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A Poll Is Not a Vote

Elizabeth Westling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Westling

So many political pundits claim to know what "We, the People" want. They claim to have polled a sufficient number of folks from every walk of life and to know error what it is the people desire.

Illinois Primary 2010: Chicago's Voter Turnout A Record Low

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While officials knew on Feb. 2 that voter turnout in Illinois was not good, the final numbers in Chicago ended up being the worst ever for a non-presi...

Scott Lee Cohen Shows the Need for Runoffs in Primary Elections

Dan Johnson-Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Johnson-Weinberger

Scott Lee Cohen's 26% victory in a six-man race has shown the danger of our plurality elections. When anyone can win with 26% of the vote... anyone can win.

Barack One Year Later: Open Letter to Young America

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

As we continue to discuss the historic presidency of Barack Obama, I think it important that we not forget the possibilities and opportunities before us, even as we continue to push the administration.

Minority Population Growing, Dispersing: Fewer Congressional Districts Are Predominantly White

The March of Diversity | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Hispanics providing the principal engine, the nation's minority population is not only increasing but also dispersing beyond the big cities where...

Fallon & The Roots Slow Jam Low Voter Turn Out (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Compared to the 2008 election, the midterm elections weren't nearly as exciting. So, to make a low Democratic turnout at the polls a little more stimu...

Seeing Through the Voting Booth

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Joel Epstein

In this age when we are looking to social entrepreneurs to improve the world let's celebrate the open source developers who are working to shine a light on how the country votes.

Voting Rights Section Battle: Controversial Bush Appointee Reassigned

The American Prospect | Adam Serwer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sometime during Christmas week, Christopher Coates, the chief of the Voting Rights Section of the Justice Department, was quietly reassigned to an 18-...

GOP Fail To Overturn Order Targeting Voter Intimidation In New Jersey

AP | BILL NEWILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey has denied a request by the Republican National Committee to dissolve a 27-year-old court order ai...

D.C. Takes Up Same Day Registration, So Should Congress

Russ Feingold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Feingold

In 2008, about 11,000 eligible but unregistered DC residents did not participate in the historic 2008 election. Same Day Registration could have made a big difference for many of these citizens.

Searching for Bloomberg Country

Jarrett Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jarrett Murphy

Outer borough whites, who were key to electing Ed Koch three times and Giuliani twice, were crucial to Bloomberg, too, even if this mayor has also attracted significant support from blacks and Latinos.

The Foolish Strategery of Democrats Who Oppose Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

For some perspective on the wisdom of the Democrats who are opposing health care reform, let's look at the elections last Tuesday.

Philip Spooner VIDEO: WWII Veteran Makes Case For Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Philip Spooner is a lifetime Republican, World War II veteran and, to everyone's surprise, a gay marriage supporter. The 86-year-old gave a heartfelt ...

No More Lever Voting Machines For NYC

wins.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York City is replacing its old-fashioned lever voting machines. The Board of Elections is expected to choose new electronic voting machines on Tue...

Corzine on My Mind

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

Corzine has weeks to seal his legacy, and the Democratic legislature has to push through its most powerful members' agenda items as well, before it faces unknown terrain with Chris Christie.

Voting Guide For New Yorkers

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Election day is finally here! To find your polling site, you can use the city's handy Poll Site Locator. You can also call 866-VOTE-NYC or 311. For...

Proud to Be An American

Raj Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raj Patel

In San Francisco yesterday, I was one of 1,245 people who put our hands on our hearts and with one voice betrothed ourselves to a flag. There was something faintly cultish about it all.

Democrats To Revise Presidential Primary Rules

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The presidential primary process is flawed and needs to be fixed, the Democratic National Committee says. A committee has issued recommendations that ...

Election Day

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

At 7:30 on election morning, we walked to our local polling place in the elementary school, past the "Vote Aqui" signs, past the bake sale moms, the c...

Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

If you have an election where the winner gets four percent of the eligible electorate, is that a functioning democracy? I just lost such a runoff contest in New York City.

A Failure of Citizenship and the Health Care Debacle

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Voting should be seen as a privilege rather than as a consequence of where one is born. Voting should be a right earned rather than conferred by fate or the accident of citizenship.

What!? Racism Still in America?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I see racial sub-texts in the intensity of the attacks on Obama -- not in the disagreements per se, but in the viciousness of the rhetoric.

A Double Whammy for Animal Shelters

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

Most people wouldn't imagine living in an area with no school, no hospital, no police, no road maintenance, or no trash collection. An animal shelter, too, is a community institution, and shouldn't be allowed to go under.

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