Voting Rights

Republican Brian Kemp, right, speaks during a news conference as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal listens in the Governor's ceremonial office at the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he's captured enough votes to become governor despite his rival's refusal to concede. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
November 12, 2018 - 3:04 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — His election still undecided, Republican Brian Kemp is proceeding as a victorious candidate and promising to be a governor for all Georgians. That might not be so easy. Should his narrow lead hold over Democrat Stacey Abrams and ultimately send him to the governor's mansion, Kemp...
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Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
November 07, 2018 - 4:11 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp declared victory Wednesday in the Georgia governor's race, though Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign insists that enough ballots remain to leave open the possibility of a runoff. The Associated Press has not called the contest. Ryan Mahoney, a top Kemp campaign...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks during a rally at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga. The official office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Sunday, Nov. 4, it is investigating the state Democratic Party in connection with what it said was an attempted hack of the state’s online voter database that will be used at polling places in Tuesday’s election. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
November 04, 2018 - 9:57 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation's hottest governor's races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reporting emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2002 file photo, Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, at podium, announces a legal challenge to the recently enacted Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which denies qualified, lawful, permanent residents of the United States the opportunity to continue employment as screeners because they are not at the moment citizens, at the ACLU/SC in Los Angeles. Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died at age 91. Ripston died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
November 03, 2018 - 10:49 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramona Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died. She was 91. Ripston died Saturday at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter. As...
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Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Sept.11, 2018. The European Parliament debates whether Hungary should face political sanctions for policies that opponents say are against the EU's democratic values and the rule of law. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 12, 2018 - 7:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday to launch action against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for allegedly undermining the bloc's democratic values and rule of law. Hungary called the vote fraudulent and vowed to challenge it. The lawmakers voted 448-...
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File-This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. Officials have fired a consultant, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, after widespread opposition erupted over a proposal to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county, the county’s lawyer said Thursday. Randolph County lawyer Tommy Coleman gave The Associated Press a letter he sent Wednesday to consultant Mike Malone ending the contract. (AP Photos/John Amis, File)
August 24, 2018 - 1:38 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials in a majority black county in rural south Georgia took less than a minute Friday to scrap a proposal to eliminate most of the local polling places, after the plan drew criticism from all over the country. Concern about the proposal to close seven of the county's...
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August 06, 2018 - 8:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29. Mrs. Obama, a...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, makes a comment during a forum for Democratic candidates for governor in Topeka, Kan. Kelly the leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past backing of tough voter identification policies as her party prepares for the possibility that the champion of those measures, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)
August 01, 2018 - 7:26 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past backing of tough voter identification policies as her party prepares for the possibility that the champion of those measures, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. Democrats...
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February 12, 2018 - 4:45 am
Legal challenges to a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote are headed to trial next month. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday added additional days to a previously scheduled trial that begins March 6 in Kansas City, Kansas. The new schedule sets aside eight days...
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Dreamstime
April 17, 2017 - 8:21 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Kansas' top elections official to turn over a proposed changes to federal voting rights laws that he took to a meeting with President Donald Trump. After privately examining the documents, U.S. Magistrate James O'Hara ruled Monday that parts of...
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