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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

Defend Democracy by Supporting Voting Rights Issues on the November Ballot

Ballot initiatives in Michigan, Florida, Nevada, and Maryland, if successful, may allow more than a million additional citizens to 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

A Sanctuary Law That Protects Black and Brown Oregonians Is Under Attack

A ballot initiative seeks to get rid of the state’s sanctuary law, which has protected Oregonians from racial profiling for more than 30 years.

By Tanushree Bansal
August 3, 2018

Michigan Is One Step Closer to Improving Its Archaic Voting System

A coalition, including the ACLU, is ready to put an amendment on the November ballot to reform the state's voting system.

By Todd Cook
July 12, 2018

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