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The New Front in Voter Suppression

A Reveal analysis finds state legislators across the country are trying to dramatically increase voting-related prosecutions, inspired by Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

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Big Lie Proponents Are Creating Harsh Criminal Penalties for Elections Activity

The proliferation of election crime legislation is the most threatening front in voter suppression efforts in generations.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an August 2022 press conference at which he announced 20 prosecutions for illegal voting. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

DeSantis’ Election Police Have Largely Flopped in Florida Voter Prosecutions. A New Law Aims to Change That.

by Maryam Saleh and Ese Olumhense | March 9, 2023

A new analysis by Reveal shows the push to target election activity in state legislatures nationwide has only intensified in the four months since the 2022 midterm elections.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waves to the crowd during an October 2022 rally featuring former President Donald Trump in Robstown, Texas. Credit: Nick Wagner/Associated Press

Texas Republicans Look to Usurp Power of Local Prosecutors Who Don’t Pursue Their Voter Fraud Agenda

by Ese Olumhense | January 12, 2023

The Texas Legislature is considering at least nine bills that would increase criminal penalties for voting-related infractions or extend law enforcement’s ability to investigate voters.

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The Ballot Boogeymen

Extreme new laws built on Trump’s Big Lie crack down on a phantom problem: widespread voter fraud.

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Search for the Crime Bills that Target Voting and Elections in Your State

Since the 2020 general election, state lawmakers across the country have introduced legislation that would dramatically criminalize voting activity. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has collected and analyzed those bills into this first-of-its-kind database. 

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Ballot Collection Rules Have Changed in Many Places. Here’s How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts.

Election attorneys and voting rights experts worry new voting laws will scare people away from voting. So we’ve created this guide to make sure you know the rules in your state.

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How Are Voter Suppression Tactics Affecting You and Your Community? 

Since the 2020 general election, there has been a proliferation of new election laws and restrictions on voting. Reveal reporters would like to know how this is affecting you and the people around you. We won’t share any information you provide without speaking to you first and getting your approval.

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2023 winner, investigative reporting
The Ballot Boogeymen

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2023 finalist, national reporting
The Grift Behind the Big Lie