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No Simple Answers to an Important Question: Why Don't More Americans Vote?

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 05, 2016

A recent profile by Bloomberg Politics uses data from the U.S. Census survey to track why Americans don't vote. While the results vary by state, common issues cited are difficulty registering, health issues, and travel on the day of the election.

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Post-Evenwel: We Still Need to Move Beyond Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on April 05, 2016

This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.

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NYC Comptroller Calls for Electoral Reform, including Instant Runoff Voting

Posted on Quick News Michelle C. Whittaker on April 04, 2016

Among the Controller’s recommendations are reforms that FairVote also supports, including ranked choice voting (also known as “instant runoff voting”). Runoff elections also have much lower turnout and can disfranchise absentee and military overseas voters. Enabling instant runoff voting would give every eligible voter the ability to fully express their voice in a single, high turnout election.

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Georgia's State Legislature Ranks Worst in Uncontested Elections

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on April 04, 2016

According to Ballotpedia, more than 4 in 5 state legislature races in Georgia will be uncontested by the opposing party this year.. In addition, 77.4% of incumbents who are running in 2016 won't face a challenger in their primary.

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Starbucks CEO calls for greater civility in national discourse

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz condemned the rising polarization and dysfunction that has gripped politics over the past few years and called for greater civility and optimism in national discourse.

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Trump Calls for Kasich to Exit Race

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

Trump accused Kasich of "taking" his votes, implying that he considers himself the second-choice candidate of many Kasich supporters.

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Court Rules Law Banning Lies in Campaigning Violates First Amendment

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 01, 2016

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a 2014 District Court Ruling that found Ohio's law banning false statements in campaigns in violation of the First Amendment protecting free speech.

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Republican Congressman from WI: Pass the VRA of 2015

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on March 31, 2016

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-R) penned an OpEd in the New York Times today in support of the Voting Rights Act of 2015--of which he is a co-sponsor.

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Major New Mexico Counties Ready For 17-Year-Old Primary Voting

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on March 30, 2016

Several county clerks are planning on letting eligible 17-year-olds vote in the upcoming June presidential primaries, despite some confusion about when the recently passed law goes into effect. Scott Krahling, Doña Ana County’s chief deputy clerk stated, “We can and should allow these people to vote in the primary, and we’re excited to welcome them.”

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Advancement Project Highlights Need For Right to Vote in US Constitution

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on March 30, 2016

Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, writes in support of a Constitutional Right to Vote in a piece called "Do Voters of Color Have a Right to Vote in the 2016?"

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