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A vote sign appears at a campaign event for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro in Las Vegas on Nov. 1, 2022. Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

If Democrats prevail during the midterms, TV advertising might have something to do with it

While TV political ads might seem old-fashioned in the age of social media, research shows that this kind of advertising does win votes – and could influence the upcoming midterms.
People volunteer at a Native Alaskan voting station on Nov. 2, 2022 in Anchorage. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What’s at stake this Election Day – 7 essential reads

Voter demographics and policy priorities are two recurrent, big issues on Election Day – but shifts in election administration and voting laws are new challenges influencing the midterms.
It a democratic duty … so just do it! Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Why there really is no ethical reason not to vote

‘I don’t like the candidates,’ ‘I don’t know enough to make a decision,’ ‘I don’t want to give this election legitimacy’ – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
You need to be prepared so you can vote on Election Day. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

What to do if your vote is challenged on Election Day

It’s Election Day, you go to vote – and you’re told you’re not registered or you’re not eligible to vote. A civil rights lawyer provides a guide so voters can know their rights to cast a ballot.
Amy Cox, a Democratic candidate running to be an Ohio state representative, speaks with a potential voter on Oct. 23, 2022. Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images

Abortion is not influencing most voters as the midterms approach – economic issues are predominating in new survey

New surveys carried out by a team of social scientists find no evidence that Democrats, Republicans and independents are more likely to vote because of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision in June.
Women are more likely to vote than men, but white women have different voting tendencies than women of color. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

How gender, race, age and voter ID laws affect whether a voter actually casts a ballot

Every citizen has the right to vote. But various characteristics and legal requirements affect how likely any one person is to actually cast a ballot.
From Alaska to Alabama, corporations spend money to shape their local business environments, resources and regulations. Douglas Rissing/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

Corporate spending in state politics and elections can affect everything from your wallet to your health

Businesses can spend huge amounts of money to influence Congress. But sizable lobbyist and campaign donations also go to state campaigns and lawmakers to influence policymaking.
Voting at home by mail can be very convenient – and safe from concerns about COVID-19. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

So you want to vote by mail – 5 essential reads

Voting by mail is safe from fraud and manipulation, is backed by people across the political spectrum and can be more convenient for many voters.
Immigrant advocates protest near the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022 Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Young immigrants are looking to social media to engage in politics and elections – even if they are not eligible to vote

The number of immigrant voters is on the rise – and research shows that for young immigrants, social media is where they are primarily wading into politics.
A woman votes in the controversial referendum in Donetsk, Ukraine on Sept. 27, 2022. Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Russia plans to annex parts of Eastern Ukraine – an Eastern European expert explains 3 key things to know about the regions at stake

While some parts of eastern Ukraine have been under partial Russian control since 2014, other sections continue to fight back. Most residents overall have said they don’t want to be part of Russia.
An undocumented immigrant from Venezuela kisses the forehead of another immigrant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Dominic Chavez for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott pull from segregationists’ playbook with their anti-immigration stunts

In the civil rights era, ‘Reverse Freedom Rides’ were more than just a political stunt. They were part of a systematic effort to deprive Black Americans of their livelihoods and force them out.
Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault launches his campaign at the Montmorency Falls with candidates, Aug. 28, 2022 in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Is it important to post election signs in languages other than French in Québec?

Signs in languages other than French could be seen as an outstretched hand in yet another episode of linguistic tensions, but also as an indicator that French is indeed losing ground.
An Indiana Senate committee hearing on a GOP proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

4 reasons why abortion laws often clash with the majority’s preferences in the US, from constitutional design to low voter turnout

Why do government policies sometimes fail to reflect the public will? The answer begins with the design of the US government system, forged in the 18th century.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation leave Taipei on August 3, 2022. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry/Handout/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit sparked international tension, but isn’t likely to shake up her popularity with Chinese American voters at home in San Francisco

While Chinese American voters are not a homogeneous group, many people who have ancestral ties to the region are unlikely to question their support for Nancy Pelosi just because of her Taiwan trip.

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