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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Here’s why Philadelphia’s 9th Ward has the highest voter turnout in the city

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Dec 30, 2020
More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, marking the city’s highest registered-voter turnout,
From California

How California fought election misinformation

By Freddy Brewster, CalMatters
Dec 29, 2020
California worked with social companies, created an internal database, and developed threat levels to fight 2020 election misinformation.
From Pennsylvania

Satellite offices gave Pa. voters more options to cast early ballots in person. Were they worth it?

By Tom Lisi, Spotlight PA
Dec 29, 2020
Of the state’s 67 counties, six of the most highly populated decided to open auxiliary locations. Just one plans to continue using them in the future.
From Texas

Next year’s redistricting process will impact Texas politics for the next 10 years. Here’s how it’ll work.

By Yasmeen Khalifa, The Texas Tribune
Dec 29, 2020
Republicans will control the process, but a legal and political fight is sure to commence over who is empowered and whose voice is diluted.
From California

California’s election reform ignores obstacles for diverse voters

By Michael Lozano, CalMatters
Dec 28, 2020
Despite election reforms designed to improve turnout in 2020, the gap between white and diverse voters remained significant.
From Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s nonvoters could be a powerful bloc — but barriers, disillusionment stand in the way

By Nora Eckert, WisconsinWatch.org
Dec 28, 2020
Working digitally and on the streets of Milwaukee, activists tried to convince nonvoters to go to the polls, but distrust and disgust kept some away
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Why these two wards had Philadelphia’s lowest voter turnout

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Dec 28, 2020
Even as voters in Philadelphia turned out in record numbers this election, two wards with the lowest turnout in the city show why some were still left behind in this democratic exercise
From New Jersey

Voting machines: How powerful companies lock up lucrative New Jersey contracts

By Jeff Pillets, NJ Spotlight News
Dec 28, 2020
In 2009, a startling report detailed how a handful of companies had sewn up the market for voting machines in New Jersey. Not much has changed.
From California

Low turnout doesn’t always mean disengaged voters

By Lew Griswold, CalMatters
Dec 23, 2020
Imperial County’s 68 percent registered voter turnout in November hid a surprising fact: the highest number of people voted in the history of the county.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

‘The first but not the last’: State Representative Joanna McClinton on being the first Black woman to lead the Democratic Caucus in Pennsylvania

By Sojourner Ahebee, WURD Radio
Dec 23, 2020
State Representative Joanna McClinton made history this year when she was elected House minority leader by the Pennsylvania legislature in November 2020.
From Georgia

On their to-do list: Georgia voters head back to the polls amid the holiday season

By Christopher Alston, 90.1 FM WABE
Dec 23, 2020
Voters in Georgia have an extra item on their to-do list this holiday season — voting in runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, as well as a seat on Georgia’s Public Service Commission.
From Pennsylvania

Thousands of ballots will be audited as part of Pa.’s post-election review

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Dec 23, 2020
The review, which will be completed by Jan. 22, provides a statistical assurance that there were no errors in the state's declaration of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
From North Carolina

Investigation ‘ongoing’ into voter assistance violations in Anson County

By Coleen Harry, WFAE
Dec 23, 2020
The North Carolina State Board of Elections says investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of claims of voter-assistance irregularities in Anson County.
From Georgia

Ossoff Uses TikTok To Court Young Voters Crucial To Democrats’ Success

By Christopher Alston, 90.1 FM WABE
Dec 22, 2020
This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. With the help of online influencers, Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is using social media
From New Jersey

The campaign to let New Jersey prisoners vote

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Dec 22, 2020
New Jersey restored voting rights to people on probation and parole. The campaign to extend the right to those still in prison goes on.