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Gov 2.0: How The Internet Is Redefining Democracy

New York TImes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

There is no turning back the clock. We now have more public opinion exerting pressure on politics than ever before. The question is how it may be chan...

Diebold's End: Consolidation of Largest Voting Companies Shows Need to Reform Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

The United States' largest voting equipment vendor just bought the second-largest, Diebold. 120 million registered voters live in jurisdictions using one of these two companies' systems

Freed Academic Haleh Esfandiari: 'Iranians Want Evolution, Not Revolution'

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Every two or three years, there has been a wave of protests like this in Iran. But this time I think there has been a fundamental change.

Women's Equality Day -- Thank you President Jimmy Carter

Ellen Snortland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Snortland

We need a voting holiday to celebrate women getting the right to vote. Let's make the suffragists icons for peaceful non-violent social change.

More Troops Alone Won't Help Afghan Women

Kavita N. Ramdas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kavita N. Ramdas

Even in the West, few believe any longer in the rhetoric that foreign troops are in Afghanistan primarily to rescue Afghan women from their oppressive culture and their tribal menfolk.

Do We Really Need to Vote?

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sybil Adelman Sage

Ahmadinejad's response to the election protesters was, "It is not important who voted for whom. What we need is national greatness." An effective cost-saving measure might be to eliminate the voting as it appears to be irrelevant and misleading.

Moldova Elections: Communists Lose

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Moldova's pro-Western opposition parties have defeated the Communist Party in repeat parliamentary elections. With most of the votes tabulated, the C...

Members of Congress Join National Effort to Restore Voting Rights to Millions of Americans

Erika Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erika Wood

Four million Americans with past criminal convictions are out of prison and living in the community -- working, paying taxes and raising families. 35 states continue to disenfranchise people who are not in prison, often for decades and sometimes for life.

Thomas Hutchinson, British Teen, Sentenced Over New York Bomb Hoax

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A British teenager was given a six-month suspended prison sentence Monday for phoning the White House and claiming there was a bomb in ...

Can We Register Voters Better? Yes.

Wendy Weiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

Voter registration is the gateway to voting. But our registration system relies on 19th century practices, and, leaves millions of eligible voters out of the political process.

Inside Tehran: Practicing Democracy, Iran Style

Telmah Parsa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Telmah Parsa

On the eve of Iran's presidential election, the Islamic state shut off the text messaging services of all cell phones. Iran has a far way to go before becoming a true democracy.

The Internet and Voting: Worth Doing Right

Barbara Simons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Simons

We should focus on improving our elections using innovations that build upon mature and well-understood technologies.

Mr. Common Law's Next Adventure

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Souter spoke of the spectacular ignorance of the American electorate about the government they select people to serve in. And the consequences of that ignorance.

American Idol Vote Controversy Proves Fox Should Release Totals After Competition is Done

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Deggans

It's been reported that staffers at AT&T -- a big Idol sponsor -- provided free text-messaging services at two parties supporting Allen in Arkansas.

Connected Activism Challenges Code Orange

Rochelle Lefkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rochelle Lefkowitz

Privately, often beneath their burkas, Kuwaiti women used their blackberries and cellphones to text and email, urging legislators to vote for full women's suffrage.

Tacky, Tacky, Wha????

Mike Stark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Stark

McAuliffe earned his buffoonish reputation by saying things like "Kiss my ass, Barack!" on the Jon Stewart Show.

India Shining? Not Quite.

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The world's largest middle class remained largely apathetic with the poorest of the poor voting with greater gusto.

Old School Politics: Gil Cedillo Defends His Attack on Pleitez

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Solis-Marich

Imagery and language designed to demean the best of our youth as reckless and gang influenced has no place in any Democratic primary.

America's Newest State Holds America's Newest Election

Aaron Contorer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Contorer

Right now, as you read this article, citizens of Honolulu are voting in America's first all-digital online and telephone election.

Miss Mumbai AWOL on Election Day

Meenakshi Ravi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meenakshi Ravi

The Mumbaiyya spirit - it's sassy, undaunted, some parts flashy, some parts classy and very driven. Or at least that's the facade. Sure, Mumbai and it...

Expanding Voter Participation: The Roadmap is Clear

Page Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Page Gardner

The other side of the story is that 79 million eligible Americans did not vote. Forty-four million of these non-voters were not registered, and another four million were discouraged from voting.

Elections By Mail Would Cut Costs, Increase Participation: Governor

WBBM Newsradio | Bob Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As voters trickled to the polls across Illinois for the consolidated off-year elections Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would support a proposal that ...

Early Voting Starts For 5th Congressional District Seat

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Early voting begins this morning for a replacement for Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District and also for a number of suburban races....

Identity Crisis: Voter Suppression Legislation Hits Texas

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

Voter fraud in Texas is not any sort of epidemic. The voter-ID bill is designed to deter thousands of indigent, disabled and elderly voters, who might not have a form of photo identification, from voting.

VA Lt. Gov. Candidate Mike Signer: 25% of Af-Am Men Are Disenfranchised

Baratunde Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Baratunde Thurston

If you told me there was man seeking office who raised the disenfranchisement of African-Americans as an issue worth addressing, I would have called you crazy or a liar, but that's just what Mike Signer did.