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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?

Jeb Bush Opposes Reauthorizing The Voting Rights Act 'As Is'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he opposes reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights ...

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.

Climate Change This Week: The Flood Connection, a Clean Energy Superpower, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Peruvian Amazon forests disappear, so does this insect, and webs of amazing be...

How Harvard Is Trying to Translate Protests into Votes

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 10.07.2015 | College
Talmon J. Smith

The Harvard University Institute of Politics, well known for its polling data on voting patterns, created the National Campaign back in 2003 to explore ways to translate Millennial buzz around social justice and service into more tangible civic and political outcomes.

Marco Rubio Explains His Absenteeism In The Senate

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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Money Talks and That Starts With Your Vote

Kallen Diggs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Kallen Diggs

Election season is something that often comes for most citizens around the world. Some people vote in some or all elections while others may only focus on the presidential elections. It is something that people do quite often because they believe that their vote makes a difference.

What Every Voter Should Know About Public Choice Theory

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

If you really want to understand the unfolding presidential race, check out a little-known economic theory called "public choice." Public choice theory argues that economic self-interest is the driving force of politics.

Moms Vs. Political Machines and Hate Talk

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

We are the ones! We're the moms who can hush the hatred, and turn it off. We're the ones who can raise our voices in truth and peace, building life, liberty, and yes happiness, once again.

Voter Registration by Snail Mail?! Yes, Snail Mail!

Page Gardner | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Mail was the second most popular means for the Rising American Electorate (RAE) to register to vote last year, second only to state-based Motor Vehicle departments.

Aging Voting Machines Are a Threat to Democracy

Lawrence Norden | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Norden

There are some political problems that defy easy solutions -- the rise of extreme partisanship, or our broken campaign finance system, for instance. But it should not be difficult to rally our elected leaders to remedy an eminently fixable problem threatening our democracy.

All-In for the Primaries

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Bobbie Brinegar

Democracy is better served when more people participate. Let's open our primary process to all voters.

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Why Tomorrow May Be The Most Important National Voter Registration Day Ever

Page Gardner | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Think about that. For the first time in our nation's history, the most diverse electorate ever will enter voting booths on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. They will look more like the real America, and drive their own destinies.

The Case For Voting

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Political scientist Larry Sabato once said, "Every election is determined by the people who show up." Though the quote is at first blush rather banal, it carries profound implications for American democracy.

The National Voting Machine Crisis Is Upon Us -- And It's Affecting Elections

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

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Climate Change: A Genocide Driver, Solar Scores Again, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

New data, with help from Google, illustrate unprecedented -- and until now, largely overlooked -- forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

25 Reasons I'm Voting For Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The 2016 presidential election will be studied for generations, primarily because it's a turning point in U.S. history. Will the Democratic Party shift even further to the right, or will Democrats nominate a true progressive? I trust Bernie Sanders. I do not trust Hillary Clinton or the GOP.

Towering Trump, Tumbling Expectations

Madelynne Wager | Posted 09.04.2015 | Entertainment
Madelynne Wager

Let's use the surprising success of Mr Trump's campaign as a wake up call to start expecting more from America again. After all, and even though he is not fit to deliver it, his presence in the race tells us we're hungry for positive, systematic change.

The Black Box: Voting Machines

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

The 2014 midterm election results may have been a complete farce. All it takes is one insider who knows how to flip a switch and the outcome changes. When it comes to voting, should we trust our votes to a computer that doesn't even spit out a receipt for confirmation? Do you trust your voting machine manufacturer?

A Consciousness Revolution

Morgan Adams | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Morgan Adams

We have always had the power to make our government reach its highest potential; & trust me, it goes a lot further than the hand outs & bail outs they use to keep us quiet. What will you read? Who will you reach out to? What will you learn? What will you do? Share with us!

These 11 Illinois Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Residents

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Because of Illinois' rocky political past, people sometimes make jokes about deceased residents voting, and Chicago and Cook County are generally cite...