Independent, nonpartisan coverage of election integrity.

Votebeat is a pop-up nonprofit newsroom covering local election administration and voting in eight states, created by Chalkbeat.

From Pennsylvania

State, counties prepare to keep Pa. polling places safe amid fears of militia, hate groups

By Joseph Darius Jaafari of Spotlight PA, Emily Previti of WITF, and Ramesh Santanam of Postindustrial, Spotlight PA
Oct 30, 2020
While experts are optimistic there will not be widespread conflict, officials are taking extra precautions in case anyone tries to disrupt the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.
From Texas

Miles to go before they vote: With no absentee ballot, displaced Texans cross the country to vote at home

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Oct 30, 2020
Worried because their absentee ballots never arrived, two American University students rented a Volkswagen Golf and drove 30 hours across half a dozen states to cast their votes in Texas this week.
From Pennsylvania

Harassment, anger, and misinformation plague Pa. county officials as they struggle to keep 2020 election on track

By Marie Albiges, Tom Lisi, and Angela Couloumbis, Spotlight PA
Oct 30, 2020
They’re working 80-hour weeks, hiring armies of temporary workers, and renting extra space to keep them safe as they pledge to count votes by Friday after Election Day.
From New Jersey

Voters who registered at MVC agencies are at risk of having their ballots rejected

By Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 30, 2020
Many election officials are setting aside ballots because signatures made on MVC pin pads don’t match inked signatures on voters’ ballots.
From New Jersey

Could voter suppression impact South Jersey’s tight 2nd District race?

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 30, 2020
Local Black community and officials are calling out Craig Callaway for what they say is voter suppression in the 2nd Congressional District.
From North Carolina

North Carolina Election Officials Say Curbside Voting Is A Popular Option

By Coleen Harry, WFAE 90.7 - Charlotte's NPR News Source
Oct 29, 2020
State election officials say about 144,000 people voted curbside between Oct. 15 and Oct. 28.
From Wisconsin

Ballot drop boxes offer ‘a safe place’ for voting in Wisconsin’s election

By Nora Eckert, WisconsinWatch.org
Oct 29, 2020
Among the changes making voting safer during the COVID-19 pandemic: absentee ballot drop boxes installed by local clerks around the state.
From Detroit, Michigan

For Detroiters with disabilities, the polling place can be barrier to voting

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Oct 29, 2020
Despite federal guidelines, some voters with disabilities may face challenges casting a ballot in Detroit. Advocates and election officials are working to remove barriers to voting in the November election.
From Texas

Worried your mail-in ballot still hasn’t arrived? Here’s how to be sure your vote counts

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Oct 29, 2020
If you're concerned that you haven't received your mail-in ballot, there are ways to be counted by showing up in person. Officials say ballots are still being sent out with less than a week before Election Day.
From Pennsylvania

Will Pa. be at the center of another Bush v. Gore? These 8 lawyers and scholars weigh in.

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Oct 29, 2020
If the election comes down to Pennsylvania, the days following Nov. 3 will likely be similar to Florida in 2000.
From Michigan

Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Oct 28, 2020
Hundreds of poll challengers are ready to scrutinize ballots in Detroit and other cities on Nov. 3. They say they’re motivated by patriotism. Foes say their goal is to depress turnout in Democratic cities.
From California

Need a translator to vote? California is trying to help

By Michael Lozano, CalMatters
Oct 28, 2020
California’s push to expand language access in elections has run headlong into pandemic fears and record numbers of early voters, from home.
From Pennsylvania

Erie County restricts activities of openly armed residents near the polls if they aren’t voting

By Tom Lisi, Spotlight PA
Oct 28, 2020
Elections officials said they took the steps to combat voter intimidation, but at least one legal expert said a challenge was almost guaranteed.
From North Carolina

What Happens During A County Board Of Elections Meeting? Take A Look At Cabarrus County’s

By Coleen Harry, WFAE 90.7 - Charlotte's NPR News Source
Oct 28, 2020
If you’re an elections aficionado, then a county elections board meeting is your happy place. If you have no interest in the nitty-gritty of elections, you should. And here’s why.
From New Jersey

Election misinformation sent to voters in Mendham, NJ

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Oct 28, 2020
Messages to voters in the town in Morris County contained misleading information about in-person voting.