The Associated Press Election Transparency Project


Each election, the Associated Press (AP), alongside other journalists and citizen observers, plays an important role in monitoring and informing the public of election results. The AP sends its personnel to polling places across the country to collect vote information, and offers election coverage aimed at informing the electorate and debunking misinformation. This firsthand observation of the election process helps to bolster public confidence in the integrity of the results. AP reporters must therefore be able to cover the election free from impediments to the access allowed under state and federal law to all aspects of the election, including polling places, ballots, vote counting processes, and election results. 

In preparation for the 2020 election, the AP worked with the Yale Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic and Protect Democracy to create legal memos outlining journalists’ legal rights to observe election processes in nine key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

We’re making the memos available to journalists and the public here.

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