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Chicago's Civic Health Needs Resuscitation

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

The 2010 Chicago Civic Health Index measures democratic participation among regional residents.

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...

New York Ranked LAST In Voter Turnout

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Looks like all the wild, eccentric characters in the recent New York election really had an effect on voter turnout -- for the worst. City Room is r...

The Sun Rose from California

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Javier Sierra

A certain Harvard professor years ago predicted that solar energy would be made readily available the day that Exxon owned the sun. In this election ...

Election 2010 Images from Pine Ridge & Rosebud Reservations

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Here a few photographs I shot during the 2010 election on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. To find out why I was there and how the Oglala Lako...

What's an Underemployed Gal to Do? Run For Office.

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Tucker

The experience of running convinced me that women have a tremendous natural ability for politics. We just have to get over our fear of it and go for the brass ring.

Silly Season Is Over, So Now What?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sawislak

Ah, election season. What a joy. It's a time when your television is full of ads about who is going to ruin your life faster, (pre-recorded) phone cal...

Disillusionment & Consequences: Moving Equality Forward After Setbacks

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

It's easy to give up, throw up our hands, and retreat to our everyday lives, especially when faced with an uphill battle like we have the next two years. But the fight for equality is never easy and never over.

Making Voting Easier for Every American

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Job creation should be priority number one for the president, but there is another issue that Democrats should champion: nationwide automatic voter registration.

Anger Management

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The GOP won the 2010 election by prioritizing fiscal concerns above public health. Sure, money is important, but is that all that America is about?

Electronic Voting Technology Solutions in Search of a Problem

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Our tech guru gestured enthusiastically towards the printer while asking me, "How's the new id-enabled printing going?" "The what?" "Id-enabled pri...

A Victory for Democracy on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

After months of continual efforts to repress and even shut down Oglala participation in the national election, the simple fact that tribe members were able to fill out ballots on November 2 was a victory for equal rights.

The Face of Dogfighting; Chance to Save Other Animals from Abuse

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

I need to begin this blog with a strong warning. What you are about to see is a tragedy. Worse, it was a preventable tragedy. It is a story that puts ...

Waiting for Rights Never Works

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

The LGBT community has been blamed, cajoled, insulted, courted, and ignored depending on whether our votes and dollars are needed, yet when it comes time for real leadership on issues that matter to basic, day-to-day rights, we are told to wait.

No One Hit the Mark With Young Voters

Andy Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Bernstein

I think what was really missing this year was getting young America talking about the election via social media. 2010 was the year of the double rainbow and a two-year old smoking, not the midterms.

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.

Ahmed at the Polling Place

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel D. Hirst

People are throwing around words like historic, unprecedented and amazing. They speak histrionically in familiar terms about important names like Reid, Pelosi, Obama and O'Donnell. I'd like to talk about Ahmed.

It's Easier to Vote in Colorado Than to Get a Denver Library Card (VIDEO)

Kelly Maher | Posted 11.15.2011 | Denver
Kelly Maher

Colorado is among the states that doesn't require a picture I.D. to vote. So I took my apartment utility bill to my voting location in Denver today an...

Who Voted in 2010, and Why It Matters for 2012

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

It's obvious that the candidates who get the most votes will win. But there's an important kernel of wisdom there: Who wins elections depends heavily on who shows up to vote.

Why Christine O'Donnell Lost... A Long Time Ago

David C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David C. Wilson

Midterm statistics show one clear thing for Delaware's Republican candidates: "Move to the middle! Christine O'Donnell failed in this task, and it cost her what could have been a winnable election.


Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


100 Years Old and Voting!

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

Thank you Doña Maria for reminding us that no matter how young or old, each vote matters. Thank you for being such an inspiring American.

PHOTOS: Kids At The Polls

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Election day offers parents a chance to turn the act of voting into a "teachable moment." Wire photos of Tuesday's elections include multiple scene...

Election Day Update From the Field: Don't Suppress Us With Your Punditry: Let Our People Vote!

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We'll have the rest of our lives to discuss what our votes meant -- till the polls close, let's use the national microphone to get our votes cast.

I Was a Victim of Voter Fraud! Required ID Is No Safeguard

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

So much for protecting the integrity of the vote by requiring picture IDs. (Are you listening Elizabeth Hasselbeck?) How ironic that I was almost una...