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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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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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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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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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Automatic Voter Registration a ‘Success' in Oregon

The New York Times

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Low voter turnout has affected the results of numerous elections across the country. Oregon gave its residents the choice to opt in instead of out when receiving government services, in the hopes of increasing voter turnout.

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Meet the Male Champions Supporting Kenya's New Women Politicians

News Deeply

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In Kenya, men have been overrepresented in government positions, sparking new legislation that women should occupy at least one-third of the public elected body. Men have become increasingly involved in helping women get elected by helping them campaign, protecting their safety, overseeing electi...

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Ohio Is At the Center of a National Debate Over Drawing Political Lines

WKSU

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Gerrymandered Congressional districts, drawn using evermore individualized voter data, are set up to tip elections across the United States. Lawmakers and voting advocates are pushing back and creating new methods of making the maps. From independent commissions to constitutional amendments, here...

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Putting the Voters in Charge of Fair Voting

The New York Times

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Politicians across the country draw voting maps to favor their own political parties. In Michigan, a state with extreme congressional gerrymandering, voters are saying enough is enough. A nonpartisan group called Voters Not Politicians has collected 425,000 signatures in support of a ballot measu...

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The Flaw in America's 'Holy Grail' Against Gerrymandering

The Atlantic

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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 2004 and 2006 when alleged cases of gerrymandering were found by the U.S. Supreme ...

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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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