Latest State elections News

Vermont receives 10 times the mail-in ballot requests as '16

Jul. 13, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Voters across Vermont have requested more than 10 times as many mail-in ballots as were requested at the same point in 2016, the last presidential election year, the state's top election official said Monday. Speaking ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election, Secretary of State Jim Condos' office said that as of...

Election workers process absentee ballots for the primary elections in Portland City Hall on Friday, July 14, 2020 in Portland, Maine. Voters had been encouraged to vote via mail-in absentee ballots ahead of the election on Tuesday, July 14. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

Primary voters use unprecedented number of absentee ballots

Jul. 13, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials called on the state's voters to use absentee ballots as much as possible during this week's primary, and they have responded in overwhelming fashion. Voters in the state had requested more than 203,000 absentee ballots by Monday, according to Maine Secretary of State...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, Lydia Harris, a temporary worker at the Sacramento Registrar of Voters, looks over a mail-in ballot before it is sent to be counted in Sacramento, Calif. Over 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by election officials in California's March 2020 presidential primary, highlighting a glaring gap in the effort to ensure every vote is counted as a national dispute rages over the integrity of vote-by-mail elections. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California rejected 100K mail-in ballots because of mistakes

Jul. 13, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state's effort to ensure every vote is counted. With the coronavirus pandemic...

Forest raises $2.4M, still behind in N.C. gov's money race

Jul. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest recorded his largest fundraising haul in his gubernatorial bid, according to his latest campaign finance report. His numbers are still but a small fraction of the money Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has brought into his re-election campaign...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo a woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot at a drop box in Hackensack, N.J. The November election is coming with a big price tag as America faces the coronavirus pandemic. The demand for mail-in ballots is surging, election workers are in need of training and polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

Jul. 13, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty is clear: It's coming with a big price tag....

Legal change could be slow for controversial SC memorials

Jul. 13, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — For 17 hours, crowds of Charlestonians waited for the John C. Calhoun statue to be removed from its 115-foot-high perch in Marion Square. Many stayed through the night and into a sun-drenched day because they felt it was a historic moment. Largely overlooked and unseen was the Wade...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, conducts business in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid to take on Collins

Jul. 12, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponents. Activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman have watched money pour into front-runner Sara Gideon's campaign for U.S....

Nebraska's 3 largest counties to send ballot request forms

Jul. 12, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's three largest counties plan to send ballot request forms to every voter before this fall's general election, but it's not yet clear whether those forms will be sent statewide as they were before the primary. Officials in Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster counties say they are...

Maine Congressman wants new crackdown on dark money

Jul. 12, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants to place new limits on organizations he said get around donor disclosure rules to influence elections with dark money. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden said his proposal targets 501(c)(4) organizations, which he characterized as used by powerful interested to skirt...

In this May 5, 2020 file photo, Angela Beauchamp fills out an absentee ballot at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Michigan county and municipal clerks are finding it challenging to meet the needs of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and following changes in 2018 when state voters approved of same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. The Secretary of State's office reported this week that over 1.5 million requests for absentee ballots have been made ahead of the Aug. 4 primary, more than three-and-a-half times the number than at the same time ahead of the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Voting changes, COVID-19 change Michigan election for clerks

Jul. 12, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan county and municipal clerks are finding it challenging to meet the needs of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and following changes in 2018 when state voters approved of same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. The Secretary of State’s Office...