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ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts

Here’s what you can do ahead of time to be prepared for the 2020 election.

Tell Us If You Have Trouble Voting This Year

Are you a voter? A poll worker? An election administrator? We want to hear from you about any problems you’re experiencing or witnessing in the voting process.

What the Post Office Needs to Survive a Pandemic Election

Fueled by the president’s unfounded claims about rampant voter fraud, and reports of equipment being removed, the plight of the United States Postal Service has captured America’s attention. Will it collapse? Here’s what you need to know.

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Bucks County Scrambles To Handle Last-Day Early Voting Crowds

Misleading Messages To Mendham Voters Follow Nationwide Trend Of Election Misinformation

Who Is My Member of Congress? How to Find Out What Your Elected Officials Have Been Up To.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in January. (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Whether you’re voting on a senator or a house representative in 2020, here are some ways to see what your elected officials have been up to — as well as some background on how the whole lawmaking works (and what it looks like when it doesn’t).

Long Lines For Last Day Of On-Demand Voting, Applications For Mail-In Ballots

N.Y. Early Voter Rights: Stay On Line, Ask for Accessible Accommodations

Jeering Sign-Wavers. Caravans Of Honking Trucks. Voter Intimidation Or Free Speech?

'Unusual' Circumstance Sends Mail-in Ballot Back To Voter's Home

What to Do If You Change Your Mind About Voting by Mail

A mail in ballot adjacent to a woman voting in person wearing a surgical mask.
Photo illustration: Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica. Source Image: Wang Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Maybe you requested a mail ballot, but changed your mind and want to vote in person. This is what you can do in every state if you’ve changed your mind about how you want to cast your vote.

With All Eyes on Wisconsin, Partisan Gridlock at State Elections Commission Frustrates Voters and Local Officials

Ann Jacobs, left, a Democratic appointee on the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and Robert Spindell Jr., a Republican appointee, right, often clash at meetings. Spindell recently shouted at Jacobs, “Are you trying to muzzle me?” (Sara Stathas for Wisconsin Watch)

The commission that oversees voting in the swing state has deadlocked along party lines this year on a record number of key issues, resulting in inconsistency, turmoil, and delays.

The Best Way To Check Status Of Mail-In Ballots In Fairfax County

Maricopa County Recorder’s Offices Now Ballot Drop-Off Locations

Electionland 2020: Polling Place Safety, Misinformation, Mask Issues and More

This week’s headlines on Pennsylvania mail-in voting, in-person voting in Georgia, and voting lawsuits.

How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation

A ballot drop box in Philadelphia on Oct. 17. Misinformation online focusing on polling locations is a huge concern in the 2020 election, experts say. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Misinformation and disinformation, especially online, continue to play a huge role in the 2020 election. Learn more about the types of false information you’re likely to come across this year — and how you can help fight it.

A Nonprofit With Ties to Democrats Is Sending Out Millions of Ballot Applications. Election Officials Wish It Would Stop.

The Center for Voter Information has faced reports it sends voter registration forms to deceased people, like this one returned blank to elections officials in Florida. (Courtesy of Pasco County Supervisor of Elections)

Election officials say a flood of mailers from the Center for Voter Information has contained mistakes and confused voters at a time when states are racing to expand vote by mail.

Gov. Greg Abbott Didn’t Require Masks At Polling Places. It’s Made Some Voters Uncomfortable.

Being A Connecticut Poll Worker So A Vulnerable Senior Doesn’t Have To

Monona County Officials Working To Remove Military-Style Truck With Campaign Flags From Voting Site

A Guide to In-Person Voting vs. Mail-In Voting

Voters cast their ballots at an early voting site in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct. 16. (Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2020, every state’s voting process has changed in response to the coronavirus. Regardless of whether you plan to vote in person or by mail, there are many things to consider. Here are some of the most important.

Pennsylvania’s New Vote-by-Mail Law Expands Access for Everyone Except the Poor

Rem Em and her husband in a South Philadelphia park near their home. Em, a Cambodian immigrant and U.S. citizen, plans to vote in person rather than by mail because she doesn’t have a computer and isn’t fluent in English. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

In America’s poorest big city, language barriers, unstable housing and lack of internet access make voting by mail difficult. So low-income Philadelphia residents will be voting in person, if at all.

How to Vote During a Pandemic

Election workers set up voting booths at an early voting site in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 15. (Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

From coronavirus to vote-by-mail, the 2020 election is shaping up to be even more confusing than most, which is saying something. Here’s how to figure out what the heck is going on this year and what you can do to participate in our democracy.

About Electionland

ProPublica’s Electionland project covers problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2020 elections. Our coalition of newsrooms around the country are investigating issues related to voter registration, pandemic-related changes to voting, the shift to vote-by-mail, cybersecurity, voter education, misinformation, and more.

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