Kira was the democracy reporter for States Newsroom where she covered voting, elections, redistricting, and efforts to subvert democracy.
Election deniers lose attempts to control elections in critical battleground states
By: Kira Lerner - November 9, 2022
Election deniers have lost races for governor or secretary of state in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Mexico.
Conspiracy theorists urge voting as late as possible on Election Day to ‘stop the steal’
By: Kira Lerner - November 4, 2022
People who believe unfounded conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of the 2020 election have been pushing voters not to vote early
Concerns grow that voter intimidation could disrupt midterm elections
By: Kira Lerner - November 2, 2022
Across the country, election workers and voters are growing increasingly concerned about the threats of voter intimidation at the polls
Prolonged challenges by losing candidates could overshadow November election results
By: Kira Lerner - October 19, 2022
Election experts say some 2022 candidates may not be deterred by the fact that challenges to the results of an election are rarely successful
How election-denying GOP governors could tilt the 2024 presidential election
By: Kira Lerner - August 25, 2022
In Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Republican primary voters elected a gubernatorial candidate who has denied the results of the 2020 election and believes that voter fraud influenced the results
Election officials can’t access federal funding for security as violent threats mount
By: Kira Lerner - August 21, 2022
Many election officials across the United States say a continuing onslaught of violent threats makes them worried about their safety and that of their colleagues
How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states
By: Kira Lerner - August 3, 2022
Across the country, Republicans who say the 2020 election was rigged are vying to be elected secretary of state.
State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats
By: Kira Lerner - July 22, 2022
The next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices, election officials warn.
Criminalizing the vote: GOP-led states enacted 102 new election penalties after 2020
By: Kira Lerner - July 14, 2022
Across the country, states have passed new laws that give the green light to prosecutors to treat like criminals all kinds of people involved in the election process
The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.
By: Kira Lerner - June 20, 2022
In July 2020, the District became the third place in the nation to grant the right to vote to people who are incarcerated
Illinois legislation would allow people to vote while serving felony sentences
By: Kira Lerner - March 11, 2022
When Avalon Betts-Gaston was incarcerated for roughly four years, she left behind two sons — one in high school and one in elementary school. Betts-Gaston had always been involved in their education, and she said she was angry that she couldn’t vote and choose her local school board representatives. “I came from a very politically […]
In Houston, people in jail can still go to the polls
By: Kira Lerner - March 9, 2022
HOUSTON — Damien Lewis had been detained in the Harris County Jail for a week. Other than the one hour a day he was allowed to walk around indoors and trips to court, he had been under quarantine and hadn’t left his cell. But on the day of the Texas primary earlier this month, a […]