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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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Pistols, a Hearse and Trucks Playing Chicken: Why Some Voters Felt Harassed and Intimidated at the Polls

A Trump supporter on Election Day near a Salt Lake City polling place. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Across the country, people complained about threats, aggressive electioneering and racist language both at early voting locations and on Election Day. We’ve corroborated some of those accounts.

The Long Odds Facing Trump’s Attempts to Get State Legislatures to Override Election Results

Detroit on Nov. 7. Michigan is one of five battleground states with GOP-controlled legislatures that voted for former Vice President Joe Biden (Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

State representatives in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia could do the president’s bidding. But the political and legal obstacles are formidable.

Trump Campaign Officials Started Pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State Long Before the Election

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger at a news conference on Nov. 11 in Atlanta. (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump. As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral.

Election Day Problems, Newark: Delayed Openings, Confusion Forced Potential Voters Away From Polls

Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists

President Donald Trump during an event with the Venezuelan American community in Miami in 2019. (Alicia Vera/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A Trump video targeting Florida’s growing Venezuelan American population falsely claimed that Venezuela’s socialist regime wanted Biden to win. But President Nicolás Maduro has said that he opposed both candidates.

The Myth of the Latino Vote and What Newsrooms Must Learn From 2020

A Mexican American woman in El Paso, Texas, with a pin for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. (Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)

This election once again showed the need for more distinct voices in newsrooms. ProPublica and Texas Tribune reporter Perla Trevizo explains why newsrooms must comprise and engage the communities they cover — and not just before an election.

Michigan Made It Easier Than Ever for Non-English-Speakers to Vote This Year. But the Work’s Not Done.

The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling

An illustration of people in red and blue clothing voting. The composition is fractured into five sections.
Brian Scagnelli, special to ProPublica

The most important thing journalists can do as they think about covering and investigating government and politics in election years is to not assume any outcome.

Despite Record Turnout, Some Texas Voters Were Still Shut Out

Electionland 2020: How Election Day Went

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For the Postal Service, a Frantic Election Day Turns to Finger-Pointing the Day After

Carson McNamera, special to ProPublica

Tuesday was “nuts” in the words of one USPS manager. Now the agency faces questions about whether it did what it should have to get mailed ballots delivered and counted.

Whether the GOP Can Stop Voters From Legally Fixing Rejected Mail-In Ballots Could Decide the Election

Brian Scagnelli, special to ProPublica

Many states allow voters to fix and resubmit ballots rejected for technical reasons. It’s called “curing” votes, and the GOP is trying to prevent them from being counted because they could help Biden win.

If Trump Tries to Sue His Way to Election Victory, Here’s What Happens

President Donald Trump declared victory in a 2 a.m. speech on Wednesday, saying he would take the election result to the Supreme Court. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux)

It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election lawsuits start to mount.

Warrant Out For Man Who Brought Weapon To Charlotte Poll Site

The Uninvited Guest at Election Day Polls: COVID-19 Virus

Why Dearborn Election Misinformation Texts Alarm Voting Rights Experts

What It’s Like to Vote When You Have COVID-19

Trump Fan Attacks NYC Council Candidate At Brooklyn Polling Station

Flint Power Outage Leaves Polling Location in the Dark For Nearly An Hour

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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