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Jul 10, 2023

Deep partisanship will be on display as Congress releases competing voting bills

ATLANTA (AP) — Congress in the coming weeks will consider shoring up voting and election laws — efforts that will reflect the vast gulf between Democrats and Republicans on protecting a foundation of American democracy. The parties will unveil separate and competing proposals that will have little chance of success in a divided government, but […]

Jun 27, 2023

Supreme Court rejects GOP argument in North Carolina case that could have transformed US elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state courts can act as a check on their legislatures in redistricting and other issues affecting federal elections, rejecting arguments by North Carolina Republicans that could have transformed contests for Congress and president. The justices by a 6-3 vote upheld a decision by North Carolina’s top […]

Jun 20, 2023

South Carolina GOP sets Feb. 24 date for first-in-the-South presidential primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republicans have set Feb. 24 as the date of their 2024 presidential primary, a move that, if approved, the party says will give GOP White House hopefuls more time to campaign in the first-in-the-South state. The state GOP executive committee voted unanimously to approve the measure on Saturday, party […]

Jun 7, 2023

Supreme Court tossed out the heart of Voting Rights Act a decade ago. Next ruling could go further

ATLANTA (AP) — Within hours of a U.S. Supreme Court decision dismantling a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Texas lawmakers announced plans to implement a strict voter ID law that had been blocked by a federal court. Lawmakers in Alabama said they would press forward with a similar law that had been on […]

May 9, 2023

Judge: Wisconsin fake electors complaint must be reheard

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge said Monday he will order that the state elections commission reconsider a complaint filed against fake Republican electors who attempted in 2020 to cast the state’s electoral ballots for former President Donald Trump. But this time, Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington said, the commission must consider the […]

Apr 3, 2023

Far-right influencer convicted in voter suppression scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-styled far-right propagandist from Florida was convicted Friday of charges alleging that he conspired to deprive individuals of their right to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Douglass Mackey, 33, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was convicted in Brooklyn federal court before Judge Ann M. Donnelly after a one-week trial. […]

Feb 22, 2023

Elections – Absentee Ballots – Requests vs. Assistance – Credibility

The Town of McBee Municipal Election Commission did not believe Sydney Baker when she testified that she did not “request” absentee ballots for other voters; rather, she assisted other voters in requesting their own absentee ballots. Since there was no evidence that Baker requested absentee ballots for other voters, there was no evidence to support […]

Oct 29, 2020

Judge: S.C. can’t reject ballots over mismatched signatures

By MICHELLE LIU Associated Press/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election boards cannot reject voters’ absentee ballots on the basis of mismatched signatures and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The temporary injunction comes after a recent survey […]

Oct 8, 2020

A democracy in need of first responders

  Nicole Scott, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet in Charleston, had been thinking about applying to become a poll worker during the 2020 election, and a recent order from the South Carolina Supreme Court gave her just the nudge she needed. The South Carolina Judicial Branch announced that it’s offering attorneys up to six hours […]

May 18, 2020

Judge promises quick decision on witness absentee signature

A federal judge said she will do her best to decide quickly if a requirement that absentee ballots in South Carolina have the signature of a witness is constitutional with people trying to stay isolated because of the coronavirus. South Carolina’s primary is June 9, leaving U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs just over three weeks […]

May 15, 2020

Law signed letting all vote absentee in SC’s June primaries

Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday a bill allowing anyone to vote absentee in next month’s statewide primary and runoffs. Both the House and Senate passed the proposal Tuesday overcoming several roadblocks to assure no one has to vote in person for the June 9 primaries because of the coronavirus. The narrowly tailored law […]

May 14, 2020

Justices fear ‘chaos’ if states can’t bind electors’ votes

Supreme Court justices invoked fears of bribery and chaos Wednesday to suggest they think states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The justices heard arguments on an unusual voting issue that could have important consequences for the 2020 presidential election in an era of intense political […]

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