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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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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.

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Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

In November, voters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah will decide whether independent commissioners instead of state lawmakers should draw draw congressional and state legislative maps.

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Polling Places Remain a Target Ahead of November Elections

Nearly a thousand polling places have been closed in the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act.

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Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes—Just Sow Confusion

The confusion in June primary elections in Maryland and California—caused by computer glitches and human error—show what could happen if foreign adversaries successfully hack voter registration information, experts say.

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After Parkland, States Pass 50 New Gun-Control Laws

This was a year of unparalleled success for the gun-control movement in the United States.

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How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans

More than 20 states allow mobile polling, which involves bipartisan pairs of election officials bringing ballots directly to long-term care facilities for the elderly.

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Maine Tried a New Way of Voting. Will Other States Follow?

Other states could follow Maine into ranked-choice voting, currently used in 11 cities across the country.

Public Safety

So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

New Jersey is not the only state having trouble enforcing its ban. In Massachusetts, where residents had until February to surrender their bump stocks, State Police received just three devices.

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Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”

Tech & Data

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.