Voting Reform

More States and Cities Getting Interested in Ranked Choice Voting

Proponents say ranked choice voting could lessen polarization and make third party options more viable.

A City Moves Toward Letting Non-Citizen Residents Vote in Local Elections

In Burlington, Vermont, the city council passed a resolution in favor of allowing legal permanent residents and refugees to vote in local elections.

For Some Native Americans, No Home Address Might Mean No Voting

Some Native communities rely on P.O. boxes and hand-drawn maps.

A 51st State? The District of Columbia Aims for Its Star

Washington, D.C. leaders made their case for statehood at the first U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the issue in 25 years, while Republicans raised concerns about corruption and fiscal stability.

Tennessee Made It Harder to Register Voters. Activists Consider What’s Next.

In 2018, a statewide voter registration drive accumulated 91,000 applications.

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.

Florida Lawmakers Look to Make Ex-Felons Pay Fines Before They Can Vote

The legislation comes months after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences.

Elections Are Broken Because They Aren’t About the Voters

COMMENTARY | To improve our election system, let’s focus on who votes, not who wins.

Election Reforms in Colorado Lead to Surge of Unaffiliated Voters

Four months after the state’s open primary, unaffiliated general election voters turned out in record numbers.

Michigan Voters OK Proposal to Overhaul State’s Redistricting Process

Previous GOP-led district-drawing efforts gave Republicans an advantage in congressional and state legislative races.

Florida Voters Restore Voting Rights to Felons

Under Amendment 4, most people convicted of a felony will have their voting rights restored once their sentences are done, including completing parole.

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What Government Can Do to Ensure Pretrial Detainees Can Vote

Election education and access to polls or polling materials are key, says the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress.

Maine Voters Overrule Their Leaders

With support from Governor Paul LePage, the legislature nullified a statewide referendum approving ranked-choice voting. On Tuesday, the citizens got the final word and enacted it again.

Maine Governor: Ranked-Choice Voting Is the ‘Most Horrific Thing in the World’

But Paul LePage’s threat to not certify Tuesday’s election may be a hollow one.

Council of State Governments Extends Overseas Voting Initiative

The partnership will evaluate electronic ballot systems among other technologies and policies.

Maine's Fitful Experiment With a New Way of Voting

The state will be the first to implement ranked-choice voting in its June primaries, but not all the candidates will commit to accepting the results.

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”

An End to Gerrymandering in Ohio?

A bipartisan compromise that just passed the state Senate would require minority-party support for political maps, and would limit the number of communities that could be splintered.