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Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

The Washington Post

Rachel Hatzipanagos

3 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Black and Latino organizers with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) knocked on over 300,000 doors in between the general election and Senate runoffs. Canvassing in predominantly Latino neighborhoods,...

The Jakarta Globe

Meleva Thorn

Sienna Curnow

16 January 2021

Indonesia

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CekFakta is a collaborative network that fights misinformation with around 6,000 fact-checkers from major Indonesian media organizations, citizens, and academics. The group holds training sessions to help journalists ...

The Seattle Times

Percy Allen

16 January 2021

United States

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During her bid for reelection, former senator Kelly Loeffler, also co-owner of a WNBA team, publicly fought with the league for dedicating its season to Black Lives Matters and fighting for racial justice. Players dec...

Yes! Magazine

Levi Pulkkinen

30 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A team of young people helped Kirsten Harris-Talley win a seat in the Washington state legislature. The 63 young people, ages 12 to 22, did more than the traditional behind the scenes work, like phone banking and door...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 December 2020

Malden, Massachusetts, United States

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Violations of the Voting Rights Act during primary and local elections led the city of Malden, where 23% of its 60,000 residents are of Asian descent, to provide voting materials and information - including mail-in ba...

KDNK Community Radio

Kathleen Shannon

22 December 2020

Basalt, Colorado, United States

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Ranked choice voting (RCV) lets voters select multiple candidates in order of preference. If no one gets a majority, there is a second round where the candidate with the fewest first choice votes is eliminated and the...

Noozhawk

Joshua Molina

16 December 2020

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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In 2014, activists enlisted the help of attorneys and filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Barbara for violating the California Voting Rights Act by diluting Latino votes. To avoid a costly legal battle, the city...

Scalawag

Iliana Hagenah

10 December 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Civic engagement groups creatively encouraged young Black voters to vote. Mississippi Votes ran fellowships where local representatives educated young people on the political landscape of their state and used "geofenc...

Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

25 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Faith leaders from communities of color mobilized voters to support candidates and policies that empower Black and Brown people. Events such as “Souls to the Polls” and the coalition-run Black Church 75 initiative, re...

Associated Press

Felicia Fonseca

Angeliki Kastanis

19 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Organizations across the political spectrum increased voter turnout on Arizona’s Native American reservations. The Biden campaign targeted outreach to specific groups, such as Native women and veterans, and held Covid...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Lauren Hernandez

13 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Civic participation by youth advocacy groups helped register tens of thousands of young voters and educated many more on election-related issues, such as local and state ballot initiatives. Groups held zoom events to ...

KALW

Shannon Bond

12 November 2020

United States

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To reduce the spread of disinformation, Twitter labeled about 300,000 tweets with warnings that they contained "disputed and potentially misleading" information about the election between October 27 and November 11. T...

Nieman Lab

Ben DeJarnette

12 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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City Limits, a nonprofit newsroom in New York City that specializes in longer-form journalism, created a judicial election voter guide that received nearly 81,000 page views, more than six times that of the site’s oth...

Vox

Rachel Ramirez

10 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Voter outreach campaigns effectively boosted turnout among Native voters. The Rural Utah Project left informational flyers inside plastic bags at people’s doors (a Covid-19 tactical adjustment), held drive-through vot...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

9 November 2020

Utah, United States

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2020 was the first presidential election where a limited group voted using a smartphone app created by Voatz, expanding access to people with disabilities, those in Covid-19 quarantine, and people out of state due to ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Kathryn Goodwin

8 November 2020

United States

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MyVote organized over 300 student volunteers, mostly in high school, to research candidates and their policies so that voters could have a “one-stop-shop” platform to learn about policy platforms of candidates running...

The New York Times

Kevin Roose

5 November 2020

United States

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites defended against election-related disinformation campaigns by quickly identifying and removing fake accounts and putting labels and warnings on posts that made false cla...

The New York Times

Kate Conger

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Mike Isaac

4 November 2020

United States

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Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube implemented pre-planned measures that limited the ability to use their sites to spread election-day disinformation. Twitter quickly added warning labels to election day tweets from polit...

FiveThirtyEight

Nathaniel Rakich

3 November 2020

United States

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The coronavirus made cramped or high-risk polling locations untenable so at least 39 sports arenas have opened up their facilities for voting. Their expansive size allows them to welcome large numbers of voters while ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Guillermo Molero

2 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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North Carolina takes a multipronged approach to election security. Unique serial numbers on mail-in ballots allow the voter to be removed from the system once they are processed. Hundreds of thousands of test ballots ...

Politico

Eric Geller

2 November 2020

United States

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) built up its digital defenses, successfully protecting the 2018 midterm election from the cyber-hacking that occurred in 2016. The DNC now trains staff to spot cyber threats, co...

Nieman Lab

Sarah Scire

2 November 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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Talk2020 is a searchable database from the Wall Street Journal with thousands of transcripts from presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ campaign speeches, media appearances, debates, and more. Users can filte...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Allison Salerno

1 November 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Some locations, such as North Carolina and the extremely populous Harris County, Texas, have enacted solutions that make voting easier and take less time. In addition to early voting running up until election day, the...

NBC News

Chloe Atkins

31 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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More than 170,000 people with felony records in Kentucky won the right to vote in the 2020 election under an order by the governor. Although not as concrete as legislation, the governor's order at least temporarily re...

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