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From Georgia

County employees saved Georgia’s elections, but at what personal cost?

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Mar 2, 2021
County election directors earned praise for conducting a presidential election under the strains of a pandemic and heated partisanship. While the stress has led some to resign and others are considering it, some are holding steadfast in their jobs.
From Texas

Texas’ oldest Black university was built on a former plantation. Its students still fight a legacy of voter suppression.

By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune
Feb 26, 2021
Jayla Allen was her family's third generation to attend Prairie View A&M University. She inherited a battle for voting rights in Waller County extending back before her grandfather's time at the Southeast Texas college.
From Georgia

There are a lot of voting bills in the Georgia General Assembly. Here’s what you need to know.

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Feb 26, 2021
After a relatively slow start, it’s open season for voting law changes in the Georgia state legislature. Lawmakers have been holding near-daily hearings on voting proposals over the past week, as Republicans follow up on months of promises to change election law based on some of their constituents’ belief in unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
From Pennsylvania

Counties will again be unable to process mail ballots early during Pa.’s primary election

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Feb 24, 2021
While a municipal primary typically sees low turnout, election officials said they can’t predict how many voters will take advantage of the state’s no-excuse mail voting law.
From Pennsylvania

Pa.’s new auditor general says his election was fair, but he won’t talk about the others

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Feb 19, 2021
Because Timothy DeFoor may be asked to investigate the 2020 election, his office said he "must maintain his independence."
From Georgia

Republicans in Georgia Senate begin moving bills that would revamp election process

By Christopher Alston, Emil Moffatt, WABE
Feb 17, 2021
Georgia lawmakers voted along party lines Wednesday morning to move several pieces of legislation one step closer to law, including measures that would add restrictions to absentee voting.
From Pennsylvania

Delay in census data could put transparency in Pa.’s redistricting process at risk

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Feb 15, 2021
Lawmakers will likely get half as much time to draw the state’s new legislative and congressional maps, worrying advocates who have long fought for a more open process.
From Georgia

Voting bills start to progress through the Georgia legislature

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Feb 11, 2021
The Senate Ethics Committee currently has more than 20 voting-related bills under its consideration, and Thursday the first four were assigned to subcommittees for a first round of vetting early next week.
From Michigan

Michigan redistricting panel on track, despite census delays, director says

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Feb 8, 2021
Michigan residents have high hopes for a newly created panel charged with redrawing political boundaries called some of the most gerrymandered in the nation.
From Pennsylvania

What the exit of Pa.’s top election official means for the future of voting

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Feb 4, 2021
Secretary Kathy Boockvar’s resignation has emboldened her fiercest GOP critics, even though it was not related to her handling of the closely watched vote in a battleground state.
From Michigan

Despite dueling plans, Benson, GOP election reforms offer some common ground

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Feb 1, 2021
The Democratic Secretary of State and a Republican who led a fraud inquiry agree on the need for more training and other reforms, despite vastly different conclusions about the November election.
From Georgia

Democrats seek to protect ballot drop boxes in Georgia

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Feb 1, 2021
An emergency order from the State Election Board permitting Georgia counties to use ballot drop boxes expires Friday, but a group of Democrats wants to extend the practice permanently.
From North Carolina

NC’s bipartisan election board has seen plenty of partisan fights

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Jan 29, 2021
The 2020 election was contested at the polls and in the courts. Georgia’s secretary of state was the focus of intense criticism and White House pressure. North Carolina’s elections authority also had its share of political controversy, and it wasn’t the first time.
From North Carolina

NC’s Black voter turnout was up in 2020. What was behind it?

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Jan 29, 2021
North Carolina’s Black voter turnout in the 2020 general election ticked up 4% from 2016. The turnout for Black votes overall was 68%, according to State Board of Elections data.
From Georgia

Republican state senator proposes law to require photo ID for Ga. absentee ballots

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 28, 2021
The bill filed by freshman state Sen. Jason Anavitarte, a Republican from Dallas, is the first measure introduced this session that would increase restrictions on absentee voting.