Democracy Explained

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

The Electoral College, Explained

In the United States, we select our president and vice president indirectly via the Electoral College. The process is much more complicated than you might expect. In today’s Explainer, we outline how the president becomes the president.

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.

Felony Disenfranchisement Explained

In today’s Explainer, we dive into the laws that disenfranchise millions of Americans on the basis of criminal convictions. We outline the origin of these laws, how they reached today’s scale of exclusion and their unequal impact on people of color.

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.

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