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Why Rangel Gets My Vote: One Harlemite's Viewpoint

Keisha Sutton-James | Posted 08.25.2012 | Black Voices
Keisha Sutton-James

For better or for worse, it was Rangel's empowerment zones legislation, as well as other factors, that attracted the capital that now makes Harlem a place these newcomers can and do call home.

GOP Governor Disenfranchises Thousands

AP | By RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has made Iowa one of the most difficult states in the nation for felons to vote, with an executive o...

The Real Crisis: 35 Percent of Americans Not Registered to Vote

Page Gardner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Page Gardner

We all know dogs don't vote. But that fact is news to the right wing. They are using the story of a dead dog getting a voter registration application in the mail to fan the flames of -- you guessed it -- so-called "voter fraud."

Voters Claim They Don't Vote For Good-Looking Candidates

Posted 06.13.2012 | Style

In the sleek and largely image-driven world of politics, a candidate's groomed physical appearance (read: "hotness") would appear to make all the diff...

Lessons From Wisconsin

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Malcolm Kushner

Why couldn't the Democrats find a different opponent to challenge Walker in the recall election? As Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

WATCH: 'Daily Show' Tears Apart Florida Voter Purge

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 06.13.2012 | Comedy

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently passed a law requiring all new voters in the state to submit their completed voter registration forms within 48 h...

Climate Change: The Power of Delusion, and the Delusion of Power

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

We have changed nature, and nature will change us. The power of the richest is no match for adapting to continued climate change. While technology has raised the quality of daily human life, it has not contributed to the long-term continuation of our civilization.

Why America Doesn't Deserve Democracy

Ben Zolno | Posted 08.08.2012 | San Francisco
Ben Zolno

All the venti mochas at your local quad-corner Starbuckses combined aren't enough to pry open your eyes, get you out of bed, and vote this year. Go back to sleep and dream of a dreamy tomorrow.

Some Big News Around Voting With Voto Latino

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino, and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign is doing good stuff, educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.

Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.07.2012 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches ("CNBC") joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus ("CBC") in Washington, DC for a first ever summit last week to discuss new voting laws, voting registration strategy and empowerment of the black vote.

In Government Class On Election Day

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The connection between having at least a high school education and getting out to the polls is something that civics and government teachers think about every day. How do you encourage students to see politics as relevant?

GOP Election Official Defends Voter ID

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) defended the state's new voter identification law as a way to prevent election fraud during a stop in Wichit...

Will State Legislatures Ever Learn

Diana Kasdan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Miami
Diana Kasdan

Yesterday's ruling is good news for Floridians. But Florida is not alone in its efforts to impose onerous regulations on those exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech by engaging in this staple of civic participation.

Florida's Disgraceful New Attack on Voting

Bob Edgar | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Despite a dearth of evidence that voter fraud is anything more than negligible -- so rare that it would not change the outcome of elections even in closely-contested Florida -- the governor is investing tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to harass thousands of his constituents.

Wolves at the Polls

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Don't Let Them Purge You

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As the nation continues to diversify, and the GOP continues to fail to appeal to racial minorities and young people, they have resorted to their next best option: calculated efforts to block the vote. It's our job to ensure that they don't succeed.

Colorado's Mike Coffman is Acting 'UnAmerican'

Wade Norris | Posted 07.23.2012 | Denver
Wade Norris

It seems that Mike Coffman of Colorado is doing his best to hand his congressional seat over to the Blue column.

3 Steps to Becoming an American

Justine Rivero | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Justine Rivero

Becoming an American is a complicated privilege for me, because as a chubby five-year-old who hated cereal and missed her cousins overseas, that privilege wasn't my choice.

3 Steps to Becoming an American

Justine Rivero | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Justine Rivero

I am still learning to be comfortable in a country I was once reluctant to call home. But I'm choosing to vote this year to help other Americans feel like this country is their home, too.

American Exceptionalism, Except for...

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.21.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

This week I heard two strikingly different meanings of American exceptionalism, one from a congressman, and one from high school musicians.

Vote, A**hole

Katie Goodman | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Katie Goodman

If I hear one more arrogant liberal on Twitter say they are not going to vote, as an act of protest, I am going to smear blue stamp pad ink on their nose. Really, I mean it. I will fwap them with my registered voter card and hang them by their chads.

Appeals Court Upholds Key Voting Rights Provision

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, rejecting an Alabama county's challenge to the landma...

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Floyd Elliot | Posted 07.14.2012 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Once vote-selling has become an established part of the electoral process, we will eliminate paper contracts and sell our votes online, allowing us to immediately trade in the proceeds for merchandise from Amazon or SkyMall.

Mother Knows Best

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.09.2012 | Women
Barbara Lee

Our research tells us women need to be asked between three and seven times to run for office. Men don't wait to be asked. So ladies, consider this your first ask.

Election Regulations and Voter Disengagement

Sundeep Iyer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Sundeep Iyer

Congress alone cannot completely counteract the harmful effects of the new rules governing our elections. But in an election cycle where these rules threaten to undermine voter participation, Congress must act now to soften the blow.