Election Reform

A new report from a Wisconsin state agency makes clear that Same Day Registration is not just a low-cost way to make voting more accessible. It can even be a budget-saver. The report from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board dealt a blow to advocates of repealing the state’s Same Day...
02/25/2013
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President Obama raised eyebrows during his inaugural address last month when he put the fight against long election-day lines in the context of the nation’s movement toward “tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.” Now the New York Times says Congress is preparing...
02/08/2013
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Encouraged by the increased diversity of the U.S. electorate, Democratic strategists have mounted a new push to make Texas a swing state. The "Battleground Texas" campaign seeks to increase voter participation in the Lone Star State and builds on the groundbreaking "50 State Strategy"...
02/04/2013
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In the two months since the 2012 presidential election, a fuller picture has emerged of the changing face of the American electorate. However, it is essential that this diversity be more than simply cosmetic, but rather is reflected in public policies that are similarly more broadbased and...
01/08/2013
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Lydia DePillis makes a persuasive case that Republicans who hope to win national elections in the future can't afford to keep writing off cities, but I wonder how the party could better win over urban voters even if they wanted to heed Lydia's warning. Party identification in America's larger...
11/14/2012
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Thomas Edsell has a column in Sunday's New York Times -- "What's Wrong With Pennsylvania?" -- that explores how various factors have conspired to make the state uncompetitive for Mitt Romney. One of the people Mr. Edsell interviews about the state's leftward trend...
09/26/2012
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Each major election, thousands of volunteers fan out in communities all across the nation to register their neighbors to vote. You may see some of them in your travels today, National Voter Registration Day. Community voter registration drives like these provide an essential service, adding many...
09/25/2012
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On the eve of National Voter Registration Day, California has taken a huge leap forward in reducing the barriers to voting. Governor Brown signed into law a Same Day Registration program, making California the 11th (and largest) state – plus Washington, D.C. - to allow...
09/24/2012
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A new study from the University of California, San Diego, shows how a Facebook get-out-the-vote campaign can have a tangible impact on voter turnout—but only when there’s a certain sort of social component to it. The researchers conducted an experiment on every American Facebook user...
09/14/2012
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Yesterday, California came one step closer to adopting a proven innovation that helps increase voter participation –Same Day (or Election Day) Registration. SDR allows eligible voters to update or add their information to the rolls on Election Day and/or during the Early Voting period, which...
08/24/2012
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