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  • APM Reports: Voter Suppression

    A handful of states are using someone's decision not to vote as the trigger for removing them from the rolls. The APM Reports analysis resulted in the first estimate of the so-called "use it or lose it" policy's possible impact. We found that no state has been more aggressive with this approach than Georgia, where Brian Kemp, as secretary of state, oversaw the purging of a growing number of voters ahead of his own run for governor, according to an APM Reports investigation. Voting rights advocates call it a new form of voter suppression, and they fear it will soon spread to other states.
  • Election Integrity: The Southern Vote Project

    In our groundbreaking, exclusive, “flood-the-zone” Southern Vote Project, WhoWhatWhy probed the state of election integrity and revealed deep problems, including widespread disenfranchisement of large segments of the voting public. Sending a full-time team to several southern states, we documented a broad range of factors, some seemingly intentional, that resulted in voter suppression or created cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Because we were uniquely focused on this topic, we started breaking stories that other outlets were unwilling or unable to pursue. Our work played an important role in compelling legacy news outlets to begin covering this issue. Our hard-hitting coverage also resulted in several lawsuits, which in turn brought about changes in how votes were counted through court decisions made in the heat of the elections.
  • Overcoming Injustice: Safeguarding the right to vote

    The two-day series looked at black participation at the polls 40 years after the Voting Rights Act safeguarded their right to vote. In a county-by-county analysis of black voter turnout in the 2004 election, it found that blacks still participate at a much lower level than the voting population in general. Officials and advocates were divided on whether this difference in black participation reflects a squandering of the legacy their parents and grandparents died to create, or whether obstacles to voting remain for black voters.
  • Records: Illegally cast ballots not rare

    The Atlanta Constitution looks at the existing and the potential scope of voting errors and fraud in Georgia. The investigation finds that "the actual number of ballots cast by the dead is fairly small - 5,412 in the past 20 years," but "the ranks of potential dead voters have grown dramatically in recent years." The story analyses the most common errors in voting records and the loopholes in some election laws. The report also describes the voter identification requirements.
  • Voting Rights: The Next Generation

    Almost 30 years after the Voting Rights Act outlawed racist schemes to disenfranchise minorities, the officials that minority voters put into office are facing new tactics aimed at stripping their authority.
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    Augusta Chronicle reports that two major changes in state election procedures and one proposed change violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires that proposed changes be cleared by the Justice Department.