Latest Absentee voting News

In Hollywood of Mississippi, voter fraud like a movie script

Dec. 8, 2018 12:38 PM EST

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — In a town that calls itself the Hollywood of Mississippi, people say for years they've been hearing tales of dirty politics worthy of a movie script, like campaigns buying votes with cash or beer. But it wasn't until the past few days when the former police chief, a former fire chief...

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

Dec. 7, 2018 11:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes made to absentee voting procedures five years ago in North Carolina may have emboldened workers to run the type of illegal "ballot-harvesting" operation alleged to have been used in a disputed congressional race, election experts and lawmakers said. Some observers are concerned...

GOP House candidate would back new election if fraud shown

Dec. 7, 2018 5:47 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race said Friday that he would support a new election if it's proved that fraud changed the outcome of a contest that was decided by 905 votes. Mark Harris released a video statement addressing allegations of...

Disputed House race puts spotlight on 'ballot harvesting'

Dec. 7, 2018 12:03 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It's a practice long used...

6 accused of election misconduct in central Mississippi

Dec. 6, 2018 7:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a Mississippi town that has trouble conducting a city election without someone being accused of a crime, voter fraud charges returned on Thursday. Six people including an alderwoman and a school board member were arrested after being indicted on allegations of voting-related crimes...

North Carolina Democrat drops race concession amid probe

Dec. 6, 2018 7:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat trailing in a North Carolina congressional race withdrew his concession Thursday as state election officials investigated allegations of absentee ballot fraud. Dan McCready's reversal came as a top leader at the state's Republican Party said it would support a new election...

North Carolina congressional candidate withdraws concession

Dec. 6, 2018 7:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of a North Carolina congressional race marked by an absentee ballot fraud investigation (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Democratic candidate trailing in a North Carolina congressional race marked by an absentee fraud investigation has withdrawn his concession...

Postal scan shows 29 ballots timely mailed in House race

Dec. 6, 2018 1:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa county election official says U.S. Postal Service officials have scanned postal bar codes on 33 ballots that have not been counted in an Iowa House race and found 29 were mailed in time to be counted. A Democratic candidate the Iowa House district 55 seat who is...

Latest voter ID bill tries to address absentee ballots

Dec. 5, 2018 7:45 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A voter photo identification bill won state House approval Wednesday, a proposal now also altered to try to improve absentee ballot security in North Carolina in light of fraud allegations in a congressional district. The House version of legislation detailing how a new constitutional...

AP news guide: Undecided North Carolina congressional race

Dec. 5, 2018 4:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A very close North Carolina congressional race still hasn't been settled almost a month after Election Day, amid an investigation into alleged absentee ballot fraud that has raised questions about the credibility of the tallied outcome. The state elections board and prosecutors are...