We elect our city clerk to triple check her work. We trust our clerk to prepare for the unexpected. And we hold our clerk to the very highest standards, because if our vote is in jeopardy, our voice is too.
If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.
Not voting reinforces rather than defies corporate power structures. Distinguishing his "indifference and exhaustion" from apathy, Russell Brand suggests that abandoning our voices will silently (telepathically?) send a message for utopian change. Hardly.
Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.
With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.
With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for Muslim-Americans.