Battle for the Ballot

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot.

We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the...

30 states use this technology against voter fraud — so should...

As the opening to “The Six Million Dollar Man” said: “We have the technology.” Despite some politicians’ breathless but baseless claims about voter fraud, election...

How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls. In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter...

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new...

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina...

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

TOPEKA, Kan. — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his...

Voting machine hacks: How secure are your votes?

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of...

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge...

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly...

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