Elections

In this June 13, 2019, photo, Steve Marcinkus, an Investigator with the Office of the City Commissioners, demonstrates the ExpressVote XL voting machine at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. An analysis by The Associated Press has found that the vast majority of the nation’s 10,000 election jurisdictions will be managing their elections on Windows 7 or an even older operating system. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
July 15, 2019 - 2:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo, Steve Marcinkus, an Investigator with the Office of the City Commissioners, demonstrates the ExpressVote XL voting machine at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. An analysis by The Associated Press has found that the vast majority of the nation’s 10,000 election jurisdictions will be managing their elections on Windows 7 or an even older operating system. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
July 12, 2019 - 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast majority of the nation's 10,000 election jurisdictions are using Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines, tally votes and report counts. That from an Associated Press analysis. That's significant because Windows 7 reaches its "end...
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In this Thursday, June 13, 2019 photo, ExpressVote XL voting machines are displayed during a demonstration at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. The machines are made by Election Systems & Software, one of three voting-machine companies that disclosed to North Carolina election officials the substantial ownership stakes held by private equity firms (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
July 12, 2019 - 2:34 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The voting-machine makers that aim to sell their systems in North Carolina are largely owned by private equity firms that don't disclose their investors. The companies didn't want the public to know even that much. North Carolina's statewide elections board demanded the machine...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo, Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, speaks as Lee Saunders, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, applauds during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Union membership among public employees has fallen only slightly in the nation’s most unionized states since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that government workers no longer could be required to pay union fees, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 12, 2019 - 9:38 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least...
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July 05, 2019 - 12:02 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As a group of felons challenge a new Florida law that requires them to pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored, their attorneys say they need a court decision well before this fall's off-year elections. The attorneys said Friday during a telephone...
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Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Caban responds to questions during a news interview Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York. Either candidate Melinda Katz or Caban would be the first woman to serve as Queens district attorney. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 04, 2019 - 6:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A tally of paper ballots has reversed the initial results in the closely watched Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, forcing an automatic recount in a race that embodies the national fight between left-wing and moderate Democrats. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz...
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FILE - This Sept. 22, 2016 file photo shows the screen of an electronic voting machine during testing at the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems in Kennesaw, Ga. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers said they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or exact copy, it made of a crucial server before state election officials quietly wiped it clean. Election watchdogs want to examine the data to see if there might have been tampering. A new email obtained by The Associated Press says state officials never did issue the subpoena. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz, File)
July 03, 2019 - 5:03 pm
The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made...
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In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaks at a gathering of state election chiefs in Santa Fe, N.M., alongside Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, left. An election security official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the convention warned top state election officials nationwide to safeguard against fraudulent "phishing" emails targeting state and local election workers. Padilla also expressed concern about such emails that appear as if they come from a legitimate source and contain links that, if clicked, can open up election data systems to manipulation or attacks. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
July 03, 2019 - 12:06 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Beware the phishing attempts. An election security official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday warned top state election officials nationwide to safeguard against fraudulent emails targeting state and local election workers. The emails appear as if they...
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In this Aug. 13, 2001, file frame from video provided by C-SPAN, Tom Hofeller speaks during an event at the Republican National Committee in Washington. Hofeller, a mastermind of GOP redistricting preached keeping electronic records secure. But after his death in 2018, his own files found their way to the heart of lawsuits over a U.S. census question on citizenship and North Carolina’s legislative redistricting. (C-SPAN via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 5:31 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Documents recovered from the house of a deceased Republican mapmaker that are part of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in North Carolina shouldn't be used in this month's scheduled trial because there's no way to authenticate them, GOP lawyers said Tuesday. The files linked to...
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In this Aug. 13, 2001, file frame from video provided by C-SPAN, Tom Hofeller speaks during an event at the Republican National Committee in Washington. Hofeller, a mastermind of GOP redistricting preached keeping electronic records secure. But after his death in 2018, his own files found their way to the heart of lawsuits over a U.S. census question on citizenship and North Carolina’s legislative redistricting. (C-SPAN via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 3:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — During his long career drawing legislative maps designed to help Republicans, Tom Hofeller preached about the dangers of leaving digital fingerprints. As he advised in a 2011 presentation about redistricting strategies: "Make sure your computer is in a PRIVATE location," and "...
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