Latest Primary elections News

Pennsylvania chips away at pandemic poll worker shortages

Sep. 22, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It will take 40,000 or more poll workers to run the fall election in Pennsylvania, and while some counties are on track to have fully staffed polling places, with six weeks to go, officials aren't sure whether there will be a repeat of the primary's coronavirus-driven shortages. A...

Alaska absentee ballots sent with incorrect candidate name

Sep. 22, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections listed the wrong Democratic candidate on 135 absentee ballots emailed to Alaska residents who are overseas, officials said. The ballots incorrectly listed Adam Lees as the Democratic candidate for House District 28 in Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. A federal judge has ruled that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election

Sep. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The highly anticipated ruling, unless overturned, means that the outcome of the presidential...

Absentee ballots sent to city, town clerks for distribution

Sep. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election are on their way to New Hampshire city and town clerks' offices. The secretary of state's office said three truckloads of ballots were shipped on Monday and will be delivered to communities by Friday. From there, they will be delivered to voters...

In this June 9, 2020 file photo, people wait to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern in Atlanta.  Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary earlier this year became a poster child for election dysfunction.  Election officials say they are making sweeping changes to try to avoid a repeat in November, as Georgia emerges as a potential presidential battleground, turnout is expected to set records and the coronavirus continues to rage. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle

Sep. 20, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary election earlier this year was marred by dysfunction: Hourslong wait times at polling places. Absentee ballots that never arrived. Votes cast after midnight. The problems were most acute in Fulton County, which...

Alaska Supreme Court rejects appeal to reprint 800K ballots

Sep. 18, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska elections officials succeeded in two court challenges Friday, surviving efforts from a nonpartisan candidate seeking to force the state to reprint 800,000 ballots after the design of the document was changed. The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, which said...

Charisse Davis poses for a portrait on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. Davis was recently elected the only Black woman on the Cobb County School Board.

'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight

Sep. 17, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than being seen as a local...

Adams updates Kentucky lawmakers on absentee ballot requests

Sep. 17, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky election officials have received more than 320,000 requests for absentee ballots for the November election, Secretary of State Michael Adams told lawmakers Wednesday. That total, representing requests as of Tuesday, is about 80,000 below the number at the same point leading...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Benson's mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of 2020 voters was deemed legal by Michigan's appeals court. Judges ruled 2-1 Wedneday, Sept. 16, 2020, that she has

Appeals court: Mass mailing of absent ballot applications OK

Sep. 16, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of 2020 voters was deemed legal by Michigan's appeals court, which ruled Wednesday she had “inherent” authority to act under a 2018 constitutional amendment expanding...

In this May 7, 2013 photo, Sen. David McBride, D-Hawks Nest, listens to debate on Delaware's same-sex marriage bill on the floor of the State Senate in Dover, Del.  Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 primary elections feature seven races in which Democratic incumbents face challengers. Among the lawmakers facing intraparty opposition is McBride, who was first elected to the Senate in 1980 after spending two years in the House. He has not had a primary challenger since 1986.(Gary Emeigh/The News Journal via AP)

Progressive newcomer defeats Delaware state Senate leader

Sep. 16, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Black political newcomer campaigning on a progressive platform has defeated the leader of Delaware’s state Senate in a Democratic primary. Social worker Marie Pinkney garnered about 52.4% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary to defeat Senate President Pro Tem David McBride...