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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros
Matt Vasilogambros writes about immigration and voting rights for Stateline. Before joining Pew, he was a writer and editor at The Atlantic, where he covered national politics and demographics. Previously, he was a staff correspondent at National Journal and has written for Outside. In 2017, he completed the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. He is a graduate of Drake University.
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Republican Legislators Curb Authority of County, State Election Officials

Many election officials resisted White House pressure to overturn the 2020 results.

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More States Expand the Ballot to Previously Incarcerated

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

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Gun Rules Advanced in Many States Even Before Recent Shootings

Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, have loosened gun regulations in several states.

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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.

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Despite Security Concerns, Online Voting Advances

Online voting is likely to become more popular as technology improves and as election officials seek ways to expand access to the ballot. But security experts warn of hacking threats.

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Republicans Target Ballot Access After Record Turnout

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

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State Capitols Reckon With Racism in Policing

This anti-racist movement has seeped into state capitols and promises to bring changes to housing, health care access and policing policy in the first full legislative session since widespread protests last year.

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Lawmakers Push to Preserve Pandemic Voting Access

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

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Election Disinformation Fears Came True for State Officials

False attacks on the voting process seeped into local elections.

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

Restrictive ballot-counting laws slowed results.

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Wealthy Donors Spend Big to Expand Voting Access

With limited resources, governments turn to the super wealthy for election help.

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The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner

The independent chairwoman of Arizona's citizen-led redistricting commission became the target of intense organized opposition from tea party-inspired residents and Republican lawmakers to her leadership and the new maps she supported.

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The Messy Politics of Voter Purges

Striking teachers and support staff pose for a group shot

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This Is One of the Hardest Places to Vote in America

This Election Day, there were complaints across the country about problems with voting.

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Few People Want to Be Poll Workers, and That’s a Problem

A 2016 survey showed that the poll worker shortage faced by local elections officials has gotten worse, while current workers skew older. How can jurisdictions hire younger people to sign up for these gigs?

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This State Could Outlaw Ballot Collection Efforts

In Montana, many voters, including Native Americans, rely on volunteers to collect and deliver their absentee ballots. But a referendum next month would end the practice.

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Native Americans Fight Back at the Ballot Box

Registering voters in a majority Native American county.