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The GroundTruth Project

Emily Previti

3 March 2021

Orange County, California, United States

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Orange County is a gold standard for supporting voters who aren’t fluent in English. All voting materials come in multiple languages and online databases and voting equipment are compatible with the multilingual syste...

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 Atlantic

Vann R. Newkirk II

11 February 2021

Mississippi, United States

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The federal Voting Rights Act required states to ensure access to the polls for Black voters and set up mechanisms for federal enforcement. The law worked well in the Jim Crow South, though was not built to deal with ...

Politico

Kaila Philo

4 February 2021

Iowa, United States

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More than 3,000 Iowans voted in the 2020 presidential election thanks to an executive order signed by the Republican governor after a protest campaign by activists to erase Iowa's permanent ban on voting by people wit...

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 Washington Post

Nora Caplan-Bricker

27 January 2021

Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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51 for 51 is an advocacy group fighting for DC statehood by educating people about DC residents’ taxation without representation and training advocates in other states, mostly young people, to lobby their senators to ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Belt Magazine

Kiran Misra

30 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As the first jail to serve as a polling place for the people incarcerated there, the Cook County Jail saw the highest number of votes cast in a primary election in decades during the spring primary. On two weekends of...

The Hechinger Report

Charlotte West

30 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The Oakland Youth Vote started as a youth-led ballot initiative to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote for school board representatives. Student activism helped get the initiative on the November 2020 ballot a...

The New Republic

Julia Thomas

29 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Rule changes in counties impacted by wildfires have made it easier for displaced residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election by using their temporary residence, shelter, a P.O. box, or their county election of...

South Dakota News Watch

Bart Pfankuch

Nick Lowrey

28 October 2020

South Dakota, United States

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Some officials took steps to make registration and voting easier and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. After issues during the primary, many counties enlisted additional staff and expanded infrastructure to proces...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

26 October 2020

United States

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Muslim civic advocacy groups Emgage and Ismailis Rise Up have partnered to engage a more diverse Muslim population in the 2020 election. They added thousands of contacts among new Muslim voters in six states, trained ...

The Crisis Magazine

La Risa Lynch

24 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago Votes works to ensure access to voting for people awaiting trial in jail. In addition to registering thousands of voters, they helped pass a Cook County law designating the nation’s largest single-site detenti...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 October 2020

United States

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Civic and advocacy groups fight disinformation targeted at Latinx voters and conduct voter registration and education outreach. Voto Latino encourages young people to help older relatives spot disinformation and train...

Next City

Emily Nonko

20 October 2020

United States

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Ameelio is a technology startup launched by Yale students to facilitate free communication between people who are incarcerated and loved ones. In their first six months, the group went from sending 300 to over 4,000 l...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

18 October 2020

Utah, United States

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A legal settlement in Utah expanded access to voting on Navajo Nations and influenced similar settlements in Arizona. All registered voters receive a mail-in ballot, but counties also offer early voting and election-d...

Stateline

Elaine S. Povich

16 October 2020

United States

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Free-standing ballot drop boxes during the pandemic provide assurance to voters who worry about the reliability of the postal service or health risks at polling places. Drop-box voting gradually won acceptance in stat...

The Baltimore Sun

Taylor DeVille

16 October 2020

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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More than 1,930 Maryland poll workers were trained to protect ballot integrity from security threats based on research about where those threats may come from. The program, one of the few in the country focused on ele...

NPR

Maayan Silver

14 October 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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VotERdoctors partners with doctors, clinics, community centers, and hospitals to register voters. Staff can wear badges with a QR code that patients can scan with their cellphone, which takes them to a webpage that of...

The GroundTruth Project

La Risa Lynch

13 October 2020

Cook County, Illinois, United States

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Many people who are currently incarcerated still retain the right to vote, and as the 2020 election approaches advocates in Illinois are making sure that those who are in Chicago’s Cook County Jail have access to ball...

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