Barbara Rodriguez is our state politics and voting reporter. She most recently worked at the Des Moines Register, where she covered health care, politics and state government. Before that, Barbara was the Iowa statehouse reporter for The Associated Press, where she worked for a decade.
With midterms looming, Georgia officials are grappling with challenges from election deniers
A law in Georgia that lets people and groups submit an unlimited number of challenges to voters’ eligibility is causing ‘headaches’ for election workers as they try to prepare for ballots to be cast in the state’s crucial races.
Stacey Abrams: It is ‘wrong’ to compare her refusal to concede with Trump’s stolen election rhetoric
Republicans have continued to call Abrams’ actions in 2018 the original “Big Lie.” As Abrams runs for Georgia governor again, she wants to be clear she’s here to defend democracy.
Preserving democracy and economy are top issues motivating Americans to vote, 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll finds
The economy is bigger for Republicans and democracy bigger for Democrats as a motivating factor in this year’s midterm elections.
In Michigan, rallies, a court ruling and voters newly fired up over abortion
With less than two months before the midterm elections, there are signs that the new legal landscape on abortion has shifted voters’ priorities. Michigan is a crucial test of how much.
Michigan court rules in favor of putting abortion rights petition on November ballot
Abortion advocates had requested action from the Michigan Supreme Court after an elections board deadlocked on the issue.
Will an abortion petition be on the ballot in Michigan in November? It’s up to a court.
A ballot measure that would put a right to an abortion in the Michigan Constitution is in front of the state Supreme Court after a four-member board deadlocked on a challenge that described formatting and spacing errors.
In Massachusetts, a civil rights leader is challenging a 27-year incumbent over voting rights
Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP, is running in the Democratic primary for secretary of state.
The 19th Explains: Women’s suffrage, our namesake amendment and its enduring lessons
Historians have been untangling the full picture of the people behind the 19th Amendment and the complexities in why they organized.
Key Equal Rights Amendment activists long avoided tying it to abortion. A group of teenagers is changing that.
Generation Ratify, a group led largely by teenagers, has linked the Equal Rights Amendment with the future of abortion access and LGBTQ+ rights — a message whose urgency has shifted after the end of Roe.
Recruiting the 'essential workers of democracy': Group aims to sign up poll workers ahead of midterms
Power the Polls helped recruit poll workers during a global pandemic in 2020. Now the nonprofit group is back to help election administrators address new challenges.