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With Russian hacking fresh in mind, Washington state beefs up elections cybersecurity

Washington is widely considered to have one of the more secure elections systems, in part because the state’s mail-in balloting means the state has a paper record for almost every …


Dem heavyweight loses in NY as Trump picks win

As Donald Trump’s party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president’s hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Turkey: Partial results show Erdogan leading in elections

Polls closed Sunday in Turkey’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections, which could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.


Seattle’s head tax is dead, but political debate may reverberate

Seattle’s head tax didn’t last long, but the thud from City Hall when the tax on large employers was put to the sword this month may reverberate. Business lobbyists who …



With general election contest still ahead, Idaho gov hopefuls already have spent more than $11 million

The post-primary numbers are in for campaign spending in the primary race for Idaho governor this year, and they’re pretty eye-popping.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Iraqi lawmakers approve manual ballot recount in May 12 vote

Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of a manual ballot recount after allegations of widespread fraud in the country’s recently held parliamentary elections, a lawmaker said, a development that …


Libyan rivals agree to Dec. 10 elections despite unrest

Rival Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on Tuesday tentatively agreed on a roadmap leading to parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 10, but the plan faces major obstacles in the …


Pompeo: U.S. will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

Polls open for Idaho’s crowded, contested primary elections

With polling stations open across the state, Idaho voters began casting ballots in several competitive and crowded races Tuesday morning.


At Iraq’s polls, voters seek patronage and jobs

As Iraq waits for the results of its national elections, the Associated Press is publishing accounts from the polling stations to understand why Iraqis voted, or didn’t vote, the way …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country …


Metropolitan King County Council passes measure to fund prepaid postage for mail-in ballots

The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday passed a measure to fund prepaid postage on mail-in ballots for this year’s elections.


Low turnout worries politicians as Lebanon voting ends

Lebanon’s first national elections in nine years were marked by a tepid turnout Sunday, reflecting voter frustration over endemic corruption and a stagnant economy. Politicians urged citizens to vote and …


Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

Turkey’s parliament has approved holding the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria.


Legislation: Let DC teens vote in presidential elections

The mayor of Washington, D.C., and a majority of the council are voicing support for letting 16-year-olds vote for president.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Stephanie Cates stepping down as chairwoman of Spokane County GOP

Cates said Friday her decision is due to the lack of time she can devote to aiding candidates ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious midterm election …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 11:54 a.m.

Mueller may be using Manafort probe to dig into ’16 campaign

New documents reveal that special counsel Robert Mueller may be trying to use his investigation of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to probe deeper into Trump’s 2016 presidential …


UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Hungarian populist Orban wins new term, party super majority

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his “decisive” re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appeared to have won Sunday were “an opportunity to defend …


Sierra Leone declares opposition leader the new president

Sierra Leone’s election commission declared main opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio as the West African nation’s new president Wednesday, giving the opposition party its first presidency in 10 years.


Facebook says it’s making progress in election preparedness

Facebook says it is making progress weeding out fake accounts and fake news on its service as part of its efforts to prevent election interference ahead of the U.S. midterms.


Local Democrats to meet to elect state delegates, adopt platform

Democrats in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th Legislative Districts are invited to attend the party’s biennial legislative district caucus and convention Saturday morning in the gym of Cheney …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Cambridge Analytica was paid $50,000 for work in Spokane City Council races last year against Beggs, Mumm

Breean Beggs remembers the call: a pollster asking questions about Spokane City Council races – including his own. “They said, ‘This is Cambridge Analytica,’ ” Beggs said.


Facebook data whistleblower: ‘fake news to the next level’

A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that “took fake news to the next level,” a former employee …


Facebook’s recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

Facebook has a problem it just can’t kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


Top intel official: U.S. must do more to stop Russian meddling

The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow’s activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Striking West Virginia teachers to return to class Thursday

Striking teachers in West Virginia are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Rep. Scott pushes revised version of sidelined bill to limit bond, levy elections

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott was back Monday with a new version of her bill to limit repeat tax levy and bond elections – this time limited just to bonds.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

Rep. Scott’s bill to limit repeat bond, levy elections gets derailed

Coeur d’Alene Rep. Paul Amador successfully blocked Rep. Heather Scott’s amendment to her own bill limiting bond and levy elections on Friday, offering his own instead, and the bill ended …