Democracy Explained

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

Legal Jargon 101

Courts hold immense power when it comes to voting rights, but there are many terms that are unique to the legal profession, which can make it hard to follow along.

What Is a Recall Election?

In today’s Explainer, we answer some questions about recall elections — how and why they occur, how this trend can undermine the will of the majority and what the stakes are in the biggest state in the nation this September.

Redistricting 101: How We Got Here

There’s something big looming on the horizon: Redistricting. The U.S. Census Bureau will release its full data later this month, giving lawmakers the details they need about their state’s population changes to draw new maps.

Why Your Secretary of State Matters

In most states across the country, voters elect their secretary of state. These officials hold the keys to vital parts of the election administration process — and who holds these offices has significant ramifications for elections.

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