Latest Voting rights News

State plans renovation of Susan B. Anthony's childhood home

Jan. 20, 2020 9:19 AM EST

BATTENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is planning to do restoration work on the early childhood home of Susan B. Anthony. The house that Anthony's father built in 1833 in the Washington County hamlet of Battenville is water-damaged and in rough shape. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic...

President Donald Trump escorted by Col. Brian Daniels walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate, in Palm Beach, Fla. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

National Archives says `wrong' to blur anti-Trump signs

Jan. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The National Archives said Saturday it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women's suffrage. The independent agency is charged with preserving government and historical records and said it has always been committed to preserving its...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, a sign informs voters of the need for identification at the Olbrich Gardens polling location in Madison, Wis. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state legislature. Among the big hurdles they’ll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation’s toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

State voting, registration laws vary and change frequently

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

The rules of elections are always changing. In the states and the District of Columbia, lawmakers last year considered more than 2,900 bills dealing with elections and voting, and enacted more than 350, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The changes include deadlines for...

Riot police detain protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Hong Kong has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have diminished considerably in scale following a landslide win by opposition candidates in races for district councilors late last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Police fired tear gas near the park, known as Chater Garden, after some...

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Joe Biden boosts Super Tuesday case with Sewell endorsement

Jan. 17, 2020 6:00 AM EST

Joe Biden has secured a weighty Deep South endorsement for his presidential campaign, with Alabama’s lone Democratic House member on Friday announcing her support for the former vice president. Terri Sewell marks Biden's 11th endorsement from the Congressional Black Caucus, far outpacing any other...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.  The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as the rise in sea level. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

Jan. 16, 2020 5:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday in a legal dispute over restoring voting rights to felons with unpaid fines — one of many clashes over the ballot box in a state that will play a crucial role in this year's presidential election. The court's...

Few statehouses feature memorials to actual historical women

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Statehouse would join a small number of others around the country with outdoor monuments dedicated to real women in U.S. history under a proposal Thursday to create a memorial to Ohio women who fought for voting rights. Currently, all statues of historical figures outside the...

An Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A House committee approved a resolution Tuesday,  to ratify the state's Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Wednesday moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in what was seen as a momentous victory for the women's rights movement even though it is far from certain the measure will ever be added to the U.S. Constitution. The state...

In this Dec. 11, 2019, photo, Quentin Blackburn poses for a photo in Milwaukee. Blackburn is a felon who didn't realize he could vote when his probation was finished.

Ex-prisoners who can vote sought for Wisconsin 2020 election

Jan. 13, 2020 1:22 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Quentin Blackburn was sent to prison for his first felony conviction in the 1990s, the consequences were clear: he could no longer vote or possess a firearm. It wasn’t until last month that the 48-year-old Milwaukee man found out his right to vote was restored when he finished...