Latest Municipal elections News

Baltimore voters lean to former mayor when times were better

Jun. 3, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore mayor who argued crime was lower during her administration maintained her lead in the Democratic primary on Wednesday, even though her own tenure was cut short by scandal. While the race remained too close to call, Maryland political observers noted that the crowded...

Mayor-elect Ella Jones waves to a supporter passing by while posing for a photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Ferguson, Mo. Jones, currently a city council member who was elected mayor on Tuesday, will become the first black and first woman mayor of the city thrust into the national spotlight after the death of Michael Brown in 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

First black Ferguson mayor faces old problem: Protest damage

Jun. 3, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ella Jones winced as she gazed at a boarded-up restaurant, one of several businesses in Ferguson damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd. As Jones prepares to take over as the Missouri town’s first black mayor, she understands that Ferguson will always symbolize the...

Annie Williams, right, stands in line to vote at one of six in-person voting centers in Baltimore on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. While Maryland's primary was being conducted mostly by mail due to the coronavirus, limited in-person voting was open Tuesday with social distancing guidelines in place. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Democratic Baltimore mayoral race too close to call

Jun. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore mayor was too close to call Tuesday. After polls closed, the city’s Board of Elections released mail-in votes received through late last week. But the slim margin of votes between the leading candidates made the race too close for...

3 UN elections on June 17 including new council members

Jun. 3, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. General Assembly announced Tuesday that elections for new members of the U.N. Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and his successor as head of the 193-member world body will be held simultaneously on June 17. Last Friday, assembly president...

Poll worker Neuza Ferreira, left, checks in voter Christina Tremblay, right, both of Providence, R.I., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at a voting station, in Providence. In-person voting is being offered at a reduced number of locations for voters who missed the deadline to request a mail ballot. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Biden, Trump chalk up more primary wins in Rhode Island

Jun. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Joe Biden and President Donald Trump handily won Tuesday's presidential primaries in Rhode Island — balloting that ended up being more of a logistical test of voting by mail during a pandemic than a political challenge for the candidates. Tuesday’s outcome was a...

Judge sides with state in legal challenge to sports betting

Jun. 2, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge has denied a request by a Republican activist to halt sports betting in Rhode Island. Daniel Harrop, a former Providence mayoral candidate, in his complaint said that sports betting at the state’s two casinos and online violates the state Constitution because it was...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jun. 2, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 31 Elections are, by definition, always about politics, whether they involve a local bond issue, school board seats or choosing the president of the United States. But the simple act of voting must always be above politics. Those who take the time to vote deserve to be hailed as...

UN adopts new voting procedure during COVID-19 pandemic

May. 30, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo traffic moves along Interstate 10 as downtown Los Angeles is seen in the background in Los Angeles. California voters on the November ballot will decide whether to raise property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)

California to vote on business tax hike worth up to $12B

May. 29, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters in November will decide whether to increase property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. The ballot measure contest will pit big city mayors and pro-labor...

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Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary

May. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s most consequential election in a generation is set to take place next week, when voters will be looking for a leader who can rein in violent crime, address entrenched poverty and restore steadily eroding trust in local government. Although Tuesday's election is a...