Battle for the Ballot

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot.

We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets | Battle for the Ballot

During the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, Trump suggested the upcoming election could be “rigged” or “fraudulent” because of mass voter fraud tied to the increased use of mail ballots, something independent election experts have found time and time again to be virtually nonexistent.

To maintain or to purge?: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so...

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls. 

How the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new...

Some observers believe the Shelby County ruling has also caused kind of a ripple effect in places that weren’t subject to pre-clearance.

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims | Battle for the...

Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters.

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears...

Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump.