These Are the 5 Closest Senate Races in the 2022 Midterm Elections

This article was originally published by Vogue. With the midterms less than a week away, there has never been a more crucial time to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to vote—whether it’s early or on Election Day. While the promise of Roevember looms large and there are plenty of exciting progressive candidates … Read more

Private Citizens With Guns Are Surveilling Ballot Boxes in Arizona

This article was originally published by Vanity Fair. The Department of Justice has issued a rebuke of alleged voter intimidation in Arizona, and for the first time this cycle, it’s throwing its weight behind a high-profile lawsuit that accuses right-wing groups of enlisting their supporters to “surveil” drop boxes across the state. In a Monday … Read more

The Real Winner of the Midterms Will Be the Police

It’s been two years since kente-wearing Democrats took a knee in an effort to hijack the George Floyd uprisings for their own electoral benefit. Now, ahead of the 2022 midterms, those same Democrats are doing their darndest to distance themselves from the defund movement and the anti-police sentiment that took the streets in the summer … Read more

We Talked to Five Young Voters About Crime and Policing

The question of what makes us feel safe is a complicated one, especially for Gen Zers. It’ll soon be six months since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The four-year anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida was earlier this year and the 10-year anniversary of the shooting … Read more

How Gen Z Candidates Deal With the Hardest Part of Campaigning

The folks who have supported her campaign, Syed says, “have hope that, you know, a young person, a woman of color, can hopefully win this,” and value her stance as an advocate for abortion access and gun reform. But Gen Z candidates’ fundraising success hasn’t come without hustle, grit, and, to a certain extent, help … Read more

Our State Lawmakers Tried to Block College Students From Voting

“If you’re a college student in Montana and you don’t have a registration or a bank statement or a W-2, it makes me kind of wonder why you’re voting in this election anyway,” said House Speaker Wylie Galt when SB 169, a voter ID bill disenfranchising students and other voters, was passed by the Montana … Read more

This Dull-Sounding Electoral Practice Fuels Mass Incarceration

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. This process incites prison gerrymandering, which means counting incarcerated people as residents of their prison cells rather than as residents of their home communities. Because this population data is used to draw electoral maps, the practice severely limits political representation … Read more

What the Midterms Actually Are — And Why They Matter

Unlike state and local elections that happen every year, congressional midterm elections occur halfway through a president’s term and do not take place during general election years. For reference, the last midterm election occurred in 2018 during Donald Trump’s second year as president. There was no midterm election in 2020 as it was a general … Read more

Inside One of the Races That Will Decide Control of the Senate

Outside of a squat stucco house on the south side of Tucson, Senator Mark Kelly walks slowly toward a crowd of canvassers waiting to knock on doors in his name. He holds the arm of his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011 … Read more

I Was North Dakota’s Last Abortion Provider

This story was supported by the journalism nonprofit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. In June, the Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a landmark ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated constitutional protections for abortion care. North Dakota was among more than a dozen states with trigger laws … Read more