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PHOTOS: Japanese Teens Come Of Age At Twenty Years Old

Posted 01.17.2012 | World

Japanese teens party as they come of age at 20 years old and will finally be allowed to drink, smoke and vote. To see more great photography visit ...

A Proposed Solution to Voter ID Controversy

Curtis Gans | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

When states are enacting the wrong type of ID requirements for voting and various branches of government are implementing many different and incompatible ID systems, the time to consider a different approach is now. Too many of the ID laws that have been enacted in the states are not benign with respect to their impact on turnout -- they unequally burden those with limited resources and mobility, and they lead to partisan outcomes. The end effect of the ongoing back-and-forth we've seen this year is to undermine citizen faith in the integrity of the electoral process as a whole, and in our democracy. It's time for a new paradigm for the conduct of American elections.

2011 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and What's Ahead in 2012 for Voting Rights

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

While this year we have seen setbacks in several states, we also have seen citizens standing up against attempts to make voting more difficult. We can take the lessons we have learned this year and come out battling in 2012 against these efforts to stop the vote for political gain.

Voting for Nobody as a 2012 Election Option

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Mark W. Schleisner

With Washington DC politics in 2011 resembling a non-stop food fight, you may be disgusted enough to want to stay home on Election Day in 2012. I'd l...

Conn. Mayor Seeks To Let Undocumented Immigrants Vote

Posted 12.20.2011 | Latino Voices

Associated Press, Michael Melia Already known as a refuge for people from other lands, New Haven is tightening its embrace of newcomers as its mayo...

Take Note: Jesus Was A Millennial

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

I spend a fair amount of my time with young people who go to church and who don't go to church. My experience tells me that they don't choose to engage with unresponsive and inflexible institutions with outdated rules that make no sense.

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.

Holder's Welcome Defense of Voting Rights

Bob Edgar | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The push against voter fraud is mostly a partisan effort to depress minority voting. It's no coincidence that new registration and voter ID requirements are being introduced and supported by Republicans and disproportionately impact African-Americans and Hispanics.

Out in the Cold at Age 84: Wisconsin's Ruthelle Frank Fights for Her Right to Vote

Jon Sherman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Ruthelle Frank, a resident of Brokaw, Wisconsin since her birth in 1927, has none of the accepted forms of photo ID under Wisconsin's photo ID law which goes into effect at the February primary election.

John Celock

States Play Musical Chairs With Calendar | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Dwindling state revenues and new federal election laws are among the reasons states have been changing the dates of primary elections in 2012. As more...

New Republican Data Shows No Need For Voter ID Laws

Debbie Hines | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Debbie Hines

To hear Republicans tell the tale, one would think there has been massive voter/election fraud necessitating the need for stricter voter ID laws across the country. Now the Republicans' own data dispels their myth.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Steps Into Texas Redistricting Fight | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Friday night announced that it will hear oral argument to consider the constitutionality of Texas redistricting plans drawn up by...

Meet the Suppress: The GOP "Confidence" Game

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The more people they can keep from registering, the more people they can keep from voting, the more they like it.

The Right to Vote for All

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Millions of people convicted of felonies will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election. This is a mind-boggling number of people who will be disenfranchised.

The NAACP's Fight Against GOP-led Voter Suppression

Joe Lapointe | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Joe Lapointe

A "large turnout" tends to favor Democrats over Republicans, labor over management, poor over rich. Obama is running for reelection in 2012 and voter turnout again will be crucial.

WATCH: Sponsor Of Strict Voting Law Admits State Has No Widespread Fraud

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

A sponsor of Florida's new strict voting law defended the legislation on MSNBC on Wednesday, telling host Al Sharpton it was imperative to protect th...

First Votes Cast in New Hampshire Primary

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

The first absentee overseas ballots have been returned for the New Hampshire presidential primary. The Pew Center on the States reports that 25 of the 163 ballots sent to overseas military and civilian voters have been returned.

Restrictive Voting Laws Threaten to Disenfranchise Millions

Voto Latino | Posted 01.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Voter ID laws will make voting more difficult for the millions who currently don't have acceptable government-issued IDs.

Joshua Hersh

Egypt Elections: A Surge For Islamists Leaves Many Wondering What Comes Next | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.30.2011 | World

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- A massive election turnout in this largely conservative Muslim coastal city has contributed to what many are estimating to be a s...

What You Can Achieve

Monique Ruffin | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

I called my uncle Michael the other day, just to say hello. He often complains that I only call him when I need money or something. He's right, and I ...

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

Joshua Hersh

Egypt Elections: Day One's Peaceful Proceedings A Pleasant Surprise | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.28.2011 | World

CAIRO -- At the end of a day that many feared could have easily spiraled into calamity, poll workers across Egypt sealed up ballot boxes with red wax ...

Power to the People: They Have It Now But Haven't Used It

Ed Koch | Posted 01.28.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Protesters in the streets often shout the slogan, "Power to the People." The people already have the power to change and improve our society by removing from office those elected officials who have failed in their obligations.

Latinos Building Power, Shaping America's Future

Maria Teresa Kumar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Maria Teresa Kumar

There's never been a more pivotal moment for Latinos to flex our collective power, and move our community and our country forward.

How to Use Modern Crowdsourcing Apps to Keep an Eye on the Original Crowdsourcing App

Ben Berkowitz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Media
Ben Berkowitz

The original crowdsourcing app, the voter booth, is going to be put to use tomorrow in thousands of municipalities around the United States. This once...