RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have quickly sent to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk legislation that delays a photo voter identification requirement until 2020.
Republicans fast-track bill to delay voter ID until 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans fast-tracked legislation on Tuesday that would delay requiring photo identification to vote for this year's elections, the result of yet-finished ID...
Concord to make local elections more accessible to blind
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concord has committed to provide accessible voting facilities for blind and visually impaired voters in future local elections.
Election shift bill heard by Nevada lawmakers
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's two largest cities would be required to move their municipal elections in line with county, state and federal elections under a bill being heard by...
Lottery says 29 towns to vote on keno starting in March
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Twenty-nine communities will vote in the coming months on proposals to set up the electronic bingo game keno, which would help fund full-day kindergarten, according to the New...
Ballots for Aspen election sent to dozens of underage voters
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Dozens of teenagers in a Colorado ski resort town were sent ballots by mistake for a municipal election next month.
The Aspen Times reports the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder's Office sent a list of registered voters to Aspen officials, which they used to mail out ballots last week.
Oklahoma City mayor praises young, new leadership on council
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt is heralding a new era with the recent election of city officials age 40 and younger.
Holt said in a tweet Wednesday that having so many elected officials in that age range is "without modern precedent in our city." Holt was elected last year. He is 39.
Oklahoma voters head to polls for municipal elections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters around the state are heading to the polls for municipal elections.
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as voters weigh in on candidates for mayor, city council and school boards as well as bonds for public services in towns and cities throughout the state. Some elections with more than two candidates may be decided during runoffs in April.
Denver will vote on whether to legalize ‘magic mushrooms’
DENVER (AP) — Denver voters will decide in May whether to decriminalize so-called magic mushrooms containing the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin (sy-loh-SY'-bin).
KMGH-TV reported Friday that city elections officials determined that proponents gathered enough valid petition signatures to put the proposal on the May 7 municipal election ballot.
Democratic official in Stamford charged with ballot fraud
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former chairman of Stamford's Democratic Committee was arrested Wednesday and charged with absentee ballot fraud and forgery.
Prosecutors accuse John Mallozzi, of Stamford, of orchestrating the filing of as many as 29 fraudulent absentee ballot applications and 26 fraudulent ballots during the 2015 municipal elections, many involving members of the city's Albanian-American community.
Early voting in Chicago municipal election starts Tuesday
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicagoans can start casting ballots for the 14 candidates in the city's mayoral race starting Tuesday.
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners confirms that early voting starts Tuesday for the Feb. 26 municipal election, which includes the mayor's race. Voters can cast ballots starting at 9 a.m. at the downtown "SuperSite" at 175 W. Washington St. Neighborhood polling sites open Feb. 11.
Judge dismisses Tennessee instant runoff voting lawsuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to deem instant runoff voting legal in Tennessee, noting that an administrative challenge on the topic remains unresolved.
This week, Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin dismissed the lawsuit by several prospective Memphis city council candidates and IRV Memphis, Inc. against state elections coordinator Mark Goins and Shelby County's Election Commission.
Former Rep. Kihuen running for Las Vegas city council
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Nevada Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen is running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Council.
Kihuen announced in a video post to Twitter Tuesday that he's running for the downtown council seat held by Bob Coffin, who is not seeking re-election.
Kihuen served one term in the U.S. House but decided not to run for re-election in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.
Tennessee lawsuit wants instant runoff voting ruled legal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawsuit urges a judge to deem instant runoff voting legal in the state.
Several prospective Memphis city council candidates and IRV Memphis, Inc. sued state elections coordinator Mark Goins and the Shelby County Election Commission earlier this month.
Memphis voters in 2008 approved city election instant runoff voting. They rejected a Nov. 6 referendum repeal attempt.
Nationalists support Erdogan in vote for Turkey’s big cities
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's main nationalist party has announced it will support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party in three major cities in the upcoming local elections.
Jerusalem picks new mayor in round 2 of municipal elections
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis were choosing their next mayors in dozens of locations across the country Tuesday, with the main focus on the largest city of Jerusalem.
