Latest Voting rights News

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Sep. 24, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women's rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. ...

Missouri judge weighing lawsuits over photo ID law

Sep. 23, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys argued in court Friday over two lawsuits challenging a new Missouri law on voter photo identification and civic engagement rules. The hearing over how and whether the lawsuits should proceed was held before a judge in Cole County. ...

Bipartisan mayors voice criticism of new voting restrictions

Sep. 20, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of mayors said Tuesday that whatever political differences they might have, they are united in fighting against recent voting restrictions enacted in some Republican-controlled states that they view as an attack on democracy. The mayors spoke at...

Biden warns US democracy threatened, but how can he save it?

Sep. 18, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is finding it’s easier to call out attacks on democracy than it is to stop them. His fundamental rationale for running for president was that America’s democratic traditions were in jeopardy. Now, 20 months into his presidency, the dangers...

College honors professor’s contribution to suffrage movement

Sep. 17, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Randolph College hosted a ceremony at Wimberly Recital Hall to unveil a marker honoring former English professor Nellie Powell. “This for me is now like the end of seven years of trying to get places identified,” Nancy Tate, Virginia coordinator of the...

Abrams' strategy to boost turnout: Early voting commitments

Sep. 17, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats' nominee for governor, is launching an intensive effort to get out the vote by urging potential supporters to cast in-person ballots the first week of early voting as she tries to navigate the state’s new election laws. The...

GOP nominee for Nevada gov. says he'll fight US abortion ban

Sep. 16, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The GOP's nominee for Nevada governor said Thursday he would fight against a national abortion ban if Congress were to pass one. “It’s the vote of the people within the state of Nevada, and I will support that,” Joe Lombardo, who is generally anti-abortion,...

Abortion-rights group leads on fundraising for ballot issue

Sep. 14, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On the defensive for years in Republican-dominated Kentucky, abortion-rights supporters have gained an election-year advantage at a pivotal time — opening a big fundraising lead ahead of a statewide vote on whether to eliminate the right to abortion in the state's...

Disabled voters win in Wisconsin; legal fights elsewhere

Sep. 14, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Trudy Le Beau has voted in every major election since she turned 18 — a half-century of civic participation that has gotten increasingly difficult as her multiple sclerosis progressed. Now, with no use of her arms or legs, the Wisconsin woman relies on her husband to help...

Q&A: Tyler Perry on directing his 1st script, 27 years later

Sep. 10, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Perry has directed his first screenplay, 27 years after writing it. “A Jazzman's Blues,” which is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, was Perry's first stab at screenwriting long before Madea made him a media mogul, back when he was...