Arizona election analysts say Cyber Ninjas’ count was off by about 312,000 and it also double counted almost 23,000 ballots in its months-long review of 2020 election results. The numbers represent the latest challenge to the Arizona Senate’s audit.
The Pennsylvania legislature spent nearly $10 million during the last two years on private lawyers but routinely shielded the purpose of those expenses, hiding which lawmakers and their staffs required representation—and why.
Michele Carew, who had overseen scores of elections in Texas during her 14-year career, had found herself transformed into the public face of an electoral system that many in the heavily Republican Hood County had come to mistrust.
The Florida Department of Health fined Leon County, home to the state capital Tallahassee, for violating the disputed vaccine passport law by mandating COVID-19 shots for its employees. Health officials said the $5,000 per violation fine was issued because the county required 714 employees to be vaccinated and fired 14 for refusing.
Nine Baltimore school students have been identified through software monitoring as having a severe mental health crisis and were taken to an emergency room. The monitoring started during the pandemic.
A day after Michigan’s new independent redistricting commission approved 10 maps with barely a hint of conflict, elected officials, ministers and other interested politicos in Detroit raised vehement concerns that the nation’s largest Black majority city stands on the brink of having its preferred representation taken away in Lansing and in Washington.
Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness, a Democrat, turned herself in to authorities and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges. McGuiness faces charges including felony theft and intimidation as well as public service misdemeanors like official misconduct.
New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul is ending a program begun under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that had helped suppress negative information about Cuomo and his administration. It was framed as bringing a private-sector risk management model to state agencies, but it also managed negative information such as Cuomo’s alleged suppression of nursing home death data.
An array of Republican state lawmakers and activists are pressing GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration and the state pharmacy board to make it easier for Alaskans to get access to ivermectin, the unproven COVID-19 treatment that state and federal agencies caution against using.
In a major shake-up of his cabinet, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced a series of departures, ousters and transfers of senior officials, including the immediate resignation of the commissioner of his Office of Administration.
Georgia election investigators were unable to find any counterfeit ballots among batches identified by Republican vote-counters, according to a court brief, dealing a blow to a lawsuit seeking to inspect absentee ballots cast in last year’s presidential election.
Arkansans for a Unified Natural State will have 90 days to collect 54,000 signatures from at least 15 Arkansas counties to overturn the legislation, which has drawn criticism for cutting Pulaski County into three separate districts, splitting minority communities into Republican-leaning districts that extend far outside central Arkansas.
After months of equity and access issues in vaccine distribution in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, Hispanic residents now have a higher vaccination rate than White residents. Hispanic adults accounted for the largest share of vaccinations between July and September 2021 as the delta variant drove COVID-19 cases up across the U.S.
In response to staffing shortages that caused COVID-19 testing delays in many Massachusetts school districts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker activated up to 200 members of the National Guard to assist with testing in public K-12 schools.
The Montana law prohibits political committees from registering voters or collecting signatures in dorms and dining halls. A new lawsuit—the second targeting the law—says that violates students' constitutional right to engage in political speech.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he wants to use federal coronavirus relief money to increase day care capacity to help alleviate the state’s worker shortage. The Republican governor said expanding day care could help get more workers back in the workforce.
With less than a year before the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals is set to begin operation, the legislature is in the process of tweaking at least one part of the appeals process. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would restore the means for domestic violence orders to be appealed from family court to circuit court before being appealed to the intermediate court.
The Louisiana State Department of Education voted to cancel public school letter grades because of the pandemic pending federal approval. At least 45 other states have gotten federal clearance to cancel normal school rating procedures.
As a coalition of Ohio medical marijuana businesses gathers signatures to get a recreational initiative on the ballot, two Republican state lawmakers announced that they’re working on a bill that would allow Ohioans age 21 and older to buy and grow cannabis legally.
New Mexico’s new Children Youth and Family Department secretary promised to enshrine federal law prioritizing tribal members in adoptions of Native American children into the practices of her department and state law. She also pledged to restore the agency’s credibility following a series of scandals under her predecessor.