Latest Voting fraud and irregularities News

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail in two upcoming elections without signing their ballots in the presence of two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the requirement because of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, poll watcher Jane Grimes Meneely, right, watches as voters sign in at the Martha O'Bryan Center community building in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

Aug. 11, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the state of Pennsylvania has had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations and challenge the eligibility of voters. The restrictions are meant to limit the use of “poll monitors” long sent by both parties to look out for voting mishaps but at times...

NAACP seeks rehearing in Alabama voter ID lawsuit

Aug. 11, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking a federal appeals court for a rehearing in its lawsuit challenging Alabama’s photo ID law as racially discriminatory. In July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision to...

Lawsuit: Illinois expanded mail voting is partisan 'scheme'

Aug. 10, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging Illinois’ expanded vote-by-mail program is a “partisan scheme” to help Democrats get votes and could open the door to election fraud. The lawsuit is the latest GOP effort to curb mail-in voting, which...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's smoke and mirrors on executive orders

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't telling the full story when it comes to executive orders on coronavirus relief payments and health care. Over the weekend, the president suggested that his move to bypass Congress with executive action calling for up to $400 in weekly unemployment assistance...

Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Never in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states

Aug. 8, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Brace yourself for what’s expected to be the first U.S. presidential election conducted mostly by mail. It could be messy. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant way seems like a no-brainer. States have made the option widely available --...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Aug. 8, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for...

FILE - In this  June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice President Biden is “alone, hiding, diminished.” The ad blurs details that show Biden is praying in a church.  The ad was tweeted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos in a campaign ad for President Donald Trump show that former Vice...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Five to 10 days before power is restored in Connecticut after Isaias? Not acceptable. Not during coronavirus. Hartford Courant Aug. 5 Tropical Storm Isaias was an extraordinary storm, hitting harder and doing...

Elections official refutes claim that people can vote twice

Aug. 6, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elections officials say Nevada has safeguards in place to prevent people from voting twice in elections, refuting an assertion from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that a new state law makes it possible for voters to cast more than one ballot. Heller, a Republican who was Nevada's top...