Latest Voting rights News

Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 15, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...

Law aims to inform people out of prison of right to vote

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill that aims to better inform people with criminal records of their voting rights has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. New Hampshire Public Radio reports sponsors say the bill clarifies an existing law detailing voting rights for convicted felons who are no...

Sununu vetoes bill on access to voter database

Jul. 13, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The ongoing fight over voting rights in New Hampshire has resulted in the veto of a bill regarding the state's centralized voter registration database. Democrats want access to parts of the database to bolster their lawsuit challenging a law that requires additional documentation from...

Duterte critics laud UN vote to scrutinize drug killings

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings. President Rodrigo...

UN rights body narrowly passes resolution on Philippines

Jul. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body has narrowly passed a resolution that includes calls for greater scrutiny in the Philippines. The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution on Thursday. The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of...

Kansas Supreme Court justice targeted by right to retire

Jul. 10, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes for abortion rights and against the death penalty made him a political target plans to retire in three months, allowing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to name a replacement before the Republican-controlled Legislature can intervene. Justice Lee...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 10, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: FREEDOM WINS WORLD CUP FOR AMERICA The Erie Times-News, July 9 Megan Rapinoe's strength lies in her fierce athletic prowess, of course, and also in her oh-so-American ability to speak clear-eyed truth, especially to power. In...

Lawsuit challenges Alabama's method of electing judges

Jul. 9, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's practice of picking its appellate judges in statewide elections results in all-white courts in a state where one in four people is African-American, civil rights activists claim in a lawsuit that will soon come before a federal judge. Oral arguments are scheduled next...

Groups sue Florida over early voting on college campuses

Jul. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates accused Florida officials of attempting to stifle turnout among young voters, contending in federal court that new elections rules could make it impossible to hold early voting on college campuses. An elections package signed into law last month by Gov. Ron...

Voting group founded by Georgia's Abrams raises $3.9 million

Jul. 9, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The political action committee for a group founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reported raising $3.9 million in the past six months. Abrams founded Fair Fight to support voting rights after narrowly losing to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in November....