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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.