Latest Referendums News

New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort

Oct. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting committee all but gave up its effort to draw new congressional maps after committee members could not find consensus on what constitutes a politically fair map. The redistricting committee had already...

Public utility backers seek to thwart debt approval hurdle

Oct. 07, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The tug of war over the future of Central Maine Power is continuing behind the scenes, with utility opponents seeking to thwart a referendum to require voter approval for long-term debt for the proposed buyout. A CMP-backed referendum would create...

More than $60M spent in a battle over hydropower corridor

Oct. 06, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Spending on a fall referendum aimed at stopping a utility corridor in western Maine has topped $60 million, with energy companies pouring money into advertising ahead of the vote. It's already a record for spending on a referendum question in...

California governor vetoes ballot bill after beating recall

Oct. 06, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks after surviving a midterm recall election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday vetoed for the second time a bill that might have made such attempts more difficult in the future. He rejected a bill that would bar paying signature...

Supporters pledge hearings on letting Buckhead leave Atlanta

Sep. 29, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of state senators say the Georgia Senate will hold hearings on allowing the upscale Buckhead neighborhood to secede from the city of Atlanta in a November special session on redistricting. However, the senators, including Republican Brandon Beach...

Missouri abortion law leads to court battle over referendums

Sep. 29, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri law seeking to ban most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy led to a legal battle Wednesday before the state's highest court over whether the people's right to overturn laws passed by the Legislature has been illegally limited by procedural...

The AP Interview: Haiti PM plans to hold elections next year

Sep. 28, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Struggling with political turmoil and the aftermath of an earthquake, Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country's constitution by February, and he hopes to organize presidential and legislative elections early...

Republicans aim to make big election changes in constitution

Sep. 27, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Monday unveiled sweeping changes to the conduct of elections through a proposed constitutional amendment, the latest turn in a partisan power struggle over elections in the wake of former President Donald Trump's baseless claims...

San Marino legalizes abortion; Pope, women's groups disagree

Sep. 27, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — Pope Francis repeated Monday that abortion is “murder," a day after the tiny republic of San Marino became the latest Catholic state to legalize the procedure, much to the cheers of women's rights groups. An overwhelming majority — 77% of the...

Berliners in favor of measure to expropriate 240,000 flats

Sep. 27, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in Berlin backed a controversial proposal for the Berlin city government to take over about 240,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to curb sharply rising rents in the German capital. The count of Sunday's referendum showed that...