Voting in America

New Benchmark on Voting in America

This week, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. Some of the proposals, like extending early voting and allowing online registration, follow the solutions outlined in a recent Brennan Centerreport. “This sets a national standard for judging our election performance against,” Wendy Weisertold The Washington Post. “Here is a bipartisan group with strong credibility from both parties, strongly putting their thumb on the scale for national solutions.” Read more at The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.

 

Election Fraud in America

This database contains all cases reported to News21 of alleged election fraud across America since 2000.  Search it to find specifics about such cases by state, individual and category of fraud. Read our story and the methodologyexplaining how the data was gathered and its limitations.

Rep. John Lewis’s (D-Ga) Long Fight for Voting Rights

Early Voting Means Easier Voting

NEW YORK TIME – Editorial Board 3 May 2013  New York State is a national laggard when it comes to voting. The state has one of the worst voter turnout records in the country, not least because the act of voting is cumbersome and uninviting. In November, 53.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots, leaving New York 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for voter participation.

One fix would be to allow early voting. There are 32 states that give voters a chance to cast their ballots early and in person, some providing polling spots on weekends. Democrats in New York’s Assembly voted this week to give voters as many as 15 days and two weekends before Election Day to cast their ballots in person. The bill would require multiple voting sites in each county. This would reduce long lines, especially in the cities, on Election Day.

All but one Republican voted no. And Senate Republicans are resisting, too. Why? Not, they say, because they want to discourage voting. Their complaint is that early voting would be too expensive for upstate counties. That problem could be addressed by cutting back on the extra hours and adding a little extra state money.

There are other ways that New York’s reluctant legislators could make voting a less frustrating experience. They could make it easier for voters to change parties, which can take longer than a year. They could simplify confusing ballots. They could require the New York City Board of Elections to hire qualified people, not simply political cronies, to run the elections. They could set up a system of public financing to encourage greater competition in most races, which in turn would help attract people to the polls.

Early voting, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports, would be a good start. The Senate leader, Dean Skelos, and his fellow Republicans should agree to give voters a break on Election Days.

Shedding light on anonymous ads

 

Like clockwork, there’s something voters have come to count on with each election: more and more anonymous advertisements sponsored by mysterious, innocuous-sounding groups, voicing support or opposition for a candidate. These groups are taking advantage of loopholes and lax enforcement and leaving voters to wonder who these people are, where the money came from and about their true agendas. Voters can’t be detectives — they want to know who is behind political ads and what their hidden agenda may be before they vote.

Joe Biden: ‘Immoral’ to restrict voting

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday bashed voting rights requirements — calling them “immoral, callous” — and warned of political consequences for those who try to impose barriers to casting a ballot.

 

From Politico.com

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