February 10, 2020
Ten states that hosted caucuses in 2016 — Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah and Washington — switched to primaries for this presidential cycle.
February 5, 2020
While normal Democratic caucuses are standing affairs, every caucusgoer at the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living in Des Moines had a chair in their candidate’s section. When it was time for supporters to give speeches for their candidate, they had a microphone wheeled to them.
January 27, 2020
The 2020 presidential election is just months away and state legislators, courts and election officials are making final changes to policies governing access to the ballot.
January 3, 2020
Twenty-one years after his drug possession conviction, Rynn Young got his ballot back when newly elected Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order last month restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons after release.
December 13, 2019
Last year, Utah lawmakers approved a statewide pilot program for ranked-choice voting in municipal elections, welcoming any city that wants to participate. The system allows voters to rank candidates by preference in the hopes of preventing costly runoff elections in crowded races.
November 26, 2019
Arizona is one of 18 states where independent commissions, instead of legislators, draw congressional and legislative lines. The panels are designed to keep politics out of the process, under the idealized notion that citizens would redraw boundaries without producing gerrymandered maps.
October 25, 2019
For the first time ever, Ohio this year lifted the veil on its voter purging system. It left the state astonished.
October 17, 2019
Across the country, proponents of automatic voter registration often laud its ability to dramatically increase a state’s voter rolls, bringing more people into the political process.
October 4, 2019
Most homes on the Navajo Nation lack street addresses. That means packages must be shipped to businesses or relatives. Emergency responders, given vague home locations, are often delayed. But it is the impact on voting that has many indigenous rights advocates deeply concerned.
September 18, 2019
Voting machines are the most accessible ballot options for voters with disabilities. But paper ballots are the preferred voting method among election security experts. In this current climate, officials are finding it difficult to balance security and accessibility, especially for voters with disabilities.
September 12, 2019
A federal judge Thursday blocked a new Tennessee law that would criminalize certain aspects of mass voter registration drives.
September 9, 2019
Maine will become the first state to allow ranked-choice voting in a presidential election. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills will let a bill the legislature passed last month become law without her signature. The law won’t, however, go into effect in time for the state’s March presidential primary.
August 15, 2019
Georgia must phase out its “unsecure, unreliable and grossly outdated” election equipment before the state’s 2020 elections, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
August 14, 2019
Less than a year after a coalition of groups conducted a statewide voter registration drive that accumulated 91,000 applications, activists face a daunting obstacle: A new state law that seeks to curb mass voter registration efforts by imposing criminal and financial penalties for turning in error-filled forms or failing to register with the state and undergo training.
August 1, 2019
As 2020 approaches, it’s becoming clearer that the race for the presidency is going to come down to a few key states. In some of those states, Republican-led legislatures restricted voting access in ways that experts say would disproportionately affect Democratic voters.
July 31, 2019
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed legislation that requires all presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of income tax returns to the California secretary of state as a condition for appearing on California’s primary ballot starting in 2020.
July 18, 2019
The Democratic Party announced this month that Iowans and Nevadans in February will be able to opt out of the traditional caucus experience and vote using the keypads on their cellphones or landlines.
July 10, 2019
Behind nearly every voter registration database, voting machine and county website that posts results on Election Day, there’s an election technology company that has developed those systems and equipment.