Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a...
Iowa group seeks to add women’s voting rights statue
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa group is hoping to build a sculpture commemorating women's voting rights in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who pushed for a constitutional amendment to restore most Florida felons' voting rights are opposing a bill that sets terms for restoration.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court told Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge found that black residents' voting power had been diluted.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has simplified the process by which convicted felons can seek restoration of their voting rights.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every election year, there's heated talk about voter access and suppression. This year congressional Democrats are hoping to make it a top-tier political fight.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial...
Democratic presidential hopefuls honor Selma march
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thunder rolling above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to American democracy and called for protecting...
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Voting rights groups that charge that Ohio's congressional map was unfairly manipulated by state Republicans will have their say in federal court.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting historic spots and memorials to the struggle for racial...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on lawmakers' civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama (all times local):
Dozens of members of Congress toured a memorial to lynching...
Lawmaker: Former offenders unaware of restored voting rights
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers say some former convicted offenders who complete their sentence, parole and probation period are unaware that current state law allows for their...
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A pair of Democratic presidential candidates blasted President Donald Trump as racist on Tuesday, adding to a growing debate among the White House hopefuls over how far to go in criticizing the...
Veteran civil rights activist to speak in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — Veteran civil rights activist, journalist and author Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be the featured speaker March 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in...
Edelen calls for overhaul of criminal-justice system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen said Friday he wants to make changes to Kentucky's criminal justice system from start to finish, with proposals spanning...
Committee convened to provide input on election reforms
DETROIT (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has put together a committee to advise her administration and Michigan's Elections bureau on election reforms.
The Latest: Georgia voting problems highlighted at hearing
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a congressional field hearing in Atlanta on voting problems (all times local):
Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category.
Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials said Friday that they have nailed down the voting registration method they'll use for thousands of convicted felons whose rights will be restored under a law taking effect March 1.
Some lawmakers on the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees voting issues, said the multiple-step process is too complicated. They also want more outreach to announce the voting rights restoration that will be available to an estimated 36,000 felons.
Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say they have nailed down the voting registration method they'll use for convicted felons whose rights will be restored under a law effective March 1.
Some lawmakers Friday said the multiple-step process for the estimated 36,000 felons is too complicated. They also want more outreach to announce the voting rights restoration.
Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.
The legislation would lift the Republican-led state's unique requirement for formerly incarcerated individuals to be up-to-date on child support before restoration of voting rights, in addition to other court fines and restitution.
US judge orders remap of a Mississippi state Senate district
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that one of Mississippi's 52 state Senate districts violates the Voting Rights Act because it does not give African-American voters an "equal opportunity" to elect a candidate of their choice.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled in a lawsuit that challenges the composition of Senate District 22.
US House Democrats’ voting rights inquiry headed to Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. House Democrats are bringing a voting rights inquiry to Georgia as they look into allegations of voter suppression during the 2018 elections.
A House subcommittee will hold a Feb. 19 field hearing in Atlanta on "voting rights and election administration in Georgia."
Peter Whippy is communications director for the Committee on House Administration. He said Wednesday that the hearing would focus on issues like purging of voter rolls and poll closings.
Former AG Eric Holder to decide on 2020 bid in a few weeks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder said Tuesday he is in the final stages of deciding whether to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and plans to decide in about a month.
"I'm going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether this is something we're going to seek," Holder told reporters after headlining a voting rights forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, one of the largest outside Democratic groups announced on Thursday a $30 million effort to register voters, push ballot measures that expand voter rights and fight Republican-backed laws in court that restrict ballot access.
Native American voting rights proposal passes state Senate
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in the state Senate approved a proposal to expand voting services on tribal reservations Wednesday.
The measure passed on a 34-13 vote Wednesday and now heads to the House.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip, would require county officials to establish at least one voting drop box on any tribal reservation if requested by the tribe.
Democratic response: Abrams challenges Trump, GOP
Sit-in prompts meeting with Kentucky governor about poverty
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hoping to confront Kentucky's Republican governor, representatives from the rebooted Poor People's Campaign showed up at his office on Tuesday and refused to leave until they got a face-to-face meeting.
And instead of getting arrested, they got the meeting.
The group landed a 20 minute in-person session with Gov. Matt Bevin in front of TV cameras for an emotional conversation about voting rights, health care and gun violence.
Panel OKs governor’s bill to restore felon voting rights
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposal to restore voting rights to felons after they've served their sentences has passed its first legislative hurdle with unusual bipartisan support and rare endorsement from a broad spectrum of victim rights, civil rights and religious groups.
