Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
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"I voted" stickers at a polling station on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, on Nov. 6, 2018 in Irvine, Calif. California, ten other states and the District of Columbia have all implemented automatic voter registration as a way of increasing voter turnout. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, seen here in February, spoke before the House and Senate appropriations committees Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The Franciscan Center in Baltimore serves a hot lunch daily to those who need extra help, even if they receive food stamps. Those benefits could end for 755,000 able-bodied adults. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal

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The debate over voting is a heated one, often tainted by misleading and exaggerated rhetoric. Simone Golob/Getty Images hide caption

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Exaggerating Voting Issues May Juice A Base — But It Also 'Undermines Our Democracy'

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Voters Have To Wade Through Fraud Rhetoric To Get To The Truth

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Report: Child Poverty Could Be Cut In Half Over 10 Years, At A Hefty Price

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Motor vehicle departments across the country have accidentally allowed a small number of noncitizens to register to vote. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Noncitizens Do Wind Up Registered To Vote, But Usually Not On Purpose

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Contract Employees Are Still Trying To Recover From Shutdown

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U.S. Election Assistance Commission staffer Brian Hancock talks about how election systems have become increasingly complicated in recent years, making them more vulnerable to attack. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Cybertraining Election Officials For This Year's Voting

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President Trump To Address March For Life Attendees

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Heiner Giese, a local landlord and attorney for the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, stands in front of a city-owned abandoned building. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Why Affordable Housing Could Become Harder To Find

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Trump Dissolves Controversial Voter Fraud Commission

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Trump Dissolves Presidential Commission On Voter Fraud

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