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A Grass-Roots Drive for Clean Elections in Karnataka

The New York Times

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B. Godihal is one of the thousands of communities in Karnataka that have worked to hold clean elections, stirred by a confluence of awareness campaigns by nongovernmental organizations and rising public frustration with candidates’ broken promises.

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Make School a Democracy

The New York Times

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In Colombia, students in classrooms make decisions democratically. The result has been higher rates of student involvement and achievement.

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Why Philadelphia Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

The Philadelphia Citizen

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In Takoma Park, Maryland, the voting age for local elections is 16. Lowering the age has increased turnout among youth—and studies show that the sooner people start to vote, the more likely they are to be lifetime voters.

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Compulsory Voting

The Philadelphia Citizen

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In the U.S. the electorate skews white, wealthy, and old because such demographics are more likely to vote. Creating mandatory voting laws would increase voter turnout and thus increase voting equity.

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Nonpartisan primaries become a game changer

The Boston Globe

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California exemplifies a change to laws on how constituents can vote for candidates in a local election regardless of party affiliation, effectively breaking up the long-standing "monopolies" of incumbents and allowing for an arguably better representation of voting districts in politics.

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Why ‘Solutions Journalism' Matters, Too

The New York Times

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Crises and problems are well-covered in the media. When the media focuses instead on organizations that are doing social good, it has a better effect because then these organizations are more likely to receive support and expand their access.

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Smart African Politics: Candidates Debating Under a Tree

The New York Times

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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’ knowledge of the candidates and issues, and changing the way people voted.

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The people trying to save democracy from itself

The Guardian

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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 different programs and initiatives that arm ordinary people with information about poli...

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Research shows link between joblessness and youth violence: Pathways to Peace

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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A correlation exists in Cuyahoga County between the idle youth rate -- base on teens who are neither working nor in school -- and the youth violence rate, according to an analysis done for The Plain Dealer by Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at...

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Gerrymander reform opens up Florida politics

Sacramento Bee

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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 state maps with more competitive, voter-friendly districts.

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