Latest Voting rights News

Brazil's top court suspends vote on Indigenous land rights

Sep. 15, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Wednesday requested additional time to review a controversial ruling that could loosen protections of Indigenous lands, which may in effect leave the decision to Congress. The top court is evaluating a ruling...

Judge: Kansas must pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Wednesday to pay a total of $1.42 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. ...

Democrats revise elections bill but face Senate headwinds

Sep. 14, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats unveiled a pare- back elections bill Tuesday in hopes of kickstarting their stalled push to counteract new laws in Republican states that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot. But the new compromise legislation is likely...

Indiana Democrats bracing for Republican redistricting plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s significant population shifts over the past decade mean rural areas will lose seats in the state Legislature while Indianapolis and its surrounding suburbs will gain influence. Republicans, however, can be expected to use their iron-clad...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 13, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 10, 2021. Editorial: PBR World Finals is moving to Fort Worth, where rodeo belongs On Aug. 31, the Professional Bull Riders organization announced that its most prestigious event, the PBR World Finals, will move to Dickies...

NC's highest court: Felons who registered recently can vote

Sep. 11, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Certain felons released from prison or never incarcerated and who registered to vote recently in North Carolina will remain eligible as litigation over their right to vote continues, the state’s highest court has ruled. The state Supreme Court, in...

Kansas agrees to $1.9M for attorneys who fought voting law

Sep. 11, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas appears likely to pay $1.9 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. Attorneys for the state and lawyers...

GOP aims to advance election 'investigation' with subpoenas

Sep. 10, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state Senate are pushing forward what the GOP calls a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, scheduling a Senate committee meeting for next Wednesday to vote on subpoenas. It is another...

Project to light iconic bridge moves ahead in Selma, Alabama

Sep. 10, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A project to light the Edmund Pettus Bridge — an iconic structure for its role in the struggle for Civil Rights — could be completed by next summer in Selma, Alabama, organizers said this week. The Rev. Mike Lewis of the Selma Bridge Lights...

Americans less positive about civil liberties: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 10, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, Americans were reasonably positive about the state of their rights and liberties. Today, after 20 years, not as much. That’s according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that builds on work...