Democracy Docket is the leading progressive platform dedicated to opinion, advocacy and information about voting rights, elections, redistricting and democracy. Founded in 2020 by Marc Elias, Democracy Docket delivers expert opinion and commentary on voting, as well as provides detailed information about important litigation that will shape our elections and democratic institutions for years to come.
Letters from an American - Heather Cox Richardson
Historians are fond of saying that the past doesn’t repeat itself; it rhymes. To understand the present, we have to understand how we got here. That’s where this newsletter comes in. I’m a professor of American history. This is a chronicle of today’s political landscape, but because you can’t get a grip on today’s politics without an outline of America’s Constitution, and laws, and the economy, and social customs, this newsletter explores what it means, and what it has meant, to be an American.
States United Democracy Center
The States United Democracy Center is a nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections. We focus on connecting state officials, law enforcement leaders, and pro-democracy partners across America with the tools and expertise they need to safeguard our democracy. We are more than a think tank—we are an action tank. And together, we are committed to making sure every vote is counted, every voice is heard, and every election is safe.
How State Legislatures are Politicizing, Criminalizing, and Interfering with Election Administration
This report is a partnership between the States United Democracy Center, Law Forward, and Protect Democracy.
In the 21 months since the 2020 election, we have seen a breakdown in the longstanding consensus that election administration belongs in the hands of professional, dispassionate experts, and that naked political interference in vote counting is anathema to a functioning democracy. Over the course of 2021 and into 2022, state legislatures have embarked on a sweeping campaign to propose, consider, and, in some cases, enact measures that increase the risk of election subversion—that is, the risk that an election’s declared outcome does not reflect the choice of the voters.
How your secretary of state affects elections and why you should care
A once under-the-radar governmental role with significant control over elections is getting a lot more attention this year.
In 38 states, the secretary of state is the chief election official, a role required by federal law, often in charge of running and certifying elections of their local, state and national leaders – think county-level officials, governors and state legislators, plus U.S. senators and representatives. In 31 states, the secretary of state has to run for office, meaning they are not nonpartisan, but usually affiliated as Democrats or Republicans.
Out of the 27 races for secretary of state this year, only six GOP candidates for the role – including Brad Raffensperger in Georgia, who defied Trump’s pressure over the election results in that state – have defended the 2020 election results. Dozens of GOP candidates running for secretary of state this cycle, however, have raised doubts or outright denied the results of the 2020 election.