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.

How it works

Votebeat was created by Chalkbeat to combat a shortage of local reporters devoted to covering voting and election administration in the 2020 U.S. election, as the integrity of the election faces unprecedented scrutiny.

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Votebeat enables a three-month sprint of focused local reporting dedicated to covering the mechanics of voting and election administration by adapting critical elements of the Chalkbeat model for covering local schools to the requirements of a pop-up project.

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Votebeat’s newsroom is a network of local reporters dedicated entirely to covering voting and election administration in their community. A central team provides editorial guidance and works to ensure stories are distributed to the widest possible audience. Votebeat reporters are embedded in local nonprofit newsrooms that provide expert knowledge of their communities. Votebeat reporters adhere to Chalkbeat’s ethics policy.

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Financial support for Votebeat comes from philanthropic donors committed to backing nonpartisan, independent reporting that adheres to the highest journalistic standards. The Institute for Nonprofit News is Votebeat’s fiscal sponsor. See a full donor list here, and Chalkbeat’s ethics policy here.

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How to get involved

There are many ways to support Votebeat!

If you're a reporter or editor interested in participating, please reach out to us.