Kira was the democracy reporter for States Newsroom where she covered voting, elections, redistricting, and efforts to subvert democracy.
The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.
By: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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: Kira Lerner - 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.