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Sen. Andy Billig: We need to make it easier to access democracy

We should never stop searching for ways to increase access and strengthen trust between the public and those who represent them. The people of Washington deserve nothing less.


Everything is Copy: Being enfranchised opens people to the possibilities of democracy

My motives are no different from those of my finger-wagging friends: They arise out of a desire to help. Or, perhaps more honestly, to give an opinion about the “right” …


Registering to vote brings out emotions among Florida felons

The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional …


Wisconsin’s early voting limit challenged in federal court

The fight over restricting early voting in Wisconsin returned to federal court Monday, three days after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a new limit passed during a lame-duck legislative …


3 Washington state legislative races heading for recounts

Three legislative races in Washington state are heading to a hand recount after election results are certified next week.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

Long lines, machine breakdowns mar vote on Election Day

Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.


Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre

Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, school walkouts …


State officials watching Whitman County voter registration closely ahead of November midterms

The state’s director of elections says their agency is watching the county to ensure compliance with state laws, which don’t require specific documentation proving residency, just a sworn statement. A …


Campus vote shaping up as battleground in race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes …


Idaho gets $3.2M in grant money for election security

Idaho is receiving $3.2 million from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to secure and modernize its elections systems.


Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling …


Maine’s ranked-choice voting requires some patience

A Republican businessman hoping to succeed Maine’s firebrand GOP governor was the winner in the nation’s first ranked-choice voting primary, but it could take a week for election officials to …


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: 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.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 8:03 p.m.

Current, former presidents at odds in Ecuador referendum

Ecuadoreans have voted overwhelmingly to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that is seen as a critical test of former President Rafael Correa’s enduring political strength.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Supreme Court appears sympathetic to Ohio voter purge effort

The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic Wednesday to states that seek to prune their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t voted in a while.


Outside View: Resolve to be informed

Why not resolve to make a difference? Why not resolve to become informed and have a clear understanding of the issues, rather than blindly checking a “D” or an “R” …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Shelby bucks Alabama GOP leaders in voting against Moore

Most Republican leaders in Alabama say they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday, despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria

The arrival of more than than 130,000 Puerto Ricans in Florida since Hurricane Maria has some officials anticipating a political shakeup in a battleground state dominated by the Republican party.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Coker confirms ballot errors

The Whitman County Elections Office is scrambling to correct errors with ballots for at least the seventh time in four years.


GOP-backed group ready to rumble on redistricting

A new Republican group on Thursday launched a campaign to ensure the GOP is well-positioned to draw the political boundaries that will determine future Congresses after the 2020 census.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Senator: Twitter’s actions on Russia-linked accounts lacking

Social media giant Twitter told congressional investigators Thursday it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to Russia, but the top Democrat on the Senate …


Catalans vow disputed independence vote will be peaceful

Authorities in Catalonia aim to ensure that a disputed referendum on independence from Spain will take place peacefully on Sunday despite a crackdown on the vote by the national government, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

54 suspected vote fraud cases emerge in Oregon

A study of the November 2016 election in Oregon has revealed 54 cases of suspected voter fraud, representing only .002 percent of votes cast, Oregon’s secretary of state announced Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Idaho hands over public voter data to Trump panel

The Idaho secretary of state’s office has turned over voters’ names, addresses and other public information to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Kenyan court annuls election result, setting African precedent

Kenya’s top court nullified last month’s presidential election, upholding the main opposition’s complaint that Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was aided by rigging in a shock decision that’s unprecedented in Africa.


Texas voter ID law again thrown out by judge

A federal judge Wednesday again threw out Texas’ voter ID requirements that she previously compared to a “poll tax” on minorities, dealing another court setback to state Republican leaders over …


Angola votes for 1st new president in nearly 4 decades

Angolans voted Wednesday in an election in which the defense minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will step down after 38 years in power …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

March in Lewiston will honor suffragettes

A celebratory march commemorating the women’s suffrage movement and Women’s Equality Day takes place in Lewiston on Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

A political scientist has discovered a surprising way to increase voter turnout. It starts in childhood.

Political scientist finds that children who received social skills training were noticeably more likely to vote.