iOS app Android app

Election Reform

What You Don't Know About Voting Reform...

Matthew Segal | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Matthew Segal

President Obama has now used his election night victory, Inauguration, and State of the Union address to highlight the injustice of long voting lines and voter suppression in America. The question is now what?

Monkeying Around With Democracy

Terry Newell | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

The fact that only one political party, whether Democrat or Republican, waves the flag for reform ought to give us pause. Changing election laws solely to give that party an advantage adds fuel to the fire of national anger over politics in America.

Chelsea Kiene

How To Fix Long Lines On Election Day: Report | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the federal government works to address the long lines and administrative problems voters nationwide faced on Election Day, a new rep...

The New GOP Plan to Steal the 2016 Presidential Election

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Douglas J. Amy

In November, the Republicans used gerrymandering to win the U.S. House of Representatives. Now they want to use it to win the presidency in 2016.

Left Out! It Just Aint Right! The Extreme Center Needs to Be Heard

Peter Merriman | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

If we are ever to get back to a government that can have the faith of the American people, we need to limit the extremists in Congress. Today, only 50 of the 435 house seats are competitive districts according to former Senator Bill Bradley.

Why Is It Easier to Fire Coaches Than Congress?

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Dr. Scott DesJarlais, who cheated on his wife with his patients and asked two of them to get abortions, was easily reelected despite a national scandal. Why? He's a Republican, and the Republican-controlled legislature made sure only a Republican could win his district.

Top 10 Voter Suppression Moments of 2012

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Largely driven by a spate of new laws and policies, including new restrictions on the type of ID that voters can use and flawed voter purges, conservative legislatures stopped at nothing to make it harder to register to vote, harder to cast a ballot, and harder to have a vote counted.

Strengthening the Right to Vote

David Orr | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in his victory speech on November 6, the Senate is now the official arbiter of dozens of election reform proposals.

The Path to Free, Fair and Accessible Elections for Every American

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

As more and more Americans use the Internet for daily tasks like paying bills and banking, states must develop online voter registration programs to modernize registration and make it more efficient.

A Vote for Real Electoral Reforms

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

Voting reforms like these should not be stuck in the long lines of partisan bickering, but should be passed to ensure that every eligible citizen who wants to participate in the process may cast a ballot on the next Election Day.

Amanda Terkel

Senator Offers Bill To Fix Long Lines At Polls | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is heeding President Barack Obama's election night call to "fix" the problems voters faced at the polls this y...

In This Election, Democracy Was on the Ballot

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Regardless of which candidate they went with, in this election Americans cast an unequivocal vote for democracy. We must honor that mandate by shielding this fundamental right through new laws that ensure that our election process will be free, fair and accessible to all.

Time to Repeal Campaign Contribution Limits

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.

Obama Said "Fix That," But Will He?

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

If Barack Obama leads the way, the United States of America can go from one of the countries with the worlds worst voter turnouts to the best. But will he? I hope so, but I'm not so sure.

Meaningful Election Reform: I'll Take the Money

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 01.05.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

The way I see it, an awful lot of money was spent trying to sway my vote, and it didn't do a thing for me -- except piss me off.

Halloween Came Early at Forum on Illinois Corruption

Tom Tresser | Posted 12.01.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

It was a tale of woe and defeat. The stories and statistics were horrifying reminders of the broken politics of Illinois that has defeated progressive efforts for reform, social justice and equity for decades.

Does the 47 Percent Vote? A Note on Perfect Voter Turnout

Steve Fenberg | Posted 11.25.2012 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

Today, September 25, thousands of people across the country and hundreds here in Colorado are celebrating National Voter Registration Day.

It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.


Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Record GOP Turnout, on Saturdays

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

This year I've crisscrossed the country with the help of Participant Media's to find out what the GOP presidential candidates think about moving Election Day to the weekend.

Weekend Voting Will Work

David Orr | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago
David Orr

Weekend voting makes sense for working people and election workers alike. It's time to pass a bill to vote when most people can do it. After all, isn't voting what democracy is all about?

Media Gets It Wrong on Winner-Take-All and Proportional Representation in GOP Contest

Rob Richie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Contrary to what many analysts are saying, the actual delegate count for Romney to date is far closer to what it would have been if winner-take-all rules had been used rather than a fully proportional system.

Jason Linkins

Everyone Hates The Caucuses Now, Again | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

Ahh, caucuses. As John Avlon notes, there is no better expression of the "romantic notions" of street-level politics than the sight of friends and nei...

It's a Mad, Mad World

Paul J. Stockinger | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Paul J. Stockinger

In May I will turn 71. From the perspective those years bring, I find the world seems to be changing in strange ways. It seems to be changing in funda...

Understanding How the Iowa Caucuses Work - and Don't Work

Rob Richie | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

The national media is in a frenzy about the Republican contest in tonight's Iowa caucuses. Unfortunately, most journalists seem to be getting the story wrong -- and a key reason is not understanding or even thinking about the rules and their implications.