Voting Rights

March 11, 2019 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a planned hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats rally ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill's sponsor, stands behind Pelosi at left. The bill aims to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 08, 2019 - 3:59 pm
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 ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and...
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FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the state’s chief election officer while he ran for governor in 2018. Abrams has alleged he mismanaged the election which she narrowly lost, an allegation which Kemp denies. (Pool video image via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 11:31 am
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. The Democrats are calling for new legislation and increasingly pressuring Republicans in both the House and Senate,...
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FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the state’s chief election officer while he ran for governor in 2018. Abrams has alleged he mismanaged the election which she narrowly lost, an allegation which Kemp denies. (Pool video image via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 2:26 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams is a woman in demand. Months removed from her surprisingly narrow defeat in the Georgia governor's race, Abrams is being heavily recruited to run for Senate, weighing another campaign for governor and even hearing overtures from prominent activists who want her to run...
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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., third from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. The infamous “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
March 04, 2019 - 2:42 am
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 the legacy of the civil rights movement with love and action. "It's time for us to defend the dream,"...
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Supporters arrive for Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign event at Navy Pier in Chicago, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Over the next several weeks, Sanders will travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and California. He will then return to Burlington, Vermont, for the official launch of his campaign. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 03, 2019 - 8:46 pm
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 local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recalling his start in the civil...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Stacey Abrams, who lost her bid for governor last fall, told members of a House subcommittee, Tuesday, July 19, 2019 in Atlanta, about myriad issues that she says disenfranchised certain Georgia voters. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
February 19, 2019 - 4:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Strict voter registration requirements, polling place confusion and other obstacles Georgia voters faced in 2018 show why federal oversight of elections is still needed in places with a history of discrimination, said several people who testified Tuesday during a congressional field...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2014 file photo President Barack Obama awards the 2013 National Humanities Medal to historian Anne Firor Scott from Chapel Hill, N.C., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor who upended the male-dominated field of Southern scholarship by pioneering the study of Southern women, has died. She was 97. Her death was announced last week by Duke University, where she taught for three decades. The citation for her humanities medal praised her "groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
February 13, 2019 - 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor who upended the male-dominated field of Southern scholarship by pioneering the study of Southern women, has died. She was 97. Her death was announced last week by Duke University, where she taught for three decades...
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February 07, 2019 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups is launching a $30 million effort to expand voting rights and fight Republican-backed laws that restrict ballot access. Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the two-year initiative will triple...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, a line of mostly students wait to vote at a Texas primary election polling site on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. The ACLU and other groups slammed Texas elections officials who say they found 95,000 people identified as non-citizens who had a matching voter registration record. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton now says many of them could have become citizens and voted legally.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
February 07, 2019 - 1:59 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' election chief on Thursday defended giving prosecutors a list of 95,000 potential noncitizens on the state's voter rolls before vetting the information, which turned out to wrongly include scores of people who were naturalized before casting legal ballots. Secretary of...
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