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For a long time on Capitol Hill, no one was interested in lobbying reform. Now everybody wants to get in on the act.

Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey gave the lie to
the GOP contention that "conservatism is on the march." But infighting
among Dems doomed electoral reform in Ohio, gay marriage is still
illegal in Texas and there's a long way to go to mid-year elections.

There's a way to cure Ohio's dysfunctional electoral system: an
election-reform referendum that allows creation of "swing districts."

Progressives lack a common set of that tie a movement together. But
they can build on conservatives' proven strategy of slowly creating a
broad consensus.

Tom DeLay's indictments open the door for Congress to overhaul current
lobbying laws and fix the broken system of campaign finance,
redistricting and electoral laws that foster misconduct on both sides
of the aisle.

With key provisions of the Voting Rights Act up for renewal, Congress must remain committed to the equal right to vote.

Talk about surprising developments, Wal-Mart has done something good.

Voting irregularities in the 2004 election demonstrate the urgency of election reform.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been
monitoring elections in emerging democracies ever since the fall of the
Berlin wall, but now it has done something different a

Something good for American democracy happened on January 6.

Blogs

Voter ID supporters rely on tricky language. Missouri didn’t fall for it.

March 30, 2012

New state laws seek to prevent organizations from registering new voters from under-represented groups. 

March 29, 2012

In Texas, protectors of voting rights are concerned about the "chill effect" when it comes to voter ID law.

March 28, 2012

Ben Adler weighs in on the legal challenges to voter identification laws. 

March 27, 2012

Photo voter ID laws have serious potential to suppress voter turnout for millions, mainly people of color, low-income and elderly citizens, and college students.

March 27, 2012

The increase in Georgia’s minority voter turnout was due to large increases in voter registration, despite the voter ID law.

March 23, 2012

Discriminatory impacts rely more on whether people of color can access something than whether they support it.

March 21, 2012

An avowed leader of the anti-immigrant agenda is skipping work help make the process of obtaining an ID even thornier for immigrants.

March 21, 2012

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