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The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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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 like South Africa, Germany, and India. Sandusky's swapping of Columbus Da...

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 Magazine

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...

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Nick Fouriezos

21 August 2019

New Mexico, United States

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A rural New Mexico county called Harding County leads the nation in voter turnout, reporting a stunning 97 percent in 2018 and 100 percent in 2012 and 2014. Some residents see voting as a patriotic duty, others point ...

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

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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 ...

Government Technology (GovTech)

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

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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, ...

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...

Fox47

Emily Hamer

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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...

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Emily Hamer

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31 March 2019

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Although achieving higher levels of voter turnout will require more comprehensive and long-term solutions, investments targeted at voter registration campaigns can still have tangible benefits in the short-term. NextG...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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29 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Get out the vote groups like Inspire U.S.and Penn Leads the Vote have found that many young people are more engaged than ever before in wanting to vote, but they just need a little nudge in the right direction. From s...

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Alani Vargas

22 March 2019

United States

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In an attempt to encourage voter turnout, Ariana Grande set up tables at concerts on her tour where fans could register to vote, or receive text alerts reminders for those who already had. The "ThankUNextGen" campaign...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

21 March 2019

New Jersey, United States

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In South Jersey's Cumberland County, election officials played on one of the state's oldest football rivalries to increase voter turnout by launching the Turnout Trophy. The competition put fourteen towns against each...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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19 March 2019

United States

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A suite of new voting apps are bringing new technologies to old organizing methods, like asking (or shaming) friends to vote and finding community leaders to encourage voter turnout. These old methods, now called "rel...

National Native News

Christine Trudeau

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13 March 2019

Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States

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When it became clear that legal challenges to North Dakota's new voter I.D. law would fail, organizers set up shop near Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to get out the vote. By helping voters on the r...

Mississippi Today

R.L. Nave

12 March 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Geofencing, a smartphone technology typically associated with retail marketing, offers an innovative way to educate and register voters. In order to help mobilize voters in the face of shrinking turnout, the Mississip...

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Aaron Mondry

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8 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To close the voting participation and engagement gap between historically disenfranchised groups and more affluent, white groups, organizations in Metropolitan Detroit are employing a number of strategies. One group, ...

The Denver Post

Andrew Kenney

7 March 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In the hopes of making voting more accessible, the city of Denver, Colorado will allow their international voters, a population of about 4,000, to vote electronically on an app called Voatz. Already used by about 144 ...

Miami Herald

David Smiley

28 February 2019

Florida, United States

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Over the past two decades, Floriad has notoriously been plagued with voting complications, which have called into question the integrity of many state and national elections. In an attempt to simplify voting, Florida ...

Pacific Standard

Massoud Hayoun

14 February 2019

North Dakota, United States

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A variety of reasons can make it hard for Native Americans to vote. Voter ID laws that require proof of address prohibit some Native American nations without formal addresses. And often polling places are situated too...

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