Latest United States general election News

Voting changes and more in Democrats' broad elections bill

Jan. 19, 2022 11:53 AM EST

The sweeping elections bill being considered by the Senate is about far more than voting. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would create national automatic voter registration, allow all voters to cast ballots by mail and weaken voter ID laws. It would ban partisan gerrymandering...

Alaska court weighs arguments over new election process

Jan. 18, 2022 22:05 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Political parties “have no right to be gatekeepers to the ballot,” an attorney argued Tuesday in urging the Alaska Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved electoral system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked-choice voting in general...

Nick Saban, others urge Manchin to protect voting rights

Jan. 18, 2022 20:13 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other prominent sports figures with ties to West Virginia have urged U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support sweeping legislation to protect the right to vote. Saban was joined by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump

Jan. 15, 2022 23:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP...

Governor signs bill allowing remote municipal meetings

Jan. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state. ...

GOP race for Kansas AG focuses on fighting Biden, not crime

Jan. 15, 2022 10:29 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The last time a Republican primary for Kansas attorney general was competitive, candidates argued over criminal sentencing laws and crowded prisons. That was 20 years ago. This year's competitive primary race is focusing on fighting Democratic President Joe...

Court puts hold on GOP inspection of county voting machines

Jan. 14, 2022 18:11 PM EST

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican county in Pennsylvania as part of a GOP “investigation” into the 2020 presidential election was moments away from starting Friday until the state Supreme Court put it on hold. The high court...

Wisconsin judge rules against absentee ballot drop boxes

Jan. 13, 2022 19:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Thursday sided with conservatives, ruling that absentee ballot drop boxes cannot be located anywhere other than at offices of local clerks and that no one other than the voter may return such a ballot. The ruling, which will almost...

RNC threatens to boycott commission's presidential debates

Jan. 13, 2022 16:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee said Thursday it is planning a rules change that would force presidential candidates seeking the party’s nomination to sign a pledge saying they will not participate in any debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. ...