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

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
From Pennsylvania

Last-minute assignments, lack of training left Pittsburgh-area poll workers unprepared on Election Day

By Tom Lisi, Spotlight PA
Nov 25, 2020
Spotlight PA and Votebeat interviewed eight Allegheny County poll workers, who suggested the success seen on Nov. 3 was far from inevitable.
From Votebeat National

The Real Reason Trump’s Lawsuits Disproportionately Target Black and Latino Voters

By Kira Lerner, Slate Magazine
Nov 24, 2020
The cities at the center of Trump’s crusade are not even the ones that cost him the election.
From North Carolina

State Board Of Elections Votes 4-1 To Certify NC’s 2020 Election Results

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Nov 24, 2020
The North Carolina State Board of Elections certified most of the state’s races for the 2020 election Tuesday. The Board voted 4-to-1 to certify the results. The only no vote came from a Republican board member who questioned changes the board made to absentee ballot rules before Election Day.
From Michigan

Michigan’s results official, but harm done to Black voters may linger

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Nov 24, 2020
President Trump’s effort to target votes and raise false fraud accusations in Black communities could cause lasting damage, experts say.
From Pennsylvania

Pa. declares Biden as winner of state’s 2020 presidential election, certifies results

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Nov 24, 2020
Only President-elect Joe Biden’s electors will go to Harrisburg on Dec. 14 to formally cast their support for the former vice president, who won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes.
From California

How California reached historic voter turnout despite pandemic, distrust

By Lewis Griswold, CalMatters
Nov 24, 2020
Californians faced the naysayers and voted in historic numbers this election. To date, CalMatters has interviewed 45 of 58 county registrars and found the mail vote experiment saw few glitches, little drama and might provide a blueprint for future elections across the country.
From North Carolina

SC Disqualified Less Than 1% Of Absentee Ballots This Year Despite Witness Signature Rulings

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Nov 23, 2020
In the 2020 election, South Carolina didn’t allow election officials to contact residents who sent in absentee ballots with missing information, like a witness signature. Now, election data shows less than 1% of mailed absentee ballots in the state were rejected for not having a witness signature, lower than in the 2016 presidential election.
From Pennsylvania

In rare move, bipartisan panel rejects Pa. House request to audit 2020 election

By Marie Albiges and Cynthia Fernandez , Spotlight PA
Nov 23, 2020
In voting down the measure, the panel's two Democrats said the audit would be duplicative of one already required by law.
From Michigan

What to expect from Michigan Board of Canvassers; how to watch meeting

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Nov 23, 2020
All eyes will be on an obscure four-member, bipartisan board with certifying Michigan’s election. Here’s what to expect when the board meets at 1 p.m. Monday.