Latest Voting rights News

Ohio lawmakers miss cutoff to put 60% question on May ballot

Feb. 01, 2023 15:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio state lawmakers missed their deadline Wednesday for getting a measure on May ballots that would make it harder to amend the state Constitution. No action was planned on the deadline Wednesday. The resolution was a priority for some members of the...

Organizers: Selma celebration to go on despite tornado

Jan. 21, 2023 12:14 PM EST

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The annual Selma celebration that commemorates the fight for voting rights will go forward in March despite the tornado damage to the city, organizers said. “The Bridge Crossing Jubilee is needed every year. But in light of the massive devastation in Selma, it...

Venezuela, Lebanon, SSudan lose UN voting rights over dues

Jan. 19, 2023 19:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela, Lebanon and South Sudan are in arrears on paying dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and are among six nations that have lost their voting rights in the 193-member General Assembly, the U.N. chief said in a letter circulated Thursday. ...

Mississippi bill filings: Medicaid, initiatives, elections

Jan. 16, 2023 08:30 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators had a light workload the first two weeks of their three-month session, but they are about to get busy debating proposals that could affect health care, voting rights and other issues. Monday was the deadline to file general bills. House...

In Alabama, tornadoes rattle historic civil rights community

Jan. 14, 2023 15:44 PM EST

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar’s cellphone buzzed relentlessly as a deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes throughout the U.S. South laid waste to relatives’ homes and churches across a part of Alabama known as the Black Belt. Text messages and calls from loved ones, many of them...

Biden welcomed back to Georgia after lying low in midterms

Jan. 14, 2023 07:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — During the 2022 midterm campaign, President Joe Biden steered clear of Georgia as Sen. Raphael Warnock, like many other battleground-state Democrats, tried to distance himself from the White House amid an inflationary economy and the president's lagging approval ratings. ...

Black Caucus pushes to revive initiatives, expand Medicaid

Jan. 11, 2023 15:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus will push this year to revive an initiative process, ease the restoration of voting rights for former inmates, expand Medicaid, provide oversight for welfare spending and ensure that all parts of the state have access to high-speed...

EXPLAINER: How Supreme Court case could alter US House seats

Dec. 06, 2022 11:27 AM EST

Partisan gerrymandering is back before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case stemming from the latest attempt by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature to draw U.S. House districts favoring GOP candidates. The question justices will consider Wednesday is whether state courts can rely...

White House invites in state lawmakers before 2023 sessions

Dec. 06, 2022 05:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is playing host to roughly 50 Democratic state lawmakers from 31 states this week as legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions, aiming to talk over strategy on top issues like climate change, gun violence, abortion rights and voting rights. ...

South Korean lawmakers raise concerns over Chinese voters

Dec. 06, 2022 04:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Members of South Korea’s ruling conservative party have proposed a bill that would place tighter restrictions on the voting rights of foreign permanent residents in local elections, which they insist is necessary to protect the country’s democracy from being...