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 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.
From New Jersey

New Jersey lawmakers push for in-person early voting by 2021. County election officials fear it’s not doable

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Nov 23, 2020
Democratic leaders want to enact the electoral change quickly. County election officials say they have reason to be wary.
From Wisconsin

Trump Wisconsin recount seeks to throw out tens of thousands of votes in Democratic strongholds

By Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk, WisconsinWatch.org
Nov 21, 2020
The president’s team wants to toss 170,000 in-person absentee ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties; experts call the effort a long shot.
From New Jersey

All counties but two certify results of New Jersey’s general election

By Genesis Obando and Colleen O'Dea , NJ Spotlight News
Nov 20, 2020
Nineteen counties across the state met Friday to certify New Jersey’s election counts; Ocean and Salem counties get extensions.
From Votebeat National

Weekly Roundup: The President wanted to suppress the vote. Wayne County fought back.

By Gabe Schneider
Nov 20, 2020
In Michigan’s Wayne County, Republican officials tried to suppress the vote by refusing to certify the election results. Wayne contains Detroit, which has a population that is over 80 percent Black, and it wasn’t hard for Detroiters to read between the lines: Republicans, at the urging of President Donald Trump, were trying to invalidate Black …

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From Pennsylvania

Pa. counties expect to sign off on election results by Monday despite Trump’s attempts to delay certification

By Marie Albiges and Tom Lisi, Spotlight PA
Nov 20, 2020
The routine administrative step has taken on new importance as President Donald Trump and his campaign allies try to inject controversy into the process.
From Michigan

Has certifying Detroit’s election always been so politically polarized?

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Nov 20, 2020
Certifying Detroit elections now involves extreme politics. This week, two Republican members of the bipartisan Wayne County Board of Canvassers remade election administration. This is not how it used to be.