GOP Rep. Peter King retiring, giving Dems new 2020 target

U.S. 11/11/19, 14:24

Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced Monday he won't seek reelection, enhancing Democrats' chances to grab yet another suburban House seat as they defend their majority in 2020. In the latest indication that congressional Republicans are rallying behind ...

Census citizenship question could transform state elections

Texas 05/31/19, 15:04

Computer files discovered in the home of a Republican operative who died last year contain a blueprint for how the GOP could extend its domination of legislatures in states where growing Latino populations favor Democrats and offer compelling context about a related case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.The files ...

Georgia stops voting by felons using broadest reading of law

U.S. 05/28/19, 10:27

Leon Brown is trusted enough to drive a tractor-trailer inside one of the nation's busiest seaports more than six years after being released from prison. But he's not allowed to vote in Georgia because of a law rooted in the years after the Civil War, when whites sought to keep ...

Germany’s Social Democrats head for a pasting in Bremen vote

Europe 05/26/19, 11:50

The Social Democrats, Germany's main center-left party, appears headed for its worst-ever result in a state election in Bremen, which it has run for 73 years, as well as a dire showing in the European Parliament election.Exit polls for ARD and ZDF television put support for the Social Democrats at ...

Update: Bishop wins GOP primary in NC special election

U.S. 05/14/19, 19:58

The Latest on a Republican primary election for a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat (all times local):8:50 p.m.Republicans in North Carolina have chosen state Sen. Dan Bishop as their party's nominee in a special congressional election ordered after a ballot fraud scandal marred last year's race.Voters on Tuesday selected Bishop ...

North Carolina ‘bathroom bill’ sponsor bidding for US House

U.S. 05/11/19, 08:45

A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state's so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal .State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is a leading contender ...

APNewsBreak: Forced congressional election to top $1.2M

U.S. 03/29/19, 13:26

The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year's contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative's ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million.The state elections board said Friday the 9th congressional district contest now headed toward a 10-candidate Republican ...

Criminal charges in undecided N. Carolina congressional race

U.S. 02/27/19, 12:16

The North Carolina political operative at the center of a ballot fraud scandal was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges over activities in the 2016 elections and the Republican primary in 2018.Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman announced that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was arrested after grand jury indictments alleging illegal ...

Well-known Republicans steer clear of disputed US House race

U.S. 02/27/19, 01:05

Three well-known Republicans are staying out of a North Carolina congressional race that had to be re-run because suspicions of ballot fraud tainted the first try, leaving lesser-known candidates to try to maintain the GOP's 50-year hold on the seat.Mark Harris, the apparent winner of the 9th Congressional District race ...

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

U.S. 02/26/19, 14:55

The Republican candidate whose apparent victory in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election, saying he needs surgery late next month.In a statement, Mark Harris said he's skipping the upcoming re-do ...

Criminal charges possible in North Carolina’s US House fight

U.S. 02/22/19, 17:54

With a new election ordered in North Carolina's disputed congressional race, a key question remains unanswered: Who could face criminal charges after a state elections board hearing exposed evidence of ballot fraud?Among those in potential legal trouble are the central figure in the scandal, political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, and ...

Key players in disputed congressional race in North Carolina

U.S. 02/19/19, 15:53

The investigation into ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional race involves a mix of characters, including a nationally known election lawyer and a local political operative suspected of illegal practices.After Republican Mark Harris appeared to have eked out a victory over Democrat Dan McCready last November in ...

N. Carolina elections board weighs re-doing marred election

U.S. 02/19/19, 01:10

North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents.The state elections board could decide as early as Tuesday whether that was unfortunate but tolerable, or whether to order a new election in the 9th ...

Hearing into unresolved US House race could find winner

U.S. 02/16/19, 08:26

Evidence collected over months and being unveiled Monday could reveal whether the nation's last undecided congressional election was either tainted by so much ballot-tampering that a winner cannot be declared - or that the actual winner was unfairly denied the seat.North Carolina's state elections board holds at least two days ...

ACLU slams Texas’ findings on potential non-citizen voters

Texas 01/28/19, 18:55

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. The ACLU, along with a dozen other voter and ...

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls

Texas 01/27/19, 10:24

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. The state has been one of the nation’s biggest ...

Judge weighs GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Politics 01/22/19, 00:02

A North Carolina judge was scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday into declaring the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race the winner despite an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. A trial judge in the state capital was expected to hear lawyers for candidate Mark ...

Prominent figure quits German far-right party for new group

Europe 01/11/19, 09:44

The far-right Alternative for Germany faces a new challenge from a breakaway faction after a once-prominent member confirmed Friday that he has quit to found a rival party.Andre Poggenburg told German news agency dpa that he believes his new movement stands a chance of entering state parliament in regional elections ...

Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard

U.S. 01/09/19, 20:53

Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant former ...

GOP candidate asks North Carolina court to declare he won

01/03/19, 13:38

The Republican in the nation's last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn't act.A lawsuit by GOP candidate Mark Harris claims the disbanded elections board had been declared unconstitutional, so its investigation into ...

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