Latest State elections News

North Carolina Dem takes big financial lead in US House redo

Jul. 16, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in a North Carolina U.S. House special election that was ordered after a ballot-collection scandal in the GOP-leaning district. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission late Monday showed Democrat Dan McCready...

Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Jul. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights. The election-year lawsuit was filed May 30 in federal court by four black plaintiffs with...

Dem trying to unseat Michigan's Amash raised $100K in 1 week

Jul. 16, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said Tuesday she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign for what's become a crowded — and newly competitive — three-way race. Attorney Hillary Scholten of Grand Rapids joined the race...

NC trial looks at partisan bias after US justices won't

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in the kind of political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for...

Booker's Iowa senior adviser leaves, citing personal reasons

Jul. 15, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker's Iowa senior adviser is departing his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving the New Jersey senator without one of his top staffers in a key early voting state. Iowa senior adviser Joe O'Hern confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that he had stepped down from the...

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

Jul. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Trump pushes trade deal in formerly blue Wisconsin

Jul. 12, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump barnstormed for his new trade deal with Mexico and Canada during a visit to Wisconsin on Friday, hoping that its economic impact will help him to retain a battleground state vital to his re-election effort. Trump told workers at Derco Aerospace the United...

Who's behind voting-machine makers? Money of unclear origins

Jul. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The voting-machine makers that aim to sell their systems in North Carolina are largely owned by private equity firms that don't disclose their investors. The companies didn't want the public to know even that much. North Carolina's statewide elections board demanded the machine-makers'...

Judge: Georgia must allow inspection of election databases

Jul. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Georgia election officials to allow computer experts and lawyers to review the databases used to create ballots and count votes. The ruling came Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges Georgia's election system and seeks statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots....