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Midterm Elections 2018

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Florida OKs Measure to Restore Voting Rights to Felons

November 7, 2018

More than a million Floridians with a felony conviction will be able to vote in the next election.

Marijuana Legalization Wins in 3 of 4 States

November 7, 2018

Michigan became the first Midwestern state to approve recreational marijuana use.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims OK’d in 6 States

November 7, 2018

Ballot initiatives were part of a nationwide campaign to elevate crime victims’ rights.

Medicaid Expansion Passes in Three Red States

November 7, 2018

Voters bucked their own Republican legislatures, extending medical benefits to thousands.

Nevada, Arizona Split on Renewable Energy

November 7, 2018

Arizona voters rejected a measure boosting solar and wind energy, but Nevadans passed one.

Voters OK Affordable Housing Measures 

November 7, 2018

Two states approved statewide measures to funnel more money toward affordable housing.

Gerrymandering Opponents Win Key Victories 

November 7, 2018

Voters approved commissions meant to take the politics out of redistricting.

Ballots for Buildings: Voters Weigh Affordable Housing Measures

November 6, 2018

More people are competing for an increasingly limited share of rental housing.  

You Can Vote in These States on Election Day Even if You're Not Yet Registered

November 5, 2018

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia will allow qualified residents to register to vote and then cast a ballot on Election Day.

The Ground Game for Medicaid Expansion: 'Socialism' or a Benefit for All?

November 5, 2018

Voters in four bright red states will decide tomorrow on Medicaid expansion.      

A Voter’s Guide to Election Security

November 1, 2018

Americans are now voting in the first major election since Russians launched a broad assault on the 2016 presidential campaign. And while election officials and security experts remain vigilant through Election Day, voters have a critical role in the fight to keep elections safe and accessible.

Voter Access Remains a Top Concern Before Election Day 

October 31, 2018

Less than a week before Election Day, one of the biggest stories surrounding the midterms is accusations of voter suppression across the country as state and county elections offices move to purge dormant voters, curtail some early voting sites and impose new voter ID requirements.

Here’s Why Texas Voter Turnout Was So Low, and Why It’s Surging Now 

October 30, 2018

Wearing a red-white-and-blue blouse with a sticker declaring “I’m so gonna vote,” Kassie Phebillo sits behind a table here at the University of Texas, dispensing information about the Nov. 6 midterm election. Nearby, scores of students line up to cast their ballots on the opening day of early voting.

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

October 22, 2018

Local election officials are dealing with a myriad of issues ahead of November’s contentious midterms, not least of which is securing systems from malicious actors. One lesser-known problem that continues to concern them is the national shortage of poll workers. 

Would You Give Your Ballot to a Stranger?

October 11, 2018

In the months leading up to this week’s registration deadline, Renee LaPlant has registered voters in the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana wherever she can: at grocery stores, public events or even at people’s homes on the Native American reservation. Each time she registers new voters, she asks whether they will want her to collect their completed ballot and turn it in to their local county clerk and recorder’s office or courthouse. 

Native Americans Fight Back at the Ballot Box 

September 27, 2018

Tara Benally and her 16-year-old son Delaney After Buffalo set up a plastic table alongside the last dusty highway intersection before the Arizona state line. Here in Monument Valley, in the shadows of the towering red rock monoliths sacred among the Navajo, the two are doing something that’s rarely been done in this part of Utah: conducting a voter registration drive for local Native Americans.

Polling Places Remain a Target Ahead of November Elections

September 4, 2018

In the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, nearly a thousand polling places have been shuttered across the country, many of them in southern black communities.

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

August 9, 2018

Two states left nearly 200,000 people off voter rolls earlier this year, leading to confusion and anger when those people tried to cast a ballot in the primaries.

How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans

July 23, 2018

Kathleen Henry, 80, wants all her neighbors to vote, even if they can’t drive, read or remember as much anymore.

Trump-Approved Budget Short on Election Security, Counties Say

March 29, 2018

In 41 states, some counties and cities use election equipment that is more than a decade old. Older machines are more likely to malfunction or break down on Election Day, and are susceptible to wireless malware attacks.

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

March 21, 2018

Adults with mental disabilities often lose their right to vote for ambiguous and inconsistent reasons.

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

March 15, 2018

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

Voting Lines Are Shorter — But Mostly for Whites

February 15, 2018

Minority communities have not benefited as much as white communities have from innovations to shorten lines.

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

February 1, 2018

Barriers are not unusual for the more than 35 million voting-age Americans with disabilities. As many jurisdictions return to paper ballots to address cybersecurity concerns — nearly half of Americans now vote on paper ballots, counted digitally or by optical scanners — such obstacles are likely to get worse.

Russian Hacking Fuels Return to Paper Ballots

October 3, 2017

After the "hanging chad" fiasco during the 2000 presidential recount, many states and counties switched to electronic-only voting machines to modernize their systems. Now, amid security concerns over Russian hackers targeting state voting systems in last year’s election, there’s a renewed focus on shifting to paper ballots.  

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