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Kira Lerner

Kira Lerner

Kira Lerner is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom in Washington, D.C. She has previously covered voting, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for publications including Votebeat and The Appeal.

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The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

By: - June 21, 2022

In July 2020, the District became the third place in the nation to grant the right to vote to people who are incarcerated.

Report: Hundreds of state legislators, including Pa., have joined far-right Facebook groups

By: - May 19, 2022

The report shows that 40 Pa. Republican lawmakers, who hold majorities in the state House and Senate, joined such groups.

Election officials make their voices heard as battleground states debate voting laws

By: - May 11, 2022

Election officials are appealing to lawmakers to not make their jobs any harder than they already are.

Florida gave voting rights to people with felony convictions. Now some face charges for voting

By: - April 30, 2022

Eight of the 10 people who were charged for these violations in Alachua County, Fla. were Black men.

Arizona could force U.S. Supreme Court to consider proof of citizenship for voter registration

By: - March 31, 2022

'We think it’s good legislation,' Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said at a press conference after signing the bill.

Decline in federal grant funding for local elections criticized by advocates

By: - March 18, 2022

Voters in many states, including Pa., have also come to expect such pandemic conveniences as increased options for voting by mail.

Behind bars? No problem. In Houston, people in jail can still go to the polls

By: - March 9, 2022

'This is America and until you’re all the way convicted, you have the right to vote, so you should be able to,' one advocate said.

Voting snafus in Texas primary show what may be on the way for other states

By: - March 2, 2022

'Texas is big,' one pol said. 'It can have an impact on big goodness and big badness. It’s big and people watch it.'

Texans go to the polls under sweeping new voting restrictions

By: - February 28, 2022

'You sent me off to Vietnam 50 years ago to fight for this country, and we go backwards,' a 74-year-old veteran said.

State judges in Pa. and beyond face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases

By: - February 17, 2022

Republican officials are trying to discredit state court judges who rule against them or issue rulings they disagree with in election-related cases.

States, including Pa., target ballot drop boxes in fight over voting rights | Analysis

By: - February 9, 2022

In the November 2020 general election, nearly 40 states had ballot drop boxes available and more voters used drop boxes than in any election in U.S. history.

Trump’s fake electors: Here’s the full list

By: - February 1, 2022

The slate of fake electors includes Lou Barletta and Charlie Gerow, both candidates for governor in Pennsylvania.