How Easy Is It To Vote In Your State?

September 24, 2018

The right to vote is enshrined in the Constitution, but how to exercise that right differs across the country. From registration deadlines to IDs, states make a number of decisions that together create a voting system more convenient or burdensome for their residents. These decisions can go on to influence whether a ballot is cast at all.

Via: Washington Post

Six Siblings Of Congressman Endorse Opponent

September 23, 2018

”The moral and ethics of these siblings have trumped, so to speak, what would normally be the loyalty of a family, and that’s something to be applauded in the hopes that this will spread across America so that we know the answer to the question, ‘What is America gonna stand for?'” said political strategist Peter Emerson.

Via: NBC News

Democracy Will Still Surprise Us

September 22, 2018

Democracy is stubborn. It raises our gaze. It is the system that best enshrines the unshakable human desire to be free. Athens reminds us of that. America reminds us of that. It fails. It falls short of John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill.” It strives still to fail better.

Via: New York Times

America’s Unfair Voting Laws

September 21, 2018

A sweeping new report says the government must do more to protect minorities’ right to vote.

Via: The Economist

Here’s How Newspapers Could Help You Register To Vote

September 20, 2018

Newspapers across the country should follow the lead of the Ithaca Times and print a voter registration form on their front pages. And what better day for the media to promote democratic participation than on Sept. 25, National Voter Registration Day?

Via: Washington Post

Teddy vs Trump: The Art Of The Square Deal

September 18, 2018

“Civic life,” Teddy Roosevelt preached, “must be marked by the fellow feeling, the mutual kindness, the mutual respect, the sense of common duties and common interests which arise when men take the trouble to understand one another.” If only the current president thought this way too.

Via: Vanity Fair

Why The Right To Vote Is Not Enshrined In The Constitution

September 17, 2018

The biggest and most consequential mistake the Founding Fathers made, one could argue, was the decision not to guarantee the right to vote to anyone. Suffrage was treated as a privilege reserved exclusively for property-owning white men, but it was not enshrined as an inalienable right in the Constitution. Instead, these men placed voting issues in the hands of the states.

Via: VOX

Real Resistance

September 16, 2018

A progressive grassroots uprising in Amish country finds meaning in politics after community feels betrayed by results of the 2016 election.

Via: The Intercept

Democrats Struggle To Make Voters Care About Climate Change

September 15, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown: “The fact that politicians don’t take out ads on climate change says more about the state of the political imagination than about the state of the world. And the state of the world is — I say it with absolute confidence — we are headed to perdition if we don’t pull back.”

Via: Politico

Protection Of Voting Rights For Minorities Has Fallen Sharply, A New Report Finds

September 14, 2018

Not since 1981 has the United States Commission on Civil Rights produced such a comprehensive analysis of barriers to voting. The 498-page report strongly urges Congress to break a partisan deadlock and expand the protections of the Voting Rights Act for minorities, to restore some of the enforcement powers nullified by the Supreme Court, or both.

Via: New York Times