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Elliott Zaagman from Michigan casts his ballot in the Democrats Abroad global presidential primary at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Americans around the world were part of the largest voter turnout in U.S. history

An international volunteer team of marketing, branding, graphic design and media experts collaborated to position Vote From Abroad as a destination for out-of-country American voters.
Until this year, people who wanted to live here had to win not just more votes than their opponents, but more state legislative districts too. Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Mississippi just got rid of its Electoral College-like election process

Since 1890, Mississippi has required candidates for statewide office to win not only more votes than opponents across the whole state, but also in every legislative district.
U.S. Reps. Jahana Hayes and Lauren Underwood attend the first day of the 116th Congress in January 2019. Both won reelection in 2020. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Black candidates can win in swing districts

Evidence shows Black candidates can win elections in majority-white congressional districts.
U.S. President Donald Trump greets Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting in Osaka, Japan, June, 28, 2019. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Trump’s use of the authoritarian playbook will have lasting consequences

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has exposed the fragility of democratic institutions, mirroring a global trend in authoritarianism, and that will have a lasting effect on the United States.
People lose faith in science when it takes a political side. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public’s trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.
Mail-in and absentee ballots, like these being processed by election workers in Pennsylvania, are a subject of misinformation spreading across social media. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.
Residents flee after demonstrators are dispersed in the Cocody district of Abidjan on October 19, 2020, during a protest against a third term for Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Photo by Patrick Fort/AFP via Getty Images

Côte d’Ivoire’s turbulent past remains front and centre in presidential poll

An air of fear and uncertainty looms large over the presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire as the country struggles to shake off its turbulent past.
Ransomware attacks often strike local government computer systems, which poses a challenge for protecting elections. PRImageFactory/iStock via Getty Images

Ransomware can interfere with elections and fuel disinformation – basic cybersecurity precautions are key to minimizing the damage

A ransomware attack on election-related government computers in a Georgia county raises the specter of more disruptions for Election Day voting and vote tabulation.

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