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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Legislative panel urged to restore voting rights to felons sooner

Senate committee considers possible changes to allowing felons to have their voting rights restored sooner.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Georgia stops voting by felons using broadest reading of law

Georgia stops felons from voting using strictest reading of vague law introduced after Civil War.


Native voting rights law signed

Tribal members in Washington will have an easier time registering to vote and casting ballots under a law signed Thursday.


Native American voting assistance passes Legislature

Some unique challenges tribal members face in voting could be removed under a bill that received final legislative approval Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Washington Legislature considers removing barriers to voting on reservations

Native American Voting Rights Act would remove some barriers to voting on the reservations.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Florida passes initiative to restore felons’ voting rights

Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 million ex-felons to regain their voting rights.


Kansas voting rights trial has national implications

A conservative Republican who has supported President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal votes cost Trump the popular vote in 2016 will have to prove Kansas has a …


Kansas voting rights trial has national implications

A conservative Republican who has supported President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal votes cost Trump the popular vote in 2016 will have to prove Kansas has a …


Spin Control: Pre-filed bills try to get a jump on session

Pre-filed bills sometimes get legislators started the coming legislative session.


Poland slams EU Parliament actions as ‘scandalous’

Poland’s government hit back Wednesday after the European Parliament launched action over concerns that the right-wing government in Warsaw has compromised the independence of the judiciary and risks breaching fundamental …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Judge again finds discrimination in Texas’ voter ID law

Dealing Texas another rebuke over voting rights, a judge Monday again ruled that Republican lawmakers purposefully designed a strict voter ID law to disadvantage minorities and effectively dampen their growing …


Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Voting Rights bill moves forward on narrow vote in Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Many Washington cities and counties could elect their council and commission members by district under a bill some senators described Thursday as a voting rights act and others …


North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper to state lawmakers: Go home

Responding to the General Assembly’s effort to limit his power before he takes office Jan. 1, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said it’s time for lawmakers to go home.


Appeals court orders removal of proof-of-citizenship voting requirements

A U.S. elections agency must remove a proof-of-citizenship requirement from a federal form used by people in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia to register to vote for November’s election, a federal …


Pasco approves consent decree in ACLU voting rights lawsuit

The Pasco City Council has approved the submission of documents to a federal judge agreeing that the city’s at-large system for electing council members violates the federal Voting Rights Act.


Washington jails fail to provide voting access, report says

While most of the country is actively engaged in the election process, an entire class of individuals – inmates in Washington state jails – can’t participate because the officials charged …


Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: There’s little time left to fight the GOP’s Jim Crow 2.0

A new generation of Jim Crow-style laws is facing federal court challenges, and they are being thrown out or significantly weakened, one by one. But it’s not clear if the …


Pasco’s voting system weakens Latino voice, ACLU lawsuit says

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following up on a lawsuit that forced voting changes in Yakima with a similar case against Pasco, alleging that the …


Key ruling helps to safeguard voter rights

A law that makes it harder for minorities to vote can constitute intentional racial discrimination even if might be primarily motivated by a desire to achieve partisan advantage.


High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding …


Appellate court upholds inmate voting ban

OLYMPIA – Washington state does not discriminate against minorities by denying prison inmates the right to vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In an 11-0 ruling …


Appeals court turns down prison voting

OLYMPIA - Inmates in Washington state prisons don’t have a constitutional right to vote in elections, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.


Federal judges to rehear felony inmate voting case

A federal appeals court will reconsider a lawsuit that challenges Washington’s ban on felons voting while they’re in prison.


McKenna to take felon voting to high court

OLYMPIA – Washington state wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it has to give felons in prison the right to vote. State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday …


Court keeps voting act but OKs exemptions

WASHINGTON – The historic Voting Rights Act – the 1965 law that ended a century of racial discrimination at the ballot box and gave black citizens a political voice across …


Bill eases voting obstacle for felons

OLYMPIA – For tens of thousands of convicted felons in Washington state, only one thing stands between them and the ballot box: debt. Under current law, felons can’t vote until …