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Hannah O. Brown

Becca Burton

11 May 2020

Florida, United States

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Less than two years after Florida voters abolished the state’s lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a felony criminal record – a law that disenfranchised more than 10% of the state's voting-age people – an estimated ...

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Madeline Marshall

1 May 2020

Washington, United States

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As one of the most consequential presidential elections in the United States approaches in the midst of a pandemic, many Americans are worried about voter turnout, and other logistical concerns. But a simple answer ex...

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Chris Rudisill

1 May 2020

United States

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identified 57 million voters who identify as LGBTQ or allies and used digital and print ads, direct mail, and text and phone outreaches to turnout these “equality voters” in the 2018 mi...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 March 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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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 inconvenien...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Vicky Camarillo

11 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Organizations and educators in Texas work to increase voter engagement among young people. Schools must provide voter registrations, but many don't, so some teachers register students and teach the importance of civic...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

11 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Register2Vote (R2V) identified unregistered voters in Texas and built a platform for them to fill out the form online, which R2V printed and mailed to them with a stamped envelope addressed to their county’s registrar...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

John C. Moritz

5 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Civil rights groups used a lawsuit and a vigilant network of activists to defeat an attempt to purge qualified voters from the list of Texas' eligible voters and to guard against ongoing attempts to disenfranchise nat...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Vicky Camarillo

2 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Texas voter registration initiatives are aimed at Latino voters, where less than 41% of eligible Latinos voted in 2016. Voto Latino focuses on college campuses, registering 15% of all new Texas voters in 2018. Southwe...

The New York Times

Isabella Grullón Paz

10 February 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Democratic Party consistently struggles to turn out the Latinx vote, which is projected to be 32 million people. Instead of trying to find a cohesive message for this incredibly diverse group of people like in the...

Vice

Julia Hotz

18 December 2019

Leeds, United Kingdom

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In the city of Leeds, England, a group of randomly selected demographically representative citizens came together to solve the climate crisis. This group of twenty-one strangers formed the Leeds Climate Citizens' Jury...

Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

26 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...

ProPublica

Jessica Huseman

12 November 2019

Ackerman, Mississippi, United States

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In Mississippi, a recent election went off without a hitch thanks to new voting machines built by nonprofit VotingWorks. The machines, which were not approved by federal or state regulators, were easy to use, set up, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

14 October 2019

Sandusky, Ohio, United States

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Sandusky, Ohio, recently got rid of Columbus Day in favor of a holiday on Election Day, following the lead of several countries around the world such as South Africa, Germany, and India. Sandusky's swapping of Columbu...

The GroundTruth Project

Milan Polk

29 August 2019

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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Young advocates for voting rights are fighting back against laws that make it difficult for young people and other marginalized groups to register to vote. Through public campaigns, lawsuits, and voter registration dr...

Are We Europe

Rhiannon J. Davies

28 August 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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After the Gezi Park protests in 2013, eight young Turks launched an app called Oy ve Ötesi, or "Vote and Beyond," to protect democratic values. The non-profit aims to improve voter turnout, increase transparency aroun...

Vox

Lee Drutman

24 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2002, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to adopt ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank their candidates by 1st choice, 2nd choice, and so on, in what effectively becomes an instant run-off. This ...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

12 June 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, taxpayers are funding a program called democracy vouchers, in which registered voters and other eligible residents receive $25 vouchers that they can contribute toward city council races. In this program u...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 June 2019

Oregon, United States

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In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, the traditional polling place has all but disappeared. In its place is the rise of the mail-in ballot, a convenient, inclusive method where states mail ballots to every registered ...

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Andrew Westrope

29 May 2019

Iowa, United States

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Non-profit organization Protect Democracy has created a free web application called VoteShield, which uses statistics, machine learning, and data visualization to track and flag any unusual changes in local public vot...

The Guardian

Adrian Horton

1 May 2019

Michigan, United States

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In a time of extreme division in American politics, one documentary is highlighting an issue both sides agree is an issue--gerrymandering. As contorted districts have made elections pointless in many Michigan election...

Colorado Public Radio

Sam Brasch

24 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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In 2013, Colorado lawmakers passed a comprehensive voting reform bill which put a mail-in ballot in every voter's mailbox and allowed for same-day voter registration. Many credit the bill for boosting youth voting 13 ...

Bay City News Foundation

Nuria Marquez Martinez

22 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Elevating the voices of noncitizen community members takes building trust through outreach and education. After the passage of Proposition N, allowing local non-citizens in San Francisco to participate in school board...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

17 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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High tech tools offer low cost ways to reach many voters and mobilize turnout, especially in mid term elections. From applications that allow campaigns to deliver personal text messages to hundreds of people at once, ...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 April 2019

Switzerland

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A group called Operation Libero in Switzerland has successfully rallied against rising right-wing populist groups by using different approaches like small-scale crowdfunding, eye-catching tongue-in-cheek campaigns, an...

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Emily Hamer

31 March 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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A group called NextGen Wisconsin is using bounce houses, armies of field organizers, convenient voter registration tables, door knocking, and digital advertising to turn out historically high numbers of youth voters a...

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