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Lawsuit: Louisiana doing too little to protect voting rights

Aug. 3, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voting rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Louisiana's governor and chief elections officer, saying the state is doing too little to protect ballot access in November and should widen mail-in voting options amid the coronavirus outbreak. The lawsuit was filed in...

McGrath looks to win over supporters of primary opponent

Aug. 3, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky, (AP) — Looking to reclaim the progressive and minority voters who didn't back her during Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary, Democrat Amy McGrath has unveiled a social justice plan and touted voter registration efforts she hopes will help her topple Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

FILE - In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo)

Protests in the long term: How is a lasting legacy cemented?

Aug. 2, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of...

FILE - In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo)

Protests in the long term: How is a lasting legacy cemented?

Aug. 2, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of...

Judge denies allowing some felons to vote in primary

Jul. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attempt to get some people with out-of-state felony convictions permission to participate in Tennessee's upcoming Aug. 6 primary election came to a halt Friday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle denied a temporary injunction request that would have allowed out-of-state...

2 suits target Ohio voting procedures ahead of 2020 election

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting rights groups and Democrats filed separate lawsuits in Ohio on Friday that the parties said were aimed at making voting easier in the battleground state this November amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans, including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, immediately criticized...

Former President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd after addressing services for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

At Lewis funeral, Obama calls for renewing Voting Rights Act

Jul. 30, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are threatened heading into the 2020 election. Speaking from the pulpit of the church that Martin Luther...

Family members place flowers on the casket of Rep. John Lewis during the burial service at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

John Lewis mourned as 'founding father' of better America

Jul. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The longtime...

Judge: Decision on voting rights suit may come after primary

Jul. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Thursday cast doubt on an attempt to allow people to participate in the state's upcoming primary election if they’ve had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state. The Campaign Legal Center had filed the lawsuit earlier...

Transcript: Barack Obama's address at John Lewis' funeral

Jul. 30, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A transcript of former President Barack Obama's address to those present at the funeral service for John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday. ___ James wrote to the believers, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,...