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From North Carolina

A pandemic in 2020 meant new costs for North Carolina election officials

By Michael Falero, WFAE
Jan 18, 2021
The 2020 election was one like no other — the first in modern memory during a deadly pandemic. Election officials had to prepare for record-breaking turnout and adjust for social distancing and changes in how people would cast their ballot. WFAE looks at the numbers to see how much North Carolina’s recent election cost.
From California

Covering elections showed me California votes were secure

By Lewis Griswold, CalMatters
Jan 15, 2021
Despite concerns about election integrity, it’s clear that California's registrars — the heroes of the 2020 election — made sure every vote was counted.
From California

California tackled bad jokes, cybersquatting to protect election

By Freddy Brewster and Katie Licari, CalMatters
Jan 15, 2021
California's election cybersecurity approach shut down notable problems. But it also ensnared some people who say they were joking.
From Pennsylvania

Redistricting will be the definitive political fight of 2021 in Pennsylvania. Here’s how it’ll work.

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 15, 2021
The state is set to lose a congressional seat. The representation of millions of people is on the line. And Republicans will have to do what seems impossible — get along with Democrats.
From New Jersey

More ballot drop boxes for NJ, that’s certain

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Jan 14, 2021
What’s less certain is the format of future elections in New Jersey — in person or mail-in voting, or a combination of the two.
From Pennsylvania

Angered by Pa. Supreme Court rulings, GOP moves to exert more control over judiciary branch

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 13, 2021
The majority party has made overhauling the courts a priority after a slew of unsuccessful litigation involving the administration of the 2020 election as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
From California

Trump rhetoric spurs California Latinos to vote

By Lewis Griswold, CalMatters
Jan 12, 2021
Trump's harsh rhetoric, competitive elections, and efforts to get out the vote all led to significant gains in Latino voter registration in 2020.
From Wisconsin

‘We’re not going to be quiet’: Disability community in Wisconsin demands better access to voting

By Nora Eckert, Wisconsin Watch
Jan 12, 2021
State’s decentralized election system makes it hard to guarantee accessibility; definition of ‘indefinitely confined’ under challenge
From New Jersey

Hardware, software bugs derail NJ push for early voting

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Jan 12, 2021
Underlying issues with hardware, software derail NJ early-voting efforts while raising serious concerns
From Georgia

Lawmakers Prepare to Continue The Debate Over Election Reform in New Legislative Session

By Christopher Alston, 90.1 FM WABE
Jan 11, 2021
As Georgia’s General Assembly begins its 2021 session Monday, lawmakers have said they plan to address election reform.
From North Carolina

Despite More Absentee Ballots, NC’s 2020 Election Had Lower Rejection Rate

By Michael Falero, WFAE 90.7
Jan 11, 2021
North Carolina election officials knew there would be difficulties during the 2020 election, with the pandemic and a historic rise in absentee-by-mail voting. But new data show these obstacles didn’t lead to a higher rate of rejected mail ballots.
From Texas

Four years ago, Texas Republicans were the most likely to use mail-in voting. Here’s how that flipped in the last election.

By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune
Jan 11, 2021
Absentee ballots, which only certain groups of Texans are eligible to use, have traditionally been a tool utilized by the GOP, and in 2016, higher percentages of Republican voters cast absentee ballots than did Democratic voters.
From Michigan

Dominion seeks $1.3B from Trump ally Powell over Michigan voter fraud lies

By Madeline Halpert and Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan
Jan 8, 2021
Dominion Voting  Systems has been under relentless attack by Trump and his supporters since November, including the president’s speech just minutes before the Capitol riots this week.
From North Carolina

Election disputes in the Carolinas are nothing new

By Steve Harrison and Michael Falero, WFAE
Jan 7, 2021
A group of congressional Republicans this week attempted to overturn election results in a handful of states, using baseless claims of fraud surrounding absentee mail ballots. Their efforts did not include North Carolina because President Trump narrowly won the state.
From California

These California Republicans voted to reject Biden’s election

By Lew Griswold, CalMatters
Jan 7, 2021
In a futile maneuver that did not stop Biden's win, almost all Republican members of Congress from California voted to challenge the election results.