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Electoral Reform

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 06.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

A Tale of Two States: Hurricane Sandy's Toll on Voting

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Recently, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, approved the Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning , which would require each state to develop contingency plans to address emergencies or natural disasters that threaten to disrupt the administration of federal elections.

Dear Mr. President, the Time Has Come For You to Tackle America's Biggest Problem -- Congress

Timothy Eden, MSW | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Timothy Eden, MSW

We elected you to make these changes. But, no true reform will ever precede election reform. This can be your legacy.

Forming the Renaissance Preparation Committee

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

We need to be thankful for the lumbering old patriarch that is our current electoral finance and candidate selection process. It has guided us through many generations successfully. But the time has come to accept and collaborate on an updating of this system.

Parenting and the Electoral System

Grant Calder | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Grant Calder

No matter how many times I explain it to them, my kids can't seem to grasp that the people's choice in the world's oldest democracy is not necessarily the one who assumes the country's highest office, but they're only 10 (twins).

Stay in Line

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.02.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

So what can we do, just a few days out from a critical election? Stay in line. Don't let the wait discourage you; there is too much at stake for our community and for your family. Be proactive and make a plan.

Call It Democracy 2012: An Electoral Storm

Matt Kohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Kohn

There is no better time than the present for American citizens to take a look at the history of presidential elections through the lens of the Electoral College.

Why the Constitution's Framers Didn't Want Us to Directly Elect the President

Eric Black | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

The strange tale of how the electoral system came about puts some of its weird features into context. Once you get this context, it is at least understandable what the Framers thought they were doing.

Voter Suppression Series Part II: Florida

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

After an electoral spanking last cycle that was largely the backlash to neoconservative overreaches in the Bush Jr. years, Republicans were reflecting on how to deal with the surge of new and minority voters.

Enfranchising Americans Through Electoral Reform

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

We need to move toward a one-day national primary, just as we have a one-day national election. There's no reason to have a protracted six-month primary schedule with states jockeying with one another for the distinction of being one of the first.

Occupy the Constitution 2.0

Peter M. Shane | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

I cannot say that my earlier suggestions for a pro-democracy constitutional amendment have ignited a firestorm of grassroots activity. They have, how...

Why We Remain Stuck With the Electoral System

Grant Calder | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Grant Calder

Every four years, we are reminded that we employ a completely outmoded method of selecting our chief executive. So why haven't we resolved this problem?

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

Personal for Mike Bloomberg

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

This letter, available as a document online, was written before the No Labels "show," which flopped big time as you now realize. I won't belabor th...

Citizens Fiddle, Obama Dances

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it. -- Bob Seel...

A World That Works for All

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Building on last week's review of Buckminster Fuller's 1928 Ideas & Integrities, this week I want to honor one new book and reinforce that book with ...

Our Choice: Changing the Game

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Some people say Gandhi was about nonviolence. And he was. But he is significant for something else that I believe is far more important: He changed the game.

Electoral Reform: 1 Page 9 Points

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Since the year 2000, when I watched in horror as Al Gore took the dive and played dead in Florida (the theft was exposed three months before the fact ...

On the Issues from Abortion to War & Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I want to put this somewhat intellectual blog posting into perspective. Below is a quote from Matt Taibbi's new book, Griftopia-Bubble Machines, Vamp...

The Four Billion Dollars in Job Creation that Could Be Discouraging Voters: Electing Politicians

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For the past couple of weeks leading into the mid-term elections we have seen reports in the media on how much campaigns are spending to elect our nat...

How New Leader Ed Miliband Can Restore the Labour Family

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Brothers David and Ed Miliband recently went head-to-head in the fight to become the new leader of Britain's Labour party. In the end, Ed won 50.65% of his party's votes to his older brother's 49.35%.

The Real Deal in London

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Pettifor

Cameron and Clegg have grabbed the post-election spotlight, and are doing deals behind closed doors to forge a coalition, and force out Brown.

What the UK Election Could Mean for Electoral Reform, Youth, and America

Alex Koroknay-Palicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Koroknay-Palicz

Critics say that young people lack the maturity to vote. Considering the selfish, short-sighted policies our elders vote for time and time again, are we really going to be foolish enough to call this mature?

Get 'Em (Ready to Vote) While They're Young

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Richie

The importance of encouraging youth participation in our democracy is difficult to overstate, and it is in our interest to avoid becoming apathetic about apathy.

Electoral Reform on the Ballot: Wins for Instant Runoff Voting and More

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

A round of electoral reform victories in key ballot measures suggest that Americans have had enough of antiquated electoral laws.