Election & Politics Track: From fake fraud to lame laws: Investigating voting rights in America
Across the country, legislatures have passed or are considering laws that radically change the way we vote. To justify the changes, they cite anecdotal and often exaggerated cases of fraud or cherrypick academic work. A new study shows media coverage is the key indicator for whether voters believe voter fraud is a real problem, so it's imperative journalists get this coverage right. You'll walk away from this panel with actionable steps to cover election administration and changing voting laws in your home state and county. Learn to pick apart studies, ask activists tough questions, and use publicly available data to better understand local voting issues.
Jessica Huseman is a reporter for ProPublica based in Austin, Texas. She is the lead reporter for Electionland, ProPublica's collaborative effort to cover ballot access. She is a data journalism instructor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Sam Levine (@srl) is a reporter at HuffPost covering voting rights.
Pema Levy is a reporter in Mother Jones' DC bureau. She covers voting rights, redistricting, and the Justice Department. She previously worked at Newsweek and covered politics at Talking Points Memo.
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