2 dead in continuing unrest in W. African country of Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Two young men were fatally shot amid continuing political unrest following the disputed results of this West African country's first municipal elections in 13 years, authorities said Thursday.
The two were killed at a demonstration in the capital city of Conakry on Wednesday night, according to police and opposition officials. Protesters have called on the government to release what they consider to be the true results of the poll.
Woman admits role in effort to promote voter bribery scheme
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has admitted her role in a conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme in her town.
Federal prosecutors say Lizaida Camis now faces up to five years in prison when she's sentenced Feb. 21.
The 55-year-old Hoboken woman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to use the mail to promote the scheme during the 2013 municipal election in Hoboken.
Montpelier approves non-citizen voting in local elections
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Vermont's capital city have approved seeking a charter change to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections.
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Montpelier is the first Vermont city or town to pass the measure.
Transgender women sworn into Fairbanks-area elected jobs
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The first two transgender women elected to public office in Alaska have been sworn in for their new jobs.
Kathy Ottersten is serving on the Fairbanks City Council for a one-year term while Liz Lyke is serving on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly for a three-year term, KTVF-TV reported this week.
Israel holds municipal votes as Jerusalem chooses new mayor
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis voted in municipal elections across the country Tuesday, with a closely watched race in Jerusalem — a city with great importance to billions of people around the world.
Just over 55 percent of eligible voters turned out nationwide before polls closed, but in Jerusalem only 35 percent cast ballots in a close mayoral contest.
Federal officials charge woman with bribing voters in 2013
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials say a New Jersey woman accused of bribing voters through mail has been indicted on a pair of federal charges.
Mauritanians voting in legislative, municipal elections
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Some 1.4 million people in Mauritania are going to the polls for legislative, regional and municipal elections that will position the West African nation for next year's presidential vote.
Mauritania, like other nations in the region, faces a growing threat from extremists as well as the day-to-day challenge of underdevelopment.
Nearly 100 political parties have put forward candidates, with close to 5,000 people running for the National Assembly alone.
2 Vermont cities mull non-citizen voting in local elections
WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont cities are considering whether to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections to have a say in how city tax money is spent and who represents them on their city councils.
The city council in Winooski, one of the more diverse communities in Vermont, approved allowing voters to decide in November whether the city should make a charter change to allow non-residents to vote. And a citizen petition is making the rounds in Montpelier to make a similar change.
Governor says non-citizens shouldn’t get right to vote
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor is slamming Portland's mayor for proposing to allow some non-citizens to vote in local elections.
Gov. Paul LePage in a Wednesday address said he wrote Democratic Mayor Ethan Strimling a letter advising the idea violates state law.
The proposal would allow adult noncitizens who are legally present in the U.S., including asylum seekers and refugees, to vote in certain municipal elections.
City council holds off on noncitizen voting rights proposal
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland, Maine, have postponed a proposal that would have given noncitizen residents the right to vote in municipal elections.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland's mayor and a city councilor are renewing a push to allow some noncitizens to vote in local elections.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will be seeking a fourth term as leader of Indiana's second-largest city.
Henry is a Democrat who was first elected mayor in 2007. He announced Monday that he would seek a new four-year term in the 2019 municipal elections.
Henry says he's proud of what he called Fort Wayne's progress over the past decade and that he would focus on public safety, neighborhood improvements and economic development if he wins re-election.
ROME (AP) — Days after taking office, the two pillars of Italy's first populist government led rallies Sunday in Sicily to maintain their popular support while detailing their strategies for deporting migrants and implementing other campaign promises that helped put them in power.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Voters in Newark have elected incumbent Mayor Ras Baraka to a second four-year term.
Baraka beat Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins in Tuesday's municipal election. Chaneyfield Jenkins was hoping to become the city's first female mayor.
NJ.com reports Baraka told supporters gathered at a Newark hotel, "We won and we won big."
Testimony Concludes in Hearing Over Levison’s Alleged Longmont Campaign Finance Reporting Violations
Longmont's campaign finance reporting law is legally void because of its vagueness, the lawyer for Sarah Levison — an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in last November's municipal election — argued during a Monday municipal court hearing.
