Monday, November 22, 2010

Early Voting is a mostly positive recent development in states

[This November,] the Saturday Voting Act was approved in San Francisco, requiring the city to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day in the Nov., 2011 city election. Proponents argue that a weekend voting option would make it much easier for working citizens to get to the polls. The Census Bureau reported that in 2008, the most common reason registered voters said they did not vote was because of their busy schedules. Even before the act passed, New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced his support for the initiative, signaling that NYC might be next.
~ Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network

States across the union over the last few election cycles have instituted Early Voting, making it easy for people to vote weeks before General Election Day.  This is a good development, as more people are able to vote on their own schedules.  The only drawback is that you may learn more  about any of the candidates after you vote, possibly making you regret your own vote.


As many secondary students vote, they need a civics class to prepare them for that duty

In Vermont, voters this November passed a constitutional amendment that will allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries as long as they will be 18 by the date of the general election.
 ~ Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network

This new law makes perfect sense, since a person that's 18 by General Election Day is participating in that particular electoral process.  Secondary schools should make it mandatory for all of its students to take a civics class; under this new law, a junior-level student may be eligible to vote in an election year primary.  Our nation's youngest voters have every right to see that they are fully prepared to vote once they enter the voting booth.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Broader political representation through more party and independent candidacies is needed for vibrant democracy

In the November 2010 election, eleven states elected people to federal or state office who were not nominees of either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.  This is the largest number of such states since 1922, when there were fourteen such states. 
 ~ Ballot Access News

Our present winner-take-all, two major party dominated political system has experienced a deterioration in democracy.  There are very suitable electoral reforms available, such as Instant Runoff Voting, re-districting reform and Proportional Representation.  A vibrant democracy encourages good competition among a widely-representative group of candidates; electoral reforms such as ballot access reform and other improved third party competition are presently needed in some capacity in most states.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Call your congress members and say you want to pass the DISCLOSE Act

Public Citizen President Robert Weissman turned and faced  the U.S. Capitol building this morning.
“Whose side are you on?” he shouted at the massive building.
Weissman's nonprofit organization, along with the leaders of five others, met in a grassy area outside the Capitol to advocate that a stripped down version of the DISCLOSE Act be put back on the Senate floor during the 111th Congress' lame duck session. The DISCLOSE Act, which passed the House but stalled in the Senate, would in part require most organizations that engage in political advertising to identify their donors.
 ~ OpenSecretsblog

The above article states that 92 percent of Americans feel “campaigns should be required to disclose how much money they raised, where the money came from and how they have spent the money.”  I concur.  In fact, it's such an ethical issue that the DISCLOSE Act should be passed even if a majority of Americans do not agree with the bill.


Leave voters' election season deliberations to within their own district

Five out-of-state special interest groups pumped $948,000 over a two-month period into the successful campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

 ~ Gavel Grab

Those outside-of-state campaigners/ campaign monies violates the statewide vote for these statewide court justices.  Voters are only concerned about their own district's candidates, not campaigns from outside it.  Leave the election season deliberating to the people of the district.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

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  1. David Weller, O.S.L. poetspirit [feed] NY Mag Q&A: Why Vote Tuesday? #voting #election 
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Friday, November 05, 2010

  • Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group: New GOP wave could slow the pace of healthcare reform #gov20 #opengov
  • Just How Much Did the Public Hear About Issues Related to Anonymous Donations and Voter Registrat... #elections
  • Sunlight Foundation: The Citizens United Effect: 40 percent of outside money made possible b... #gov20 #opengov
  • "Corrupting Committees: Sen. Jim DeMint's cynical advice to incoming Tea Partiers." #elections
  • "Former Coleman attorney, law experts: Emmer has steep hill to climb" #elections
  • Texas Governor Perry Calls Voting Rights Act Section 5 Extension in 2006 "Unconstitutional" #elections
  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos on the Florida and California Redistricting Initiatives #elections
  • Sunlight Foundation: Tools for Transparency: Note Taking with Twitter and Google Docs #gov20 #opengov
  • Bizarre: San Francisco Poll Inspector Arrested After Stealing Ballots, Memory Card, Poll Book #voting
  • Will Emmer Not Concede in Minnesota in an Effort to Keep a Republican Governor in Office Longer? #elections

