Latest Voter registration News

Iowa will keep voter registration system for 2020 elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's 14-year-old voter registration system will live to see another presidential election. The Iowa Secretary of State's office confirmed Thursday that a long-discussed plan to replace the I-Voters database will not be completed before the 2020 elections. Spokesman Kevin Hall said...

Nebraska wins national recognition for election security

Jul. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's secretary of state has won a national award for its efforts to keep election secure. Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen's office received the Innovators Award earlier this week from the National Association of State Election Directors. Evnen's office collaborated with...

Sununu vetoes bill on access to voter database

Jul. 13, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The ongoing fight over voting rights in New Hampshire has resulted in the veto of a bill regarding the state's centralized voter registration database. Democrats want access to parts of the database to bolster their lawsuit challenging a law that requires additional documentation from...

Wyoming works to allow tribal IDs for voter registration

Jul. 8, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — State and tribal officials are trying to make it easier for people to use tribal identification to register to vote. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan met with leaders of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes last week to talk about how...

Maryland voter forms to provide third gender option

Jul. 6, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Voters in Maryland will no longer be required to identify themselves as male or female when they register to vote. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland State Board of Elections will soon allow voters to choose "X'' or "unspecified" as a gender when they fill out voter...

Attorneys seek decision for felons before fall elections

Jul. 5, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As a group of felons challenge a new Florida law that requires them to pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored, their attorneys say they need a court decision well before this fall's off-year elections. The attorneys said Friday during a telephone hearing,...

Nevada voter registration numbers grow slightly in June

Jul. 2, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's secretary of state says there has been a slight bump in the number of registered voters. Barbara Cegavske's office announced that 8,683 more voters registered in June. The total number of registered voters in the state is about 1.6 million. Democrats registered slightly more...

Taliban attack kills 8 election officials in Afghanistan

Jun. 30, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents killed eight election officials in a bomb attack in the southern Kandahar province, Afghan officials said on Sunday. Aziz Ibrahimi, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said that the employees were in the district of Maruf conducting voter...

Voting rights groups plan Louisiana registration bus tour

Jun. 29, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two voting rights groups are holding a four-day bus tour across Louisiana, seeking to register thousands of convicted felons whose voting rights were restored earlier this year. Voice of the Experienced, known as VOTE, and Black Voters Matter are advertising the tour on social media...

Survey: 2018 turnout high, voters embrace expansive options

Jun. 27, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 120 million Americans cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, with turnout surging to that of a typical presidential year in some states and the highest percentages of voters in places that have expanded access to the polls, according to an analysis of data released Thursday by...