Elections

From state to national elections, find the latest news on campaigns, candidates, both democratic and republican parties, election reform, and more.

Sep 30, 2011

Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield recently filed a lawsuit challenging Wyoming's term limits for statewide elected officials.

In announcing the suit, Maxfield, who is serving his second term, said he has not decided whether to stand for reelection but wants to address the issue in a timely way.

"I wanted to settle as early as possible so it doesn't interfere with any future elections and it doesn't interfere with any future candidates," Maxfield said.

Maxfield filed the suit as a private citizen and is paying for legal fees himself.

Sep 27, 2011

A controversial bill setting new election district boundaries in Ohio has passed the state legislature and is set to signed by Governor John Kasich.

Though redistricting was necessary due to population loss, critics of the new boundaries say they will give an unfair advantage to Republican candidates.

Sep 21, 2011

Colorado Secretary of State Paul Gessler recently filed a lawsuit against Denver County, alleging the county clerk's office is violating state election law by mailing ballots to inactive voters.

According to Colorado law, if a state resident is registered to vote but missed casting a ballot in the most recent election, he or she is classified as inactive. Regarding the distribution of mail-in ballots, the law says ballots must be sent to active voters.

Gessler's lawsuit contends the law means ballots should only be sent to active voters.

Aug 31, 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has taken a stand against recent changes in Ohio's election laws.

Ohio's Republican-led legislature passed the election law reform, HB 224, last June. Among other provisions, the law shortened the early voting period and the time period for casting absentee ballots, and banned county election boards from mass mailing absentee ballots.

Democratic lawmakers protested that the new laws will unfairly limit ballot access.

Aug 26, 2011

The state of Arizona recently sued the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requiring Arizona to obtain federal approval for any changes to its election laws.

According to the suit, the 1965 civil rights law mandated that certain states, mostly in the South but including Arizona, could not revise their election laws without getting approval from the DOJ, to ensure minorities are not discriminated against.