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Barriers to the Ballot Box

Barriers to the Ballot Box

The novel coronavirus has fundamentally shifted the way many Americans vote: local election officials, in the name of safety, have closed thousands of polling places and encouraged voting by mail. But since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to weaken major protections in the Voting Rights Act, polling place closures and changes have affected equal access to the ballot for communities of color. A project of the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline.

We want to know about changes to your polling place.

Stateline and the Center for Public Integrity are investigating the effects of polling place movement and closures on voters. Has a change in your polling place affected your ability to easily vote since 2012? Are you concerned about polling place changes in your community in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Tell us about your experience.

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