Latest Judicial elections News

Judges: Democrats not on hook for GOP redistricting fees

Aug. 23, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has ruled that Democrats who challenged Republican-drawn political boundary maps do not have to pay attorneys' fees and costs the GOP incurred in defending against a gerrymandering lawsuit. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Friday that the judges denied a...

Polish judges want lawmakers to probe hate campaign

Aug. 21, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations. The judges of the independent Iustitia association also demanded that Justice...

Senate panel to discuss reducing number of USC trustees

Aug. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of state senators is meeting this week to discuss a bill that would cut the number of trustees overseeing the University of South Carolina by nearly half to 11. The bill was introduced in April and will likely get even more attention after trustees were nearly split on hiring...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Judge disqualifies Norton from seeking election to Senate

Aug. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has disqualified state Rep. Barbara Norton from seeking election to the state Senate. News outlets report District Judge Craig Marcotte ruled Friday that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Norton does not live in the house she claims as her residence. The...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...

Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward

Aug. 16, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge will allow Tucson voters to decide whether their town should become Arizona's first "sanctuary city." Pima County Superior Court judge Douglas Metcalf on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from a November election. The Arizona Daily Star reports three...

Judge orders release of Maryland county voter registration

Aug. 15, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release of the voter registration list for Maryland's largest county. Judicial Watch, a conservative group that sued the state elections board for the voter registration list for Montgomery County, said Thursday it's time for states to clean up state voter...

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

Lawsuit challenges judicial elections in NC's largest county

Aug. 14, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the new way of electing District Court judges in North Carolina's largest county says the law divides the county into two predominant racial groups and sorts the voters into districts by race. The action challenges a law passed in 2018 that puts Mecklenburg...