A conspiracy-fueled push to count ballots by hand gains traction

By: - September 26, 2022 4:25 pm

Empty ballot envelopes are gathered and bound together to be stored at the election office on October 26, 2020 in Provo, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

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Kira Lerner
Kira Lerner

Kira is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom, where she covers voting, elections, redistricting and efforts to subvert democracy. Before joining States Newsroom, Kira was managing editor of Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom launched to cover election administration and voting before and after the 2020 election. She has also covered voting rights, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for outlets including The Appeal and ThinkProgress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Slate, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets. Kira has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

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