In this special series in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections, The Real News Network highlights the solutions on-the-ground organizers are deploying to expand ballot access and to get out the vote in key battleground states that will decide the legislative balance of power. 

With decisive federal action to protect the right to vote all but dead, the upcoming election cycle will be defined by disenfranchisement. What strategies are being used to restore voting power to the communities whose votes will be most suppressed? How are organizers working to not just get out the vote, but to build real community power? And how can faith in democracy be rekindled when the promises made by incoming Democrats in 2020 have yet to be realized?  

If there’s one thing the upcoming election will show clearly, it’s that democracy in principle is not the same as democracy in practice—and that creative solutions are needed to turn the promise of the former into the reality of the latter.



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Stay tuned for upcoming on-the-ground reports.

This series was made possible with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

Jaisal Noor


Jaisal is a host, producer, and reporter for TRNN. With his expertise in education policy and systemic inequity, he focuses on Baltimore, Maryland. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio NewsDemocracy Now! and The Indypendent.

Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years.