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The New York Times

Michael Massing

4 February 2020

New York City, New York, United States

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Deep canvassing goes beyond talking points, encouraging empathetic dialogue. The New York-based organization, Changing the Conversation Together, trains volunteers in the practice of deep canvassing. Instead of just f...

The Marshall Project

Cary Aspinwall

4 November 2019

Taft, Oklahoma, United States

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More than 500 people in Oklahoma had their drug possession felony sentences commuted after voters approved an initiative that changed some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The commute led to a m...

CNN

Fareed Zakaria

13 October 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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While many politicians use political polarization to their advantage, communities across the world are finding that talking through the divide can actually have an impact on how someone votes. Polls conducted before a...

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Jennifer Chowdhury

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17 September 2019

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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In the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, Rohingya women are overcoming the societal restraints that bound them at home in Myanmar and becoming leaders and change-makers in their community. Despite resistance from...

Marie Claire

Jennifer Chowdhury

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9 July 2019

Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Shalbagan refugee camp in Bangladesh is one of 30 similar camps to elect leaders, except in this one women made up half of the elected officials. Over 40,000 Rohingya refugees live in the camp, and they come from ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

1 May 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Ball State University and Muncie, Indiana, are forging an inventive town-gown partnership. In 2018, the school became the first public university to assume responsibility for the city's public schools. The transition ...

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

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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, ...

Quartz Africa

Yomi Kazeem

20 February 2019

Nigeria

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Using two-step authentication helps to increase the security of elections. Nigeria has addressed several of the problems that marred its 2007 elections by introducing card readers and permanent voter cards (PVCs) to r...

News Beat

Manny Faces

30 October 2018

United States

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Across the United States, individuals and organizations are seeking to shift the criminal justice system through District Attorney elections. From online communities like colorofchange.org, which seeks to support gras...

The Atlantic

Russell Berman

30 July 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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120 people attended the second annual Black Campaign School, a training program created by the Collective PAC, a progressive political action committee that is trying to get more black candidates into office. The Coll...

The New York Times

Michael Wines

23 July 2018

United States

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Public opinion is turning against gerrymandering faster than the Supreme Court. Five states are holding ballot measures on the issue spurred ahead by tens of thousands of citizen’s signatures, and political uncertaint...

Yes! Magazine

Linda Kramer Jenning

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13 July 2018

United States

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This election cycle, organizations are recognizing that women of color running for office need guidance and resources that take into account the challenges women of color face. “We needed to create a space that is uni...

Governing

Daniel C. Vock

13 June 2018

Maine, United States

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After trying ranked-choice voting, citizens in Maine decided to keep the system, even fighting court battles on the issue. The system allows voters to rank candidates running for an office from most desirable to least...

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Sarah Toporoff

13 February 2018

Germany

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In 2017, German newsroom Suddeutsche Zeitung began reporting election polling numbers in such a way that the uncertainty of the poll—caused by a limited sample size or respondents lying to pollsters—was visualized in ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

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...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

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4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

The Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

Bright Magazine

Patricia Alex

24 April 2017

United States

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Women are underrepresented in elected positions, and with Trump being elected after being heard describing women in poor taste, this has only become more of a concern. Programs such as Elect Her and IGNITE are trying ...

Grist

Heather Smith

2 December 2016

Florida, United States

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In Conservative voting bastions of Florida, renewable energy turns out to be a bipartisan issue, supported even by the most Republican areas. The success of renewable energy was possible by listening to Floridians ne...

Sacramento Bee

Hedrick Smith

1 December 2016

Orlando, Florida, United States

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For the third election in a row, House Republicans got bonus seats in 2016, through gerrymandering. Thanks to a grassroots citizen movement and computer sleuthing, Florida admitted to breaking the law and has replaced...

The Guardian

Patrick Chalmers

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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...

The Guardian

Sandra Larson

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31 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston’s Youth Lead the Change engages young people in municipal decision-making by putting them in charge of determining how one million dollars is spent every year. Participants learn how city government works, subm...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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10 November 2015

Sierra Leone

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Voters tend to know a lot about presidential and local candidates but little about those in between. In Sierra Leon, an organization hosted, filmed, and then projected the debates in villages, increasing voters’ knowl...

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