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In this undated photo provided by the The ACLU of Nebraska, Wally Wolff holds up voter registration paperwork at his home in Omaha, Neb. The ACLU of Nebraska began sending thousands of notices Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, to felons informing them of their right to vote after learning that the state incorrectly notified Wolff that he wasn't eligible to cast a ballot because of his status as a convicted felon. (Abiola Kosoko/ACLU of Nebraska via AP)

New effort seeks to protect Nebraska felon voting rights

Sep. 29, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Monday began sending notices to thousands of felons informing them of their right to vote after learning of a case in which the state incorrectly notified an Omaha man that he wasn't eligible to cast a ballot. The ACLU launched the public...

Montana law preventing absentee ballot gathering overturned

Sep. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday struck down a voter-enacted law that restricted third-party collection of absentee ballots after several Native American groups argued they rely on ballot collection efforts to vote. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act exacerbated the barriers many rural...

School, teen agree to end lawsuit over sexual assault note

Sep. 25, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting...

Judge approves changes to police surveillance in Memphis

Sep. 22, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the police department in Memphis, Tennessee, cannot cooperate with another agency to avoid restrictions from a decades-old order barring the city from engaging in surveillance of protesters and activists. The Commercial Appeal reported Monday's ruling by U.S....

Lawsuit says Maine must do more to help voters amid pandemic

Sep. 21, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Election advocates in Maine want a state judge to rule on the constitutionality of some of the state's elections systems, including whether absentee ballots must be counted if postmarked by Election Day. The lawsuit was filed against Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and...

ACLU report says reducing cash bail could save Ohio millions

Sep. 17, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could save up to $264 million a year by reducing the use of cash jail to house defendants before their case is resolved, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released Thursday. That figure follows an 18-month analysis of court and jail data in two...

Plan calls for more testing of people without virus symptoms

Sep. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are considering spending $50 million to dramatically ramp up testing of people who aren't showing obvious signs of the coronavirus. A state task force this week backed Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman’s recommendation to use the federal stimulus money on...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Sept. 15 Dalton Daily Citizen-News on observing National Suicide Prevention Month: Suicide isn’t a topic we are all comfortable discussing. It can be an extremely sensitive subject for those who have considered taking their lives, or for those of us who have...

ACLU: Wichita schools disciplined teacher over Facebook post

Sep. 15, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita teacher who posted on Facebook about her concern over school reopening procedures was wrongly disciplined by the district, The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas says. The ACLU asked the Wichita school district in a letter to rescind the reprimand, the Wichita Eagle...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Mateo Barrera, 4, originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles. The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that had blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries. People from El Salvador would be most affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Sep. 14, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn't take...