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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

‘They are not leaders, they are servants who work for us’: Black voters in Philadelphia reflect on the promise of the new Democratic administration

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Nov 20, 2020
With Election Day more than two weeks behind us, there’s new attention being given to how Democrats on the federal, state, and local level will make good on their promise to the many Black Americans who showed up to vote this year.
From New Jersey

NJ Election Day polling-place analysis: Where you live made a difference

By Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight News
Nov 20, 2020
Where were polling places for this election in New Jersey compared with those for the 2018 primary election? We show you.
From Georgia

‘Very Dedicated’: Election Workers Complete Largest Hand Count In Modern American History

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Nov 19, 2020
With a handful of exceptions, all of Georgia’s 159 counties completed a monumental hand tally of the state’s 5 million presidential ballots with little variation from the original numbers. Many counties say credit is due to county election workers.
From North Carolina

Recount In NC Chief Justice Race Begins As Candidates Challenge Some Votes

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Nov 19, 2020
North Carolina will see a recount this election, in the state’s race for Supreme Court Chief Justice. Only a few hundred votes separate the two candidates. It will take county election boards until Nov. 25 to finish the recount.
From Michigan

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

By Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen, Bridge Michigan
Nov 19, 2020
Canvassing boards are thrust into the national spotlight after two Wayne County Republicans try to change their certification. County officials say they now need to do a better job investigating applicants before they are appointed to posts.
From North Carolina

Health Officials: No COVID-19 Case Spread Linked to Voting

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Nov 19, 2020
Two weeks after the polls closed in North Carolina and nearly 4 million people voted in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, state health officials have some good news: There appear to be no clusters of the virus associated with voting in person.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

‘The ancestors require that we stay the course’: Philadelphia’s Black voters reflect on the 2020 election

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Nov 19, 2020
According to national exit polls, 92% of Black voters in Pennsylvania voted for Joe Biden. That’s compared to 42% of white voters and 69% of Latino voters in the state who voted for the President-elect.
From Michigan

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

By Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Nov 18, 2020
Now that Wayne County has certified its election, activists want the state Board of Canvassers to refuse to certify the state’s election and allow lawmakers to award Michigan’s electors to Trump. It’s a long shot and may be illegal.
From Wisconsin

Inside the life cycle of a Wisconsin absentee ballot

By Nora Eckert, WisconsinWatch.org
Nov 18, 2020
President Trump claims widespread fraud in states including Wisconsin, but elections officials say safeguards make that nearly impossible.
From Detroit

GOP canvassers tried to suppress the vote. Detroit, Wayne County fought back.

By Louis Aguilar and Bisma Parvez , Bridge Detroit
Nov 18, 2020
At a meeting of more than five hours, where the Wayne County Board of Canvassers was expected to certify election results, Detroit and Wayne County residents shamed two Michigan Republicans into reversing course on an earlier refusal.
From New Jersey

Malinowski campaign chases voters to fix problem ballots before ‘cure’ deadline

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Nov 18, 2020
Volunteers for Rep. Tom Malinowski contact voters with problem mail-in ballots, urge them to fix before Nov. 18 deadline.
From Michigan

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

By Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan
Nov 17, 2020
Along party lines, board deadlocks in Michigan’s largest, most Democratic county. GOP members cited concerns that some precincts are ‘out of balance, drawing a swift rebuke from Democrats. It’s now up to the state to certify results.
From North Carolina

State Elections Board Reopens Anson Investigation After New Video Surfaces

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Nov 17, 2020
State elections officials said they’re taking another look at allegations that a campaign worker in Anson County broke the rules of voter assistance and walked into the polling site at the elections office, assisting some voters with their ballots.
From Pennsylvania

Spanish speakers in Pa. faced confused poll workers, lack of interpreters on Election Day

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Nov 17, 2020
While the problems weren’t widespread, advocates say any instance of a Spanish speaker facing a barrier when it comes to voting is inexcusable and shouldn’t be happening in 2020.
From Detroit

Trump has 48 hours to request a recount once Detroit election is certified

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Nov 17, 2020
Detroit, the state’s largest city, labors under an election law that officials say undermines the integrity of the vote and, in past elections, made most precincts ineligible for a recount.