The St. Louis Park City Council voted Monday night to adopt ranked-choice voting for local elections, making the city one of a select few in the country to do so.
“The only way we’re going to find out if it works here is if we’re going to try it here,” Mayor Jake Spano said before the vote.
Despite bankrolling support for the entire slate of winning candidates in last year's Greeley City Council election , pro-oil and gas group Vital for Colorado has seen its efforts in Broomfield and Boulder County politics fall decidedly flatter.
With only 10 minutes before the deadline to register for a place on the Oak Ridge North municipal election ballot, 81-year-old Dan Broyles was quickly filling out his application to run for mayor.
City council will seek to fill seat of resigning Dr. Robert Richardson during April 10 meeting
NEEDLES — Needles City Councilor Robert Richardson M.D. has submitted his resignation, effective April 24.
SANTA FE - A woman already facing voter fraud charges stemming from Espanola's 2016 municipal election was indicted Thursday for additional charges accusing her of new improprieties in the recent 2018 election.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says the country is planning to hold local council elections next year, the first since the country's 2011 the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The state-run MENA agency quoted the parliamentary spokesman Wednesday as saying the elections will take place in the first half of 2019 after a local administration law was passed by legislators.
Feedback on Facebook: Utah County moves away from vote-by-mail — contrary to some city officials’ wishes
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New councilor questions long delay on election night for results
Most city councilors who spoke Wednesday about Santa Fe’s new ranked-choice voting system complimented city staff on how they ran the March 6 municipal election. But newly-elected Councilor Roman “Tiger” Abeyta said one aspect of election night was extremely maddening — not knowing why it took hours to get the election results.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Voters in one Las Vegas City Council district are picking a new representative from a field of 11 candidates.
Ballots are being cast Tuesday in Ward 5 to fill the vacancy left when three-term councilman Ricki Barlow resigned Jan. 22.
Barlow pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to a federal wire fraud charge in a campaign funds kickback scheme. He is due for sentencing next month.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Simon Slama and his family are the only Jews left in the Tunisian city of Monastir, once home to a thriving Jewish community. But instead of joining the exodus, he is running for office — as a candidate of Tunisia's Islamist party.
Slama's candidacy with the Ennahdha party in May municipal elections is causing a sensation in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, and some controversy.
Exit polls: Dutch vote on spying law too close to call
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A left-wing environmentalist party scored strongly in key Dutch municipal elections Wednesday, exit polls suggest, while a referendum on a law granting intelligence agencies far-reaching powers to tap electronics communications was too close to call.
It was all pomp and circumstance Monday night as Mayor Alan Webber and four city councilors — three newcomers and one incumbent — took the oath of office before an audience of more than 800 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Snow impacts town election deadlines
BOSTON (AP) — Town election deadlines will be postponed as Massachusetts faces its third nor'easter in two weeks.
State secretary William Galvin announced Monday he obtained an injunction in Suffolk Superior Court postponing all municipal election deadlines for Tuesday, March 13.
These include deadlines for registering to vote, submitting nomination papers and obtaining nomination papers.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state is taking exception to a letter the mayor of Lewiston sent to new voters who registered at the polls during last year's election.
Republican Mayor Shane Bouchard wrote last month that registering to vote amounts to a declaration of Maine residency and that it carries additional legal obligations like getting a Maine driver's license and registering cars in the state.
Senate passes bill clarifying election postponements
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With snow falling and Town Meeting day approaching, the state Senate passed a bill clarifying who has the authority to postpone municipal elections in the event of bad weather.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials announced Monday that the state will become the first to let voters rank candidates in a statewide primary election.
The system will be introduced during June primary elections, which includes a crowded race for governor. Maine voters will choose among two dozen or so candidates to compete in the general election in the fall. Incumbent Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, cannot run again because of term limits.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's ruling populists of President Aleksandar Vucic swept the municipal election in the capital of Belgrade Sunday, further cementing an already tight grip on power in the country.
Preliminary results by the Ipsos polling agency and carried by Serbian state TV, projected that Vucic's Serbian Progressive Party won around 45 percent of the votes, while the main opponents — groups behind former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas — trailed with some 19 percent.