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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros covers voting rights, gun laws and Western climate policy for Stateline. He lives in San Diego, California.

Feds deliver stark warnings to state election officials ahead of November

By: - February 15, 2024

Secretaries of state and state election directors must be ready for potential cyberattacks, both familiar and uncomfortably new, according to the feds. And they must remain vigilant about possible threats to their personal safety.

People voting early at the Neptune Senior Citizen Center in Neptune, NJ on Oct. 29, 2022. (Daniella Heminghaus for New Jersey Monitor)

In reversal, some states make it harder for people with felony convictions to vote

By: - August 8, 2023

The year started out strong for advocates trying to make it easier for people with felony convictions to regain their voting rights. In March, the Democratic-led legislatures in Minnesota and New Mexico enacted measures that cleared a pathway for residents serving prison time for felonies to regain their right to vote upon being released. It […]

Police in Minneapolis unravel crime scene tape in 2020, a year marked by a stark rise in homicides. Community violence intervention programs offer a data-backed alternative to policing. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Cities have ways to curb gun violence; feds are giving them more money

By: - July 6, 2023

When shots ring out on the South and West sides of Chicago, Sam Castro and his team at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago race to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital where emergency responders are treating the gunshot victim. Knowing most of the city’s gun violence is caused by a small cluster […]

Drought hits the Midwest, threatening crops and the world’s food supply

By: - June 26, 2023

Farmers endure a ‘weird’ rainless period at a critical time.

Save your food scraps, save the Earth: More cities and states look to composting

By: - June 20, 2023

Food waste composting greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Flowers, plush toys and wooden crosses are placed at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in June 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. The Lone Star State now requires an armed officer in every school. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republican states arm teachers, fortify buildings in another year of school shootings | Analysis

By: and - June 11, 2023

GOP lawmakers say empowering a quick response, not gun bans, is the key to preventing shootings.

A voter checks in at an Ohio polling place. Ohio was one of eight Republican-led states that left an interstate cooperative to keep clean voter rolls (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images).

Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls

By: - May 23, 2023

Until this year, ERIC was seen as one of the least controversial election programs in the country.