Latest United States general election News

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

Suspect in Iowa trooper's fatal shooting had run for sheriff

Apr. 15, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The candidate for sheriff in rural Iowa had an unusual background: a record of alcohol-related crimes that landed him in the same county jail he would run if elected. But Michael Lang, a construction worker with no policing experience, told a...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 14, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ April 14 The Advocate on Louisiana's fragile position as the pandemic continues: “A very precarious point.” That phrase comes from...

Wisconsin Senate approves Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate moved Wednesday to change state elections based largely on false claims that the November election was tainted, passing bills that would make interfering with election observers a crime and barring polling officials from...

Arizona court rules for Tucson in election date dispute

Apr. 14, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case involving Tucson that a state law on local election dates unconstitutionally tramples the the autonomy of so-called charter cities. The state high court's 5-1 ruling decides a dispute between...

Biden faces long odds in push for more state 'red flag' laws

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Joe Biden faces an uphill battle as he tries to revive a push for more state laws that would allow authorities to temporarily disarm people who are considered a danger to themselves or others. The political circumstances surrounding this...

Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leaders of three-dozen major Michigan-based companies, including General Motors and Ford, on Tuesday objected to Republican-sponsored election bills that would make it harder to vote in Michigan and other states. The businesses issued a joint...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 13, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. April 12, 2021. Editorial: Those rules that got waived for the pandemic? Let’s get rid of them Once a law or regulation is in place, it’s usually hard and time-consuming to remove. But when the pandemic shut down much of normal...

Analysis: Mississippi unlikely to ease its election laws

Apr. 11, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators imposed no new limits on the election process during their recently ended session, but this state already had some of the strictest voting laws in the U.S. Widespread early voting? Not in Mississippi. This state has a...

Neary to challenge Omaha Mayor Stothert in May election

Apr. 09, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, a Republican, will face Democrat RJ Neary in the May 11 mayoral election, the Douglas County Election Commission said Friday. The commission announced the results after counting 12,000 absentee ballots turned in during...