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Erin Preston wears period clothing a she stands in front of the rah State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers recognized the 150th anniversary of Utah granting women the right to vote. A Utah woman, Seraph Young, cast the first ballot under a women's suffrage law days after the 1870 law was passed. Utah was also the second state to extend the right to vote to women after Wyoming.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Historian honors suffrage movement by portraying key leader

Feb. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For 71-year-old historian Leslie Blankenship, becoming an early 20th-century suffragist is a multifaceted process. First, there is the wardrobe. She searches antique stores and secondhand shops for hoop skirts and wide-brimmed hats, sometimes with feathers. Then, there is learning the...

Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington, Wis., Monday, January 13, 2020, where Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy held state election officials in contempt of court for not following his order to remove thousands of people from the voters rolls. Before the courtroom session Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the courthouse and spoke to media gathered. Protestors had tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices being silenced. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

Jan. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections...

League of Women Voters urges redistricting advisory group

Jan. 13, 2020 4:43 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a preemptive push well ahead of the next round of legislative redistricting, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on Monday urged state lawmakers to create a citizen-led commission to recommend new state and federal legislative maps. The proposal would set up a 15-member advisory...

FILE--In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, people vote in Henderson, Nev. A court battle has begun in Nevada over a proposal to amend the state constitution and reshape the way voting districts are drawn following the U.S. Census. The head of the League of Women Voters of Nevada said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, she's confident a ballot measure the organization wants to qualify for a statewide vote next November will withstand a lawsuit filed Nov. 26 challenging it as inaccurate and misleading. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)

Nevada group to seek signatures for redistricting initiative

Jan. 7, 2020 4:38 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada political group plans to start gathering signatures on a petition to have an appointed commission redraw statewide voting maps, a proponent said Tuesday. The development came after the group Fair Maps Nevada PAC revised and resubmitted its proposed constitutional amendment to take...

Wisconsin Legislature seeks to kill lawsuit on voter purge

Jan. 6, 2020 8:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the purging of up to 209,000 registered voters in the battleground state. The Legislature's attorneys asked the court to at least put the lawsuit on hold while a...

Groups settle suit with Arizona over voter address updates

Jan. 6, 2020 7:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit alleging the state of Arizona failed to update voter registration addresses for certain people ended with a settlement Monday. Voting-rights advocates filed a motion in federal court to have the suit against the secretary of state's office dismissed. The dismissal is contingent on...