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 Texas

Crystal Mason, jailed for illegal voting conviction after casting provisional ballot, seeks to have conviction overturned

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Dec 1, 2020
The request for review by the state’s highest criminal court was filed by Mason’s attorneys as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
From Georgia

Secretary of State calls out Fulton County over recount issue

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Dec 1, 2020
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had sharply critical words for Fulton County election officials Tuesday after a ballot-scanning problem arose over the weekend.
From North Carolina

NC Republicans calling for change to State Board of Elections

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Dec 1, 2020
The 2020 General Election is notable in many ways. Turnout was a record 75%. A little more than 1 million people voted by mail-in ballots. But it could be the election that prompts lawmakers to change who’s in charge of administering future elections.
From Detroit

Michigan rep. victim of anti-Muslim attacks after county election meetings

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Dec 1, 2020
Newly elected state Rep. Abraham Aiyash found himself at the center of a vicious Islamophobic online attack following the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting where two Republican canvassers initially refused to certify Detroit’s election.
From Texas

GOP lawmakers heading into the legislative session take aim at voter fraud, despite no evidence of widespread problem

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Dec 1, 2020
Nearly a dozen pieces of legislation, all of them filed by Republicans, target mail-in balloting, illegal voting and misbehaving elections officials — inspired by events and talking points from the previous election cycle.
From California

How California moved to the future of voting in 2020

By Michael Lozano , CalMatters
Dec 1, 2020
Forty-eight counties responded to a CalMatters election survey and many attributed the smooth election to new vote centers with savvy technology.
From North Carolina

Recount for NC Supreme Court chief justice race nearly finished after delay

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Nov 30, 2020
North Carolina’s 100 counties are finishing their recount of the state Supreme Court chief justice race Monday. Democratic incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley requested the recount after fewer than 500 votes separated her and Republican Paul Newby.
From Georgia

Runoff To Fill Remainder Of John Lewis’ Term Raises Questions About System

By Christopher Alston, 90.1 FM WABE
Nov 30, 2020
This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. While Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs in January have dominated state and national headlines,
From Pennsylvania

Pa. counties reported no major issues with Dominion voting machines, a target of Trump and his campaign

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Nov 30, 2020
Donald Trump won 86% of the Pennsylvania counties that used Dominion devices, while state Republicans who are now echoing the president's distrust of the machines performed well in the 2020 election.
From Texas

Texas Democrats have failed to pass voter access legislation for years. The pandemic may change that.

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Nov 27, 2020
More than 60 election-related bills have been filed in the House and Senate in the three weeks since the election. About half of them are aimed at increasing voter access, which lawmakers said became a more urgent issue during the pandemic.
From Detroit

Detroit organizers found new ways to increase voter turnout on Election Day

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Nov 27, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, Detroit’s grassroots organizations turned to social media influencers and relational organizing to increase voter turnout.
From Georgia

Absentee ‘Rollover’ Voters Should Request Ballot For Special Elections

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Nov 25, 2020
After a record turnout in the November general election in Georgia, many voters are making a plan to vote in runoff elections in December and January. But those on the state’s “rollover” list already have part of the work taken care of. Georgians who are over the age of 65, members of the military or are physically
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From Votebeat National

Weekly Roundup: The president wants to scapegoat Black and Latino voters for his loss

By Gabe Schneider
The counties Trump sued in Pennsylvania account for more than 74% of the state’s Black population.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

‘The citizen’s voice’: How Philadelphia voters created a new police oversight agency – WURD Radio

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Nov 25, 2020
509,933 Philadelphians — over two-thirds of those who voted in the city during the national election — said yes to replacing the chronically underfunded Police Advisory Commission (PAC) that oversees police conduct in the city, with a new Citizen Police Oversight Commission (CPOC). 
From Wisconsin

Could lawmakers ‘mess’ with Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes? Possibly.

By Anya van Wagtendonk, WisconsinWatch.org
Nov 25, 2020
Experts say pro-Trump lawmakers could try to overturn voters’ will and send an alternate set of electors, but the Democratic governor could block the effort