Elections

This Pennsylvania County Ran Out of Ballot Paper on Election Day. Now the District Attorney is Investigating

One week later, angry voters demand to know why Luzerne County polling places had ballot shortages.

How California’s Initiative to Fund Electric Vehicles Went Terribly Wrong

Prop. 30 had widespread support. Then Governor Newsom and billionaires got involved.

The Curse of Straight-ticket Voting

COMMENTARY | The wave that hit state government elections this year had mostly to do with cementing single party control. It’s a trend that’s keeping good candidates on the sidelines, flawed ones in office and eroding checks on power.

Shapiro Claims Victory Over Mastriano in Pennsylvania Governor's Race

“We have to keep coming together to make progress," he said after clinching the win.

New York Governor's Race is Closest in Decades

Incumbent Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, eked out a victory against Republican challenger Lee Zeldin. She also became the first woman elected as governor of the state.

America’s Election Systems are More Than Just Machines

COMMENTARY | They’re people, who are overworked, underpaid and feeling pressured.

Political Violence in America is Not Going Away Anytime Soon

COMMENTARY | The rise in contemporary right-wing political extremism – and violence – can be traced back to events in the 1990s.

The Top Governors Races to Watch in the 2022 Midterm Elections

Thirty-six states are holding gubernatorial contests. Here's a rundown of the ones we’re tracking headed toward Election Day.

A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine

After 19 years of work, Juan Gilbert says he has invented the most secure voting machine. Will anyone prove him wrong?

Local Election Officials Brace for Possible Violence and Threats

With worries over armed poll “monitors,” voter intimidation and risks to staff, some are coordinating with law enforcement or conducting special training ahead of Election Day.

Election Administrators Are Under Attack. Here’s What That Means for the Upcoming Midterms.

Harassment and threats have driven election officials to resign at unprecedented rates since the 2020 presidential election. David Becker, the founder of The Center for Election Innovation & Research, talked with ProPublica and The Texas Tribune about what that means for the future of our democracy.

States are Stepping Up Prosecutions for Voter Fraud. But Who Gets the Harshest Punishment?

In a number of high-profile cases, women of color have been sentenced to time in prison — including Crystal Mason of Texas.

Conspiracy Theorists and 16-hour Days: Inside the Stress Elections Officials Face Ahead of the Midterms

Running elections in Texas has never been easy. But since 2020, the scrutiny elections administrators face has grown — even in small Republican-controlled counties that former President Donald Trump carried.

Trump Allies Have Interviewed Nearly 200 Election Officials to Probe for Weaknesses

Volunteers for “Operation Eagles Wings” are using surveys in eight states to seek support for conspiracy theories.

States Take New Steps to Stop Election Mistruths From Going Viral

To combat the rising threat, some states are bringing on cybersecurity specialists to comb social media and flag posts that spread falsehoods about the voting process. Others have launched ad campaigns to counter disinformation.

US is Becoming a ‘Developing Country’ on Global Rankings that Measure Democracy, Inequality

COMMENTARY | The United States came in 41st worldwide on the UN’s 2022 sustainable development index, down nine spots from last year.

What Brought Down One Texas County’s Entire Elections Department? It Was Something in the Water

Aggrieved anti-fluoride activists, low pay and understaffing eventually drove away Gillespie County’s election officials.

CISA Issues Cybersecurity Toolkit for Election Officials

The toolkit helps state and local election officials identify their risks, make their infrastructure more resilient and protect voter information from attacks.