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Adrienne Day

5 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Modeled after faith-based services, Civic Saturday encourages civic participation by creating a space for people to discuss social change, organize to vote, and engage in other democracy and community-building activit...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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Voter turnout is higher where voting is made easy. Consider one innovation: vote-by mail. States that allowed mail-in ballots had an average of 10 percent more voting in the 2016 election than other states. More innov...

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Jeff Grabmeier

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5 November 2018

United States

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If elected representatives have a few hours to speak with their constituents, where’s what they should do: discuss policy issues online with a small group of randomly selected constituents. Participants appreciate the...

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Kristen de Groot

2 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Some hospitals are finding ways to help their patients vote. Penn Votes Project is an initiative between hospitals and the Penn Law School that helps patients fill out and notarize their absentee ballots. Then there’s...

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Adele Peters

2 November 2018

United States

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Easy-to-use web apps provide information about candidates and referendums, gathering information all in one place for voters. BallotReady and We Vote are two such tools.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Blake Nicholson

31 October 2018

Bismarck, United States

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In the face of stricter voter ID rules, organizers are working to ensure that those deemed ineligible to vote in North Dakota because of their lack of street address - a group that is disproportionately Native America...

The New York Times

Maggie Astor

30 October 2018

Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States

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After a Republican led state law that bans people without an address from voting took effect, Native American tribes in North Dakota began organizing to get out the vote. They even began creating their own addresses. ...

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Mason Berger

29 October 2018

Florida, United States

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Voter registration groups, such as Next Gen and the Florida Federation of Young Republicans, were the second most common method of getting new voters to register in Florida. To grab young voters, these organizations s...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

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26 October 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, two groups are tackling difficult conversations among polarized community members, through establishing intentional safe spaces rooted in ground rules and mutual trust. Living Room Conversations facili...

The New York Times

Tacey Rychter

22 October 2018

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Australia maintains a high voter turnout by making voting both easy and mandatory. Election day is always on a Saturday, and community groups host barbeques to mark the occasion. If an eligible voter still doesn’t cas...

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 trying to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans in small, rural, conservative towns. They’re building a progressive base by goi...

How Do We Fix It?

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Jim Meigs

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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 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...

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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Nina Sparling

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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...

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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

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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

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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...

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