I’ve been teasing y’all for a while, but I’m thrilled to tell you that I am the new editorial director for a non-profit newsroom called @VotebeatUS, which will cover nothing but elections, ballot access and redistricting.
We have a huge job ahead of us: Covering the good, the bad and the work-in-progress of America’s voting infrastructure while it is in a very bright spotlight. Our focus will be on rebuilding local news’ capacity to do this crucial work.
Could not be more thankful for the amazing folks at @Chalkbeat for taking a risk by creating a new newsroom, on *that* topic during *this* strange time. I have so much confidence in Chalkbeat’s model, and the leadership of CEO @elizwgreen and Votebeat director @chadAlorenz.
I’m also excited beyond reason to be joining chalkbeat. As a former high school teacher and education reporter, it’s easy for me to see how natural a partnership education reporters and election reporters make. @ftcollinsmama and @alisonmaego will be crucial to that success.
Also deeply thankful for my time helping manage @electionland for @propublica, which has been a fantastic inspiration for a year-round newsroom covering these deeply critical issues.
This will be hard, but it’ll also be really fun. After five years, I know how critical it is for local journalists to be deeply trained, well sourced and very prepared to cover even the most nuanced election detail. We’re so excited to build a newsroom that makes that a reality.
Join our first event Thursday at 7pm EST in partnership with @axios. I’ll ask @GaSecofState, @Commish_Schmidt, @KimWyman12, & @alexi where the Republican party’s election administrators go from here in restoring confidence in America’s voting system. us02web.zoom.us/webinar/regist…

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11 Jan
Super not here for all of the Republicans now pretending that they’ve never claimed voter fraud was a massive, cataclysmic issue.
where were your denunciations when a poll worker in Georgia went into hiding because of racist threats against her life? I see. You weren’t that mad yet.
Not 24 hours ago I listened as a staffer for a Secretary of State tried to assure the Secretary’s wife that she was safe because there was police outside of her house. They’d been there for more than two months. Did you say anything then?
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11 Jan
Hi you put a press release out on November 10 that read in part, “ Now for those in the media who are angry that Republicans won’t just take their word for it that Biden won — I think you need some self-awareness.”
Here’s the most telling tweet in the thread. Rubio has picked up and dropped voter fraud conspiracy theories as it suits him over the past 4 years, agreeing when he wants to appease Trump supporters and backing off when it’s clear he’s gone too far.
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9 Jan
This swastika doodle was left behind on a clip board by poll watchers in Fulton County Georgia. I was just sent this by a Georgia official. ImageImageImage
In Fulton, officials driving ballots in to be processed were accused of stealing ballots and people began writing their license plate numbers down. They had to institute a policy of reverse parking their cars to protect themselves, since Georgia doesn't have front license plates.
One man began kicking a ballot bag through the fenced off area, and denied doing so despite a cop watching him do it. He was forced to leave.
Read 8 tweets
9 Jan
listen can i have sean hannity's lifetime pasta pass
2020 is a press release by Olive Garden with the words "FBI" and "Holiday Inn" and "Never Ending Pasta Pass" all in bold.
god damn it guys is this fake

i don't want this to be fake
Read 4 tweets
2 Jan
There is no natural federal agency to do this. If one was made to, they 1) wouldn’t know how and 2) it would represent a massive federal power grab that is unprecedented. And if it’s the state, they’ve already done an audit. The votes have been counted THRICE.
The behavior of republicans from 2016 to now is striking. Making elections critical infrastructure? Allowing DHS to play a major role? Back then, tantamount to a war on states rights. Now? Who cares about states rights. The federal government can do what it wants.
Read 6 tweets
19 Nov 20
The Wayne county board of canvassers certified the results of the election in 2016 unanimously despite a far higher discrepancy rate than this year - because small discrepancies between the number of voters checked in and those who cast ballots is NORMAL.
The two republicans were even willing to certify the results in Livonia, a suburb in Wayne county outside of Detroit, even tho the discrepancies there were several times higher than any precinct within Detroit. What’s that? That’s racism.
So why did these discrepancies happen? Bc some folks sign on the wrong line,then sign on the appropriate line to check in. Others aren’t checked in at all bc the poll worker makes an error and gives them the ballot first. Others check in, get to a voting machine and don’t vote.
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