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Far too little vote fraud to tip election to Trump, AP finds

ATLANTA (AP) — An Associated Press review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has found fewer than 475 — a number that would have made no difference in the 2020...

 

EXPLAINER: Why voting is a top issue in Tuesday's elections

After a year of falsehoods surrounding the 2020 presidential election, Republican-led ballot reviews and new voting rules passed by GOP lawmakers, election officials are hoping a smooth election on Tuesday will demonstrate that the system works. The...

 

Experts warn of dangers from breach of voter system software

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican efforts questioning the outcome of the 2020 presidential race have led to voting system breaches that election security experts say pose a heightened risk to future elections. Copies of the Dominion Voting Systems...

 

AP: Few AZ voter fraud cases, discrediting Trump's claims

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, further discrediting former President Donald Trump's claims...

 

Voting bill showdown looms as GOP rejects Manchin plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats appeared to be coalescing...

 

New voter ID rules raise concerns of fraud, ballot rejection

ATLANTA (AP) — When voters in Florida and Georgia want to vote by mail in next year's races for governor, they will have to make sure they take one more step to ensure they receive a ballot: providing their identification. Just two states had ID re...

 

Trump targets vote certification in late bid to block Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting nowhere in the courts, President Donald Trump's scattershot effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory is shifting toward obscure election boards that certify the vote as Trump and his allies seek to upend the...

 

Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been "discarded" by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground...

 

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of...

 

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children. She is now running for attorney general and is...

 

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation's capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might...

 

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature. A bill...

 

Campaigns grapple with how to manage cybersecurity in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber-operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump's presidency And...

 

Voters raise concerns about voting machines, poll access

ATLANTA (AP) — Political activist Leah McElrath was reviewing her electronic ballot at a polling place in Houston when she was shocked to find Republican Ted Cruz listed as her choice in Texas' high-profile U.S. Senate race. McElrath had voted a...

 

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration,...

 

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties before casting their ballot. But these unaffiliated...

 

Supreme Court's voter roll decision may have limited impact

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they? Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters, which was affirmed in Monday's 5-4...

 

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity exper...

 

States await election security reviews as primaries heat up

With the midterm congressional primaries about to go into full swing, the Department of Homeland Security has completed security reviews of election systems in only about half the states that have requested them so far. The government's slow pace in...

 

In campaigns, women highlight gender in pitch to voters

ATLANTA (AP) — Women running for governor in Wisconsin and Maryland breastfeed their infants in campaign videos. Another in Georgia tells voters that "the folks who have held the office of governor don't look like me." The record number of women...

 

Senators push for better security for 2018 election season

*WASHINGTON (AP) — Government efforts to protect state and local elections from Russian cyberattacks in 2016 didn't go far enough, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee said Tuesday as the panel released recommendations to safeguard against...

 

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

With the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference. You'd be wrong. Federal efforts to help states button...

 

Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP's overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax...

 

Trump voter fraud commission faces lawsuit from member

A member of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud sued in federal court on Thursday, alleging that the commission is violating federal law by excluding him and others from participating and refusing to provide documents available to...

 

Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Last November, election officials in a small Rhode Island town were immediately suspicious when results showed 99 percent of voters had turned down a noncontroversial measure about septic systems. It turned out that an oval on t...

 

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