Latest Voting rights News

The Latest: HK protest organizer attacked with hammers

Oct. 16, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's protests (all times local): ___ 10:05 p.m. Organizers of some of the giant demonstrations that have shaken Hong Kong say one of their leading activists has been attacked by assailants with hammers, leaving him bloody but conscious. The Civil Human Rights Front...

Iowa governor forms panel to study criminal justice bias

Oct. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she plans to push lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for felons next year and that she tasked a new working group with making recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and...

Women make up only 16% of Wyoming Legislature

Oct. 15, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A recent analysis by the Washington, D.C. nonprofit RepresentWomen ranks Wyoming 26th in the nation for gender parity in elected office. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that in a state known as the Equality State for being the first to give women the right to vote, women currently hold...

Kentucky Democrats file lawsuit over voter 'inactive list'

Oct. 10, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Democratic Party contends in a new lawsuit that the State Board of Elections placed 175,000 registered voters on an "inactive list," possibly infringing on their right to vote. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Ben Self said in a...

Abortion ban opponents conflicted in Louisiana governor race

Oct. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many hundreds of...

Virginia gov says he's restored civil rights to 22K felons

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has restored voting and other civil rights to more than 22,000 felons who have completed their sentences since taking office last year. Northam announced the milestone Wednesday. The restored rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury and run...

Federal judge weighs felon voting rights in Florida

Oct. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge urged voter advocates and Florida officials Tuesday to resolve their dispute over the rights of felons to regain the vote, as he decides whether to temporarily block a state law requiring ex-prisoners to settle outstanding fines and other legal obligations before...

Vermont city council passes proposal to let noncitizens vote

Oct. 8, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington City Council has passed a resolution that aims to let noncitizens vote in the Vermont city's elections. Councilors voted in favor of the resolution 10-2 on Monday. Councilor Adam Roof, who wrote the resolution, says everyone in Burlington should get a vote because...

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Oct. 7, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority by requiring former felons to pay fines and settle other legal debts as a condition of regaining their right to vote. The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida's...

Judge upholds voter ID, strikes parts of 2017 voting law

Oct. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has upheld voter ID as allowable under the Iowa Constitution but struck down as unconstitutional portions of a 2017 voting reform law challenged by a Hispanic civil rights group and an Iowa State University student. The law signed by former Gov. Terry Branstad requires...