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The 1993 law requires states to offer people the opportunity to register to vote when they interact with the motor vehicle agency and other state agencies. If someone wants to register to vote at the motor vehicle agency, the information provided on a driver’s license can also be used as a voter registration application for federal elections.

Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, the left-leaning public policy organization, said he understands why debt-burdened students might take the risk of losing money in cryptocurrency markets. “The risk inherent in higher education now is higher than it ever has been," he said.

While the payoff for a good education remains, the costs are increasingly being borne by families. Debt, he said, is now basically required in order to earn a college degree.

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Against this backdrop comes the Black Census Project—a new initiative of the the Black Futures Lab, an organization founded by Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter to harness the political power of black communities in America.
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Maryland became the latest state to adopt a small but powerful change in the way it registers voters, a move that

Currently, there are about 500,000 unregistered voters in Maryland, according to a 2017 report from its state government. An analysis from the progressive think tank Demos suggests that AVR could bring 400,000 of those Marylanders into the electorate.

Maryland became the 12th state to enact automatic voter registration on Thursday after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan declined to veto a bill that had passed the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Heather McGhee, president of Demos will deliver the Poughkeepsie college’s 154th commencement address May 27. McGhee played a key role in shaping economic policy in the wake of the 2007 recession. McGhee has been with Demos for 15 years, the last four as president. This summer she will leave her post as president to become a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation.

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[A]ccording to our in-depth analysis of data from Demos and NCES, black and Hispanic students are paying more when it comes to student loans than white students. [...]

Vassar College recently chose President of Demos Heather McGhee as the College’s 2018 Commencement Speaker. [...]

The Miscellany News recently spoke with McGhee about her work at Demos and her hopes for the current generation of college students.

This year’s Commencement will be on Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m. in the Outdoor Amphitheater.

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This march laid bare the obscene role of money in our political system [...]

This was a driving theme in the march, observed Heather McGhee, president of Demos: “The fact that money in politics and the way that the NRA is able to put their financial interests and their political interests ahead of the lives of children. For young people, that is a very, very stark moral issue.”