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Now that 18,000 electronic ballots have vanished in the flawed 13th
Congressional District election in Sarasota, Florida, it's time for a revote.

As the Democratic majority in Congress weighs several measures to
address voter suppression, the time is right for real voting reform on
the local level.

Let's stop obsessing over conspiracy and focus on the real problem: lack of reliability, transparency and accountability in our electoral system.

To repair our broken voting system, declare Election Day a holiday,
establish national election standards and require reliable voting
machines and a paper trail.

Instant Runoff Voting will get a crucial test in four local elections on
November 7.

Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Florida, is dedicated to creating
a fair and accurate voting system. But his passion has nearly cost him
his job.

Elections are decided by message, money and mobilization. The Democrats' choice of tactics for the latter may determine not only the outcome of the '06 elections but the party's future.

Ohio is the bellwether for the nation's electoral health and the prognosis is bad. Error-ridden e-voting, draconian restrictions and widespread incompetence could cause another November breakdown.

Progressive organizations are learning to use ballot propositions to promote bold, innovative policy on the minimum wage, renewable energy, stem cell research and voting reform.

Voting debacles in Florida and Ohio have inspired a new crop of Democratic candidates to run for Secretary of State, transforming an oft-neglected post into a platform for activism.

Blogs

States like Texas and South Carolina have blamed the federal government for imposing on their state’s sovereignty, but President Johnson, emboldened by the heroic efforts of African Americans, had an answer for that. Watch his 1965 speech.

March 15, 2012

College students have had a hard time voting in Pennsylvania, especially black college students. Things just got a lot harder for them thanks to the voter ID laws sweeping the nation.

March 15, 2012

Yesterday’s DOJ ruling was not a surprise to Texas. They sued the federal government last year in anticipation of it. Nonetheless, Texas Republicans were appalled yesterday.

March 13, 2012

A glance at other legislation pushed by the bill’s sponsor this session reveals a flock of efforts to curtail rights of minorities: an “illegal immigration” bill, a “right to work” anti-union bill, a “14th Amendment Misapplication” bill and more.

March 12, 2012

Broaden participation through technology is a worthy goal, but American Elect's intention to get beyond partisanship is wearisome.

March 10, 2012

Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania and Florida are passing bills to require photo ID and restrict opportunities to vote. 

March 8, 2012

At least sixty-four Vermont communities have now urged Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling. And now the movement is going national.

March 8, 2012

One researcher found 220,000 people in the state don’t have the ID now necessary to vote. A judge has blocked the law pending a full trial, meaning it won’t be in play by the state primary next month.

March 7, 2012

Republicans have invented a new bunch of boogeymen. Here’s a guide to some of the most important memes on the right. 

February 27, 2012

Legislators are telling Congress to get to work on amending the Constitution to get big money out of politics. And many of the proponents of state resolutions are also running for Congress.

February 13, 2012