Latest Local elections News

Officials warn Hawaii mail voting won’t mean faster results

Nov. 13, 2019 10:52 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Elections officials warned Wednesday that shifting to voting by mail won’t mean that Hawaii election results will be available sooner. “The ability to get final results by the 10 o’clock news or midnight may be an unrealistic expectation in the transition to vote by...

The Latest: Official: Mail voting won’t mean faster results

Nov. 13, 2019 9:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii’s shift to voting by mail in the 2020 elections (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Elections officials are warning that shifting to voting by mail won’t mean that Hawaii election results will be available sooner. Honolulu County Clerk Glen Takahashi told...

County resists Pennsylvania’s push for new voting machines

Nov. 13, 2019 7:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania county is signaling that it won’t go along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence that counties buy new voting systems as a security measure in 2020’s election, when the state is expected to be a premier presidential battleground. Dauphin County...

Georgia election officials investigate prominent critics

Nov. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have opened an investigation into two prominent critics of the state’s new touchscreen voting machines, secretary of state Brad Raffensperger’s office confirmed Wednesday. Those critics called the investigation an attempt to intimidate detractors of...

Georgia editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Augusta Chronicle on Paine College’s response to a reported sexual assault on campus: When we met with Paine College’s then-President Dr. Jerry Hardee earlier this year, he explained how the school treats its student body like a tight-knit...

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,...

Neglected heartland seen as key to Brexit-dominated election

Nov. 13, 2019 5:30 AM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — In Hartlepool, a tough, proud English port town whipped by bitter North Sea winds, people have long felt ignored by politicians in far-off London. But not anymore. Political parties in Britain's Brexit-dominated December election are battling fiercely to win Hartlepool and places...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

Unproven fraud claims seen in state races could cloud 2020

Nov. 12, 2019 4:04 PM EST

As Kentucky's Republican governor trailed by thousands of votes in his re-election bid and Democrats took the reins of the Virginia Statehouse, social media posts offered an unsubstantiated explanation for the Election Day results: voter fraud. The messages seized on small-scale voting issues or pushed inaccurate...

Report: Election vendors are 'prime targets,' need oversight

Nov. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The private companies that make voting equipment and build and maintain voter registration databases lack any meaningful federal oversight despite the crucial role they play in U.S. elections, leaving the nation's electoral process vulnerable to attack, according to a new report. The Brennan...