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Justice Department details threats against election workers

Aug. 03, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

The U.S. Justice Department has charged five people for making threats of violence against election workers amid a rising wave of harassment and intimidation tied to the 2020 presidential election, a top official told U.S. senators Wednesday. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite...

Dixon wins Michigan GOP governor primary, to face Whitmer

Aug. 03, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Businesswoman and conservative commentator Tudor Dixon won the Republican primary for Michigan governor on Tuesday, setting up a tough race against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as anger and division within the state GOP threaten the party’s efforts in the battleground state this fall. ...

Abortion access finds a place even in down-ballot campaigns

Jul. 28, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Appearing bare-shouldered in a TV ad, Connecticut Democrat Dita Bhargava looks directly into the camera and promises, if elected, to “lead the crusade" for abortion rights. Photos of other women flash on the screen, also with no clothes showing. “This is...

No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds

Jul. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the...

Threats testimony rings familiar for election workers

Jun. 22, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This week’s gripping testimony to Congress about threats to local election officials after the 2020 presidential election had a rapt audience far beyond Washington — secretaries of state and election clerks across the U.S who said the stories could easily have been their...

Jan. 6 takeaways: Trump's state playbook; 'hateful' threats

Jun. 21, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection is turning to former President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on state and local officials to overturn his 2020 election loss. In its fourth hearing this month, the panel examined...

Michigan GOP governor hopefuls off ballot, court fight next

May. 26, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

Two of the leading candidates for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor say they will ask the courts to intervene after they were found ineligible Thursday for the August primary, reshaping the race to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the battleground state this fall. ...

Michigan GOP governor candidates short signatures

May. 23, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections bureau said late Monday that five Republican candidates for governor, including two leading contenders, failed to file enough valid nominating signatures and should not qualify for the August primary. The stunning recommendations...