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Stories tagged: voting

‘Motor Voter’ law adds 10,000 voters to Oregon rolls

A new law that automatically registers eligible voters in Oregon has added nearly 10,000 voters to the rolls since Jan. 1.

Donald Trump trails Ted Cruz in latest national poll

For the first time in months, Donald Trump has lost the lead in a major national poll, falling behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Latino celebrities say Rubio and Bush belong to the ‘party of Trump’

In “an open letter to the Latino community” published online, Carlos Santana, George Lopez, Zoe Saldana and other prominent Latino celebrities and activists say Donald Trump’s GOP rivals have not …

People: Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after …

Scope of initiatives limited in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley does have initiative process, but it’s rarely used.

Ada County to use upgraded voting system for 2016 election

A county in southwestern Idaho has updated its voting equipment in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election. The Idaho Statesman reports that voters in Boise and other Ada County locations …

Democratic debate: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off

Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was …

Iowa caucuses: Is a voting audit on the way?

Iowa Democrats are facing increased pressure to re-examine Monday’s incredibly close and uncomfortably messy vote, especially after the Des Moines Register called for “a complete audit of results.”

Rick Santorum follows Rand Paul in exit from presidential race

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who won Iowa’s 2012 caucuses, ended his presidential campaign Wednesday and endorsed Marco Rubio for president.

Clear way for more voters

Legislature should pass bills that would add more voters, pre-register 17-year-olds.

Privacy at risk in hunt for data on voters

When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific …

Haiti postpones presidential election again

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council decided to postpone Sunday’s election because there is “too much violence throughout the country.”

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015

Tuesday is Election Day; voters have until 8 p.m. to cast a ballot

Voters in Washington and Idaho have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballots.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

Spin Control: Inslee not up-to-speed on ‘Twilight’ setting

You can’t really link ‘Twilight’ to global climate change.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul gives Spokane his presidential pitch

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul told a packed room of Spokane supporters on Wednesday he believes the GOP could capture Washington’s electoral votes in 2016, if they supported a candidate …

Spin Control: Oregon’s new voter law misses the mark

OLYMPIA – The state of Oregon has some good-government types agog and aglow over its new law on voter registration. Perhaps that’s because the good-govs have had little to celebrate …

Spin Control: Excuses for not voting run the gamut

If you didn’t vote in last fall’s election – and let’s face it, most people didn’t – why not? And what would the state have to do to make you …

Activist calls for adding two seats to county commission

Once again, Spokane County commissioners will hear a proposal to increase their ranks by two. Community activist Karen Kearney announced her intention to bring the idea to the all-Republican commission …

Catherine Rampell: Women a valuable asset at the polls

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyoncé voter” demographic, as …

Wisconsin voter ID law thrown out by federal judge

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country’s wobbly government prepares to face …

Iraqi authorities distribute cards for elections

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s election commission said Saturday that it has not yet decided how it will distribute voter ID cards in the embattled western province of Anbar, barely two …

Spin Control: Low voter turnout defies general thinking

Conventional wisdom for campaign seasons like the one just passed says local elections help boost turnout for the statewide contests. Voting for people you might know, or at least have …

Spin Control: Undervotes could have brought win to ballot losers

Spokane County’s effort to raise property taxes failed on Tuesday, but it could have won. John Smith could have beat Brian Dansel in Northeast Washington’s 7th Legislative District, Linda Thompson …

States joining forces to scrub voter rolls

SEATTLE — More than half of states are now working in broad alliances to scrub voter rolls of millions of questionable registrations, identifying people registered in multiple states and tens …

Vestal: Voting clout depends on neighborhood

Did you vote in the primary? If you did, welcome to the ruling council. We are a small group, relative to the size of the city, and our authority is …

Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says states cannot require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.

UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2013

Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming …

Hearing on voting rights turns partisan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred Wednesday over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or …

Florida Sen. Nelson: GOP disenfranchised voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans are sparring over whether voter ID laws and restricted early voting are attempts to disenfranchise African-American and Hispanic voters. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, …