Latest Voting News

PM Modi files nomination papers in India's general election

Apr. 26, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

VARANASI, India (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed nomination papers Friday in a Hindu holy city, hoping to hold onto the seat for a second time in India's general elections. He prayed at a temple before arriving at the election office in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, flanked by Amit Shah,...

AP Was There: Black South Africans get the vote

Apr. 26, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — This story was first published on April 26, 1994 when AP journalist John Daniszewski reported on South Africa's first all-race election. We are reprinting the story now to mark the 25th anniversary of the vote and the end of apartheid, the system of racial discrimination. ___ Black...

After delays, Afghan president inaugurates new parliament

Apr. 26, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has inaugurated the country's new parliament after almost six months since elections were held and following long delays, claims of voter fraud, unresolved disputes and political bickering. Ghani spoke at the ceremony on Friday in Kabul, which brought...

Biden hones in on Iowa, South Carolina in 1st campaign swing

Apr. 25, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's early presidential campaign travel itinerary leaves little doubt about his strategy in early voting states. Biden's one-two Iowa-South Carolina punch next week underscores the three-time Democratic presidential candidate's need to finish near the top...

Texas border mayor charged with trying to rig own election

Apr. 25, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border was charged Thursday with trying to cheat his way into office through an illegal voting scheme in a region long plagued by public corruption scandals. The arrest of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina also comes at a time of heightened tension over...

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

Apr. 24, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The...

2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says that they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president's rule

Apr. 23, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military...

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

Apr. 23, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration's plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that could affect American elections for...