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Reasons to be Cheerful

Carl Miller

27 September 2020

Taiwan

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vTaiwan is a mixed-reality, scaled listening exercise used by the government as a new way to make decisions. The platform provides an online space for citizens to debate and for politicians to listen to. The governmen...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 September 2020

United States

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Voting by mail will increase dramatically due to Covid-19 and drop boxes are one way to collect these ballots. Although fears of fraud have been unfounded, the GOP initiated lawsuits to block or limit drop boxes if th...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

15 September 2020

United States

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“Deep Canvassing” is an approach to political organizing based on the idea that our political beliefs may be more flexible than we think. Canvassers go door-to-door but instead of rallying identified supporters to go ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Gregory Scruggs

4 September 2020

United States

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BridgeUSA is a student-led organization aiming to find what unites students across college campuses, who may hold opposing views. The organization started in Notre Dame and has spread to the University of California -...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Bastian Berbner

1 September 2020

Ireland

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A political experiment to increase trust and build relationships effectively brought together 66 diverse citizens, 33 politicians, and one expert to discuss proposed constitutional amendments and make recommendations ...

Stateline

Lindsey Van Ness

31 August 2020

United States

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A longstanding campaign to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions led nine states since the 2016 presidential election to create or expand such rights, benefiting hundreds of thousands of potential vo...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

7 August 2020

United States

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The LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin provides nonpartisan support for women running for political office and seeks to recruit more center-right women into the pipeline of political cand...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Lee Davidson

1 August 2020

Utah, United States

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Voting by mail in Utah has led to high turnout, even for Republicans who party officials feared would not vote, because it removes obstacles such as missing work, bad weather, and long wait times. It is also safer for...

Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

19 June 2020

United States

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Just as the Emmett Till murder helped inspire protests in the civil rights era, which in turn led to the passage of civil rights and voting rights legislation, the protests over policing in 2020 already have sparked r...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

15 May 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Governor Gavin Newsome in California ordered vote-from-home ballots be sent to all registered voters for the November 2020 election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some states allow people to vote by mail for any ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

14 May 2020

United States

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Maryland and Ohio recently held elections almost entirely by mail and their different approaches provide insight into the impact on low-income voters, particularly those without permanent addresses. All registered vo...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tom Perkins

24 April 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians (VPN) is a grassroots initiative that, with the help over 4,000 volunteers who knocked on 125,000 doors and canvassed at public events, collected the 400,000 signatures needed to get an anti-ger...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

1 April 2020

Iowa, United States

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As the youngest state legislators in Iowa, Zach Wahls, a Democrat, and Joe Mitchell, a Republican, are working across party lines to find solutions to climate change. While there has been pushback about their bipartis...

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 Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

16 October 2019

Greece

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Citizens’ assemblies, which allow for mass participation in political debates and decision-making with a lottery system to select speakers, are increasingly being used to overcome issues such as corruption and the unw...

Soapbox Cincinnati

Jim DeBrosse

27 August 2019

Ohio, United States

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Grassroots movements made up of ordinary citizens can go a long way in creating change. This article details several initiatives across Ohio that were led by citizens using a combination of lobbying, education, persis...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

15 November 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Several groups across the country are bridging the partisan divide by using civility and conversation to build bipartisanship and trust. The Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion helps members of the community...

Bay City News Foundation

Sylvie Sturm

21 October 2018

United States

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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 tu...

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...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

7 October 2018

United Kingdom

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In the UK, the What Works Centres are bringing scientific rigor into the realm of government by promoting evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). By evaluating policies through an unbiased, empirical approach like a rando...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

BBC

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Alvaro Alvarez

28 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Chinese Americans in San Francisco came together to discuss their wide-ranging political viewpoints. The “Make America Dinner Again” event encouraged four Republicans and four Democrats to listen and connect with each...

ProPublica

Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

The Atlantic

Sam Kean

26 January 2018

United States

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A statistic called the efficiency gap seems like a simple way to measure partisan gerrymandering. It’s easy to calculate and relies on actual election results, not hypothetical results, something called for back in 20...

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