Latest Voting rights News

Adirondack mountain renamed for suffragist Inez Milholland

Dec. 13, 2019 5:01 AM EST

LEWIS, N.Y. (AP) — An Adirondack mountain has been renamed in honor of Inez Milholland, a human rights activist known for leading a suffrage parade astride a white horse on the eve of President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration in 1913. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Board on Geographic Names approved...

18 voters accused of voting in two different states in 2018

Dec. 13, 2019 2:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief referred 18 voters for investigation this week who allegedly voted twice in last year's general election. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the voters referred to prosecutors Wednesday were identified through the Electronic Registration Information...

Kentucky restores voting rights to nonviolent felons

Dec. 12, 2019 7:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Professing his belief in redemption, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday to restore voting rights for more than 140,000 nonviolent offenders who have completed their sentences. The new Democratic governor was surrounded by voting-rights supporters in the...

Review finds 15 errors on felon list for 1 small Iowa county

Dec. 12, 2019 3:04 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State officials are confirming that 15 cases in one small Iowa county were mistakenly recorded as felony convictions on the list they use to identify ineligible felon voters. The Associated Press reviewed all 359 Carroll County entries as part of an investigation into the...

Virginia's third-largest city passes gun rights resolution

Dec. 11, 2019 11:04 AM EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's third-largest city has joined the growing list of local governments to pass a 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolution. The Virginian-Pilot reported that Chesapeake City Council members on Tuesday unanimously voted to designate the city as a “Second Amendment...

Georgia gov ordered to answer questions in election lawsuit

Dec. 10, 2019 4:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will have to sit for questioning about comments he made that seemed to express concern about minority voter registration, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled that the Republican governor will have to answer questions as part of a lawsuit...

Groups: Ohio immigrants need more training, voter education

Dec. 10, 2019 3:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights advocates in Ohio have urged both the state's top lawyer and the elections chief to do more to assure that immigrants understand the voting process, after more than 350 apparent non-citizens were referred for investigation last week. A coalition of 11 groups raised their...

Wyoming celebrates 150th anniversary of women's suffrage

Dec. 10, 2019 2:32 PM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming marked Tuesday the 150th anniversary of becoming the first government in the U.S. to give women the unrestricted right to vote. Wyoming, whose motto is the Equality State, was still a territory when Gov. John Campbell signed legislation granting women's suffrage on Dec. 10,...

Bedford County joins list of 2nd Amendment 'sanctuaries'

Dec. 10, 2019 11:40 AM EST

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Another county in Virginia has officially declared itself a sanctuary for Second Amendment rights as Democrats take control of the state government in Richmond. The News & Advance in Lynchburg reported that the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved the sanctuary resolution...

Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

Dec. 7, 2019 5:26 PM EST

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded...