Latest Voting rights News

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 19, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 15, 2024. Editorial: Keep Talking On Felon Voting Rights Republican majorities in the state House and Senate have different opinions on whether Mississippi should change the way it decides whether people convicted of any of 22 felonies...

Macron suspends voting reform in New Caledonia that had sparked violence

Jun. 12, 2024 21:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday the suspension of controversial voting reforms in New Caledonia, following a spate of deadly unrest in the French Pacific territory. The reforms, which would have altered voting rights, are feared by the Indigenous...

Trump's case casts a spotlight on movement to restore voting rights to those convicted of felonies

Jun. 03, 2024 16:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-led states have historically made it difficult for those convicted of a felony to vote or barred it altogether. Now the Republicans’ presumptive nominee for president, who lives in one of those states, is among them. Donald Trump’s conviction in the...

Trump could still vote for himself after New York conviction if he's not in prison on Election Day

May. 30, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Donald Trump may be convicted of a felony and reside in Florida, a state notorious for restricting the voting rights of people with felony convictions. But he can still vote as long as he stays out of prison in New York state. That’s because Florida defers to other...

Voter outreach groups targeted by new laws in several GOP-led states are struggling to do their work

May. 28, 2024 12:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the presidential election four years ago, the Equal Ground Education Fund hired over 100 people to go door-to-door and attend festivals, college homecomings and other events to help register voters across Florida. Their efforts for this year's elections look much...

Voting rights advocates ask federal judge to toss Ohio voting restrictions they say violate ADA

May. 24, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting rights advocates asked a federal judge on Friday to strike down restrictions contained in Ohio's sweeping 2023 election law that they say restrict a host of trusted individuals from helping voters with disabilities cast absentee ballots. The motion for...

Judges say they'll draw new Louisiana election map if lawmakers don't by June 3

May. 07, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A panel of federal judges who recently threw out a congressional election map giving Louisiana a second mostly Black district said Tuesday the state Legislature must pass a new map by June 3 or face having the panel impose one on the state. However, voting...

Mississippi lawmakers move toward restoring voting rights to 32 felons as broader suffrage bill dies

Apr. 23, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators advanced bills Monday to give voting rights back to 32 people convicted of felonies, weeks after a Senate leader killed a broader bill that would have restored suffrage to many more people with criminal records. The move is necessary...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

Apr. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

Mississippi legislators won't smooth the path this year to restore voting rights after some felonies

Apr. 19, 2024 13:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Kenneth Almons says he began a sentence in a Mississippi prison just two weeks after graduating from high school, and one of his felony convictions — for armed robbery — stripped away voting rights that he still has not regained decades later. Now 51,...