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From Pennsylvania

Pa. could become a national outlier in how it elects appellate judges. Here’s why experts are worried.

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 27, 2021
The measure, which could be before voters as soon as May, calls for abolishing statewide elections and replacing them with races in partisan districts determined by lawmakers.
From Wisconsin

In evenly split Wisconsin, partisan divides may only grow

By Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk, Wisconsin Watch
Jan 23, 2021
Close elections may become more common in Wisconsin, fueling participation but also more political divisiveness
From Georgia

Bartow County election workers complete audit of Jan. 5 runoff

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 22, 2021
The audit found an 89-vote discrepancy from the original tally, a 0.2% difference, which Bartow election supervisor Joseph Kirk attributed to human error in the counting process.
From Georgia

Republican officials continue push to require photo IDs for Ga. absentee ballots

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 22, 2021
After Republicans suffered high-profile losses in Georgia’s presidential and Senate races, many in the GOP expressed support for new restrictions on absentee voting they said would improve security.
From North Carolina

Trump hires SC lawyer for impeachment defense team

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Jan 22, 2021
Former president Donald Trump has hired Butch Bowers of South Carolina to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial expected to begin in the next few weeks.
From New Jersey

Ready to vote in NJ 2021 elections? Are you sure?

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Jan 22, 2021
The primaries are just months away. Election officials, voting rights advocates say it’s not too early to check your own voting readiness.
From Pennsylvania

Top Pa. election official calls for end to ‘lies’ as GOP launches 2020 hearings

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 21, 2021
The hearing was the first of 14 Republicans intend to hold on the administration of an election they largely won. Democrats launched a counter-offensive, “Defending Democracy,” to “address the lies.”
From Georgia

Gwinnett Election Board chair refuses to resign after intense criticism

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 21, 2021
Alice O’Lenick was first quoted as having said she is “like a dog after a bone” in her determination to get county and state election laws changed so that Republicans “at least have a shot at winning.”
From Georgia

State House Democrats announce bill that would restore voting rights to Georgians convicted of a felony

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 20, 2021
A group of Georgia House Democrats has announced a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for Georgians convicted of a felony.
From North Carolina

North Carolina congressional representatives react to President Biden’s inauguration

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Jan 20, 2021
Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration, with some of them attending the ceremony in D.C. on Wednesday.
From North Carolina

Charlotte residents look for hope and unity in Biden’s inaugural speech

By Michael Falero and Coleen Harry, WFAE
Jan 20, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration at noon Wednesday, WFAE asked Charlotte residents what they’re hoping to hear and see from the new president's speech and from his administration.
From Georgia

Lawmakers begin work on election laws during first weeks of session

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 19, 2021
With Republicans indicating they plan to introduce restrictions on absentee voting in the name of election security and Democrats gearing up to fight what they say are forms of voter suppression, there are still some changes to the Georgia election laws that members of both parties agree on.
From New Jersey

Valuable lessons for NJ from 2020 elections

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Jan 19, 2021
New Jersey's unprecedented experience in the 2020 elections holds valuable insights for coming elections, as long as it's mined and put to use
From Michigan

New Buffalo officials worked through COVID election. One died, 3 infected

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Jan 19, 2021
Workers in this small town said they followed safety protocols, only to see their beloved city manager succumb to the virus. The four infections underscore the risks faced by election officials as they worked through a pandemic.
From North Carolina

More than 1 million eligible voters in North Carolina didn’t cast ballots in 2020

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Jan 18, 2021
Despite issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and racial injustice, more than 1 million North Carolinians who were eligible to vote decided to take a pass in 2020.