STATEMENT: Democracy Reform Group Demos Launches Online News Journal Democracy Dispatches

Release Date: 
January 30, 2006

New York, NY — Today, Demos, a national, non-partisan public policy organization, announced the launch of the new Democracy Dispatches online. Published at, Democracy Dispatches is a web-based news journal offering commentary, blog-based analysis and an up-to-date newswire to provide information about voting rights, election reform and democracy-related issues in the United States.

Since it was first published in print and online in 2001, Democracy Dispatches has become a resource for reformers, journalists and policymakers who need timely news and information on a range of voting rights and election-related topics in the U.S. The all-new web-based Dispatches format will build on a strong 5-year record of reporting and analysis on a range of issues--voter registration, felon disfranchisement, youth mobilization, voter ID, campaign finance, election integrity, reform policy at the national and state levels, and others--with comprehensive daily updates on the key challenges and opportunities to a fair and just democracy.

Featured writers include Sasha Abramsky, a leading national expert on felon disfranchisement in the U.S.; Lorraine C. Minnite, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Tova Wang, Senior Program Officer and Democracy Fellow at The Century Foundation; Stuart Comstock-Gay, Executive Director of the National Voting Rights Institute; Ron Hayduk, Professor of Political Science, Borough Of Manhattan Community College, Steven Carbo, Director of Demos' Democracy Program; Miles Rapoport, former Secretary of the State of Connecticut; and many others.

Throughout 2006, Democracy Dispatches will continue to expand its breadth and scope to address issues beyond the current election reform landscape and offer new ideas for creating a just and inclusive society in the United States--"the democracy we deserve."

To read the new Democracy Dispatches, visit To sign up for Democracy Dispatches, visit