Latest Primary elections News

Appellate court halts Wisconsin ballot-counting extension

Sep. 27, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. As it stands, ballots will now be due...

East Texas county commissioner accused of vote-harvesting

Sep. 26, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas county commissioner and three other people have been indicted on charges that they fraudulently solicited mail-in votes from able-bodied voters by claiming they were disabled, often without the voters’ knowledge or consent. Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a worker prepares tabulators for the upcoming election at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of American voters worried about their health to scramble to vote by mail for the first time. But a requirement in a handful of states, including presidential battleground North Carolina and Wisconsin, that a witness or notary public sign a ballot envelope is tripping up some voters early. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

Sep. 25, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A...

Montana law preventing absentee ballot gathering overturned

Sep. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday struck down a voter-enacted law that restricted third-party collection of absentee ballots after several Native American groups argued they rely on ballot collection efforts to vote. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act exacerbated the barriers many rural...

Election workers open and sort mail-in ballot requests Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

Sep. 25, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time, election data shows. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. hands out yard signs at the 14th Congressional District Office in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Obama to join Kamala Harris for 2 Democratic fundraisers

Sep. 24, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama will join Kamala Harris for a pair of fundraisers next week in support of the Democratic ticket, the pair's first events together since Harris became Joe Biden's running mate. The two will team up for a grassroots fundraiser focused on low-dollar...

Judge punts on voting case over Wisconsin student IDs

Sep. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday that he won't rule before the election on a lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring college student IDs to have an expiration date in order for them to be used as a voter's ID. U.S. District Judge James Peterson canceled a hearing he had scheduled...

A voter casts a ballot in the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SC witness signature order appealed as mail ballots go out

Sep. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Republican leaders and the state election commission are appealing a federal court order that struck down a requirement that voters get a witness to sign their absentee ballots in the coronavirus pandemic. Their appeal poses a challenge for election officials trying...

Pennsylvania chips away at pandemic poll worker shortages

Sep. 22, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It will take 40,000 or more poll workers to run the fall election in Pennsylvania, and while some counties are on track to have fully staffed polling places, with six weeks to go, officials aren't sure whether there will be a repeat of the primary's coronavirus-driven shortages. A...

Alaska absentee ballots sent with incorrect candidate name

Sep. 22, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections listed the wrong Democratic candidate on 135 absentee ballots emailed to Alaska residents who are overseas, officials said. The ballots incorrectly listed Adam Lees as the Democratic candidate for House District 28 in Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily...