How to Find the Good in This Nasty Election Cycle
by Kelly McGonigalNov 08, 2016
- Four ways to turn election stress into courage and compassion.
Building “Political Power” for Black Americans Where Voter Suppression Is Highest
by Liza BaylessNov 07, 2016
- This election will be the first in 50 years not to offer full protections under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the Movement for Black Lives is hopeful.
It’s Citizens Who Will Save Us From Citizens United
by Sarah van GelderOct 26, 2016
- Constitutional amendment organizers are confident of an eventual victory. “The push toward justice has always started at the grassroots.”
For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
by Peter WhiteOct 13, 2016
- Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?
by Yael GrauerSep 09, 2016
- Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.
Voting Rights Victories Piling Up
by Jaime AlfaroAug 11, 2016
- “The Federal District and Appeals Courts are willing to do what the Supreme Court wouldn’t do, which is acknowledge the reality that racial discrimination in voting persists today.”
Why We Shouldn’t Call Trump an “Ignorant Bully” (Even When We Really Want To)
by Bill BuzenbergJun 01, 2016
- Name-calling is Donald Trump’s stock-in-trade. Here are five more logical fallacies that kill political discourse and threaten democracy.
A Simple Solution to Low Voter Turnout—Knock at the Front Door
by Kate StringerMay 26, 2016
- In communities of color where voter turnout has historically lagged, in-person interaction seems to be the most effective fix.
Who’s Lobbying for Millennial Interests? Meet the “AARP for Young People”
by Araz HachadourianMay 19, 2016
- This is the first election year with the same number of millennial voters as baby boomers. Here’s how lobbyists for young people could change our politics on prisons, climate, and student debt.
Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)
by Katie QuirkMar 31, 2016
- I was caucusing for Hillary, when a 20-something, impromptu-Bernie-stumping man revived my hope for American feminism.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi BurtonMar 10, 2016
- Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave LevinthalMar 07, 2016
- From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-PatesMar 04, 2016
- Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
How to Pick a President Without Being Sexist
by Jeremy Adam SmithFeb 25, 2016
- The presidential race is basically an expensive hiring process with 319 million stakeholders. If businesses and government agencies go to such great lengths to eliminate gender bias in their hiring, shouldn’t we do the same for our elections?
The Economy We Want Starts With a Constitutional Amendment
by Keith HarringtonFeb 12, 2016
- A more democratic and equal election system is the first step toward a more democratic and equal economy.