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Back in February, David Sislowski was sitting at a coffee shop in Windsor when a friend suggested he make an Instagram account for his mayoral campaign. That must be a joke, the former corporate lawyer thought. He’d never even used the app before. 

After some resistance, the friend walked him through the process of setting up an account. He took a selfie and posted it, thinking the whole thing was kind of funny. 

“Looking back, it was a smart move,” he said. Within a few short weeks, all of his in-person campaign events were cancelled to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

Florida resident Desmond Meade says it was “the ultimate slap in the face” when his wife ran for office in 2016 and he couldn’t vote for her.

He was convicted on drug charges in the early 2000s. Because of Florida’s voting laws at the time, he was barred from voting years after completing his prison sentence.

“Nothing speaks more to citizenship than being able to vote, and I was voiceless,” he told us.

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Enough signatures have been gathered to put the national popular vote compact before voters.

The new law allows Colorado to give its Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote for president.

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State Rep. Rochelle Galindo said Friday she believes efforts to oust her from office through a recall are motivated by “radical extremist” views targeting her race and sexuality, even as Republican opponents pushed back on that idea.

This week in Idaho, some voters are speaking out against a bill that would make it harder for citizens to get issues they care about on the ballot – anything from Medicaid expansion to marijuana.

Twenty-six states allow for voter-driven initiatives but as that process becomes more popular, lawmakers from Maine to Utah and Idaho believe it's time to pull it back.

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Colorado residents who want to vote in person can now cast their ballots at voter centers around the state.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says voter centers opened in all 64 counties Monday and will remain open through Nov. 6, Election Day.

North Carolina voters are once again dealing with changes to how the state runs its elections. At a time when early voting is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, a new law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature will result in nearly 20 percent fewer places to cast votes before Election Day.

Democrats say the changes could disproportionately affect African-American voters, but some local Republican officials also complain about the changes, arguing they impose too much top-down control on election administration and amount to an unfunded mandate from the state.