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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...

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Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

United States

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

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 ...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

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Cinnamon Janzer

22 October 2020

United States

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The Midwest Culture Lab consists of three organizations working to increase voter turnout among young people, especially young people of color. The partners work with artists, musicians, and other creative people to c...

The Bellingham Herald

Craig Sailor

Phillip Reese

21 October 2020

Washington, United States

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Most Washington counties adopted a universal vote by mail system between the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, which led to increased voter turnout. Statewide turnout increased by over six percentage points for subsequ...

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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 Fulcrum

Bill Theobald

20 October 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is a successful model for voting by mail. Anti-hacking security measures, results audits, and frequent updating of the voter database using multiple sources increases confidence in the system. Voting by mail...

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...

The GroundTruth Project

Aysha Khan

14 October 2020

California, United States

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Pillars of the Community hires people incarcerated in local California jails to register new incarcerated voters and conduct civic engagement education behind bars. Pillars, a faith-based criminal justice advocacy gro...

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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Jen Kirby

6 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Over a dozen states have adopted some variation of automatic voter registration, which is common in many European democracies. Voters in Oregon are mailed a notification when they are enrolled, which they can send bac...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kelly Smith

5 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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Nonprofits increased voter engagement in communities that face barriers to voting. Deaf Equity posted videos on social media in ASL to educate voters on how to register to vote and track mail-in ballots. The Native Am...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

1 October 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse keep their physical addresses private. Registering to vote requires an address, which is part of the public record...

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Pamela Kirkland

21 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail became the first jail in the nation in March to open a polling place behind bars, resulting in about 1,800 voters casting ballots, a sharp increase in voting by eligible voters in the jail. ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 September 2020

United States

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Vote Tripling is a get-out-the-vote strategy where volunteers set up outside of polling places, a safer pandemic option, and ask voters to text three friends with a reminder to vote. A randomized trial showed turnout ...

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...

Stateline

Lindsey Van Ness

31 August 2020

United States

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A longstanding campaign to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions led nine states since the 2016 presidential election to create or expand such rights, benefiting hundreds of thousands of potential vo...

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...

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...

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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...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

27 July 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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The VotER initiative registers voters while they wait at 75 hospitals and community health centers across the country. The founders feel that voting will help their patients because there are social and political issu...

Voice of America (VOA)

Michelle Quinn

27 July 2020

United States

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With many more people are voting by mail in the 2020 presidential election, technology is helping to make sure ballots are counted and that voters are informed. Although the system is not perfect, it does allow for vo...

APM Reports

Dee J. Hall

Tom Scheck

Geoff Hing

23 July 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin officials are using lessons from the failures of the April 2020 primary, where many mail-in ballots were rejected based on technicalities such as missing a witness signature or address, to make changes in th...

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