Democracy Explained

Democracy is complicated, but we’ve got you covered. Use the drop-down menu to sort our Explainers by topic.

What To Expect in the 2022 Midterm Elections

There’s a host of important federal, state and local races taking place across the country this November. In today’s Explainer, we review the races and consider what’s at stake for democracy in the 2022 midterm elections.

The Key Players in Election Administration

We provide a high-level overview of the individuals who run our elections. The extreme variation from state to state makes it difficult, but these local elections officials hold the keys to our democracy.

How to Qualify for the Ballot

One of the first steps in any political campaign is qualifying for the ballot so people can vote for you. In today’s Explainer, we’re breaking down how candidates can qualify for the ballot for the general election.

The Life Cycle of a Voting Rights Case

Voting rights cases can take winding routes through the court system before they are resolved, working to ensure that all eligible voters can access the ballot box. How do lawsuits protecting the right to vote move through the court system?

The U.S. Court System Explained

In 2022, there will be no shortage of crucial cases on redistricting and voting laws in the U.S. court system. In today’s Explainer, we cover the basics of the legal system and structure of the courts.

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