Latest Voting News

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

Apr. 24, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The...

2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says that they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...

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...

Early voting sites open in 9th District primary for US House

Apr. 24, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — Republican and unaffiliated voters can start casting early ballots in the North Carolina special congressional election prompted by findings of ballot fraud. Early-voting sites open on Wednesday through May 10 in the 9th congressional district's eight counties. Six counties have just...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors

Apr. 23, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, hoping new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is more receptive than her predecessor, who vetoed the legislation because it would have kept the products from being regulated like tobacco. Two bills were approved...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president's rule

Apr. 23, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military...

Minnesota lawmakers get down to hard work on spending, taxes

Apr. 23, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers got down to the hard work of the 2019 session Tuesday with just four weeks left and deep divisions remaining over spending and taxes. The agenda for the Democratic-controlled Minnesota House on its first day back from its holiday break included big education and...

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

Apr. 23, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration's plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that could affect American elections for...

CU presidential finalist fields diversity questions in forum

Apr. 23, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The lone finalist for president of the University of Colorado answered questions ranging from diversity to his congressional voting record during his first public forum event. The Daily Camera reports University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy fielded questions in Denver on...