Latest Absentee voting News

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 11, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. June 3, 2021. Editorial: No excuse for legislative lag on marijuana Connecticut has had years to plan this. Why can’t the Legislature figure out how to finally legalize a marijuana marketplace for all adults? ...

Tennessee judge in mail voting ruling won't seek reelection

Jun. 10, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee judge who drew backlash from Republican officials for ordering an expansion of absentee voting during the COVID-19 pandemic won't seek reelection next year, saying it's a decision she made before GOP lawmakers unsuccessfully tried to remove her...

House GOP unveils ambitious proposal to revamp election law

Jun. 10, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An ambitious Republican proposal to revamp Pennsylvania election law was unveiled Thursday, a 149-page bill that would change deadlines, adopt new rules for early voting, alter mail-in ballot procedures and mandate IDs for all in-person voters. ...

NY would count absentee votes faster under bill

Jun. 09, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York election workers would have to start counting absentee ballots earlier under legislation that passed the state Senate Wednesday. Lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Gianaris, say the state must prevent another election year like 2020, when...

Wisconsin Senate passes bills making it harder to vote

Jun. 09, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate approved Republican-backed bills Wednesday that would create new hurdles for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, limit the number and location of ballot drop boxes and impose new penalties for violating election law. ...

Bill moving up absentee deadline in NC clears Senate panel

Jun. 09, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina would have to be received by the day of the election, under a Republican-backed bill that cleared a divided Senate committee on Wednesday. Current law says ballot envelopes must be postmarked by the...

Maine city holds another election with COVID-19 protocols

Jun. 08, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city was scheduled to hold another local election with some coronavirus protocols in place on Tuesday. Portland's municipal election included a crowded field for Charter Commission and a referendum on the school budget. City...

State high court lifting mask requirement; theater reopening

Jun. 06, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments around New England: __ MASSACHUSETTS State health officials on Sunday reported four additional deaths and more than 100 new cases of COVID-19. The...

GOP lawmakers press Philly voting officials on ballot rules

May. 28, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House threatened Friday to seek removal of two Democratic elections officials in Philadelphia for counting mail-in ballots that had not been hand-dated by the voters. GOP caucus leaders sent letters to Lisa...