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.

Q&A: What to know before you go vote in record-setting 2020...

A record 2.7 million Georgians already made their selections in election 2020 via absentee ballots or in person for the Nov. 3 general election. But...

Sluggish computer system a culprit in Georgia’s long early voting lines

Early County Election Supervisor Claire Moseley says she’s thankful that even with balky technology, residents in the rural southwest Georgia community aren’t dealing with...

‘Frustrating’ long lines stretch into second day of Georgia’s early voting

Gwinnett County’s Enise Deane offered a brutal assessment of how Georgia's 2020 general election is going at a Tuesday press conference intended to draw...

Election lawsuits still playing out as Georgia voters start casting ballots

A U.S. District Court judge is expected to decide Friday if Georgia's election officials need to stockpile many more emergency paper ballots at polling...

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

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

List maintenance or voter purge? Georgia notorious in left-right divide

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 way 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 Trump...

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

Election hacks target more than machines; ballot security at risk

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 anymore’: Voters on edge as...

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