Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not be counted by machine.
The Latest: At least 55,000 ballots in Senate hand recount
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):
Election offices across Florida will have to hand count at a bare minimum almost 54,000 ballots in the U.S. Senate race.
A survey of 64 of Florida's 67 counties by The Associated Press put the number of overvotes and undervotes Thursday evening at 53,769 ballots in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott.
Recount planned after school bond narrowly approved
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Canyon County Elections Office announced its plan for a recount after the Vallivue School District's $65.3 million bond barely received voters' apparent approval.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat in the Kentucky House want to spare lawmakers from having to referee election disputes after dealing with an agonizingly close election...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have passed several bills to make it easier to vote and boost confidence in elections.
In the state House, the measures include requiring automatic recounts...
Hamilton County commissioner recalled in close vote
AURORA, Neb. (AP) — A Hamilton County commissioner has been recalled in a close vote.
Unofficial results say a little over 51 percent of voters opted to recall District 4 Commissioner Gregg Kremer in Tuesday's election.
Tanner Greenough started the recall petition drive to remove Kremer. He said Kremer no longer represented his constituents, especially when it comes to county ambulance service.
Key election officials have no previous election experience
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's new secretary of state and two key election supervisors in some of the state's most-populous counties have never run an election.
The officials have taken over central roles for future elections, with no previous experience besides voting themselves. They include recently appointed Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link.
GOP candidate withdraws challenge for Kentucky House seat
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — His political future down to a coin flip, a Kentucky Republican walked away from an election challenge Friday in a decision that will keep a Democrat in the state legislature and likely avoid a lengthy lawsuit.
Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican DJ Johnson on Election Day by a one-vote margin. Kentucky has no automatic recounts, so the State Board of Elections certified Glenn as the winner.
State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn’t cast a valid ballot
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Whether they meant to or not, more than 83,000 Florida voters didn't cast a valid vote for governor, according to a new report prepared by state officials.
The combined total of invalid ballots outnumbered Republican Ron DeSantis's margin of victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum by more than 50,000 votes. The race between DeSantis and Gillum was so close that it triggered an automatic statewide recount.
Attorney claims improper interference at Kentucky recount
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — First a Kentucky state House race went to the Democrat by a single vote, and then a recount declared the race a tie. Now there's a flurry of back and forth drama, with the Democrat's attorney accusing the Republican side of improperly pressuring election officials and the GOP candidate's legal team calling the allegation "false and scurrilous."
Connecticut House to decide fate of contested seat
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A special four-member committee of the Connecticut House of Representatives is unable to reach agreement on whether to call a new election for a contested legislative seat.
The Committee on Contested Elections announced Monday it was unable to reach a consensus over the weekend and is now sending two separate recommendations to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to consider. Leaders are considering how to proceed.
Recount in Kentucky House races ends in tie
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A recount in a Kentucky state House race originally won by a Democrat by a single vote has ended in a tie after the local board of elections decided to open and count five absentee ballots that had previously been rejected. It's unclear what comes next.
The Latest: Recount in Kentucky House race ends in tie
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a recount for Kentucky House district 13 (all times local):
A recount in a contested Kentucky state House race where a Democrat was elected by a one-vote margin has ended in a tie.
Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson on Election Day by one vote. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount at Johnson's request.
Recount in contested Kentucky state House election ends in tie
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Recount in contested Kentucky state House election ends in tie.
Recount begins in Kentucky House seat Democrat won by 1 vote
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Election officials in Kentucky are reviewing ballots cast in a state House race where a Democrat was elected by just one vote.
Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in November. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount in the race after Johnson asked for it. The Daviess County Board of Elections will oversee the recount, scheduled to begin Saturday at 7 a.m. CST.
Voting machine makers appeal Wisconsin nondisclosure ruling
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two voting machine manufacturers are appealing a Wisconsin judge's ruling allowing former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's experts to comment on their review of the state's election software.
Stein's request for a recount of Wisconsin's 2016 presidential election results grants her the right to review voting machines. The review hasn't been scheduled yet, but it could reveal whether the devices were hacked.
Recount set for Saturday in disputed Kentucky House district
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Local election officials have scheduled a recount for a Kentucky House race decided by one vote.
The Daviess County Board of Elections will recount results from House District 13 on Saturday. Local election officials say they plan to finish the recount in one day.
