Latest Voter registration News

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to punish voter signup missteps

Apr. 25, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize paid voter registration groups with fines for too many incomplete signup forms and criminal penalties for submitting registration forms too late, under legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate. The proposal advanced despite outcry from Democrats and...

State would move to automatic voter registration under plan

Apr. 25, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would join 15 other states with opt-out voter registration under a proposal spearheaded by the state's elections chief. It's part of a package of election law changes Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose tapped a working group to hammer out within the next few months. He...

Maine bill would move to automatic voter registration

Apr. 24, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine would automatically register most adults to vote beginning in 2022 under a top Democrat's bill. Lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on House Speaker Sara Gideon's bill . The National Conference of State Legislatures says 17 states have automatic voter registration systems. The...

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

Tennessee House OKs bill to penalize voter signup group woes

Apr. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear that the bill would...

Texas bill toughening voting crimes advances over protests

Apr. 15, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sweeping Texas bill that would toughen penalties for election-related crimes advanced Monday over protests from civil rights groups who say it punishes voters with jail time for making potentially honest mistakes. The GOP-backed measure, which has now tentatively cleared the Texas...

Bill deadline forces whirl of votes from Nevada lawmakers

Apr. 12, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers on Friday held a flurry of committee meetings ahead of a deadline that decided whether many bills died or continued on in the legislative process. Legislators in the committee meetings focused on bills that covered a broad array of topics. Some bills before Friday...

The Latest: Same-day voter registration passes Senate panel

Apr. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a bill deadline at the Nevada Legislature (all times local): 5:55 p.m. A same-day voter registration bill has passed a state Senate committee in Nevada. The legislative panel approved the measure on Friday. The bill, with a proposed conceptual amendment, would allow...

After Louisiana law change, no rush in felon voter signups

Apr. 5, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana hasn't seen a surge in voter registrations in the days since thousands of convicted felons saw their voting rights restored. Data from the secretary of state's office shows no uptick in the number of felons who registered to vote in February compared to the number who...

Twitter stops blocking French government's ad campaign

Apr. 4, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Twitter said Thursday it has stopped blocking French government ads calling on people to vote after it came under fire from authorities for being overzealous in applying a law aimed at banning fake news. The social media company modified its policy after executives met with French government...