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ProPublica

Jessica Huseman

24 March 2020

United States

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As the COVID19 pandemic continues, officials are looking ahead to the United States’ presidential election in November and considering mail-in ballots. While it is a limited-contact way of voting, it presents massive ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 March 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic swept the nation at a time when many would be going to polling stations to cast their votes in primary elections, but vote-at-home practices are providing a solution for this civic inconvenien...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Vicky Camarillo

11 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Organizations and educators in Texas work to increase voter engagement among young people. Schools must provide voter registrations, but many don't, so some teachers register students and teach the importance of civic...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

John C. Moritz

5 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Civil rights groups used a lawsuit and a vigilant network of activists to defeat an attempt to purge qualified voters from the list of Texas' eligible voters and to guard against ongoing attempts to disenfranchise nat...

Yes! Magazine

Lynsi Burton

10 January 2020

Maine, United Arab Emirates

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Already adopted in eighteen cities and five states, ranked choice voting, a system where voters rank candidates running in an election from their first to last choice, is growing in popularity across the United States...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 December 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin's program to make voting and polling locations accessible for people with disabilities once garnered national attention, though it has since fallen behind where it used to be. The program called for an audit...

Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

26 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

14 October 2019

Sandusky, Ohio, United States

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Sandusky, Ohio, recently got rid of Columbus Day in favor of a holiday on Election Day, following the lead of several countries around the world such as South Africa, Germany, and India. Sandusky's swapping of Columbu...

The GroundTruth Project

Milan Polk

29 August 2019

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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Young advocates for voting rights are fighting back against laws that make it difficult for young people and other marginalized groups to register to vote. Through public campaigns, lawsuits, and voter registration dr...

Are We Europe

Rhiannon J. Davies

28 August 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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After the Gezi Park protests in 2013, eight young Turks launched an app called Oy ve Ötesi, or "Vote and Beyond," to protect democratic values. The non-profit aims to improve voter turnout, increase transparency aroun...

Vox

Lee Drutman

24 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2002, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to adopt ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank their candidates by 1st choice, 2nd choice, and so on, in what effectively becomes an instant run-off. This ...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

12 June 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, taxpayers are funding a program called democracy vouchers, in which registered voters and other eligible residents receive $25 vouchers that they can contribute toward city council races. In this program u...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 June 2019

Oregon, United States

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In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, the traditional polling place has all but disappeared. In its place is the rise of the mail-in ballot, a convenient, inclusive method where states mail ballots to every registered ...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Andrew Westrope

29 May 2019

Iowa, United States

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Non-profit organization Protect Democracy has created a free web application called VoteShield, which uses statistics, machine learning, and data visualization to track and flag any unusual changes in local public vot...

Colorado Public Radio

Sam Brasch

24 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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In 2013, Colorado lawmakers passed a comprehensive voting reform bill which put a mail-in ballot in every voter's mailbox and allowed for same-day voter registration. Many credit the bill for boosting youth voting 13 ...

KNME-PBS

Gene Grant

Kevin McDonald

16 April 2019

New Mexico, United States

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Bernalillo County, New Mexico used a mobile voting unit to increase voter involvement and turnout, helping 1733 voters in the 2018 election. A large RV was customized and sent to some public areas, especially senior c...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Get out the vote groups like Inspire U.S.and Penn Leads the Vote have found that many young people are more engaged than ever before in wanting to vote, but they just need a little nudge in the right direction. From s...

National Native News

Christine Trudeau

13 March 2019

Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States

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When it became clear that legal challenges to North Dakota's new voter I.D. law would fail, organizers set up shop near Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to get out the vote. By helping voters on the r...

Model D

Aaron Mondry

8 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To close the voting participation and engagement gap between historically disenfranchised groups and more affluent, white groups, organizations in Metropolitan Detroit are employing a number of strategies. One group, ...

The Denver Post

Andrew Kenney

7 March 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In the hopes of making voting more accessible, the city of Denver, Colorado will allow their international voters, a population of about 4,000, to vote electronically on an app called Voatz. Already used by about 144 ...

Native America Calling

Art Hughes

7 March 2019

North Dakota, United States

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Native American tribes, community groups, and nonprofits quickly responded to a North Dakota law requiring voter IDs with physical street addresses by holding information sessions, setting up stations to create instan...

Miami Herald

David Smiley

28 February 2019

Florida, United States

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Over the past two decades, Florida has notoriously been plagued with voting complications, which have called into question the integrity of many state and national elections. In an attempt to simplify voting, Florida ...

Pacific Standard

Massoud Hayoun

14 February 2019

North Dakota, United States

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A variety of reasons can make it hard for Native Americans to vote. Voter ID laws that require proof of address prohibit some Native American nations without formal addresses. And often polling places are situated too...

Associated Press

Kristen de Groot

2 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Some hospitals are finding ways to help their patients vote. Penn Votes Project is an initiative between hospitals and the Penn Law School that helps patients fill out and notarize their absentee ballots. Then there’s...

Associated Press

Blake Nicholson

31 October 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota, United States

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In the face of stricter voter ID rules, organizers are working to ensure that those deemed ineligible to vote in North Dakota because of their lack of street address - a group that is disproportionately Native America...

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