Voting Reform

Contentious Fringe Legal Theory Could Reshape State Election Laws

Legal scholars argue the “independent state legislature doctrine” is a radical theory that could disenfranchise voters.

Paper Shortage for Ballots Could Pose Difficulties for Elections

Ballots and other materials require special high-quality paper that some communities may find in short supply, experts warn.

Is it Time for Ranked-choice Voting in the US?

COMMENTARY | Advocates argue that ranked-choice voting solves the problems of other voting methods, while detractors counter that it makes elections unnecessarily complicated.

How Republicans Are Using Preemption to Advance Voter Suppression

COMMENTARY | Expect GOP-led states to continue restricting voting rights in 2022.

Elections Officials Are Still Receiving Death Threats and Harassment About the 2020 Election. They’re Asking Congress For Help.

Three state and local election officials testified before a Senate committee about their terrifying experiences since last year’s election in support of proposed voting reform legislation.

Why Mail-in Voting Became a Partisan Issue

Prior to 2020, mail-in voting was largely noncontroversial across the United States. Former President Donald Trump changed that.

How Ranked-Choice Voting Elevates Women and People of Color Seeking Office

The New York City mayoral race is the latest example of how an election system that gives voters the option to choose multiple candidates can change the dynamics of campaigning and shatter electability myths.

Supreme Court Weighs Voting Rights in a Pivotal Arizona Case

COMMENTARY | But the court’s ruling will have national consequences.

Democrats’ Elections Bill in Peril with Key Senator’s Opposition

Sen. Joe Manchin said he would not support the For the People Act, which would create national voting standards, making it difficult for supporters to propel the legislation forward.

More States Expand the Ballot to Previously Incarcerated

New York and other states restored voting rights to thousands with felony convictions.

Senate Committee Clashes over Sweeping Election Reform Bill

Lawmakers failed to advance the For the People Act out of committee, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to bring the bill to the floor anyhow.

The States that Make it Most Difficult to Vote

A report by the Center for Election Innovation and Research compares which states allow voters to cast absentee ballots by mail without an excuse and offer early in-person voting.

Nation Has Georgia on Its Mind, but Many States Are Making Voting Easier

Efforts are underway in a number of states to expand voting by mail, early voting and voter registration.

Texas Senate Advances Bill Limiting How and When Voters Can Cast Ballots, Receive Mail-in Voting Applications

Senate Bill 7 is at the forefront of Texas Republicans’ crusade to further restrict voting in the state following last year’s election.

The Second-Class Treatment of U.S. Territories Is Un-American

COMMENTARY | We deserve nothing less than the full rights of citizenship, including the right to vote.

Georgia is the Epicenter of the Fight Over How Americans Can Vote

Legislators have filed dozens of bills that aim to change how people vote, and voting rights groups are pushing back.

Republicans Target Ballot Access After Record Turnout

GOP lawmakers in at least 28 states have introduced more than 100 bills to tighten voting rules.

Lawmakers Push to Preserve Pandemic Voting Access

“The pandemic made clear just how much voters appreciate having choices in casting a ballot.”

States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick.

Restrictive ballot-counting laws slowed results.