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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, a poll worker speaks with a voter as Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened, in Minneapolis. Early voting in the crush of Super Tuesday states that hold primaries on March 3 amounts to a parallel campaign for the Democratic nomination. While much of the focus is on who will come out on top in the traditional first four voting states, early voting will allow a much broader swath of voters to play a key role in picking the nominee. In Minnesota, in-person early voting began Jan. 17. Vermont's deadline to mail out its absentee ballots was the same day. Many of the 14 Super Tuesday states will offer some form of early voting between now and mid-February. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Early voting means 2020 primary is already here for millions

Jan. 24, 2020 2:31 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Iowa caucuses are more than a week away, but millions of Americans are already free to vote. Early voting in the crush of Super Tuesday states that hold primaries on March 3 amounts to a parallel campaign for the Democratic nomination. While much of the focus is on who will...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden kisses Penny Cordes during a campaign event on foreign policy at a VFW post Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting

Jan. 24, 2020 2:04 AM EST

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — As Joe Biden wrapped a bus tour of Iowa this week, the elderly crowd gathered at VFW Hall 7920 was a stark reminder of the former vice president's struggle to attract young people. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, needs to strengthen his standing with older voters. Elizabeth Warren has room...

Kentucky voter ID bill clears Senate, heads to House

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters would be asked to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, under a bill that won state Senate approval Thursday — but the legislation provides some exceptions. People lacking photo IDs could present debit or credit cards or Social Security...

Group drops part of voting suit, is OK with satellite sites

Jan. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A liberal group has dropped part of its lawsuit challenging Michigan's law regarding same-day voter registration at polling places, after the state clarified that people can register to vote at satellite locations established by clerks. Super PAC Priorities USA filed an amended suit...

A poll worker speaks with a voter as Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota Democratic chairman endorses tighter voter privacy

Jan. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The leader of the Democratic Party in Minnesota on Thursday endorsed an effort to protect the privacy of voters who are required to declare a party preference to participate in the state's March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary. State Chairman Ken Martin said at a news conference...

Illinois: Error registered a possible 545 noncitizen voters

Jan. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An error in Illinois' new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote, 15 of whom cast ballots, state officials publicly acknowledged this week. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office, which oversees driver's licenses, said...

Illinois assesses damage from mistaken voter registrations

Jan. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — At least three of 15 Illinois residents who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all, election officials said Wednesday in assessing the damage caused by an error in the state's automatic voter registration system. Secretary of State Jesse White's...

President Donald Trump gestures upon arrival at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats not alone in soliciting votes in Iowa; GOP is, too

Jan. 23, 2020 2:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With all eyes on Democrats as they prepare to cast their ballots in Iowa's highly anticipated kickoff caucuses, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is working to try to persuade Republican voters to turn out at their caucus sites, too — even if there's no real competition....

Ohio ballot effort underway to streamline voter registration

Jan. 23, 2020 2:00 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would be automatically registered to vote when conducting business at state Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices if voters approve a proposed ballot measure to change aspects of the state's voter registration system. The proposal announced Wednesday would also require early voting...

Kentucky voter ID bill for voting clears Senate committee

Jan. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican-led Senate panel on Wednesday loosened a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID by adding other acceptable forms of identification. The proposal now heads to the full Senate. Under the revised version, people lacking photo IDs could present other forms of...