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Ten states will require an increased of number signatures to get citizen-driven measures on the ballot in 2022.

How voting for people in '20 made it harder to vote for ideas in '22

The irony seems obvious: One consequence of the burst in voter participation this year is that it will be tougher for those same voters to participate next time.

Half the states give their people a shot at putting proposals to a statewide vote, the sort of citizen-driven democracy that many good-government voices say should be much closer to the rule than the exception. In 10 of those states, which are home to about one in six Americans, the petition signature minimums for getting referendums on the ballot are tied to recent turnout and registration numbers.

No surprise after an election when the highest share of eligible people voted in more than a century, the 2020 figures went up in all 10 states. But here's the surprise for those unfamiliar with the legal quirk: Millions more people will need to sign on to proposed plebiscites starting next year or else the measures won't be considered.

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So many voter toolkits, so little time. Here's where to go shopping.

Some advocacy groups try to influence lawmakers, others focus on making change through the courts. And then there are those working to engage the "regular" people by encouraging them to take action.

Now that voting has begun in much of the country, many democracy reform groups are stepping up their efforts to support voters by offering a trove of online tools designed to educate and engage the electorate in the final days of one of the most consequential presidential elections ever — and one facing a unique range of challenges because of the pandemic.

Below is a sampling. Find the one that's right for you. And if we missed something, let us know at newsroom@thefulcrum.us.

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Spending on this year's ballot measure efforts the highest in a decade

Ballot measure campaigns spent more money to qualify for the ballot this year than at any other time in the past decade.

The coronavirus is the reason. Gathering signatures for these measures was extraordinarily challenging, and only a few places changed their rules (or were forced to by the courts) to extend deadlines or to allow for online collection.

As a result, only 43 measures have qualified for the ballot in November, the smallest roster since 2014.

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Briefing: Changes to elections due to COVID-19

Organizer: Ballotpedia

State and local governments have made many changes to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These include entire delays to election dates, expansion of absentee/by-mail voting, and adjusted candidate filing requirements. Ballotpedia's staff of elections experts will walk through the key changes that have been made so far, describe changes on the horizon for the general elections, and summarize some of the most important debates around the actions taken.

Location: Webinar

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