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US appeals court to hear Mississippi voting rights case

Sep. 22, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Mississippi's ban on voting rights for people convicted of some felonies — a case that could affect thousands of people. The original list of...

Justices ponder victim rights amendment that's been in limbo

Sep. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Questions about the legality and practical effect of a victims' rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that has been in limbo for almost two years dominated oral arguments in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices could act to...

Republicans move toward quick Indiana redistricting approval

Sep. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans turned aside objections from Democrats as they moved ahead Monday toward speedy approval of proposed new Indiana election district maps that will be used for the next 10 years. The Indiana House elections committee voted 9-4 along party...

Selma courthouse annex named for civil rights pioneers

Sep. 18, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The courthouse annex in Alabama's Dallas County now bears the name of two prominent African-American attorneys and civil rights figures from the community — J.L. Chestnut and Bruce Boynton. News outlets report that a dedication ceremony was held...

Judge refuses to block enforcement of Kansas election law

Sep. 16, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge is allowing the state to keep enforcing a new election law and is expressing strong doubts about arguments that it hinders efforts to register and educate voters. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson on Thursday denied four...

Indiana redistricting plan criticized as aiding Republicans

Sep. 16, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans will keep greater control of Indiana’s Legislature than merited by the number of votes they receive, according to a political analyst who on Thursday called the state’s proposed new election districts among most skewed in the country. ...

Brazil's top court suspends vote on Indigenous land rights

Sep. 15, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Wednesday requested additional time to review a controversial ruling that could loosen protections of Indigenous lands, which may in effect leave the decision to Congress. The top court is evaluating a ruling...

Judge: Kansas must pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Wednesday to pay a total of $1.42 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. ...

Democrats revise elections bill but face Senate headwinds

Sep. 14, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats unveiled a pare- back elections bill Tuesday in hopes of kickstarting their stalled push to counteract new laws in Republican states that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot. But the new compromise legislation is likely...

Indiana Democrats bracing for Republican redistricting plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s significant population shifts over the past decade mean rural areas will lose seats in the state Legislature while Indianapolis and its surrounding suburbs will gain influence. Republicans, however, can be expected to use their iron-clad...