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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.
Emerging Tech

Chicago is the latest city rethinking disputed technology that listens for gunshots

More than 150 U.S. cities use ShotSpotter, but a growing body of research shows that the tool has not succeeded in reducing gun violence, has slowed police response times to emergency calls and often did not lead to evidence recovery.


Gunfire, screams, carnage: As mass shootings proliferate, training gets more realistic

Law enforcement and medical workers experience the sights, smells and sounds of gun violence to prepare for tragedy.


In face of threats, election workers vow: ‘You are not disrupting the democratic process’

But the threats, including a recent fentanyl scare, have spurred some officials to leave.


In scrapping its LGBTQ-related travel ban, California pivots to ‘hearts and minds’

Lawmakers nixed a seven-year ban on state-funded travel to states that enact discriminatory laws.


As ranked choice voting gains momentum, parties in power push back

This year, several states banned the increasingly popular voting system.


In reversal, some states make it harder for people with felony convictions to vote

Voting rights groups have filed a flurry of legal challenges to felony disenfranchisement laws this year.


Cities have ways to curb gun violence; feds are giving them more money

Lawmakers have recognized community violence intervention programs save lives and taxpayer dollars.


More States Allow Residents With Felony Convictions to Vote

Nearly half the states in the U.S. now allow people previously convicted of felonies to vote.


The Fight Against Election Lies Never Ends for Local Officials

Election officials are working across state and partisan lines to earn back voters’ trust.


Feds push local election officials to boost security ahead of 2024

Local election officials are encouraged to beef up their cybersecurity practices to safeguard their voting systems against potential threats heading into the 2024 presidential race.


Jail voting expands in Illinois

Voting from jail is rare throughout the United States, but lawmakers in Illinois are paving the way for more detention facilities to offer in-person voting.


Russian cyberattack could capitalize on election doubts

The U.S. has better cyber defenses than it did during the 2016 presidential election, but multifaceted efforts to delegitimize democracy and spread misinformation are creating new vulnerabilities.


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.


A Parched West Remains Divided on Desalinating Seawater

Environmentalists criticize the technology as economically and ecologically harmful.


Rising Gun Deaths Push Cities to Shore Up Police and Services

Sixteen major U.S. cities saw a rise in homicides last year.


California’s Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

State officials and experts argue strongly for water-saving measures.


Booster Mandates Are a Tough Call for States, Businesses

New Mexico is the first and only state to require boosters for its employees.


Colorado Allows Tougher Local Gun Laws. Other States May Follow.

Forty-two states bar cities and counties from passing stricter gun regulations.