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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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This Is One of the Hardest Places to Vote in America

November 7, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Tennesseans voted in record numbers this year, drawn to the polls by a U.S. Senate race that saw Republican Marsha Blackburn defeat Democrat Phil Bredesen. Problems in Georgia got more attention, but here in western Tennessee,...

Few People Want to Be Poll Workers, and That’s a Problem

October 22, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Local election officials are dealing with a myriad of issues ahead of November’s contentious midterms, not least of which is securing systems from malicious actors. One lesser-known problem that continues...

This State Could Outlaw Ballot Collection Efforts

October 11, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. In the months leading up to this week’s registration deadline, Renee LaPlant has registered voters in the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana wherever she can: at grocery stores, public events...

Native Americans Fight Back at the Ballot Box

September 27, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Tara Benally and her 16-year-old son Delaney After Buffalo set up a plastic table alongside the last dusty highway intersection before the Arizona state line....

Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

September 13, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Discouraged by seemingly endless court battles, gerrymandering opponents in some states are shifting their strategy two years before the 2020 census sparks another round of redistricting for legislative seats. Voters...

Polling Places Remain a Target Ahead of November Elections

September 4, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. In the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, nearly a thousand polling places have been shuttered across the country, many...

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...