Tips for Covering Your State’s Voting Rights Bills

43 states are in conversation about more than 250 pieces of legislation that will create new regulations around voting. Among the changes are limiting early voting mail-in voting and stricter voter ID requirements. Many of these bills have been criticized as infringing on voting rights and curtailing citizen engagement and convenience in participating in democracy.

Community radio stations have a place of trust in communities. Listeners rely on them for information on what’s happening in their cities and towns. Before the next election comes around, your station should communicate to its audience what’s happening at state capitols nationwide. Audiences informed about what their representatives are doing are appreciative of your work.

Community radio stations are urged to regularly cover and talk about state legislation with your audience. There are many trackers for these topics.

  • Donald Trump’s claims the presidential election was stolen inspired much of the interest in voting access from GOP lawmakers. If your station’s listeners need context, consider this New York Times analysis of the topic.
  • How a voter can participate and the sorts of verification they can use to prove they can vote is the major battleground in 2021’s bills. What does your state require? Consider this state-by-state guide of voter ID laws and potential changes.
  • The Voting Rights Lab has a bill tracker. In addition, the Brennan Center has a voting legislation tracker to reference for your station’s coverage.

Is your station doing coverage of voting legislation in your state? Let us know here.

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