People Power

Citizens United: People Strike Back
by Riki Ott, David Cobb
How states and people are mobilizing to defend democracy.
Goodbye, Granny D
by Rob Richie
Remembering the inspiring life of Doris Haddock, a great-grandmother from New Hampshire who decided, at age 88, to take a stand (and a very long walk) to protect democracy.
Majority Rule
by Alan Durning
How reforming the filibuster could pave the way to climate legislation, education funding, and more.
The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To...
by Rob Richie
There's a new method for choosing Best Picture this year: instant runoff voting, a system that would also make political elections more fair.
Appeals Court Rules Inmates Entitled to Voting Rights
by Jeff Raderstrong
A federal appeals court in January ruled that felons incarcerated in Washington State have been illegally barred from voting.
10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics
by Fran Korten
The recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in politics just may be the straw that breaks the plutocracy’s back.
Whose Rights?
by Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil
Pro-democracy groups are mobilizing against a Supreme Court decision that will allow corporations to funnel money directly to candidates for federal office.
Are Corporations People?
Video: The Supreme Court has granted private for-profit corporations the right to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns. What can citizens do to protect democracy?
World’s Citizens to Politicians: Get Serious on Global Warming Now!
by Richard Sclove
A new worldwide poll on climate change reflects a global consensus for urgent action—and sets a precedent for deliberative democracy at the international level.
Signs of Life :: Legal Settlements Protect Voters
by Susie Shutts
Organizations in Ohio, Missouri, and elsewhere are correcting problems that prevented thousands of people from voting in recent elections.
Instant Runoff Elections are a Vote for Civility
by Rob Richie
Burlington’s success with instant runoff voting (IRV) is a model of a clean, open debate. Is it time to take it to the national level?
Signs of Life :: Germany Mandates Paper-Trail Voting
by Lilja Otto
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the voting machines used in the country’s 2005 general election are unconstitutional.
John Legend on the Elections
by John Legend
Musician John Legend encourages youth to make value-based decisions before casting their presidential vote.
Signs of Life :: Elections
by Noah Grant
States Back the Popular Vote
Signs of Life :: Voting
by Edward Hailes
Activists lead successful legal campaigns to stop laws in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland that discourage voting and voter registration