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The Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

4 September 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Learning from the failures of the 2020 Pennsylvania primary, where a sharp increase in mail-in voting led to a 2-week delay in certifying election results and many ballots being invalidated, officials introduced a bil...

Wisconsin Watch

Max Witynski

2 September 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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In the 2020 Wisconsin primary, increased mail-in voting overwhelmed the system and last-minute decisions to vote by mail led to voter confusion. This increased ballot rejections, which can systematically disenfranchis...

Colorado Politics

Rachel Lorenz

13 August 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has fine-tuned an effective mail-in ballot protocol for statewide elections and has one of the highest voter turnouts. Ballots are stored in tamperproof locked rooms that are continuously monitored and voters...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

13 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The August 2020 primary election in Hawaii was the first run entirely with voting by mail and the result was increased voter turnout in all of the state’s voting districts. In fact, the 47.8% voter turnout was the bes...

Associated Press

Philip Marcelo

10 August 2020

United States

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Thousands of physicians and 60 hospital systems are participating in Civic Health Month, a nationwide effort to encourage voter participation. VotER has over 15,000 orders for “Healthy Democracy Kits,” which compile v...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

7 August 2020

United States

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The LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin provides nonpartisan support for women running for political office and seeks to recruit more center-right women into the pipeline of political cand...

Politico

Ryan Heath

6 August 2020

United States

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Several countries successfully held elections during the Covid-19 pandemic and can offer insights for how the U.S. can hold a safe presidential election. These include providing more funding for additional polling pla...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

3 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Voters with disabilities in Hawaii have more options for voting than in most other states. Electronic ballots in particular, which can be paired with assistive technology, allow voters more freedom and independence. A...

Gothamist

Chad Small

1 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The Young Leaders of Staten Island (YSLI) was created in Staten Island to fight for social justice after young residents of the borough felt the local response to George Floyd's murder was not enough. YSLI mobilized h...

KPTV

John Hendricks

31 July 2020

Oregon, United States

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Officials in Oregon, where voters have voted by mail in statewide elections for decades, point to their successful system to counter Donald Trump’s claim that voting by mail is “rigged” and results could take “years.”...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

20 July 2020

United States

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Many entities are working with social media companies to flag election-related disinformation. The California Secretary of State emails voters about how to report false information so the state can flag it and the Ari...

Next City

James A. Anderson

20 July 2020

Austria

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Research shows that voting at a young age leads to lifelong civic engagement and several cities and countries have lowered their voting ages. In the handful of democracies that allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, they...

Bitterroot

Ross Coyle

10 July 2020

Utah, United States

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In 2016, court ordered redistricting gave Navajo nation residents in San Juan County fairer representation and required in-person polling locations and translation assistance. Shortly after, the Bear Ears National Mon...

FastCompany

Alex Pasternack

3 July 2020

United States

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In the past decade, Facebook's US voter engagement campaigns included registration and election-day reminders for its 61 million 18+ users and sharing friends’ voting behavior. One study attributes hundreds of thousan...

Next City

James Russell

2 July 2020

Texas, United States

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A Texas law requiring high school principals to register eligible student voters has failed because it is unequally carried out, not enforceable or tracked, and other obstacles to vote prevent students from casting ba...

Geekwire

Lisa Stiffler

1 July 2020

Washington, United States

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Common Power has over 2,000 volunteers, mostly white retirees, who reach out to voters and lobby elected officials for things like widespread mail-in ballots. The small, racially diverse paid staff run many traditiona...

Gotham Gazette

Victoria Merlino

20 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Record high voter turnout in New York's 2018 primaries was due in part to grassroots groups effectively harnessing voters’ anger towards the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of State Senate Democrats w...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

20 May 2020

United States

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States that use universal voting by mail can be models for all states to protect voters amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting by mail can also increase voter turnout. After sending 2020 primary ballots to all registered ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

15 May 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Governor Gavin Newsome in California ordered vote-from-home ballots be sent to all registered voters for the November 2020 election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some states allow people to vote by mail for any ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

14 May 2020

United States

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Maryland and Ohio recently held elections almost entirely by mail and their different approaches provide insight into the impact on low-income voters, particularly those without permanent addresses. All registered vo...

The Marjorie

Hannah O. Brown

Becca Burton

11 May 2020

Florida, United States

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Less than two years after Florida voters abolished the state’s lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a felony criminal record – a law that disenfranchised more than 10% of the state's voting-age people – an estimated ...

Vox

Madeline Marshall

1 May 2020

Washington, United States

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As one of the most consequential presidential elections in the United States approaches in the midst of a pandemic, many Americans are worried about voter turnout, and other logistical concerns. But a simple answer ex...

Vox

Catherine Kim

17 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea held a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic by taking extensive sanitation and health screening measures. In addition to mandatory face protection and social distancing, voters’ temperatures were...

Wall Street Journal

Timothy W. Martin

Andrew Jeong

15 April 2020

South Korea

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Extra sanitation and health screening precautions allowed South Korea to hold a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mandatory face protection, rubber gloves, taking voters’ temperatures, and providing hand...

Tampa Bay Times

Anthony Man

29 March 2020

Florida, United States

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The Covid-19 pandemic has increased interest in and use of alternative voting methods in Florida. Among Democrats in the 2020 primary, where most of the primary action took place, voting by mail was up 33% from 2016 ...

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