Latest State elections News

GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

Dec. 14, 2018 9:03 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The GOP candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said in an interviewed aired Friday that it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled. Republican Mark Harris confirmed in an...

California DMV: 589 voter records not sent before election

Dec. 14, 2018 9:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state called Friday for new leadership at the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that could have prevented nearly 600 people from voting last month. DMV Director Jean Shiomoto told Secretary of State Alex Padilla...

Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

Dec. 14, 2018 8:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled. The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced Friday that the public hearing initially scheduled for Dec. 21 will now be held on...

North Carolina governor vetoes latest voter ID legislation

Dec. 14, 2018 6:42 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate that was added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum, teeing up a likely veto override by Republican lawmakers. Cooper has repeatedly opposed voter ID legislation over...

After close governor race, Sutton hints at political future

Dec. 14, 2018 5:59 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In the weeks since Billie Sutton came closer to the governor's office than any Democrat in decades, his campaign has been unusually active for an unsuccessful candidate, sending out fundraising pleas hinting that there's more to come. Sutton wrote in one post-election pitch that he...

Republican drops recount request in Maine congressional race

Dec. 14, 2018 4:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Republican incumbent dropped his request for a recount Friday in the first congressional race in U.S. history held under a system by which voters rank candidates in order of preference. The announcement by Rep. Bruce Poliquin came a day after a federal judge tossed out his...

Report: Kansas election officials reject voter fraud claims

Dec. 14, 2018 4:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Election officials in Kansas counties don't believe voter fraud is a problem in the state, according to a survey of local election officials released Friday that counters Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's unsupported claims that voter fraud is widespread. The finding came in a...

Effort to put New Hampshire GOP behind Trump faces pushback

Dec. 14, 2018 3:13 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An effort to put the New Hampshire Republican Party in President Donald Trump's corner ahead of the state's leadoff presidential primary is facing both private and public pushback. The state party has a long tradition of not taking sides during primaries, even when a Republican is in...

Florida Senate won't block election chief's suspension

Dec. 13, 2018 6:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday. Brenda Snipes, who had been in charge of elections in...

Gov McMaster makes 4 appointments to SC's election board

Dec. 13, 2018 5:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday announced his selection of four new appointees for the board that maintains South Carolina's elections system. Among the Republican's picks are former Kershaw County Councilman John Wells, who practices law in Elgin, and retired Mount Pleasant...