Exposing Attacks on Democracy

As demographic changes put non-Hispanic white Americans on the verge of being a minority in the U.S., our country faces historic attacks against the very existence of a multiracial democracy. Our deep, data-driven investigative reporting about voting rights, immigration, the criminal justice system, and the powerful interests behind government decisions draws on the context of history to confront society’s ongoing failure to live up to the promise of “equal protection under the law” and “one person, one vote.”

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The number of U.S. states that have made access to voting and political representation less equal following the 2020 election.


The number of U.S. citizens prohibited from voting in the 2022 midterm elections due to felony disenfranchisement laws with explicitly racist roots.


The number of public records requests Public Integrity filed to show how lawmakers closed polling places in primarily Black and Latino communities.

IN-DEPTH investigations

How Republicans flipped America’s state supreme courts

In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution included a right to abortion, finding that “nothing could be more fundamental to the notion of liberty.” Just four years later, the court reversed itself. Iowa’s constitution does not, the justices decided, guarantee a right to abortion after all. That 2018 ruling? It had…

Who Counts?

Access to voting in the U.S. is starkly unequal. A 50-state look at how states are shutting people out of our democracy.
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We made public a dataset showing employers the federal government investigated for wrongfully underpaying workers.

Our dataset of polling place locations for multiple years of elections across the country is available to do your own analysis.

Search our Copy, Paste, Legislate tool to see connections between bills proposed in multiple states.

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Indigenous journalists make way for sunshine

Despite limited access to information and tribally controlled media, Indigenous journalists persevere in their reporting — and gradually promote transparency and accountability.
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New DHS policy protects undocumented whistleblowers

Undocumented immigrants enduring abuses from employers such as wage theft, safety infractions and gender discrimination can now obtain deportation relief when they report workplace violations to a government agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced. The new policy…

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