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If voters want to register to vote in person at polling places they will need a drivers license or another form of ID and a Social Security number.

How to register to vote in the midterm elections

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 24, 2022

Voting is a powerful tool that allows the voices of millions of Americans to be heard. As the Nov. 8 midterm elections are fast approaching, here is a guide of things to know before voting. Nationwide midterm elections occur every four years, two years...

The Latest: Warren thanks Nevada for keeping her in fight

February 22, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):7:55 p.m.Elizabeth Warren is thanking Nevada voters for keeping her campaign in the fight. She was addressing over 2,000 people at a campaign event in Seattle. She told...

Democrats gaining voter edge in California House battles

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | February 15, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans hope to recapture seven California U.S. House seats lost in a 2018 rout, but Democrats are gaining ground among registered voters as the party looks to hold districts that could be critical in the fight to control Congress.Registration...

Wanted: Texas Republicans need new voters in 2020, and fast

By PAUL J. WEBER | February 13, 2020

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — It's normal to target new voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Think volunteers holding clipboards at street festivals, malls or outside grocery stores. Democrats in Texas have made it a perennial focus, hoping they can end decades...

Voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants

By SOPHIA TAREEN | February 10, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The day Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver's license upended her life. When a clerk offered to register her to vote in 2005, the Peruvian citizen mistakenly accepted, leading to long legal battles and eventually...

Official: Iowa caucus turnout on pace to match 2016 levels

By RYAN J. FOLEY and SARA BURNETT | February 3, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Turnout for Monday's Iowa caucuses was on pace to match 2016 levels based on early data, a state party official said, even as some sites reported long lines and a record number of people participating as Democrats began choosing...

Online misinformation fuels doubt as 2020 vote kicks off

By DAVID KLEPPER and AMANDA SEITZ | February 3, 2020

Well before Iowans cast the first ballots of the 2020 presidential race, an insidious campaign to seed distrust in the election process was already underway.Conservative and liberal activists took to social media to push outright false or unproven claims...

Illinois mistakenly cancels ex-inmates’ voter registrations

By SOPHIA TAREEN | February 3, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The voter registrations of nearly 800 former Illinois inmates may have been mistakenly canceled because of a “data-matching error” between state agencies, the State Board of Elections disclosed Monday.In Illinois, the voting rights...

Election officials get training before 2020 voting begins

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — When state election officials gathered ahead of the last presidential election, major topics were voter registration, identity theft and ballot design. This year, the main theme is election security.The change since 2016 underscores...

Postal workers union with 200,000 members endorses Sanders

By WILL WEISSERT | January 30, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders was endorsed Thursday by the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union, an influential group that also backed the Vermont senator's presidential bid against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential...

Illinois discloses fresh problems with voter registration

By SOPHIA TAREEN | January 29, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois elections officials disclosed fresh problems Wednesday with the state's automatic voter registration program, including at least one eligible voter who said she registered to vote but ended up on an opt-out list.The program is...

Illinois to continue voter registration program after error

By SOPHIA TAREEN | January 27, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that there are no plans to suspend Illinois' automatic voter registration program as election officials work to contain the fallout from more than 500 people being mistakenly registered.A "programming error”...