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Zachary Roth

Zachary Roth

Zachary Roth is the national democracy reporter for States Newsroom.

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GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

By: - February 24, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

Are Americans really committed to democracy in the 2024 election?

By: - February 21, 2024

With former President Donald Trump having all but wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination, one issue looks set to be at the center of the general election campaign: the threat to democracy. In a major campaign speech in Pennsylvania in January, President Joe Biden detailed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, his efforts to use […]

Former President Donald Trump is backing Michael Whatley, the chair of the North Carolina GOP, to be the next Republican National Committee chair.

Trump’s pick for RNC chief worked with top election denier’s group

By: - February 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next chair of the national Republican Party briefly teamed up last election cycle with a voter fraud watchdog group closely tied to Cleta Mitchell, the conservative lawyer who played a key role in Trump’s bid to subvert the 2020 vote. Trump is backing Michael Whatley, the chair […]

A ballot box in Oregon.

How a new way to vote is gaining traction in states — and could transform US politics

By: - December 18, 2023

With U.S. democracy plagued by extremism, polarization, and a growing disconnect between voters and lawmakers, a set of reforms that could dramatically upend how Americans vote is gaining momentum at surprising speed in Western states. Ranked choice voting, which asks voters to rank multiple candidates in order of preference, has seen its profile steadily expand […]

The U.S. Capitol building ahead of inaugural ceremonies for President Joe Biden on Jan. 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C. A year from now, the nation’s voters will decide another presidential contest — likely one that pits the same two candidates against each other.

One year out: how a free and fair 2024 presidential election could be under threat

By: - November 4, 2023

The last time America elected a president, it led to a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol and a failed coup that gravely damaged the political system and marred the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in U.S. history. A year from now, the nation’s voters will decide another presidential contest — likely […]

Research shows that participation rises when states adopt a vote-by-mail system.

States that send a mail ballot to every voter really do increase turnout, scholars find

By: - October 7, 2023

Lately, a rough consensus has emerged among people who study the impact of voting policies: Though they often spark fierce partisan fighting, most changes to voting laws do little to affect overall turnout, much less election results. But one fast-growing reform appears to stand out as an exception. When every registered voter gets sent a […]

On Democracy Day, newsrooms unite for pro-democracy coverage

By: - September 15, 2023

It’s no secret: U.S. democracy is under serious threat. Politicians use rigged maps to entrench themselves in power, allowing them to ignore the will of voters. Hundreds of members of Congress, state lawmakers, and top state officials — including chief elections officials — deny the results of the last presidential contest. And a leading candidate […]

Red and blue state divide grows even wider in 2023’s top voting and election laws 

By: - July 29, 2023

Next year’s elections are still 16 months away. But for voters, perhaps the most important developments took place during the first half of this year — when states drafted and passed the legislation that will shape how those contests are run. “The rules that will govern the 2024 election are being written today,” said Megan […]

As states hunt for new voters, Massachusetts adds thousands via Medicaid applications

By: - July 12, 2023

Massachusetts saw a more-than-five-fold jump in voter registration applications through social service agencies in the last election cycle, new federal data shows. The striking increase comes after the state implemented an automatic voter registration system that includes Medicaid applicants. Any eligible voter in the state who applies for Medicaid is automatically added to the rolls, […]

Federal health insurance website lags in voter registration assistance, Democrats charge

By: - July 5, 2023

A group of U.S. Senate Democrats is pressing the Biden administration to make it easier for the millions of Americans who sign up each year for health insurance through a federal website to register to vote. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

students at a college campus

A top GOP lawyer wants to crack down on the college vote. States already are.

By: - May 1, 2023

A top Republican election lawyer recently caused a stir when she told GOP donors that the party should work to make it harder for college students to vote in key states. But the comments from Cleta Mitchell, who worked closely with then-President Donald Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election, are perhaps less surprising […]