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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros
Matt Vasilogambros is a policy writer for National Journal, covering foreign affairs, the White House and Congress. He previously covered the 2012 presidential election and other federal elections for the National Journal and The Hotline. Before joining the company, Matt covered politics for PoliticsDaily.com, the Iowa Independent and the Huffington Post. Matt is a graduate of Drake University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper. He is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill.
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This Is One of the Hardest Places to Vote in America

This Election Day, there were complaints across the country about problems with voting.

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Few People Want to Be Poll Workers, and That’s a Problem

A 2016 survey showed that the poll worker shortage faced by local elections officials has gotten worse, while current workers skew older. How can jurisdictions hire younger people to sign up for these gigs?

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This State Could Outlaw Ballot Collection Efforts

In Montana, many voters, including Native Americans, rely on volunteers to collect and deliver their absentee ballots. But a referendum next month would end the practice.

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Native Americans Fight Back at the Ballot Box

Registering voters in a majority Native American county.

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Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

In November, voters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah will decide whether independent commissioners instead of state lawmakers should draw draw congressional and state legislative maps.

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Polling Places Remain a Target Ahead of November Elections

Nearly a thousand polling places have been closed in the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act.

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Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes—Just Sow Confusion

The confusion in June primary elections in Maryland and California—caused by computer glitches and human error—show what could happen if foreign adversaries successfully hack voter registration information, experts say.

Public Safety

After Parkland, States Pass 50 New Gun-Control Laws

This was a year of unparalleled success for the gun-control movement in the United States.

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How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans

More than 20 states allow mobile polling, which involves bipartisan pairs of election officials bringing ballots directly to long-term care facilities for the elderly.

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Maine Tried a New Way of Voting. Will Other States Follow?

Other states could follow Maine into ranked-choice voting, currently used in 11 cities across the country.

Public Safety

So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

New Jersey is not the only state having trouble enforcing its ban. In Massachusetts, where residents had until February to surrender their bump stocks, State Police received just three devices.

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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.”

Tech & Data

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

Public Safety

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

So-called permitless carry laws now are in effect in more than 10 states.

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Voting Lines Are Shorter—But Mostly for Whites

Election officials have figured out how to keep voting lines down, but communities of color are still waiting longer to vote.

Health & Human Services

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

In light of security concerns, states moved to paper ballots. Now voters with disabilities are losing access.

Health & Human Services

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

For years, advocates have called victims of domestic violence part of the country’s “hidden homeless.” But now, for the first time, they’re being included in the national homelessness count.

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California's Sanctions Against Wells Fargo

The state is cutting ties with the bank for a year, following a scandal involving fake accounts.

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Upholding Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

State officials can continue using the controversial power, a federal court rules.

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The Deadliest Month for Chicago in 20 Years

In August, 90 people were killed and 472 shot. The city this year now has more homicides than New York and Los Angeles combined.