Campaigns & Elections

Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It

Republicans tightened laws in a few key states. Democrats, meanwhile, opened access.

Ready or Not, Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting Is Getting Closer

Some voters in Provo and other Utah County cities will be able to cast ballots on a blockchain-powered mobile app in a pilot program for the August election.

Recalling Local Officials Is An ‘Intense, Scrappy Challenge’

In Washington D.C., an attempt to recall a city council member shows how difficult it is to organize this kind of campaign at a local level.

Colorado Governor Recall Effort Follows a Larger Trend

Angry conservatives are pushing for recall elections to yank Democrats out of office.

Protecting Election Systems Will Take Much More Federal Money, Report Says

The threat of foreign interference in U.S. elections remains, so the federal government must help state and local officials shore up defenses, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Feds Don't Regulate Election Equipment, So States Are On Their Own

Election technology companies design voting machines. But are they secure?

Progress Stalls for Minor Parties to Get on State Ballots

‘It’s the worst year for hostility to minor parties and independent candidates since 1971.’

Supreme Court’s Gerrymander Decision Shifts Fight Back to States

Reformers are likely to focus on independent commissions and transparency efforts to overhaul partisan gerrymandering before maps are redrawn in 2021.

Lawmakers Grapple with Improving Election Security While Respecting States’ Rights

Experts say paper ballots are the way to go, but pushed back against efforts to federalize elections.

No African American Has Won Statewide Office in Mississippi in 129 Years—Here's Why

COMMENTARY | The structure of Mississippi elections may prevent minorities from winning offices.

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

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Washington, D.C. Could Allow People in Prison to Vote

One council member will propose that the nation’s capital become the first place to restore voting rights to people who are currently serving time in prison.

National Popular Vote Momentum Stalls in Two States

The push for a national popular vote has hit roadblocks in two states.

Nevada Governor Vetoes Popular Vote Effort

The bill would have directed Nevada's six electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

More Americans Are Suing Over Gerrymandered State Maps—But the Supreme Court Is Not Likely to Step In

COMMENTARY | The public is more aware of partisan gerrymandering than ever – and less supportive of it.

How to Change Policy Without Politicians

As Arkansas politics becomes more conservative, voters are using the ballot for progressive ends.

How Voter Access Laws and Passion Brought People to the Polls

Ballot initiatives on issues like medical marijuana helped get out the vote last fall, as did measures like allowing same-day registration.

Mueller Findings Raise Election Hacking Fears in States

Major breaches into state and local election systems worry election officials.

Feds Have More Information About Russian Hacking They Could Tell Florida, U.S. Senator Confirms

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Trump Alters Electoral College Debate in States

Since the 2016 election, Democrats in a number of states have been pushing lawmakers to adopt a compact to give a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. Will Republicans join the cause?