Elections and Voting

Race, local politics and a teenage clockmaker's arrest in Texas

September 25, 2015 - The recent case of Ahmed Mohamed, a Sudanese-American student in Irving, Texas who was detained for bringing a homemade clock to school, has shed light on tension between the Dallas suburb's racially diverse population and its nearly entirely white local leadership — a dynamic that has persisted despite efforts to ensure local leadership reflects the broader community.

The South's aging voting machines put election integrity at risk

September 17, 2015 - Millions of people across the South and the rest of the country will cast ballots next year using outdated voting equipment, increasing the risk of failures that could cause long lines and missed or incorrect votes. While many local election officials want to buy new machines, they say they don't know where they'd get the money.