Latest State elections News

In some states, GOP sees the recall as its way back to power

Jul. 21, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results....

Biden says young people are 'not a generation of socialists'

Jul. 20, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that it's a myth that the young people Democrats need to turn out in the 2020 presidential election are looking for "something radically different" in politics. "This is not a hit on Bernie," Biden said. "But this is not a generation of...

Sanders campaign adapts after Washington primary shift

Jul. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — It's a cloudy weekend morning at a farmers' market in a leafy suburb east of Seattle, and Bernie Sanders' volunteers are out in force. Along with traditional campaign materials, they have what they say might be the next best thing to the candidate himself: a life-size cardboard...

Capitol Watch: Stewart-Cousins' national profile rises

Jul. 20, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization that works...

Massachusetts members of Congress rake in campaign donations

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is sitting on more than $4 million in his campaign account as he looks ahead to a reelection campaign. According to campaign finance reports filed by his campaign, Markey raised nearly $2 million during the first six months of the year, about $400,000 from...

N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges the state's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections as the case grinds ahead. Voters last November passed a...

Former governor candidate Jeanne Ives running for Congress

Jul. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Former state lawmaker and candidate for Illinois governor Jeanne Ives is seeking the Republican nomination for a suburban Chicago congressional district. The conservative from Wheaton has filed paperwork for a 2020 bid in a district west and northwest of Chicago. The seat was held by a...

Iowa will keep voter registration system for 2020 elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's 14-year-old voter registration system will live to see another presidential election. The Iowa Secretary of State's office confirmed Thursday that a long-discussed plan to replace the I-Voters database will not be completed before the 2020 elections. Spokesman Kevin Hall said...

Nebraska wins national recognition for election security

Jul. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's secretary of state has won a national award for its efforts to keep election secure. Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen's office received the Innovators Award earlier this week from the National Association of State Election Directors. Evnen's office collaborated with...

Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent...