Voting Rights

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, speaks during a news conference outside of his home, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common purpose." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
February 02, 2019 - 6:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker leaped into the 2020 presidential race on Friday with a call for Americans to unite in a time of bitter polarization while some of his Democratic rivals are taking a more combative stance as they vie to take on President Donald Trump. Booker's entry into the Democratic...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with American manufacturers in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Washington. Trump was signing an executive order pushing those who receive federal funds to "buy American." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 31, 2019 - 8:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that "unity" will be the theme of his first State of the Union address under divided government and that he respects Stacey Abrams, who will give the Democratic response. "I hope she does a good job. I respect her," Trump said of Abrams, who...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, then-Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate in Atlanta. Abrams is an unusual and historic choice to deliver the opposition response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union, but Democratic leaders are signaling their emphasis on black women and on changing states like Georgia. Abrams will be the first black woman to deliver an opposition response. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
January 31, 2019 - 9:01 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams is taking her voting rights campaign to the airwaves in her home state during the Super Bowl. Abrams' political group has bought airtime on Georgia affiliates during Sunday's NFL broadcast so the Atlanta Democrat can push for election law changes. Abrams narrowly lost...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer says Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
January 29, 2019 - 6:05 pm
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. The choice...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Civil rights groups are asking Texas officials to walk back a letter that questioned the citizenship of thousands of voters and prompted President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud. Paxton told supporters in a fundraising email Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that many of those people could have become citizens and voted legally. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
January 28, 2019 - 5:55 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights groups demanded Monday that Texas officials walk back their recent suggestion that tens of thousands of non-citizens may have voted in the state since 1996, an announcement that spurred President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud...
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Following a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer service at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right walk with NAACP President Brenda Murphy during a march to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 21, 2019 - 7:46 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ralph Northam, center, arrives to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address during a joint session of the Virginia Legislature in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. On Thursday, Jan. 10, a federal judicial panel is reviewing proposals to redraw some state House districts that it determined were racially gerrymandered. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 10, 2019 - 12:58 pm
As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties. First up was a court hearing...
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A protestor runs from teargas launched by riot police during a demonstration of unionist and yellow vests, in Creteil, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. About 200 protesters, including unionists and yellow vests, gathered Wednesday in Creteil, a Paris suburb, as Macron was doing a visit in a facility dedicated to handball. Some scuffles broke out with police forces that used tear gas to keep the crowd at a distance from the French leader. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
January 09, 2019 - 11:07 am
PARIS (AP) — Activists from a French protest movement encouraged supporters Wednesday to set off a bank run by emptying their accounts, while the government urged citizens to express their discontent in a national debate instead of weekly demonstrations disrupting the streets of Paris. Activists...
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Pastor Wesley Tunstall praises God while addressing media at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla. Tunstall, a convicted felon, registered to vote on Tuesday, the first day that Amendment 4, which restores the right to vote for most felons, went into effect. (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)
January 08, 2019 - 1:12 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional amendment. "I'll be a human being again. I'll be an American citizen again," Robert Eckford...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 11:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hope to turn the issue of voting rights into an argument that's just as persuasive to voters in 2020 as health care proved to be in 2018. And there's already competition among likely presidential hopefuls to prove they're the most aggressive in advocating for the right...
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