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Review of Wisconsin voting machines could be made public
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election security experts are watching a Wisconsin court case stemming from the 2016 presidential recount that could result in the first public conclusions on whether closely guarded ballot-counting machines were hacked or failed to perform.
The key question at the heart of the case is whether former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be allowed to comment publicly on what her auditors find in a review of Wisconsin voting machines' computer code.
Suspended county elections supervisor resigns
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A suspended Florida county elections supervisor who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election has resigned.
Susan Bucher, a Democrat, sent a letter Friday to the Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially stepping down as Palm Beach County elections supervisor.
DeSantis suspended Bucher earlier this month, and the state Senate would have had the final say in whether she should have been permanently removed.
Correction: Kentucky Contested Election story
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a story Jan. 23 about a contested Kentucky House election, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Anna Whites represented DJ Johnson. She is the attorney for Jim Glenn.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Kentucky GOP lawmakers order recount in House election
Republican lawmakers in Kentucky order recount of state House election in which the GOP candidate lost by one vote
Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result.
Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is to be inaugurated on Tuesday.
Democrats pull lawsuits challenging Florida election laws
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Groups aligned with Democrats have pulled some of their lawsuits challenging Florida election laws.
Florida's close November election triggered a mandatory recount in three races. While the recount was going on, then-U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and others filed several lawsuits. The lawsuits went after the rules that were being used to count ballots.
Tshisekedi declared Congo’s president, but runner-up revolts
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country's "only legitimate president."
The Latest: Tshisekedi says his win a victory for all Congo
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
Congo's President-elect Felix Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the Constitutional Court's decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election was a victory for the entire country.
Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political.
Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule on a challenge to the presidential election, with the government on Friday dismissing an unprecedented request by the African Union continental body to delay releasing the final results because of "serious doubts" about the vote.
Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends West Palm Beach election supervisor who failed to meet November election recount deadlines
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends West Palm Beach election supervisor who failed to meet November election recount deadlines.
Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court on Tuesday began hearing an appeal against the presidential election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who claimed he lost because of massive electoral fraud.
Fayulu demanded a recount of the Dec. 30 vote, claiming the electoral commission published results wildly different from those obtained at polling stations. The appeal also says the results were published before the end of the compilation operations across the country.
Hawaii lawmakers draft bills for recounts in close elections
HONOLULU (AP) — At least three state senators are drafting legislation that would require automatic recounts in close election races in Hawaii.
The bills being drafted seek to avoid or more quickly resolve election disputes such as the one ongoing for a Honolulu City Council seat, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Congo’s neighbors call for vote recount in troubled election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's neighbors are calling for a vote recount in the disputed presidential election and suggesting the formation of a government of national unity to avoid possible instability.
The statements by the southern African and Great Lakes regional blocs put new pressure on the government of outgoing President Joseph Kabila to find a peaceful and transparent solution to a growing electoral crisis in one of Africa's largest and most mineral-rich nations.
Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring on Saturday that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."
The Latest: Congo runner-up asks court to order vote recount
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu confirms that he has filed a court challenge to the election results asking for a recount.
The constitutional court has seven days to consider it.
Fayulu has alleged a backroom deal between the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, and President Joseph Kabila.
Panel begins process of reviewing contest House election
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A special four-member committee of the Connecticut House of Representatives has begun the process of reviewing a contested election.
The two Democrats and two Republicans decided Friday to ask the candidates in the 120th Assembly District to provide them list of potential witnesses and related documentation by Tuesday.
The Committee on Contested Elections hopes to hold a hearing with invited witnesses on Jan. 18.
Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes a "meaningful opportunity to be heard" regarding her suspension by March 31.
State high court rejects Ewa Democrat’s request for recount
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court said Wednesday that Republican Kurt Fevella won the state Senate seat representing Ewa Beach, as it rejected a request by his Democratic opponent Matt LoPresti for a recount of ballots cast on Nov. 6.
The unanimous ruling means the state Senate will have an opposition party for the first time in two years. The 25-member chamber was all-Democrat from 2016 to 2018 after longtime Hawaii Kai Republican state Sen. Sam Slom lost to Sen. Stanley Chang.
Lawmaker in contested race to be sworn in as probe begins
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Phil Young will take the oath of office when the new legislative session convenes, even though it's unclear he'll keep the job.
A spokesman for the House Democrats said Tuesday the Stratford lawmaker will be sworn in Wednesday, opening day of the General Assembly. But also Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution creating a four-member committee that has until Feb. 4 to review the contested 120th Assembly District results.
