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Election Reform

Evolving Democracy for the 21st Century

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 01.18.2012 | Technology
Beth Simone Noveck

To achieve the twin goals of more participatory and effective governance, we must innovate in how we govern. Thanks to technology, if we have the will to do so, we also now have the opportunity.

Why Vote Tuesday? Ask the Candidates.

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact
Jacob Soboroff

Voter participation in the United States is too low, and too difficult. The world's most famous democracy ranks near the bottom of all nations in vote...

Irish Presidential Election With Instant Runoff Voting: Voter Choice Without "Spoilers"

Rob Richie | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Rob Richie

We're approaching a time where states and cities will have an easy decision to make: uphold majority rule in one election or keep a plurality voting system that delivers questionable results and broken politics.

New York City's Pursuit of a Model for 21st Century Democracy

Art Chang | Posted 12.31.2011 | New York
Art Chang

We must find ways to reinvigorate the process of electing our leaders, beginning with a dramatic rethinking of the way we communicate about, and hold, our elections.

Buying Back Our Employees in Congress

Erich Origen | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Erich Origen

Would you knowingly hire someone who was going to spend most of the time working for someone else instead of you? Hell no, you wouldn't. That is preci...

The New War of Independence -- Against Corporate Politics

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This July 4, politics is too important to be left to the politicians. The stakes are too high and the system is too broken. Citizen action is everyone's job now.

The Greatest Show on Earth

Tom Gerdy | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

"Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on Earth!" My guess is that most of your thoughts take you straight to the m...

Taxation WITH Representation Isn't Too Great These Days

Tom Gerdy | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

Twenty-five years before the Revolutionary War began, Reverend Jonathan Mayhew was credited for having coined the rallying cry, "No taxation without r...

Turning Back the Clock in Florida

Erika Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erika Wood

In less than an hour, Florida Governor Rick Scott denied the right to vote to hundreds of thousands, maybe as many as a million, Florida citizens.

What's So Wrong with Young Voters?

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Ignorance is a major issue facing our democracy and it is a bipartisan epidemic. But the real culprit in political ignorance is our education system.

Real Vampires, Their Human Cattle and Supreme Court Capos: Time to Declare War on Corporate Personhood

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

The five conservative, activist members of the Supreme Court who revoked decades of campaign finance reform are like capos, betraying America, betraying democracy.

San Francisco Goes to the Ballot Box for Electoral Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

The Saturday Voting Act, a proposition that would require San Francisco to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day, is an innovation that could significantly boost voter turnout.

Upholding Majority Rule With Voter Choice: It's Time for Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Lost in the battle for partisan control of Congress and state government is an important fact: we may be seeing the end of the two-party system as we know it.

Michael Bloomberg, Vice President for Education, Intelligence, & Research -- Creating a Smart Nation

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Below, as a memory aid and brought forward from the second post that named the Virtual Cabinet, are the elements and proposed leaders within the Vice ...

The Tea Party: Elvis or One Hit Wonder?

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

By demanding political process change, the Tea Party could ensure a more spirited and representative democracy and in doing so shape our government for generations.

IRS to Investigate Rove's American Crossroads and Other Corporate Front Groups

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Big business donors trying to hide behind the illegal anonymity of tax deductible groups being misused as electoral organizations should now be forewarned -- you may not be anonymous for long.

National Popular Vote Approved by Washington, DC Council

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

On September 21, the DC council voted by unanimous consent to approve the National Popular Vote plan. The bill now goes to Mayor Adrian Fenty for his signature.

Counting on Democracy

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

In the last presidential election, up to three million eligible voters were excluded because of confusing, inadequate, unnecessarily restrictive, and unlawfully or mistakenly interpreted voting laws.

Is Online Voter Registration the Future?

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

Six states have now transitioned to online voter registration, and their taxpayers, voters and election offices are all reaping the benefits.

Disclose Act Isn't Nearly Enough, With or Without the "NRA Exemption"

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

If Congress fails to act on the constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United ruling, there's another option: a constitutional convention.

Con Games: The Loony Bin of Aspen Politics

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

In the loony bin of Aspen politics, I have been trying to make sense of the nonsensical, particularly when it comes to the Aspen Election Commissions (EC) past and present

Elections Modernization Bill Won't Get a Vote

Shad Murib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shad Murib

On April 21, Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll announced that he would not be introducing the Elections Modernization bill during this session.

California Primary Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are a few California races worth watching tomorrow. The biggest of these will happen on the Republican side, as challengers for governor and senator vie to become their party's nominees.

Con Games: Don't Make Marilyn Pay

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

You may be shocked and even appalled to hear this--and I am shocked myself--but I am actually going to defend failed Aspen Mayoral wannabe Marilyn Marks.

We Can't Blow This

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

Let's keep our commitments by cleaning up the mess, passing sweeping ethics and political reforms and getting things done. We still have time to develop the better narrative before the November elections. But will we?