Latest Voting News

Maine encourages absentee voting in July primary election

May. 25, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top election official is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot during the July primary election to limit the exposure voters and polling workers have to the coronavirus. The state will still hold in-person balloting July 14 with new social distancing protocols, but...

A voter fills out her ballot at a primary polling place, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Judge: SC voters don't need witness to sign absentee ballot

May. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

A federal judge says people voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina don't have to have a witness sign the voting papers. U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs on Monday ordered South Carolina officials to not enforce the requirement for a witness signature on ballots in the June 9 primary or any ensuing...

Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

May. 25, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's chief election official is urging residents to complete and send in their absentee ballots now instead of waiting. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday urged the nearly 1 million voters who haven't returned ballots to do so. “We want to get it off of people's...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, ruling party presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye casts his vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)

Ruling party's candidate wins Burundi's presidential poll

May. 25, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election. Ndayishimiye won with 69% of the vote in the election which took place on May 20, the country's election commission announced Monday. Because he...

Montana attorney general challenges mail-in ballot deadline

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

A court ruling that allows election ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by June 2 is being challenged by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Previously only ballots that arrived by the date of the election could be counted. State District Court Judge Donald Harris on Friday temporarily suspended...

Idaho voters have until Tuesday to request absentee ballots

May. 25, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho voters will now have until Tuesday to request their absentee ballots, according to a new Idaho federal court ruling Friday night. All voters who submitted a request that arrived at Ada County Elections after the previous May 19 deadline will be issued a ballot, along with any...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. May 20, 2020. Texas AG Paxton’s cynical ploy lost in the mail as Texas voters prevail Stop us if you’ve heard this one: what’s the difference between the novel coronavirus and the voter fraud rate in Texas? Give up? They’re both microscopic, but if a federal ruling...

Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...

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AP FACT CHECK: Faulty Trump claims on virus drug, vote fraud

May. 25, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger. So it was this past week when he took very personally a scientific study that should give pause to anyone thinking of following Trump's lead and ingesting a potentially risky drug for the coronavirus. He...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla. A federal judge has ruled that the Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle has acknowledged he is unlikely to have the last word, expecting the administration of Republican Gov. DeSantis to launch an appeal. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

May. 24, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge...