Election 2018

A photo of Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at a Texas town hall in January.

In Purple Texas, the Last Conservative City Falls

Despite a narrow defeat to Ted Cruz in the midterms, Beto O’Rourke conquered the state’s last major conservative urban area, and helped Democrats statewide.

A photo of a "Road Work Ahead" highway sign in Missouri.

Nationwide, Transportation Measures Rolled to Victory

High voter turnout meant lots of wins for transit- and transportation-related ballot measures on Tuesday.

Voters in Boise, Idaho

On Ballot Measures, a Progressive Sweep

Across the U.S., progressive causes won big in ballot initiative results, from minimum wage hikes, to felon re-enfranchisement, to a corporate tax for homelessness.

Bernie Sanders supporters hold 'Medicare for All' signs.

Socialism Will Continue to Rise Regardless of Election Results

Even if the 2018 midterm elections seemingly produce a blue wave, non-traditional candidates will continue to rise as Bernie Sanders has injected socialism into national discourse.

A photo of advocates in Helena, Montana, at a rally in support of a bill to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

The Midterm Election Is a Referendum on the Social Safety Net

Whether Democrats gain the House or the Senate or neither, the 116th Congress will decide the fate of public spending on America’s most vulnerable families.

Mapping Where Americans Don't Vote

“The United States of Apathy” showcases the dramatic effect of low voter turnout in U.S. elections.

A tower in the middle of Stockbridge's main commercial district.

The Strangest Form of White Flight

The wealthy residents of Eagle's Landing voted Tuesday on whether to secede from the metro Atlanta city of Stockbridge, just after a black mayor and an all-black city council took office.

The 2010 Midterm Wave Rewrote America’s Political Geography. Will 2018 Do It Again?

In 2010, Republicans established a new normal by dominating rural areas. Now, CityLab’s analysis shows it’s the suburbs that are up for grabs.

Protests against the Maricopa County Jail's cooperation with ICE.

Where Immigration Enforcement Is on the Local Ballot

In Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland, sheriffs’ and other local races have become referenda on local cooperation with ICE.

An activist with the League of Women Voters of Maryland carries signs of Maryland's gerrymandered districts outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can Voters End Gerrymandering When Politicians Won’t?

On Election Day, voters in Michigan, Utah, Missouri, and Colorado will decide if independent commissions—not lawmakers—should draw their states’ political districts.

Portland, Oregon, with Mount Hood in the background.

From Portland: A Tax to Fund Equity in Tackling Climate Change

The Portland, Oregon, Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative on the ballot Tuesday is a model for other cities to address inequity and climate change.

Congressman Dan Donovan talks to supporters.

In These Outlier Congressional Districts, Density Doesn’t Equal Democrats

Across the U.S., denser districts in Congress tend to be more Democratic, and sparser ones more Republican. But there are a few exceptions with their own personalities, from Staten Island to Bernie Sanders land.

Homeless residents of Los Angeles in tents along Interstate 110.

California Ballots Get Creative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing

California state and city ballot measures offer a variety of strategies for improving access to affordable housing, and shrinking the homeless population.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.

The Tech Companies Spending to Oppose (and Support) San Francisco’s Homelessness Tax

Almost $7 million is bankrolling a fight over whether businesses should pay for the city’s homeless crisis.

Congressional districts, by density.

How the Suburbs Will Swing the Midterm Election

Close congressional races this November will likely hinge on the moods of suburban voters, a new CityLab analysis finds.

Can Banning Privatization Keep Water Cheap, Safe, and Flowing?

Baltimore voters are deciding whether to ban privatization of the water utility. But without the infusion of private investment, can cities continue to afford providing safe, inexpensive water?

Is This Experiment in Digital Democracy Too Crazy to Work?

A startup called Voatz wants to build an unhackable way to vote over the internet. What could possibly go wrong?

The Women Candidates Shocking the Competition

Access to money is often the greatest hurdle for non-establishment candidates. But local female politicians say the excitement of a non-traditional candidate is not only motivating voters, but in some cases, opening pockets.

Rahm Emanuel speaks from a podium.

Cities Take Aim at the Spiraling Costs of Local Elections

Big money is flooding into elections on the local level. Cities like Denver, Baltimore, and Portland, Oregon, are some of the ones pushing back.