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Jan 9, 2020

New York would automatically register voters under revised bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would automatically add any citizen that fills out a state form to the voting rolls under a revised bill set to head to the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is scheduled to push for the bill alongside voting advocates and other Democrats Thursday. Her staffers say the […]

Oct 21, 2019

Florida can’t block felons with unpaid fines from voting, federal judge rules

The right to vote for 1.4 million felons in Florida got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled that the state can’t prevent felons from voting, even if they can’t afford to pay court-ordered fines and fees. This latest chapter in the ongoing battle between voting rights activists and the Republican-led state legislature and […]

Oct 9, 2019

The famously secluded Amish are the target of a Republican campaign to drum up Pennsylvania votes for Trump

MANHEIM, Pa. – In 2016, when more than 6 million Pennsylvanians voted in the presidential election, the state’s 20 pivotal electoral votes were decided by a margin of less than 45,000 voters. Pennsylvania is home to more than 75,000 Amish people, and most who are eligible don’t vote. For two Republican operatives, those two numbers […]

Apr 18, 2018

New York state Assembly renews push for early voting, easy registration

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have again passed bills intended to make it easier for voters to participate in elections. The Democratic-led chamber on Tuesday endorsed a package of legislation including measures to authorize advance voting up to seven days before an election, overhaul the voter registration process and […]

Sep 13, 2016

US Supreme Court declines to restore early voting in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to restore a week of early voting in swing-state Ohio, a decision denounced by Democrats but praised by the state’s Republican elections chief, who noted voters can still begin casting ballots for the presidential election in less than a month. The court denied a request […]

Nov 18, 2015

Lawmakers to look for ways to make voting easier

ALBANY — A panel of New York state lawmakers is looking for ways to make voting easier. Several election officials from New York City and the state are expected to join good-government watchdogs and advocates for the disabled at Wednesday’s legislative hearing in Albany. The committee of lawmakers will review possible changes intended to encourage […]

Dec 12, 2013

Voting for public safety programs ends Monday

The voting period for the Voice of the Citizen Budgeting for Public Safety participatory budgeting initiative ends Monday, Dec. 16. Up to $200,000 may be spent on projects that were wholly created and developed by citizens. Several places to vote are located throughout the city. Residents may also vote online at When the voting […]

Dec 3, 2013

Voting starts on city’s public safety funding program

The two-week voting period for the “Voice of the Citizen” public safety budgeting has begun. Mayor Thomas S. Richards dedicated up to $200,000 — up to $50,000 per city quadrant — to be spent on projects that were wholly created and developed by residents. Ballots contain brief descriptions of the proposals. Residents may vote for […]

Jun 17, 2013

Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to […]

Oct 13, 2011

Citizen participation key to ‘Making Democracy Work’

People exercise their voice in government by voting, which is why restricting access to the ballot is the biggest threat to democracy today. That was the message of Sen. Lena Taylor of Wisconsin, who Thursday spoke ...

Jun 14, 2011

Legislator’s vote not considered free speech

In the case of Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Michael A. Carrigan, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Nevada state ethics law prohibiting legislators from voting on matters they have an interest in or are affected by.

Nov 2, 2010

Some hiccups reported with new NY voting machines

NEW YORK CITY — New York's new automated voting machines were put to the test for the first time in a general election Tuesday, and there were scattered early reports of problems. In Westchester County, one of the three ballot-scanning machines ...

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