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Oregon Resists Assault on Abortion Rights; Alabama and West Virginia Vote to Curtail Access

The ballot initiatives tested how far states can go in restricting the constitutional right to abortion.

By Carolyn Ehrlich
October 29, 2018

A Ballot Initiative in Washington Could Help Reduce Police Shootings

A yes vote on Initiative 940 will help save lives and repair strained relationships between law enforcement and the people they protect and serve.

By Brandon Tucker, Alison Holcomb
October 26, 2018

November Could be Consequential for Transgender and Nonbinary People Like Me

A ballot initiative in Massachusetts is the latest assault on the right of transgender people to exist in public spaces.

By Reg Calcagno
October 4, 2018

Voters Choose to Defend Democracy by Approving Voting Rights Measures

Ballot initiatives in Michigan, Florida, Nevada, and Maryland ensure that more than a million additional citizens can register and vote.

By Bobby Hoffman
September 25, 2018

Criminal Justice Reform Is on the Midterm Ballot

Visit VoteSmartJustice.org to find candidates committed to reducing mass incarceration.

By Udi Ofer
September 25, 2018

Nevada Has a Voter Participation Problem. We Have an Easy Solution.

If it passes, Nevada's Automatic Voter Registration Initiative would provide a much-needed boost to the state's voter turnout.

By Tod Story
September 20, 2018

When Prosecuting Attorneys Push Back, We Bring Out the Facts

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch isn’t telling voters the whole truth when it comes to cash bail.

By Sara Baker
August 6, 2018

In Louisiana, You Can Be Convicted by a Hung Jury

Non-unanimous jury convictions are a noxious relic of Jim Crow that have led to deep racial disparities in the state’s prison population.

By Alanah Odoms Hebert
August 6, 2018

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