Policy Brief

We have analyzed the likely impact on voter turnout should California adopt Election Day Registration (EDR). The availability of EDR procedures should give voters who have not previously registered or need to update their information the opportunity to vote. Consistent with existing research on the...
11/06/2007
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R. Michael Alvarez of the California Institute of Technology and Jonathan Nagler of NYU analyze the likely impact of Election Day Registration on voter turnout in Iowa. Overall turnout could go up by 4.9 percent. Turnout among those aged 18 to 25 could increase by 10.7 percent under EDR....
11/06/2007
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The public policy disasters of recent years, and the vast changes facing us as a nation, present a major opportunity for big, fresh thinking about America’s future. Only when advocates of social change are armed with an inspiring and commanding vision that is powerful,...
06/07/2007
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  What is Fusion Voting?   Fusion is a simple reform that gives candidates for elected office the freedom to run with the endorsement of more than one political party.   Throughout the 19th and into the early 20th century, fusion was legal in nearly every state of the...
03/30/2007
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In response to ever-increasing financial pressures, families have come to depend on high-cost credit as a way to bridge the gap between stagnant or decreasing incomes and rising costs. How are families coping with their new burden? To hang on to the American Dream, to be part of the ...
11/14/2006
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In the final days of the 2006 campaign, as in any election year, citizen interest is peaking as election news--and debates on the issues--becomes more pervasive in the media. Unfortunately for America's voters, in all but eight states (one of which does not require voter registration) , if you are...
11/06/2006
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Political candidates win elections by generating more votes than their opponents. A vigorous and superior get-out-the-vote campaign is commonly understood to be the key to success. A less recognized but all-too-familiar alternative tactic is to intimidate their opponents supporters and suppress...
11/01/2006
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Representational Inequality: Bad for Democracy Economic inequality in America has been spiraling out of control in recent decades. The income gap between the rich and the poor in America has steadily increased since the early 20th century and is at its largest in 40 years. Unfortunately, this also...
10/30/2006
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If elections are the foundation of our democracy, then poll workers are the gears and wheels that make the mechanics of democracy function on Election Day. Regrettably, this human factor is often overlooked and under-supported. States squeak by each year with a bare minimum of poll workers who...
10/25/2006
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Felony disfranchisement is the practice of denying people with felony convictions the right to vote. The American tradition of states determining their own election laws has led to a national patchwork of policies and practices that result in de jure and de facto denial of the vote based on felony...
10/24/2006
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