Pages tagged "Reforms"

Voter Fraud: Let's Modernize Voter Registration First

Posted on What's New Christina Grier on October 07, 2011

A conference hosted by the Heritage Foundation focused on the importance of fair elections, in which implementing voter ID laws across the country would be essential. But when it comes to voter fraud, there are institutional barriers currently in place that if reformed, would help ensure that the integrity of the election process not be compromised in any way. Such reforms would alleviate the burdens put on voters, while handing over duties such as registering voters and updating registration rolls, over to the states and federal government.

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Modernizing Voter Registration: An Overview of the American Enterprise Institute Conference

Posted on What's New Christina Grier on September 06, 2011

Electoral reform experts gathered together on September 19th for a conference on modernizing voter registration. Panelists discussed the current registration system, and provided solutions that will bring voter registration into the 21st century. 

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Update: Lebanon Discusses Adopting Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Yasmeen Gholmieh on August 22, 2011

The Arab Spring movement has influenced Lebanon differently than many of its neighbors. Unlike nations like Syria and Yemen, there aren't street protests. Rather, the turmoil in the country is within the Parliament, not the people themselves.

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Ranked Choice Absentee Ballots: Preventing the Disenfranchisement of Military and Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New Cynthia Okechukwu on July 21, 2011

American citizens living abroad, including men and women in uniform, often face difficulties in voting in elections at home. Military and overseas voters continue to point to short ballot turnaround times as an obstacle to voting in federal, state, and local elections. Ranked choice absentee ballots provide a legal and practical solution to this problem. 

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Lower Presidential Election Turnout in Safe Republican States

Posted on What's New Neal Suidan on July 08, 2011

Thirteen states have voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1980: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. This track record makes them the most consistently safe Republican strongholds in modern presidential politics. In 1988, these states’ turnout barely trailed that of the rest of the country, by 2.56%. But in every election since, these 13 states have fallen further behind. In 2008, their turnout was 6.22% behind the rest of the nation. 

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Curing Our Democracy Part II: The Redistricting Connection and the Pitfalls of the District-Based Electoral Vote System

Posted on What's New Joe Sroka on July 07, 2011

Part II: The Redistricting Connection and the Pitfalls of the District-Based Electoral Vote SystemThis Part explores the interaction between redistricting and electoral vote allocation in Nebraska and Maine, demonstrating the negative consequences and offering solutions to these problems. See Part I for an introduction and discussion about the winner-take-all rule for allocating electoral votes.

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Curing Our Democracy Part I: Nebraska's Electoral Vote Debate and the Pitfalls of the Winner-Take-All Rule

Posted on What's New Joe Sroka on June 30, 2011

Part I: Nebraska's Electoral Vote Debate and the Pitfalls of the Winner-Take-All RuleIf put on the spot, one may have difficulty articulating similarities between the states of Nebraska and Maine: the former, corn-yielding and reliably Republican; the latter, fish-producing and predominately Democratic. Yet Maine and Nebraska are the only states in the Union that presently split presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than allocating all electoral votes to the statewide winner. In doing so, Nebraska and Maine are useful in diagnosing two conditions that plague our democracy: the current systems of partisan redistricting and presidential electoral vote allocation.

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Tunisia Moves towards Fair Elections

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Jais Mehaji on June 09, 2011

This post examines the democratic prospects for post-revolutionary Tunisia, as its government delays election date to October.

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Federal Redistricting BIlls in 111th Congress

Posted on What's New Brian Bennett on October 29, 2010

Redistricting: a popular issue in the 111th Congress.

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From the "Non-Majority Rule" Desk: Election Day Coverage of Non-Majority Winners and Spoilers

Whether you are registered as a Democrat, Republican, independent, or third party, today should be a day for reflection on the flaws that obstruct true democracy in the United States.

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