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Chris Christie Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Again

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made it easier for people to register to vote, claiming the measure would in...

Register To Vote Now: Here Are The Links And Deadlines for All US States And Territories

Jacob Stewart | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Jacob Stewart

The conventions are over. The candidates are set. And no matter your opinion, the 2016 Presidential Election will be historic. While election day is...

Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

Young Voters: You Cannot Afford To Sit This Election Out

Riley Griffin | Posted 07.21.2016 | College
Riley Griffin

It’s been a hot and hellish summer of politics in the United States. Donald Trump has generated unforeseen chaos in the political stratosphere; a ch...

This State Says It Can Automatically Register Voters Without Legislative Approval

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

Connecticut announced this week that it will become the fifth state in the U.S. to automatically register its citizens to vote. And it’s going to do...

Vermont Is The Nation’s Fourth State To Pass An Automatic Registration Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

Automatic voter registration picked up more momentum Thursday as Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed a bill that would automatically register eligib...

American Independent Dirty Tricks

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

This is critical for democracy to have complete information and a well-informed electorate. Confusing voter categories undermine transparency and accountability in elections.

63,500 Reportedly Purged of Voter Registration in Brooklyn -- How Many in the US?

Carbonated.TV | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

According to Shyla Nelson, a spokesperson for Elections Justice USA, over 63,500 individuals have been purged from voter registration rolls in Brooklyn, New York alone.

Republicans (Yes, Really!) Made Registering To Vote Easier

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

Republicans in West Virginia did an uncharacteristic thing last month: They made registering to vote easier, rather than more difficult. Gov. Earl Ra...

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Could Block 300,000 Registered Voters From the Polls

The Nation | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics

Johnny Randle, a 74-year-old African-American resident of Milwaukee, moved to Wisconsin from Mississippi in 2011, the same year the state legislatu...

Arizona's Primary Problems Go Way Beyond Long Lines

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

Jennifer Robbins’ appalling experience with Arizona’s election process illustrates just how chaotic the state's presidential primary was on Tuesda...

Illinois Has a Crisis of Confidence in Government. Here's What We Can Do to Change That

Ra Joy | Posted 03.14.2016 | Chicago
Ra Joy

We, the people, have the power to fix the governing crisis in Illinois. All of us who care about achieving true democracy should resolve to get informed and get more involved in our public life.

Kansas Secretary Of State Loses Battle For Stricter Voter Registration -- Again

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

A district state judge declared Friday that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has overstepped his legal authority by implementing a dual voter reg...

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Reaches Voter Data Deal With Democratic National Committee

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign will regain access to the Democratic National Committee's national voter file under a...

Supporting Universal Voter Registration Should Be a Bipartisan Effort

Colin Curtis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Colin Curtis

States should follow Oregon and California's lead here and do more to ensure that their citizens are able to be heard, and my home state of Kansas is no exception - though they may need to recall Kris Kobach first.

Civil Rights Groups Sue North Carolina Over Voter Registration

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

A coalition of civil rights groups sued North Carolina on Tuesday, alleging that the state is violating a federal law regarding voter registration. T...

How Voting's Changing in the Digital Age

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Hey, the Brennan Center for Justice has their boots on the ground and are working hard to ensure that everyone who's eligible has got the means to vot...

Want To Get Out Of 'Voter Purgatory' In Kansas? Try Suing.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

To get out of voter registration "purgatory" in Kansas, it helps to sue. That's what two young men and their attorneys found when they took Secretary ...

Christie Misses a Golden Opportunity for the Garden State

Adam Gitlin | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Adam Gitlin

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the Democracy Act -- preventing New Jersey from becoming the third state, after Oregon and California, to adopt automatic voter registration in 2015.

Voting Rights Groups Say Obamacare Should Be Helping Americans Register To Vote

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voting rights groups are calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to provide better voter registration opportunities to Amer...

Online Registration Could Bring More Latinos to the Voting Booth

Pedro A. Cortés | Posted 10.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Pedro A. Cortés

With next year's presidential campaign underway, we must keep in mind that the person elected as our national leader will have an important role in matters of immigration, health, education, jobs and other issues vital to Latinos.

Ben Carson Doesn't Think Voter Suppression Laws Are Racist

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday denied that voter identification laws and other voter suppression laws are racist, calling s...

New Motor Voter: A Step Forward for California and Democracy

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 10.08.2015 | 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?

Clearing Away Barriers to Voter Registration

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

In California, there are about 7 million people who are eligible to vote but never registered to do so, including 1.2 million in Los Angeles County. It's a shocking statistic, considering the sacrifices made to win passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.

Waiting for Brown: Sign California Voting Reform

Michael Waldman | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Waldman

One reason for our shamefully low turnout is America's ramshackle voter registration system. States have slowly improved the process over the last decade. But this year, a bold new reform has caught on -- automatic voter registration, starting at DMVs.