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This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy

Posted by John Fernandes on March 29, 2016 at 3:45 PM

This article was written by Bob Perls and Jeremy Gruber for

When a ship hits rough seas, it’s an “all-hands-on-deck” moment for the crew to rush to its aid and protect it. This is an “all-hands-on-deck” moment for our democracy.

Our political system is in turmoil. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are fighting to win instead of coming together to solve problems and failing to deliver government that works for the American people. Americans have lost our voice and we are angry. According to a recent poll by Gallup, we are more likely to name dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the country than any other issue.

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South Dakota Voters Take Aim at Both Parties

Posted by John Fernandes on March 29, 2016 at 3:33 PM

This article was written by Edmund Kozak for LifeZette.lifezette_pic.PNG

A new ballot initiative seemingly born of anti-Establishment fervor in South Dakota seeks to remove political parties from the local democratic process, suggesting the current anti-Establishment revolt in both parties will have implications lasting far longer than the temporary success of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The initiative would eliminate party labels on ballots for all federal, state and county offices, and establish open primary elections, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. Only presidential election ballots would remain unaffected.

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Effort in South Dakota Aims to Drop Parties - The Wall Street Journal

Posted by John Fernandes on March 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM

This article was written by Kristina Peterson for the Wall Street Journal.


In South Dakota, where the shadow of Mount Rushmore’s presidents looms large, political parties could become nearly invisible on ballots.

The antiestablishment anger helping to propel the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders across the country is taking a different twist here: fueling support among disenchanted voters for a ballot initiative with the lofty goal of getting rid of both political parties—as much as possible, at least.

When South Dakotans turn up at the polls in November, they will be asked to decide whether to eliminate party labels next to most candidates’ names on future ballots. The amendment to the state constitution would also establish open primary elections, with the top two vote-getters from any party advancing to the general election in most races.

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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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