Latest United States general election News

AG Maura Healey announces run for Massachusetts governor

Jan. 20, 2022 11:28 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she's running for governor, transforming the year’s top political contest by stepping into the race as the presumptive front-runner on the Democratic side. Healey has the highest profile of any...

Democrats' elections bill offered voting changes and more

Jan. 20, 2022 05:50 AM EST

The sweeping elections bill that has collapsed in the Senate was about far more than voting. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would have created national automatic voter registration, allowed all voters to cast ballots by mail and weakened voter ID laws. It would have banned...

Alaska court upholds voter-approved election changes

Jan. 19, 2022 23:11 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld as valid a voter-approved election system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked choice voting in general elections. A brief order affirmed a lower court ruling from last year. A fuller...

Judge: Montana Clean Campaign Act is unconstitutional

Jan. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 2007 Montana law that was meant to curb last-minute campaign attacks violates free speech rights, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy ruled Tuesday that the Montana Clean Campaign Act “delays, and sometimes even prevents,...

Justices seem sympathetic to Cruz in campaign finance case

Jan. 19, 2022 16:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday seemed sympathetic to Sen. Ted Cruz in a challenge the Texas Republican brought to a provision of campaign finance law limiting the repayment of federal candidates’ loans to their campaigns. ...

Alaska court weighs arguments over new election process

Jan. 18, 2022 22:05 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Political parties “have no right to be gatekeepers to the ballot,” an attorney argued Tuesday in urging the Alaska Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved electoral system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked-choice voting in general...

Nick Saban, others urge Manchin to protect voting rights

Jan. 18, 2022 20:13 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other prominent sports figures with ties to West Virginia have urged U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support sweeping legislation to protect the right to vote. Saban was joined by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump

Jan. 15, 2022 23:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP...

Governor signs bill allowing remote municipal meetings

Jan. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state. ...