Battle for the Ballot

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot.

We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year.

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls. 

A Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act opened the floodgates for new restrictions

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time.

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters.

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump.
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