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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasiligambros Matt Vasilogambros is a policy writer for National Journal, covering foreign affairs, the White House and Congress. He previously covered the 2012 presidential election and other federal elections for the National Journal and The Hotline. Before joining the company, Matt covered politics for PoliticsDaily.com, the Iowa Independent and the Huffington Post. Matt is a graduate of Drake University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper. He is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill.
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Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes—Just Sow Confusion

August 11, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Two states left nearly 200,000 people off voter rolls earlier this year, leading to confusion and anger when those people tried to cast a ballot in the primaries. Election security...

After Parkland, States Pass 50 New Gun-Control Laws

August 2, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. It is Part Four of Stateline's 2018 Legislative Review. Something familiar happened in America in February: A gunman walked into a school, and shot and killed 17 students and staff...

How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans

July 23, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Kathleen Henry, 80, wants all her neighbors to vote, even if they can’t drive, read or remember as much anymore. Soon after the former civics teacher moved...

Maine Tried a New Way of Voting. Will Other States Follow?

June 26, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Voters in Maine went to the polls earlier this month to do something they’ve never done before: rank candidates based on preference. The new voting system, the first in the...

So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

May 18, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Under New Jersey’s new bump-stock ban, which was approved in January, residents were supposed to destroy or turn in their bump stocks by mid-April. So far, New Jersey State Police say, they have not received a...

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

March 21, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Like many people with autism, Greg Demer is bright but has difficulty communicating. He has a passion for the history of military aircraft, but he can’t quite keep up a...

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

March 15, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. The weakest link in any local voting system is that one county clerk who’s been on the job for three days and opens up an email file that could take...

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

March 2, 2018 This story was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. In the two weeks since the Florida school massacre, state lawmakers around the country have introduced bills to ban bump stocks, ban assault weapons, and expand background checks — and...

Voting Lines Are Shorter—But Mostly for Whites

February 15, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. On the day of Arizona’s 2016 presidential primary, the line outside the Maryvale Church of the Nazarene, the Maricopa County polling place for 213,000 mostly Latino, low-income people, extended through...

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

February 1, 2018 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. For decades, Kathy Hoell has struggled to vote. Poll workers have told the 62-year-old Nebraskan, who uses a powered wheelchair and has a brain injury that causes her to speak...