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Voting Reform

VotePact: Do It Yourself Voting Reform

Sam Husseini | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Sam Husseini

FairVote published an interview with me about VotePact: Question: You've called your project do-it-yourself ranked choice voting (RCV)....

Why It Matters That Hillary Clinton Is Talking About Mass Incarceration and Voter Reform

Lindsay Holcomb | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Lindsay Holcomb

The 2016 election poses an important opportunity for sweeping reform from the top built out of the changing discussions of criminal justice and police practice taking place from the grassroots in the U.S. today.

2014's Voting Changes Are Reason for 2015 Reform

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

Rather than playing partisan politics with the ballot box, state legislators and local elected officials should seek to improve the electoral process and access to the ballot in 2015. After all, politicians should not be choosing their voters; voters should be choosing their politicians.

Appeals Court Rules Against Rick Scott's Voter Purge

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) effort to purge the state's voter rolls was illegal due to its close proximit...

North Carolina's Voter Suppression

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

In 2008, President Barack Obama carried North Carolina by a few thousand votes. But the new law may make it harder for the Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in 2016.

Colorado Passed Broad Election Reform, Other States Should Follow

Myrna Pérez | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics
Myrna Pérez

Some states continue to push needless restrictions on the ability of citizens to participate in elections, and voters and their advocates must remain vigilant against any such efforts. Still, the trend is unmistakable: After years of backsliding, states are embracing free, fair, and accessible elections.

WATCH: Boxer: Voting Commission Can't Substitute For Actually Fixing The Problem

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

President Barack Obama addressed the need for voting rights protection in Tuesday's State of the Union speech. Listening closely was U.S. Senator ...

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?

Jason Linkins

Voting Reform Initiatives Are Probably Doomed | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Way back when President Barack Obama was reelected in November, his celebratory speech included this shout-out to the hundreds of thousands of voters ...

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.

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...

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.

Think You Have the Right to Vote? Not So Much!

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Craig Newmark

2012-04-02-Capture.JPG Voter Suppression is happening across the U.S. as restrictive voting laws are being both introduced and passed.

The Conspiracy to Expand Democracy

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

The ACLU, along with its partners, recently sued the State of Georgia for denying lower-income and disabled voters the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

The Democracy Restoration Act: Creating a Broader and More Just Base of Voter Participation

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

The Democracy Restoration Act would strengthen our democracy by creating a broader and more just base of voter participation. No citizen should be denied their right to vote due to a past criminal conviction.

Would Proposed Michigan Laws Restrict Voting Rights?

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2011 | Detroit

Prospective Michigan voters might have trouble getting their ballots after the state Senate votes on two bills that would change the procedures for vo...

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.

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.

Poll: Vote on the Oscars Like an Academy Member

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

There aren't many opportunities to act like Matt Damon or Julia Roberts. But this month, they have been voting for Best Picture with instant runoff voting -- and you can too. So far, The King's Speech is in the lead.

Bloomberg Embarrassed By Out-Dated Voting Laws

| Jill Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CITY HALL -- Voting in your living room could be a reality next Election Day if Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Al Sharpton get their way. Bloomberg...

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.

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.

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.

Scott Lee Cohen Shows the Need for Runoffs in Primary Elections

Dan Johnson-Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Johnson-Weinberger

Scott Lee Cohen's 26% victory in a six-man race has shown the danger of our plurality elections. When anyone can win with 26% of the vote... anyone can win.

California Joins National Move to Voter Pre-Registration

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

With Schwarzenegger's signature, California becomes the eighth state to allow 16 or 17 year olds to pre-register, with registrations automatically becoming active when they reach voting age.