Elections

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

Aug 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele recently voiced her support for a controversial election law working its way through the state legislature.

House Bill 934, the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act, stipulates Pennsylvanians must present a photo ID to vote. The bill was passed by the state's house of representatives in June and awaits action in the senate.

Representative Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler, introduced the measure, which he said will reduce fraudulent voting.

Aug 19, 2011

Indiana politicians are trying to determine what impact a new state law will have on elections.

Election reform was signed into law last spring and went into effect on July 1, but the Indiana Courier-Journal reports some candidates are only learning about its provisions now. Of particular concern: a stipulation that removes the names of all candidates who are running in uncontested races from ballots.

State Rep. Kathy Richardson, a Republican from Noblesville, told the Courier-Journal the change will make elections more efficient and save the state money.

Aug 3, 2011

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has handed a setback to Fair Elections Ohio, a group working to overturn recent changes to the state's election laws.

The election overhaul law, signed on July 1 by John Kasich, Ohio's Republican governor, shortens the state's early voting period and prohibits in-person early voting on Sundays and the weekend before Election Day, among other provisions.

Arguing these measures will suppress voter turnout and create inefficiencies in the electoral process, Fair Elections Ohio began the process for overturning the law in a 2012 refer

Jul 28, 2011

President Barack Obama still has more than a year before the next election but national polls released recently show he may have some work to do if he wants to keep his job.

According to National Journal, every major survey has the president with higher unfavorables than favorables with his overall ratings declining over the past two months.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, a Pew Research Center poll found that the president held a 41 percent to 40 percent advantage over the yet-to-be-named Republican candidate.

Jul 22, 2011

With the 2012 Presidential Election just a little more than a year away, Republican contender Jon Huntsman has lost his campaign manager to resignation.

Susie Wiles told the Miami Herald she resigned due to the position becoming "an overwhelming commitment" and that she had signed on to get the campaign started but that it is now time to move on.

"In just under three months Governor Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the three early primary states," said John Weaver, a senior adviser to Huntsman.