Partisan control determines how states act on voting rights

ATLANTA (AP) — New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics ...

In abortion debates, female lawmakers recount their rapes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her collea...

Campaigns grapple with how to manage cybersecurity in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber-operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks conti...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. ...

Provisional ballots key focus in Georgia governor's race

ATLANTA (AP) — With Democrat Stacey Abrams insisting there are enough votes to keep her in Georgia's fiercely contested governor's race, a key focus will be an estimated 21,300 provisional ballots and...

Poll finds partisan divide in concerns for election security

ATLANTA (AP) — A new poll finds that a strong majority of Americans have concerns that the nation's voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers in the upcoming midterm elections. T...

States move quickly to tap into money for election security

ATLANTA (AP) — Racing to shore up their election systems before November, states are using millions of dollars from the federal government to tighten cybersecurity, safeguard their voter registration ...

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties befor...

A look at provisional ballots in primary for Kansas governor

More than 313,000 ballots were cast in the hotly contested Republican primary for Kansas governor, but the two candidates are separated by a mere 110 votes. Secretary of State Kris K...

Campaigns on their own as cyber threats roil midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — Kamala Harris has been the target of social media misinformation campaigns since she became a U.S. senator. Every month for the last 18 months, her office has discove...

State lawmakers surviving allegations in the age of #MeToo

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the #MeToo movement swept across the country, triggering a national reckoning about sexual misconduct, some politicians lost their positions and power amid such allegations....

Effects of Supreme Court voter roll decision appear limited

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they? Ohio plans to resume its process...

Female candidates across US stress gender, motherhood

ATLANTA (AP) — A record number of women are expected to run for office this year, and already they are upending traditional campaigning by emphasizing their gender as they introduce themselves to an e...

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

The first 2018 primaries are less than a month away, but federal efforts to help state and local election officials safeguard the vote have lagged. Russian meddling in the 2016 elect...

Pick to help run 2020 Census no longer under consideration

The Trump administration's pick for a key position overseeing the 2020 Census is out, the Commerce Department confirmed Monday, as civil rights groups applauded the decision. A Comme...