Latest Judicial elections News

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Nov. 19, 2019 3:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook...

Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires...

Felon to remain on ballot for Houston City Council seat

Nov. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A felon will remain on the ballot in the runoff for a seat on the Houston City Council. The Houston Chronicle reports that a Harris County judge on Friday refused to remove Cynthia Bailey from the Dec. 14 runoff election. Bailey finished second in the Nov. 5 election to Tarsha Jackson in the...

The Latest: Plaintiffs to fight new N Carolina Congress map

Nov. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly redrawing the state’s congressional map (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s congressional district map will fight a replacement map approved by the Republican-controlled...

North Carolina redistricting proposal threatens 2 incumbents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The reconfigured districts have become necessary since state judges blocked use...

The Latest: North Carolina Congress remap clears state House

Nov. 14, 2019 5:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly redrawing the state’s congressional map (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A redrawn map of North Carolina’s congressional districts has cleared one chamber of the state legislature. The state House voted 55-46 on Thursday for...

Ivey rescinds judge appointment because of age requirement

Nov. 14, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rescinded an appointment for Montgomery County probate judge after learning the person is too old under state law. Ivey on Wednesday appointed retired Gen. Edward F. Crowell to the position. On Thursday, she announced that she was rescinding the appointment...

Democrat concedes race for Pennsylvania appeals court seat

Nov. 13, 2019 2:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for a pair of open Pennsylvania Superior Court seats is conceding that she lost the race after unofficial results showed her fewer than 17,000 votes behind the second-place finisher. Amanda Green-Hawkins, a longtime steelworkers' union lawyer from Pittsburgh,...

Lawsuit could purge 234,000 names from Wisconsin voter rolls

Nov. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 234,000 voters in Wisconsin would be made unable to cast their ballot unless they register again before the next election under a lawsuit filed Wednesday that liberals fear could dampen turnout among Democrats in the 2020 presidential race. The lawsuit could affect how many...

Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition parties elected their candidate as speaker of the Senate on Tuesday, a small victory that allows them to check the power of the populist right-wing ruling party. Senator Tomasz Grodzki was chosen speaker in a 51-48 vote with one abstention during the first sitting...