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Alaska election officials to recalculate signatures for ranked vote repeal measure after court order

Jul. 19, 2024 22:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Friday disqualified numerous booklets used to gather signatures for an initiative that aims to repeal Alaska's ranked choice voting system and gave elections officials a deadline to determine if the measure still had sufficient signatures to qualify...

A voter ID initiative gets approval to appear on the November ballot in Nevada

Jul. 19, 2024 19:56 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls has qualified for the November ballot in Nevada, the state's top election official announced Friday. The measure also calls for an extra layer of identification...

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

Jul. 19, 2024 19:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fight to keep a proposed border initiative off Arizona’s Nov. 5 ballot is not over yet. Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling. A Maricopa County...

Abortion rights supporters report having enough signatures to qualify for Montana ballot

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An initiative to ask voters if they want to protect the right to a pre-viability abortion in Montana's constitution has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, supporters said Friday. County election officials have verified 74,186 voter signatures,...

Lawsuit filed over Alabama law that blocks more people with felony convictions from voting

Jul. 19, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A voting rights group says a new Alabama law that expanded the list of felonies that cause a person to lose their right to vote is “out of step” with what is happening in most of the nation on voting rights for formerly incarcerated people. The Campaign...

Louisiana congressional races attract newcomers and incumbents vying for seats

Jul. 19, 2024 18:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The deadline for candidates to qualify for Louisiana's six congressional races concluded Friday, marking the unofficial intensifying of campaign season and cementing who will be on the November ballot. In a pivotal election year, most eyes are on the race...

South Dakota anti-abortion group appeals ruling that dismissed its lawsuit over ballot initiative

Jul. 19, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An anti-abortion group in South Dakota has appealed to the state's Supreme Court after a judge dismissed its lawsuit to take an abortion rights initiative off the November ballot. In a statement, Life Defense Fund Co-Chair Leslee Unruh said the group has asked...

Key events in Alexander Lukashenko's 30 years as the iron-fisted leader of Belarus

Jul. 19, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

Key events in the 30-year rule of Belarus' hard-line President Alexander Lukashenko: July 20, 1994 — Lukashenko is inaugurated as president after a landslide victory in what international observers say was the post-Soviet country's first and only genuinely free election. He...

Leader of Belarus marks 30 years in power after crushing all dissent and cozying up to Moscow

Jul. 19, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — For three decades, European leaders have come and gone by the dozens, but Alexander Lukashenko remains in absolute control of Belarus. His longevity is due to a mixture of harshly silencing all dissent, reverting to Soviet-style economic controls and...

Montana seeks to revive signature restrictions for ballot petitions, including on abortion rights

Jul. 18, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday for an emergency order to block a ruling that allowed signatures from inactive voters to count on petitions for several proposed November ballot initiatives, including one to protect abortion rights. A...