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Election Reform

7. How Elections Drive Out the Good Guys

Ted Wachtel | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Ted Wachtel

In 1991 Lee Atwater, former Republican National Committee Chairman and a pioneer in political attack ads, was dying from a brain tumor.

P.U.M.A. Isn't Just for Hillary Anymore -- It's for Bernie Bros, Too

Will Bower | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Will Bower

Most of the politicos who were paying attention to the P.U.M.A. movement of 2008 had then dismissed us as merely being sore-loser, tantrum-throwing Hillary supporters -- scorned voters seeking revenge by not voting for Barack Obama in the general election.

Fixing How We Elect a President

Rodney Wilson | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Rodney Wilson

The process to elect a president is labyrinthine and dreadfully confusing. But must it be? Can we simplify this great quadrennial civic exercise? Make it more straightforward and citizen-friendly? I believe it's possible to do so -- before 2020.

What Do the Oscars and Our Government Have in Common? (Hint: White Guys)

William Roberts | Posted 02.26.2017 | Black Voices
William Roberts

When you set up a system where only very few white guys do all the voting, it's not surprising that you end up with an #OscarsSoWhite controversy. This problem isn't unique to the Academy. Just think about who represents us in elected offices.

The Iowa Caucus Is Trash And We Should Get Rid Of It

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

It was right around the time that news broke that certain Iowa precincts were determining which candidates were going to win delegates by virtue of a ...

New Motor Voter: A Step Forward for California and Democracy

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Lorena Gonzalez

In a democratic system, no right is more fundamental or necessary than the right to vote. So why are citizens required to opt-in to exercise their right to vote through voter registration?

In Three Hours of Debates, None of the GOP Candidates Addressed the Real Elephant in the Room

Michael Golden | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Michael Golden

Thursday's debates comprise only the first leg of what will be a rhetorical marathon in what has become a comically protracted presidential campaign cycle. It's not likely that the candidates on either side of the aisle will voluntarily broach the process story of our defective Congress and what to do about it.

Samantha Lachman

Chris Christie Looks Likely To Veto New Jersey Voting Reforms | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) appears likely to veto a package of election reforms aimed at improving the state's sparse voter turn...

Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Republicans Want To Alter Michigan's Electoral College. It's Not Going Over Well. | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

A proposal to change how Michigan awards Electoral College votes has drawn criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups and, as one elections exp...

Small Business Owners Think Big Business Gets More Bang for its Political Buck

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.

Future Shock: Why Today's Votes Mortgage Tomorrow's Dreams

Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi

Together, we must urge our elected officials to implement accrual accounting principles at the federal level so that our nation can finally have accountability based on accurate financial information.

Online Voter Registration in Minnesota: What a Difference a Day Makes

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

That's right -- online voter registration is so convenient and cost-effective that it took a whole day for Minnesota lawmakers and the governor to decide that voters shouldn't be deprived of it for even a second. And so it continued uninterrupted. What lessons can we learn from Minnesota's experience?

The Republican 'Great White Hope:' Manipulating Election Laws

Stanley Kutler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

We have been victimized by carefully-calibrated public relations campaigns alleging that loyal, upstanding, law-abiding Americans are being negated by voter corruption. It is not true. Make no mistake: This is a Republican, corporate-funded effort to exclude American citizens from the voting process.

Is Steve Peace Leading California to Disaster... Again?

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

That this comes just after the Supreme Court liberated California from the yoke of the imprudently passed Proposition 8 should be a warning both as to the wisdom of CPPI and of the need for the state to reform what David Broder once referred to as "Direct Democracy run amok."

Actors to Farmers, and Everyone in Between: Pass Fair Elections in New York

Adam Smith | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Adam Smith

Last week, actor Liev Schreiber sat at a desk in his home in front of his computer and recorded a 20 second video after being asked by another well-kn...

NY Election Reform: America Is Watching

Michael Brune | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Michael Brune

Time and again, during the Sierra Club's fights for clean energy and climate action, we've seen politicians side with the fossil fuel companies that stuff their campaign coffers instead of with the people that they are supposed to represent.

A Call for Election Reform, Beginning with New York

Nick Nyhart | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Nick Nyhart

In a 2011 speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) eloquently described attacks ...

Election Reform Bill: It's Scott Gessler vs. 75 Percent Of County Clerks

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.01.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER — Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler arrived late to testify at the Se...

We Can Fix That

Penda D. Hair | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Protecting our democracy starts with protecting the fundamental right to vote. The U.S. is one of only eleven of the 119 democratic countries in the world that do not explicitly provide the right to vote in their Constitutions.

Feds Called To Investigate Problems At The Polls

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

Three congressional Democrats asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday to study the "underlying causes" that forced voters to wait...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Had 2009 Game Plan For Voting Rights Act Being Struck Down | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration needs a plan to deal with the likely death of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, it may be able to du...

Can Obama Save Politics?

Scott Warren | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Scott Warren

One of the only subjects that Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is that our political process is broken.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Voting Reform Plan All Pomp, Little Circumstance | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

It's now pretty much an historical fact that the road to President Barack Obama's re-election ended up running a lot smoother than the hyped-up pundit...

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...