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Stories In This Collection (5)

Why Rwanda Is Doing Better Than Ohio When It Comes To Controlling COVID-19

NPR

Radio / 3-5 Minutes

Rwanda, a country with the same population of Ohio, has emerged as an example of how to slow the spread of coronavirus, with only 1,500 cases reported so far. Besides initiating a lockdown, implementing free testing, and recruiting community health care workers, police, and college students to be...

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How to Save Elections From a Pandemic

Washington Monthly

Text / Over 3000 Words

The coronavirus pandemic swept the nation at a time when many would be going to polling stations to cast their votes in primary elections, but vote-at-home practices are providing a solution for this civic inconvenience. Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and now Utah have all implemented statewide al...

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What's Happened To Hawaii's Police Shootings Review Board?

Honolulu Civil Beat

Text / 800-1500 Words

The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three years of existence and has suspended meetings during the pandemic. With one of its ...

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Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

Next City

Text / Over 3000 Words

Research shows that voting at a young age leads to lifelong civic engagement and several cities and countries have lowered their voting ages. In the handful of democracies that allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, they also show that they turnout in large numbers. Austria was the first EU country ...

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Digital Platform Uses Peer Pressure To Motivate Young Adults To Vote In Election

Bay City News Foundation

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VoteCrew is a digital messaging platform that brings together friends and acquaintances into online teams who pledge to vote and then are held accountable by their peers. The platform was created to increase voter turnout in people 35 and under by using peer pressure. The platform has 2,256 mem...

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