Latest Voting rights News

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...

Court says Jim Crow-era felony voting ban in Mississippi can be altered by lawmakers, not judges

Jul. 18, 2024 13:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators, not the courts, must decide whether to change the state's practice of stripping voting rights from people convicted of certain felonies, including nonviolent crimes such as forgery and timber theft, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. ...

Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied voting rights under attorney general's opinion

Jul. 17, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thousands of Nebraskans with felony convictions could be denied the right to vote under an opinion from the state attorney general released Wednesday that says a law passed earlier this year restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies violates the Nebraska...

Mississippi must move quickly on a court-ordered redistricting, say voting rights attorneys

Jul. 12, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi should work quickly to fulfill the court-ordered redrawing of some legislative districts to ensure more equitable representation for Black residents, attorneys for voting rights groups said in a new court filing Friday. The attorneys also said it's...

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey stands by Biden, says voters will decide on issues, not on a bad debate

Jul. 01, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said Monday that President Joe Biden is able to run a strong race and serve a second term in the Oval Office, standing by his close ally in the critical battleground state following a disastrous debate performance that's prompting some national...

In Georgia, conservatives seek to have voters removed from rolls without official challenges

Jun. 29, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Conservative activists in Georgia and some other states are quietly pushing a way to remove names from the voting rolls without filing a formal legal challenge. They’re asking election administrators to use their data to purge voter registrations, which...

Minnesota judge is reprimanded for stripping voting rights from people with felonies

Jun. 27, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

MILLE LACS COUNTY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota oversight board on Thursday reprimanded a judge who last year declared unconstitutional a new state law restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies. The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards publicly reprimanded Mille Lacs...

Tennessee election officials asking more than 14,000 voters to prove citizenship

Jun. 25, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top election office has sent letters to more than 14,000 registered voters asking them to prove their citizenship, a move that alarmed voting rights advocates as possible intimidation. The letters, dated June 13, warned that it is illegal in...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 19, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 15, 2024. Editorial: Keep Talking On Felon Voting Rights Republican majorities in the state House and Senate have different opinions on whether Mississippi should change the way it decides whether people convicted of any of 22 felonies...

Macron suspends voting reform in New Caledonia that had sparked violence

Jun. 12, 2024 21:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday the suspension of controversial voting reforms in New Caledonia, following a spate of deadly unrest in the French Pacific territory. The reforms, which would have altered voting rights, are feared by the Indigenous...