Latest Voting News

Education lacking on Missouri ID law, critics argue in court

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of Missouri's new voter identification law argued in court Monday that election officials hadn't done enough to help residents navigate the changes, countering the secretary of state's position that his 18-month informational campaign "far exceeded" the legal...

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Aug. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a new secretary of state on Monday after his previous one resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters. The Republican governor announced in a statement that he appointed Texas Workforce Commission Chair...

Correction: Election 2020-Native Americans story

Aug. 19, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about a forum on issues related to the Native American community, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Elizabeth Warren claimed Cherokee citizenship. She had claimed Native American ancestry. A corrected version of the story is below: Native American voters,...

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

Georgia voters challenge legality of new election system

Aug. 19, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters who want hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the new election system state officials are rushing to implement in time for next year's presidential primaries, saying the new touchscreen machines remain vulnerable and their results unverifiable, even though they produce...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...

Judge orders paper ballot contingency plan for Georgia

Aug. 16, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they've set to implement an entirely new voting system, they'll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That's according to a Thursday ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg....

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019, use hand-marked paper ballots if new system not ready for 2020

Aug. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019, use hand-marked paper ballots if new system not ready for 2020.

Georgia's Abrams announces new voter protection program

Aug. 13, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she's launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020. Abrams revealed...