Voting rights

FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp participates in a debate in Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter is wading into the final days of a Georgia governor's race that's rife with charges and countercharges of attempted voter fraud and attempted voter suppression. In a letter Carter asked Republican nominee Kemp to resign from his post as Georgia secretary of state. Kemp is locked in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams, whom Carter has endorsed. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
November 02, 2018 - 7:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ahead of the Nov. 6 election, Democrats and voting rights groups in Georgia are staging massive voter protection operations. They say it is needed because the state's chief elections officer, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has a history of suppressing votes and can't impartially...
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Deborah Cox, the Ford County, Kansas, clerk, leaves the federal courthouse after a court hearing, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Topeka, Kan. The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to order Cox to open a second polling site in the southwest Kansas town of Dodge City after she moved the only one outside town. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
November 01, 2018 - 6:39 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opening a new polling site in the historic Wild West town of Dodge City just days before the election is not in the public's interest because it would likely create more voter confusion, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied the motion by the...
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CORRECTS TO REJECTED, NOT ILLEGAL - Rejected mail in ballots sit in a box as members of the canvassing board verify signatures on ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Miami. Voters go to the polls in the midterm elections Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
October 30, 2018 - 2:29 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Drawing on her years of military experience, Maureen Heard was careful to follow all the rules when she filled out an absentee ballot in 2016. She read the instructions thoroughly, signed where she was supposed to, put the ballot in its envelope and dropped it off at her county...
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October 24, 2018 - 11:24 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that Volkswagen's main stakeholder must pay 47 million euros ($54 million) in damages to investors for not making a timely disclosure of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. The dpa news agency reported that the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Amanda Cahill of the American Heart Association speaks to a rally in support of a ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes in Helena, Mont. A measure to raise tobacco taxes to extend an existing Medicaid expansion is on the November 2018 ballot. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)
October 24, 2018 - 6:02 am
Marijuana legalization. An increase in the minimum wage. Expansion of Medicaid. Come Election Day, voters in a batch of Republican-dominated states will weigh in on these and other liberal or centrist proposals that reached the ballot after bypassing state legislatures. Pushed forward via signature...
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October 15, 2018 - 2:50 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pressure is building on the Vatican to give women the right to vote during its big meetings of bishops, with petitions, protests and persuasion all giving religious sisters hope that they will have their votes heard along with their voices. The issue of women's participation in...
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September 27, 2018 - 7:53 am
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body has agreed to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 that could one day be used to prosecute violators in court. The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 35-3 on Thursday to create an "independent mechanism...
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Members of the European Parliament applaud Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, third right in green, second row from top, after members of the European Parliament after a vote in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. EU lawmakers have voted in favor of launching action against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for allegedly undermining the bloc's democratic values and rule of law. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 12, 2018 - 11:30 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban suffered a rare political setback Wednesday as European Union lawmakers voted to pursue unprecedented action against his government for allegedly undermining the bloc's democratic values and rule of law. Hungary called the action fraudulent and...
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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 - 11:38 am
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 - 6:14 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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