PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A treason trial against Cambodia’s opposition leader resumed Wednesday, two years after it was adjourned due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kem Sokha was head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party when he was arrested in September 2017 on the basis of an old video showing him telling a seminar about receiving advice from U.S.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Political parties “have no right to be gatekeepers to the ballot,” an attorney argued Tuesday in urging the Alaska Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved electoral system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked-choice voting in general elections.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants.
A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this year's races, is aimed at getting candidates to appeal to a broad range of voters beyond their traditional base.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The official two-week campaigning period for Portugal’s Jan. 30 general election kicked off Sunday, but there will be none of the large flag-waving rallies usually associated with the buildup to the ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state.
PHOENIX (AP) — A review of potential voter fraud cases in the 2020 general election in Arizona's second-largest county ended Friday with an announcement by prosecutors that none of the 151 cases they reviewed merited criminal charges.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An attempt to recall Maui Mayor Mike Victorino has failed after organizers didn't collect the minimum number of signatures needed, The Maui News reported.
ATLANTA (AP) — It's essentially already too late to make any changes sought by lawsuits challenging Georgia's new congressional and legislative maps ahead of this year's midterm elections, a lawyer for state officials said Wednesday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Simon Sefzik of Ferndale has been named to replace the late Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen in the Washington Senate.
Sefzik took the oath of office Tuesday following a 4-2 vote by the Whatcom County Council and will serve the remainder of Ericksen's term representing the 42nd District through the next general election in November.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The leader of the Portuguese Communist Party is temporarily dropping out of campaigning for his country's Jan. 30 general election for an urgent heart procedure, the party announced Tuesday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte embarked on a fourth term Monday, leading a coalition that took office amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown and policy challenges ranging from climate change and housing shortages to the future of agriculture.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s new parliament reelected its speaker for a second term Sunday, the first step toward forming a new government after a general election whose results have been contested by powerful Iran-backed factions.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Carson City judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to a political action committee's efforts to bring open primaries and ranked-choice voting in general elections to Nevada.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature kicked off the 2022 annual session Wednesday amid a coronavirus surge and during an election year.
Seating in House hearing rooms and the chamber is limited to curb the spread of COVID-19.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal are wrestling with a conundrum: how to hold a general election scheduled for Jan. 30 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases that is confining hundreds of thousands of potential voters to their homes.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden, which is holding a general election in September, has joined France in creating an agency to combat disinformation.
The mission of the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency is to “defend our open and democratic society and free opinions by identifying, analyzing and responding to inappropriate influences and other misleading information directed at Sweden or Swedish interests.”
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor has a new political goal after dropping her bid for lieutenant governor: becoming mayor of Milwaukee.
Taylor announced Dec. 23 she was suspending her campaign for lieutenant governor.
SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Seattle have retained socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the controversial lawmaker and long-time foe of hometown tech giant Amazon.
AMITE CITY, La. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana town council member and a former police chief in relation to an alleged 2016 vote-buying scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation found that a high-profile lawyer who has falsely insisted that former President Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election did not violate Georgia election laws by moving to another state before voting last year.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s ruling Social Democrats have elected Dimitar Kovachevski as their party's new leader and he is set to take over as prime minister if a coalition agreement remains intact.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer last year said the issue his office seemed to be getting the most email on after the 2020 election was the narrow success of a ballot measure that would overhaul Alaska’s election process.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The leaders of four Bulgarian parties on Friday said they've agreed to form a centrist-led coalition that would end a months-long political crisis, giving a country beset by economic and health problems its first regular government since April.
SEATTLE (AP) — At first, Henry Bridger II supported Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s combative socialist city councilmember. A liberal voter in one of the most liberal neighborhoods in an extremely liberal city, he liked her fresh outlook and support for a $15 minimum wage.
ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia election workers filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against a conservative website, accusing it of knowingly publishing and spreading false stories saying they engaged in ballot fraud during the 2020 general election.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Thursday legislation that would bar officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day, even if their envelopes were postmarked on or before that date.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel plans to run for the state Senate next year.
Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, is listed as a candidate with the state Division of Elections.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said she had “no regrets” as she prepared Wednesday to leave office a month early after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former television news anchor Tiffany O’Donnell has been elected mayor of Cedar Rapids.
O’Donnell garnered 68% of the vote to businesswoman Amara Andrews’ 32% in Tuesday’s runoff election.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are reviewing signatures from people seeking to recall Maui's mayor over COVID-19 mandates, affordable housing, water rights and other issues.
Lead organizer Sheila Walker declined to divulge to The Maui News the number of signatures her group obtained.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party said Friday it has paid a $40,000 penalty and rid its accounts of $2,500 in contributions for campaign finance violations during the 2016 presidential election.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A surprising disclosure in Malaysian Parliament that former Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked to be given a house and land estimated to be worth 100 million ringgit ($24 million) despite his graft conviction has sparked fierce reactions.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian southern state will hold elections Saturday in a test for Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ethnic Malay party as it faces off against allies in the government for the first time amid a widening rift.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric who emerged as a winner in last month’s general elections on Thursday called on the country’s myriad pro-Iran Shiite armed factions to disband if they want to join his upcoming government.
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday his country is ready to offer whatever support it can to help mend relations between Lebanon and Gulf Arab nations, embroiled in an unprecedented diplomatic rift.
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s state election commission announced it is prosecuting the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and 15 other senior political figures for alleged fraud in last November’s general election.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Frank Farrar was memorialized Tuesday in a ceremony at the state Capitol.
He died last month at the age of 92 after an injury to his head.
Farrar was known as the “boy wonder” of South Dakota politics after he became the youngest person ever elected state attorney general in 1962.
SREENAGAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's ruling party is set to win a series of local elections to choose representatives at the village level amid a boycott by the country’s largest opposition party, after widespread allegations of misconduct in the last national vote.
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit will put together a commission to consider some form of reparations for residents.
More than 80% of residents who cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election voted in favor of a proposal to form the commission that will recommend housing and economic development programs for the majority Black city.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The winning Republican in this week’s congressional primary in South Florida is a felon who did not go through the state’s process to restore his civil rights after his imprisonment, interviews and records show.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson is poised to become the country's first female prime minister, after the governing Social Democratic Party on Thursday elected her as its new leader.
A state that's often viewed as reliably blue appeared more purple after Connecticut Republicans on Tuesday won seats in traditionally Democratic communities and often with a pro-parent and tough-on-crime message that seemed to resonate with some voters.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud won the Dearborn mayoral race Tuesday, making him that city's first Arab American mayor.
A final unofficial vote count for the general election on the city's website showed Hammoud defeated Gary Woronchak, a former three-term state representative and former Wayne County commissioner, by a 55% to 45% margin.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic primary to replace late Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings was too close to call Tuesday night after most of the votes had been counted in the South Florida district.
SOIUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Frank Farrar, whose uncanny rise to politics as a young man quickly morphed into a career as a banker and philanthropist, died Sunday. He was 92.
DETROIT (AP) — Mike Duggan's campaign for a third consecutive term as Detroit’s mayor has resembled what he's often done over the previous eight years — visiting community groups and speaking with city residents.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some candidates running to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings are saying it's a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to represent the diverse South Florida district.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The campaign arm of the national association for Republican governors has so far outspent their Democratic counterpart in New Jersey's gubernatorial contest this year, state election officials said Friday.
BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar found a close colleague of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of treason and sentenced him Friday to 20 years in prison, a member of their political party said. Local media also reported the court’s decision.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Talks to hammer out a new ruling Dutch coalition broke the record Friday for the longest post-election government formation negotiations — 226 days and counting.
The previous Dutch record was held by the last government, which was made up of the same four parties currently trying to broker agreements on a policy blueprint for a new four-year term.