Alaska court upholds Republican recount win in House race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the results of a recount in a disputed state House race that showed Republican Bart LeBon winning by one vote.
The court issued a brief order affirming the decision by Alaska's former elections director following arguments earlier in the day in Anchorage. The court said a full opinion would follow.
The Latest: Alaska Supreme Court upholds recount result
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a disputed Alaska House race (all times local):
Republican Bart LeBon has won a disputed state House race after the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the recount results that gave him a one-vote victory over Democrat Kathryn Dodge.
The court issued a brief order affirming the decision by Alaska's former elections director following arguments heard by the court Friday morning. The court said a full opinion would follow.
Court says election dispute to be settled by House panel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It's up to a special committee of the Democratic-controlled Connecticut House of Representatives to determine the ultimate winner of a legislative election.
In a decision read Friday from the bench, the Connecticut Supreme Court says it's up to the House, not the state's highest court, to certify the winner of Stratford's 120th Assembly District.
Judge backs Alaska elections division in disputed recount
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections properly recounted votes in a state House race decided by one vote, a Superior Court judge decided Thursday.
The Alaska Supreme Court named Judge Eric Aarseth as a special master to prepare a report on the recount appeal by Democrat Kathryn Dodge. The recount showed her losing by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon in a race for a seat from Fairbanks in the Alaska House.
Maine governor calls new ranked voting system ‘repugnant’
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor has cast more doubt on a recent congressional election, which the losing GOP incumbent is seeking to nullify in a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state's new voting system.
Election recount confirms Georgia lawmaker lost by 2 votes
ATLANTA (AP) — A recount of the votes confirms a Georgia lawmaker lost his seat by just two votes in a court-ordered repeat of last May's primary election.
Official results of the Tuesday recount by Banks, Habersham and Stephens counties once again show challenger Chris Erwin barely defeated state Rep. Dan Gasaway in northeast Georgia's House District 28. The new tally of the 7,040 ballots yielded the same final count as the Dec. 4 special primary between the two Republican rivals.
Close win: Democrat has subpoena for Kentucky House Speaker
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Democrat facing a recount following his one-vote victory in a state House race sought to subpoena the state's incoming Republican speaker on Friday.
Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in House district 13. The Kentucky State Board of Elections certified those results. But Johnson has asked the state House of Representatives, where Republicans control 61 out of 100 seats, to conduct a recount.
Florida Senate won’t block election chief’s suspension
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday.
Recount? Georgia lawmaker lost do-over by 2 of 7,040 votes
ATLANTA (AP) — A race for a statehouse seat in Georgia still isn't resolved, despite a court-ordered repeat of last May's primary election.
Official results show a state lawmaker losing his seat by just two votes. Now he's waiting for state certification, due Dec. 18, before deciding whether to request a recount.
The close finish in House District 28 entitles state Rep. Dan Gasaway of Homer to a recount. He told The Associated Press on Monday that "it's premature to comment either way."
Election dispute headed to Connecticut Supreme Court
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dispute over a Connecticut state legislative race won by an incumbent Democrat by 13 votes in a recount is headed to the state Supreme Court.
The court has agreed to hear an appeal by state Republicans involving Stratford's 120th House District. Arguments before the court are scheduled for Dec. 21 in Hartford.
GOP won’t commit to seating Democrat in close Kentucky race
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — GOP leaders in Kentucky won't commit to seating a Democrat who ousted a Republican incumbent by just one vote in a contested election, setting up a potential partisan clash when the legislature convenes next month.
Democrat Jim Glenn got 6,319 votes on election day while Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson received 6,318 votes. The State Board of Elections certified Glenn as the winner, and he says officials have already assigned him an office, parking space and nameplate.
Alaska high court appoints special master in ballot dispute
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed a special master to weigh ballot questions raised by a Democratic state House candidate.
Democrat Kathryn Dodge is challenging the result of a recount that showed her losing by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon in a Fairbanks House race.
The Supreme Court appointed Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth as a special master to conduct hearings and any other proceedings necessary to issue a report by Dec. 21.
Candidate alleges ballot count errors in Alaska House race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Democrat challenging the results of an Alaska House race said errors made by election officials threaten to deprive her of the seat.
Kathryn Dodge, through her attorney, filed an appeal Wednesday with the Alaska Supreme Court seeking a resolution of the matter by Jan. 14, the day before the legislative session begins.
The filing argues that the "lawful winner" cannot be sworn in until the court makes a ruling.