Latest Voting rights News

Voter outreach groups targeted by new laws in several GOP-led states are struggling to do their work

May. 28, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the presidential election four years ago, the Equal Ground Education Fund hired over 100 people to go door-to-door and attend festivals, college homecomings and other events to help register voters across Florida. Their efforts for this year's elections look much...

Voting rights advocates ask federal judge to toss Ohio voting restrictions they say violate ADA

May. 24, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting rights advocates asked a federal judge on Friday to strike down restrictions contained in Ohio's sweeping 2023 election law that they say restrict a host of trusted individuals from helping voters with disabilities cast absentee ballots. The motion for...

Judges say they'll draw new Louisiana election map if lawmakers don't by June 3

May. 07, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A panel of federal judges who recently threw out a congressional election map giving Louisiana a second mostly Black district said Tuesday the state Legislature must pass a new map by June 3 or face having the panel impose one on the state. However, voting...

Mississippi lawmakers move toward restoring voting rights to 32 felons as broader suffrage bill dies

Apr. 23, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators advanced bills Monday to give voting rights back to 32 people convicted of felonies, weeks after a Senate leader killed a broader bill that would have restored suffrage to many more people with criminal records. The move is necessary...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

Apr. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

Mississippi legislators won't smooth the path this year to restore voting rights after some felonies

Apr. 19, 2024 13:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Kenneth Almons says he began a sentence in a Mississippi prison just two weeks after graduating from high school, and one of his felony convictions — for armed robbery — stripped away voting rights that he still has not regained decades later. Now 51,...

Nebraska lawmakers end session, leaving taxes for later

Apr. 18, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

Nebraska lawmakers adjourned Thursday knowing they'll be called back by Republican Gov. Jim Pillen for a summer session to ease soaring property taxes. A Pillen-backed sales tax expansion failed on the last day of the session after its author, Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, pulled it...

Nebraska lawmakers pass a bill to restore voting rights to newly released felons

Apr. 12, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to restore the voting rights of those convicted of felonies upon the completion of their sentences, including prison and parole time. The bill, introduced for years by Omaha state Sen. Justin Wayne, passed by a wide...

Tennessee bill to untangle gun and voting rights restoration is killed for the year

Apr. 10, 2024 18:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have killed a bipartisan bill for the year that would have let residents convicted of felonies apply to vote again without also restoring their gun rights. Democratic Rep. Antonio Parkinson and Republican Sen. Paul Bailey advanced the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 10, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. April 4, 2024. Editorial: No hostility to voting in Minnesota, please Legislature should pass Voting Rights Act to counteract efforts to suppress participation. Minnesota is known for its relatively high voter participation...