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How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

18 October 2018

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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At a time when American politics are more divisive and uncivil than ever before, Revive Civility Iowa and the National Institute of Civil Discourse hosted a two hour workshop to encourage civil conversation among poli...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

18 October 2018

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Leaders from Lancaster Stands Up, an independent political organization, are bridging the gap between Democrats and Republicans in small, rural, conservative towns. They are building a progressive base by going back t...

The Atlantic

Erick Trickey

23 September 2018

Lansing, Michigan, United States

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In Michigan, a group of people decided they were done with gerrymandering: a political process in which district maps are redrawn to favor one party over another. They formed a group called “Voters Not Politicians,” a...

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Nina Sparling

29 August 2018

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

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A digital tool called Restore Your Vote launched in the summer of 2018 to help ex-convicts understand their voting restoration status after re-integrating into society. The initiative, which has been piloted in Alabam...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alex Braden

29 August 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Know how to register to vote? In St. Paul, your landlord is required to tell you. The city passed the ordinance to keep voter turnout high as the number of renters grew.

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Jen A. Miller

18 August 2018

Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia became the first state to test out voting in a federal election using blockchain technology. A pilot program allowed military voters from two counties in West Virginia to use a mobile app called Voatz in...

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Graham Vyse

15 August 2018

Colorado, United States

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Having young people sign a voting pledge, and then reminding them that they signed, increased voter turnout on college campuses in Colorado and Pennsylvania in 2016. The approach was more effective than asking youth t...

Nieman Lab

Shan Wang

8 August 2018

Germany

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German news site Zeit Online helped 600 pairs of people with opposing political views meet to discuss the issues in person. The "My Country Talks" initiative was so well-reviewed that Zeit Online is now partnering wit...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

16 July 2018

Chaparral, New Mexico, United States

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In Doña Ana County, New Mexico, boosting civic engagement is a priority. County Clerk Scott Krahling has tried several initiatives to do so, including hosting voter registration drives in schools, consolidating local ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 July 2018

United States

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The ALL IN challenge implores leaders at colleges across the United States to better incorporate civic engagement education into curriculum and use non-partisan tactics to encourage students to register to vote. The r...

The New York Times

Martin Selsoe Sorensen

23 June 2018

Allinge, Denmark

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Thousands of Danes attend a political festival called Folkemodet every year to mingle with government ministers and corporate executives and enjoy live music, comedy, and art. The casual atmosphere allows participants...

The New York Times

Farah Stockman

3 March 2018

United States

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Universities are using competitions, music, and prizes to encourage civic engagement among students. Efforts are aided by a national study that allows schools to see how many of their students voted either locally or ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, voter turnout was a mere 12% in one recent election. Fairhill Neighbors, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is seeking to combat lower turnout rates with a personal...

ThinkProgress

Kira Lerner

13 December 2017

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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In Alabama, grassroots organizing targeting black voters resulted in a huge voter turnout. “98 percent of black women voted for Jones (Tyson’s initial estimate was conservative) along with 93 percent of black men.” “J...

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Sara Vigneri

6 November 2017

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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POWER Northeast is trying to fight against voter disenchantment and reach the parts of the community that usually feel excluded and disillusioned by politics. This organization goes all over Allentown, Pennsylvania sp...

Civic Hall

Nithin Coca

20 October 2017

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, only 30 days are required between the calling of an election and election day. Campaign periods sometimes last as little as just 10 days. Sinar Project, a nonpartisan Malaysian civic tech organization, is...

News Deeply

Sophie Mbugua

15 September 2017

Nanyuki, Kenya

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In Kenya, men have been overrepresented in government positions, sparking new legislation that women should occupy at least one-third of the public elected body. Men have become increasingly involved in helping women ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 June 2017

United States

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Voter turnout in the United States is far below that in most democracies. States and cities are trying a variety of ways to increase turnout, with mixed success. Eight states and Washington, D.C., are moving to automa...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

10 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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How does an organization go about reducing incarceration rates, and eliminate racial bias? Hiring the people affected by the prison system: former inmates. That’s the strategy that ACLU is taking in Philadelphia.

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Kathleen Hawkins

26 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Voter turnout is a problem around the world, especially in local elections and among minority groups. But a small group of academics and activists in the US are experimenting with a new way to encourage people to turn...

The New York Times

Niraj Chokshi

2 December 2016

Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnout has affected the results of numerous elections across the country. Oregon gave its residents the choice to opt in instead of out when receiving government services, in the hopes of increasing voter t...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Matt Woolbright

19 November 2016

Colorado, United States

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Colorado recently passed a voter enfranchisement law that required register voters receive a ballot to vote by mail and several more options to vote in general. The mail ballots have greatly boosted voter turnout. Col...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Matt Woolbright

24 October 2016

Colorado, United States

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Colorado employs a wide array of methods to increase voter turnout, and it pays off. The state is one of the country's most successful in terms of voter turnout, thanks to Election Day voter registration, mail-in ball...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 October 2016

China

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In China, rampant sales tax fraud was addressed with a unique solution. In an attempt to increase transparent sales and receipt use, the government implemented a scratch lottery system on receipts. This solution, usi...

The Guardian

Patrick Chalmers

2 July 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnouts, populists offering half-truths, corporate interests, and the blurring of facts in the media are signs that democracy around the world is in turmoil. Internationally, citizens have assembled differe...

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