Posted by Russell Daniels on April 06, 2021 at 3:16 PM
written by Jeremy Gruber & John Opdycke for IVN
Just a few weeks after the storming of the Capitol and the impeachment trial, Gallup found for the first time that 50% of voters identify as independents. Registered independent voters are now the largest or second largest group of voters in half the states and will be the largest or second largest group of voters in almost every state in the country within a few years at current rates of growth.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 05, 2021 at 9:55 AM
written by Steve Guidry for The Advocate
I am registered as a Republican but voted for John Bel Edwards because I thought he was the best candidate. I voted for Donald Trump twice and hope like heck I never have to vote for him again.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 05, 2021 at 9:39 AM
written by Katie Fahey for The Fulcrum
Since organizing the Voters Not Politicians 2018 ballot initiative that put citizens in charge of drawing Michigan's legislative maps, Fahey has been the founding executive director of The People, which is forming statewide networks to promote government accountability. She regularly interviews colleagues in the world of democracy reform for our Opinion section.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 02, 2021 at 10:51 AM
by Sara Swan for The Fulcrum
Despite record-high turnout in last year's general election, a new report found that a majority of congressional elections in 2020 were determined by only a small number of voters due to the widely used partisan primary system.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 02, 2021 at 10:31 AM
BY MAT ERPELDING, DIANA LACHIONDO, LUKE MALEK AND KELLEY PACKER for the Idaho Statesman
Notice the rising temperature in Idaho politics? Don’t just blame trends on increased national political polarization. One reason Idaho’s democracy has become less civil in recent years can be traced to our state moving to a closed primary voting system.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2021 at 12:38 AM
by Sam Karlin for The Advocate
As the state Legislature prepares to debate whether to change Louisiana’s unique open primary election system and move to closed party primaries, a public disagreement between some of the state’s top Republican officials has emerged over the question.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 11:17 PM
written by Shawn Griffiths for IVN
The general perception of young voters is that they are largely detached from politics and thus have no interest and don’t participate. Yet, the largest segment of the voting population -- Generation Y -- and the generation that follows, Gen Z, could completely change the way elections, and by extension politics, are conducted in the US.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 11:08 PM
letter to the editor in The Standard Examiner by Lora Beth Brown
HB 197 Voter Affiliation Amendments is not a good bill. It mimics Republicans across the U.S in trying to limit voter participation. This Utah bill restricts when members of third parties can change their voter registration, to vote in the closed Republican primary.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:49 PM
by Rich Vial for The Oregon Way
"If the Oregon Way is to give all its citizens an equal opportunity to choose their representatives, then filling vacancies through fair and open elections is the only real solution."
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:45 PM
written by Allison Frost for OBP
Think Out Loud--featuring John Horvick (DHM Research)