Latest Voting rights 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...

Cuomo: Felons in prison shouldn't be allowed to vote

Apr. 24, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he opposes giving incarcerated felons the right to vote after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders voiced support for the idea. Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday, Cuomo said those serving prison sentences for felony crimes are still paying a debt to society...

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...

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...

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

Apr. 23, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency. Harris'...

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

Apr. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): Midnight South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "leave it to...

Review: Diversity in Texas Legislature not reflecting state

Apr. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Even though a record-setting number of Hispanics have been elected as lawmakers in Texas, a review has found that the racial breakdown of the Legislature does not accurately reflect the diversity of the state's general population. An Austin American-Statesman analysis of the...

US reps hold hearing on voting rights in North Carolina

Apr. 18, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WELDON, N.C. (AP) — Members of Congress want to hear about barriers to the ballot in North Carolina before Democrats in Washington propose changes later this year. A U.S. House subcommittee conducts a field hearing on Thursday in the Halifax County town of Weldon. U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield of North...

Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020

Apr. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, meaning establishment, centrist Democrats will have one less option in a nominating free-for-all that so far has highlighted the party's leftward shift. McAuliffe said Wednesday night that instead of joining a...