Pages tagged "Right to vote"

New Commitment to Our Most Basic Right

Posted on What's New Mollie Hailey on December 13, 2012

Attorney General Holder has observed that, “too many citizens have reason to fear that their right to vote, their access to the ballot – and their ability to have their votes counted – is under threat.” Through reform of the systemic problems that plague our electoral process, we can combat this threat. We will ultimately need to think and act nationally; but now is the time for all of us to get involved in that effort in our cities and states.

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Pledge to Stand with Voters: A New FairVote Initiative

Posted on What's New Elizabeth Hudler on November 08, 2012

With our pledge to Stand with Voters FairVote asserts that it's time to fight for democratic principle over partisan politicking. Promoting and protecting our representative democracy is far more important than seeking short-term advantage in electoral rules.

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From the Mouth of the President to the Ears of the People: We Have to Fix That

Posted on What's New Elizabeth Hudler on November 08, 2012

  As was expected, problems at the polls abounded on November 6, nationwide. While glitches were reported across the country, voter-rights watchers paid particular attention to the swing states, where obstacles to ballot access in the form of registration ambiguities, voting-day misinformation, voter suppression tactics, and long, exhausting (and cold!) lines had potential to lower turnout and affect outcomes. President Barack Obama in his acceptance speechTuesday night, thanked people for waiting in those lines --- and then added, “By the way, we have to fix that.”  

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New Report Highlights Our Primary Turnout Problem

Posted on What's New on October 05, 2012

A new report on plunging turnout in federal primary elections underscores a crisis of non-participation in American elections -- one that is far more pronounced and troubling in primary elections and city elections than for higher-profile elections for president and Congress. There are concrete actions we could take to boost participation and give voters more choice and better representation in our elections.

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America's Young Voters: Who They Are and Why They Matter

Posted on What's New Christina Grier on November 23, 2011

Young voters hold the key to the future of the country and are an important part of the electorate. Just like every other age group, they are frustrated with political officials. Yet despite this frustration, there has been a slight increase in youth voter turnout over the past few years. Even with the increase in turnout, young voters still vote at a lesser rate than voters of other age groups. It is a problem that needs to be addressed because the strength of our democracy depends on all voters participating.

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Remember Young People in Maryland's April Primary

Posted on What's New Tyler Sadonis on November 07, 2011

17-year-old primary voting is a great way to start getting young people involved in the political process. Unfortunately, many election and party officials do not promote it.

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Why Settle? A Review of the Conference on "Creating the Voting Rights Act of 2012"

Posted on What's New Christina Grier on November 04, 2011

The electoral reform organization Why Tuesday? held a conference on November 7 to address existing voting barriers, and offered solutions on how to fix an electoral system that is still functioning under 20th century guidelines. Panelists presented information on issues such as restrictive voter ID laws, voter fraud, and ways to modernize the registration process.

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Right to Vote Advocates Give Testimonies to US Senate Judiciary Committee

Posted on What's New Right To Vote Blog, Christina Grier on September 08, 2011

On September 8, 2011, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on state voting laws, in particular, laws that could be seen as suppressing voter turnout. Advocates spoke about why a right to vote is so necessary, and not simply amendments that prevent voters from discrimination.

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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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The Next Generation of Reformers: Reasons for Young People to Get Involved in the Electoral Reform Movement

Posted on What's New Dorothy Scheeline on August 24, 2011

A lot of the people advocating for structural changes do so because we have problems with the established political culture. The group of people that is 18-29 right now has a lot of reasons to want deep systemic change soon. Because of this, I think that over the next decade we will see groups that are focused on young people intensify their advocacy efforts for election reform issues.

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