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One Arrested As Crowd in House Gallery Protests Voting Snafus

Posted by John Fernandes on March 29, 2016 at 10:37 AM

This article was written by Gary Grado and Rachel Leingang for the Arizona Capitol Times.


One man is behind bars after activists halted today’s House floor session with chanting, jeering and a tussle with police.

Activists, stoked by rowdy proceedings in the House Elections Committee earlier in the day, filled the gallery.

They had arrived in the morning to attend the committee hearing where election officials explained what went wrong with the March 22 election in which many voters waited in line for hours. The hearing was cut short so lawmakers could attend the floor session.

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How the Internet can help increase voter turnout

Posted by Al Benninghoff on March 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

This OpEd was written by Craig Newmark for the Daily Dot.

Recently, President Barack Obama was at the SXSW tech festival urging us to use tech to make it easier to serve the USA by voting, while protecting the integrity of the process.

I feel that voting is a fundamental act of patriotism, a pronouncement of your values. It's an assertive, strong way to stand up against privilege, racism, and hatred.

When it comes down to it, voting’s really a way to stand up for the rights of others, to say that others should be treated the way you want to be treated.

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New Report Shows Millennial and Minority Voters Face Huge Obstacles at the Polls

Posted by Al Benninghoff on March 28, 2016 at 1:31 PM


This article was written by Celeste Katz for

Young people are far likelier to face wait times to vote than their older counterparts, and may find themselves largely locked out of primary voting because of laws limiting participation to a party system that turns millennials off, a new study finds.

New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice teamed up Craig Newmark of craigconnects and Craigslist to survey 1,006 people over the age of 18, and found that millennials face numerous obstacles to voting — and will continue to without significant reform. The Brennan Center gave Mic an exclusive first look at their analysis.

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'Western Tuesday' Big for Sanders and Cruz

Posted by John Fernandes on March 24, 2016 at 4:55 PM

This article was written by Dan McCue for


"Western Tuesday" was a very good Tuesday indeed for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won big in Idaho and Utah, and did respectably well in Arizona, where delegates were awarded proportionately. Also a big winner in the west was the Republican Sen.

Ted Cruz of Texas, who not only obliterated his competition in Utah, but did so in such a decisive manner -- garnering 69 percent of the vote, that he triggered a state rule giving him all of its delegates. In Utah, the Republican contest is a bid for a proportional share of delegates unless a candidate receives more than 50 percent support at the polls. If they do, they get everything, and that's what's Cruz did.

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La mayoría de los votantes registrados en Arizona no participará en las primarias

Posted by John Fernandes on March 16, 2016 at 10:13 AM


This article was published by Univision.

En Arizona, 37% de los votantes registrados son independientes. A pesar de ser mayoría, estos electores no podrán participar en las primarias del 22 de Marzo porque las leyes del estado no lo permiten.

“Esto quiere decir que 1.2 millones de ciudadanos están siendo excluidos de las elecciones primarias. La única manera de que los independientes puedan votar en el estado de Arizona en las primarias es que se registren con alguno de los dos partidos principales: republicano o demócrata”, explica Armida López de la organización Open Primaries.

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Mitch Perry Report For 3.15.16 - Is It Really Election Day When 2 Million People Have Already Voted?

Posted by John Fernandes on March 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM


This article was written by Mitch Perry for

Although today is Election Day in Florida, that’s sort of a misnomer, considering that over 2 million Floridians have already voted in our presidential primary.

However, nearly a quarter of all registered voters aren’t part of that total, and won’t be after tonight.

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Poll: 3.2 Million Voters Left Out of the Florida Primary Say System is Unfair

Posted by John Fernandes on March 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM



This article was written by Mary Ellen Klas for The Miami Herald & the Tampa Bay Times.

As Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday, an estimated 3.2 million registered voters -- about 27 percent of the 12.3 million total -- are shut out of influencing Florida's choice.

Independent or unaffiliated voters in Florida are not eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential primary -- unless they decided months ago to switch their voter affiliation and join one of the two dominant parties, and then vote in the partisan contests on April 15.


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Shut Out of Voting for President, Indie Voters in Florida Feels the State Needs a More Inclusive Process for Them

Posted by John Fernandes on March 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

This article was written by Mitch Perry for


Florida’s current closed primary system means that the 3.25 million registered independents – roughly 27% of Florida’s voters, the fastest growing part of the electorate, are ineligible to cast their vote in the March 15th primary. As of Tuesday morning, over 690,000 Republicans and 541,000 Democrats have cast either in-person early votes or via absentee ballots. morning. In all, more than 1.2 million ballots have been cast, while just 23,000 independents have voted on other local candidates or issues on their respective ballots.

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What's the Answer to Political Polarization in the U.S.?

Posted by John Fernandes on March 08, 2016 at 2:54 PM

This article was written by Russell Berman for


In modern politics, nothing brings people together more than talking about how far apart they are.

Twelve years ago, a speech denouncing political polarization thrust Barack Obama into the national spotlight, and that very premise will outlast him when he leaves the White House next January.

The American public is divided—over economic policy, social policy, foreign policy, race, privacy and national security, and many other things. A host of factors, from partisan gerrymandering to exclusionary party primaries, are driving them further apart. Here we break down those factors behind our polarized politics, along with some of the most common proposals to fix it.



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