The two Republicans and one Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance the governor's bill to a full committee.
Stacey Abrams to take to Georgia airwaves during Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Before Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams delivers her party's rebuttal to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, she'll take her voting rights campaign to the airwaves during the Super Bowl.
Abrams' political group, Fair Fight, has bought airtime on Georgia affiliates during Sunday's NFL broadcast so the Atlanta Democrat can push for election law changes.
Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Abrams, the rising political star who marshaled the power of black women voters but narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race, will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, congressional Democrats said Tuesday.
Report: More than 312,000 felons can’t vote in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has more than 312,000 people who cannot vote because of a felony conviction, a 67 percent increase from 2006, according to a report released Tuesday.
Proposed ballot measure would let California parolees vote
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of parolees would be allowed to vote under a state constitutional amendment proposed Monday by California's secretary of state and Democratic lawmakers who called it the next civil rights issue.
Texas officials say thousands of non-citizens on voter rolls
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas elections officials said Friday that they have identified roughly 95,000 non-U.S. citizens on voter rolls going back to 1996, raising alarms among voting rights activists who called the numbers suspect and feared new efforts to tighten access to the ballot box.
New Mexico lawmakers review felon-voting rights proposal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico proposal that would give convicted felons the right to vote while they are incarcerated or on parole drew debate Wednesday, with supporters telling lawmakers the bill represented a step toward boosting voting rights for minority groups that historically have faced disproportionately high incarceration rates.
Opponents questioned why lawmakers would consider extending voting rights for criminals, especially those convicted of violent crimes.
The Latest: New Mexico lawmakers review felon-voting measure
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to ensure convicted felons do not lose vote rights while incarcerated or on parole (all times local):
A New Mexico proposal to ensure convicted felons do not lose voting rights while incarcerated or on parole has drawn debate in a committee hearing in Santa Fe.
The legislation proposed by Democratic Rep. Gail Chasey, of Albuquerque, received its first hearing Wednesday before a House committee.
Reynolds releases bill to restore felon voting rights
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is releasing her proposed bill that would restore voting rights for felons through an amendment to the Iowa Constitution.
The language released Tuesday would change Article 2 of the constitution to say a felon gets voting rights back after the sentence is discharged. That means they could vote after serving their prison time and any probation or parole.
Lobbying ‘Day of Action’ brings hundreds to Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of political activists from across Virginia gathered in Richmond on Monday to lobby in favor of driving rights for immigrants, a higher minimum wage and voting rights for felons.
The New Virginia Majority, a civic engagement group that focuses on marginalized communities, held its fifth annual Day of Action event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Kobach tells judge he’s finished legal education she ordered
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told a federal judge he's completed extra legal education that she required of him as a sanction in a voting rights lawsuit.
Kobach filed documents Friday in federal court showing he finished a six-hour course called "Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know" on Jan. 4. The course included one hour on ethics.
Poor People’s Campaign delivers demands to legislators
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Poor People's Campaign, a revival of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 campaign to tackle poverty, gathered Wednesday at the Capitol, urging state and federal lawmakers to expand voting rights, raise the minimum wage, promote renewable energy and curb military aggression.
About 25 people attended the meeting, delivered demands regarding issues they said are rarely represented in the political arena.
Reynolds seeks felon voting rights constitutional amendment
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa would no longer bar former felons from voting after they complete their sentences and would ensure that crime victims be told of major status changes involving prisoners who wronged them under constitutional amendments proposed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Reynolds used her first Condition of the State speech since being elected to a full term to outline some major policy goals, including several that would affect current and former prisoners.
Decision ending court order in GOP voting rights case upheld
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to re-impose restrictions on Republican National Committee voter activities set in motion decades ago by a New Jersey gubernatorial race.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge John Vazquez ending a court-ordered agreement, called a consent decree, to prevent the Republican National Committee from targeting minority voters.
Virginia Black Caucus unveils legislative priorities
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday outlined a legislative agenda that addresses education, civil rights, voting rights and criminal justice reforms.
On the first day of the General Assembly's 2019 session, the 21-member caucus declared its support for a number of policy proposals that the lawmakers said would improve the lives of underprivileged Virginians.
Voting rights case costs Kansas county about $70,000 so far
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A county in western Kansas has paid more than $70,000 so far to a legal firm hired to defend an official who moved Dodge City's only polling place to outside the iconic Wild West town ahead of the November election.