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Why Every Assumption The Two Parties Have About Latino Voters Is Wrong

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 20, 2021 at 12:08 PM

written by Shawn Griffiths for IVN

Latino voters in Texas have the numbers to shift the political paradigm in their state. However, turnout among Latinos continues to lag. There are misconceptions and social stigmas about why this is, but the truth lies in deep systemic issues and a history of disempowerment that has left many feeling voiceless and unrepresented.


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Study Confirms Big 2020 Takeaways: Biden’s Gains With Suburban Voters, Independents, Won Him Election

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 01, 2021 at 2:27 PM

by Jack Brewster for Forbes


President Joe Biden rode to victory in 2020 by making large inroads with suburban voters and independents while retaining the coalition 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton formed in 2016, a sweeping new study from Pew Research Center found, confirming what many political analysts had already concluded. 

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Nevada should let independents vote in party primaries

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 30, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Nevada should let independents vote in party primaries

written by Carter Conley Jr. for the Las Vegas Review Journal

I read Rory Appleton’s June 7 article on the Nevada primaries. I have been an independent voter for decades prior to moving to Nevada in 2015, and I was locked out of the caucuses before and will now be locked out of the upcoming primaries. It was disappointing to read that, during the legislative session, state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer’s bill proposing a “blanket primary” died in committee without even getting a hearing.


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Alaska’s election system has upped its game. The rest of the nation should follow

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 23, 2021 at 4:33 PM

written by Scott Kendall and La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow for RollCall

We are two, very different Alaskans.

One of us is a white, farm-raised, former Republican man who moved here after college; the other is an Alaska Native woman, with over 10,000 years of ancestors born of these lands, and a registered undeclared voter. But while we are very different people, we agree on one important point: Alaska is a home we need to work harder to be worthy of.

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The Case for Open Primaries in Maryland

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 23, 2021 at 4:20 PM

written by Darius Holt for IVN

Within a year from now, Maryland voters will head to the polls to elect their party candidates for the 2022 elections. While voters from the Democratic, Republican, and other third parties will choose their candidates in the primary, independent voters will not be able to choose the candidates they want. This is because, in Maryland, independents are not allowed to vote during the primary.

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Better elections, the Alaska way

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 23, 2021 at 8:18 AM

written by Jason Grenn for the Anchorage Daily News

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Semi-open primaries bill advances in Maine House and Senate

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 23, 2021 at 8:11 AM

written by Nick Linder for The Maine Wire

Last week, lawmakers in the Maine House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill aimed at opening up primary elections to unenrolled and independent voters. 

The House voted 92-52 in favor of the bill, which would allow unenrolled and independent voters to vote in a primary election without having to register under a particular political party. The vote came one day after the state Senate voted 27-7 in favor of the bill.

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Wyoming lawmakers to consider changes to statewide elections

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 10, 2021 at 6:34 AM

Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee in Wyoming has voted to pursue legislation that would significantly change the way statewide elections are run as early as next year, including a bill that would create a rank-choice system and another bill that would institute an open primary.


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