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

  • The Midmorning Refill: Time to speak up and vote or forever hold your peace #reform
  • Join us Wednesday for a webinar breaking down corporate spending in the midterm elections #reform
  • Federal District Court, in Rejecting Tea Party-Requested Restraining Order, Finds that Polling Pl... #elections
  • "High campaign spending during midterm elections could affect 2012 race" #elections
  • "Exclusive: Business groups poised to turn judges into 'politicians in robes'" #elections
  • FairVote on Election 2010 fairvote-on-election-201 #politics
  • "Kansas Voters Report Callers Telling Them They Need Proof Of Home Ownership To Vote" #elections
  • Will Early Voting Results in Nevada Signal the Outcome of Reid-Angle? #elections
  • Sunlight Foundation: Sunlight's Election Watch Party: Come by Tonight to Drink In Demo... #gov20 #opengov
  • NOW HAPPENING: Join Tonight for Virtual Election Night Party #elections
  • "Reports of voter intimidation, voter fraud scarce on election day" #elections
  • What I'm Watching Especially Tonight Beyond the House, Senate, Governors #elections
  • "Some complaints surface amid stepped-up efforts to monitor voting fraud" #elections
  • Election Law Prof, and Democratic Michigan SOS Candidate, Jocelyn Benson Trailing to GOP's Johnson #elections
  • Indiana GOP SOS Candidate White Wins, Despite Democratic Allegations of Voter Fraud #elections

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

  • Will the Supreme Court Grant Cert. in Regarding the Disclosure/Political Committee ... #elections
  • Evan Bayh Says It Will Take Another Scandal for More Campaign Finance Reform to Pass Out of Congress #elections
  • "The Battle of Harris County: A firsthand look at early voting in Houston" #elections
  • "Law and lobbying firms pump millions of dollars into midterm campaigns" #elections
  • Michele Bachmann's Massive War Chest, Top Leadership PACs and More in Capital Eye Opener: November 1 #elections
  • "Handbook on Corporate Political Activity: Emerging Corporate Governance Issues" #elections
  • Sunlight Foundation: Swing State Confidential: Colorado The Day Before #gov20 #opengov
  • Federal District Court in Minnesota Rejects Request for TRO in Tea Party Garb /"Please ID Me" But... #elections
  • "The voter fraud & intimidation stories you won't hear about on Fox" #elections
  • "CPA finds solid business leader support for corporate political disclosure and accountability in... #elections
  • On NY's WBAI This Morning on 'Citizens United' and the Ensuing 'Bastardization of Our Democracy'... #voting
  • Will Federal Court Tonight Issue Injunction Barring Provision of Write-in List in Alaska Senate Race? #elections
  • "The Propositioners: How a small number of legal specialists make their clients' cases to voters" #elections
  • WSJ Editorial: We'll Give Reformers Disclosure if they Give Up on Limits and Abolish the FEC #elections

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Monday, November 01, 2010

  • Federal Judge Rules in Favor of NC GOP in Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Complaint #voting
  • Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity – Oct. 30, 2010 – A photo gallery #reform
  • "In 2012, campaign finance trends expected to grow; Heavy, unregulated spending has helped the GO... #elections
  • von Spakovsky on Section 5 (and other VRA) Litigation Over Alaska's Write-in Change #elections
  • "North Carolina Counties Using iVotronic Vote-Counting Machines Must Tell Each Voter to Double-Ch... #elections
  • Will the Ohio Gubernatorial Race Be Decided by Provisional Ballots? #elections
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