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Yes! Magazine

Isabela Dias

12 November 2020

Brazil

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Collective, or shared, candidacies, where groups of candidates to run for a single elected position in Brazil, has helped elevate women and other marginalized groups with progressive platforms to rise to power. From 2...

Truthout

Anoa Changa

12 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Civic engagement organizers have decreased the gap between Republicans and Democrats in Georgia over the past several elections by increasing voter participation and leveraging the shifting state demographics. Groups ...

Chicago Sun-Times

Mitch Dudek

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After the Chicago Public Library decided to forgive overdue fines for its patrons, there were significant positive results. Within five months after eliminating overdue fines 1,650 books were returned monthly, compare...

NPR

Yuki Noguchi

11 November 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A health clinic in Minneapolis has played a significant role in combating racial gaps in health by prioritizing community-oriented primary care and recruiting staff – including leaders and doctors – from the local com...

Vox

Rachel Ramirez

10 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Voter outreach campaigns effectively boosted turnout among Native voters. The Rural Utah Project left informational flyers inside plastic bags at people’s doors (a Covid-19 tactical adjustment), held drive-through vot...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Andrew Wear

9 November 2020

Iceland

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Icelandic parents each get three months leave, paid at 80% of their salary, to be used within 18 months of a child’s birth. Parents also get an additional three months leave that they can split up as they choose. The ...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

9 November 2020

Utah, United States

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2020 was the first presidential election where a limited group voted using a smartphone app created by Voatz, expanding access to people with disabilities, those in Covid-19 quarantine, and people out of state due to ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

9 November 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

Broadcast TV News

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In Austin, some families pay upwards of $1,300 a month to place their children in learning pods, an option not all families can afford. To help working families an organization launched Community Pods, which offers th...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

9 November 2020

Moulton, Texas, United States

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Around 20% of high school students in rural Moulton Independent School District in Texas don't have the vital internet connection they need to complete their assignments. Students at Shiner Independent School District...

The Daily Tar Heel

Kathryn Goodwin

8 November 2020

United States

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MyVote organized over 300 student volunteers, mostly in high school, to research candidates and their policies so that voters could have a “one-stop-shop” platform to learn about policy platforms of candidates running...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Allison Salerno

1 November 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Some locations, such as North Carolina and the extremely populous Harris County, Texas, have enacted solutions that make voting easier and take less time. In addition to early voting running up until election day, the...

The Lancet

Paul Adepoju

1 November 2020

Ghana

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic limited access to health care facilities, health specialists across Africa were already beginning to turn to technology-based mental health services to offer care with fewer barrie...

NBC News

Chloe Atkins

31 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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More than 170,000 people with felony records in Kentucky won the right to vote in the 2020 election under an order by the governor. Although not as concrete as legislation, the governor's order at least temporarily re...

Belt Magazine

Kiran Misra

30 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As the first jail to serve as a polling place for the people incarcerated there, the Cook County Jail saw the highest number of votes cast in a primary election in decades during the spring primary. On two weekends of...

The Current

Marie Elizabeth Oliver

30 October 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused many healthcare practice to move to a virtual space, but for Spanish-speaking communities, telehealth wasn't a solution on its own. In New Orleans, interpreters, doctors, and patien...

The Hechinger Report

Charlotte West

30 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The Oakland Youth Vote started as a youth-led ballot initiative to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote for school board representatives. Student activism helped get the initiative on the November 2020 ballot a...

The New Republic

Julia Thomas

29 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Rule changes in counties impacted by wildfires have made it easier for displaced residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election by using their temporary residence, shelter, a P.O. box, or their county election of...

Associated Press

Claire Galofaro

Jocelyn Novek

29 October 2020

United States

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National get-out-the-vote efforts are turning out people to vote, despite Covid19-related challenges. Vote Forward organized 182,000 people to participate in a 50-state letter writing campaign urging people in over 17...

South Dakota News Watch

Bart Pfankuch

Nick Lowrey

28 October 2020

South Dakota, United States

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Some officials took steps to make registration and voting easier and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. After issues during the primary, many counties enlisted additional staff and expanded infrastructure to proces...

Columbia Journalism Review

Shinhee Kang

Ian Karbal

Feven Merid

27 October 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio media outlets have provided practical voter information to combat confusion. WOSU, the local NPR affiliate, created an online guide for mail-in voting, with deadlines prominently bolded and videos explaining how ...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

Laura Kiesel

27 October 2020

United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many businesses moving their operations to remote-based work, which has consequently expanded access and eliminated barriers for those with disabilities. Although working from ...

Christian Science Monitor

Anita Elash

27 October 2020

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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In Canada "hands-on, in-person music classes" have been approved as acceptable to hold during the coronavirus pandemic, but the safety precautions have made it difficult to achieve an ideal outcome. Rather than contin...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

26 October 2020

West Yellowstone, Montana, United States

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Promotoras de salud is a term that describe lay Latina community members who have been trained to provide health education to community members, and it's a concept that has helped eliminate barriers and improve health...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

26 October 2020

United States

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Muslim civic advocacy groups Emgage and Ismailis Rise Up have partnered to engage a more diverse Muslim population in the 2020 election. They added thousands of contacts among new Muslim voters in six states, trained ...

Voices of Monterey Bay

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Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

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