the elections will be carried out. Perhaps the most highly anticipated election contest coming up in South Carolina is Graham’s pursuit of a fourth term in office. A general election matchup with Democrat Jaime Harrison all but certain, Graham has also drawn a handful of Republican challengers, as well as Constitution and Libertarian party opponents.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SC candidates file as outbreak puts calendar in question

Mar. 30, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The filing period for South Carolina’s 2020 primaries and November general election closed Monday, although the coronavirus outbreak has left in flux how exactly the elections will be carried out. Perhaps the most highly anticipated election contest in South Carolina is U.S....

Idaho to hold May primary by mail only due to coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday that the state primary will be held on May 19 as planned, but it will be conducted by mail with no in-person voting due to the coronavirus. The Republican governor is urging all Idahoans eligible to vote to...

Brenda Jones checks over her ballot as she votes absentee during drive-up early voting in the City off Milwaukee Saturday, March 28, 2020. A steady stream of cars lined up around City Hall with drivers showing a photo identification and getting their ballots at the Zeidler Building, 841 N. Broadway. Drive-up early voting will be available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3 p.m. and Monday-Friday 8am-5pm in the City of Milwaukee. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin prepares field hospitals as virus cases increase

Mar. 30, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is preparing to open field hospitals and voluntary isolation centers in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients, with cases expected to peak in another week or more, Gov. Tony Evers and state health leaders said Monday. “We are headed into the worst of this,...

Georgia elections chief holds line on May 19 election plan

Mar. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official is holding the line on plans for May 19 voting, even as the state House speaker continues his push for delay. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger writes that he doesn't have legal authority to further delay Georgia's presidential primary and other elections...

In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 photo, Kansas supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ron Rose, left, of Topeka, and Judy Johnson, right, of Olathe, talk in front of table for Sanders' presidential campaign during a Kansas Democratic Party convention in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Democratic Party has scrapped its plans to have polling sites for the state's presidential primary and will conduct the election only by mail ballots due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats voting by mail only in presidential primary

Mar. 30, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats have scrapped plans for polling sites for their May 2 presidential primary and are using only mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. State Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt said Monday that polling sites are "going to be too risky” and that some were at...