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Topic: Voters Rights

People march in San Juan on July 25th, 2019, one day after the Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation.

As Governor Rosselló Resigns, Questions About Puerto Rico Voting and Representation Resurface

After being controlled by the federal government for over a century, could Puerto Rico be on a path to statehood?

A teenager wears a Donald Trump shirt at a Trump rally on October 22nd, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16?

Taking a closer look at the neurological research on decision making, sociological research on civic knowledge, and psychological research on voting habits.

Voters cast their ballots at ChiArts High School.

National Election Advising Agency Officials Used Funds for Unnecessary Travel

The Election Assistance Commission's executive director allowed two of the four commissioners to work outside the Washington, D.C., area and agreed to pick up the costs of their travel to and from the office.

People vote at city hall in San Francisco, California, in the 2018 mid-term election.

Non-Citizens Used to Vote Regularly in America. Should More Elections Be Open to Them Today?

The Constitution doesn't bar non-citizens from voting, but when San Francisco opened up school elections to all residents, a conservative firestorm followed.

Demonstrators rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on April 23rd, 2019, to protest the proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Can Trump Use an Executive Order to Add the Citizenship Question to the Census?

The Supreme Court rejected the reasoning behind the administration's proposed addition of the question, so the president would need to provide a new rationale.

Voters cast their ballots at ChiArts High School.

How Technology Is Changing the Way We Perceive Democracy

New innovations are forcing citizens to revisit some foundational questions of governance about who should be shaping the future of the country.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Is Florida's Measure Restricting the Voting Rights of Ex-Felons Legal?

Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a measure making the restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies contingent on having paid off all criminal debt.

Lance Wissinger (left) and Neil Volz shake hands after turning in their voter registration forms at the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office on January 8th, 2019, in Fort Myers, Florida. Wissinger and Volz, both with felony records, became able to vote for the first time after a new constitutional amendment took effect.

Florida's Governor Limits the Voting Rights of Former Felons

The legislation, which disproportionately affects black voters, will prevent hundreds of thousands of citizens from voting.

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Strict Voter ID Laws Threaten the Franchise of Trans Americans

After North Carolina passed strict voter ID laws, trans activists in the state successfully advocated to reduce the DMV requirements for changing gender on an ID.

A voting station stands at the Park Slope Library.

Why the Government Needs to Improve Its Messaging Around Election Security

The breach of two Florida election systems during the 2016 elections are a lesson in how not to handle election interference by foreign governments.

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Is Gerrymandering Reform Here to Stay?

A Supreme Court decision due in June will determine exactly how much autonomy states have to make the rules for voting and elections.

A voting station stands at the Park Slope Library.

In New York City, Advocates Raise Concerns About Racial Bias in Early Voting Plan

The concerns were echoed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose office offered $75 million to help pay for 100 more early voting sites.

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After Election Fraud in North Carolina, Can We Trust Vote-by-Mail Ballots?

As more states expand absentee voting, elections boards must balance voter accessibility and ballot security.

Voting booths are set up at the Yuengling center on the campus of University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters on October 22nd, 2018, in Tampa, Florida.

What's the Future of Voting Rights for Former Felons in Florida?

In November, voters passed an amendment restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, but new legislation could diminish its potential impact.

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The 2020 Democratic Candidates Are Split on Letting Incarcerated People Vote

Bernie Sanders supports expanding the U.S franchise to people in prison. Pete Buttigieg does not. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are unsure.

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Many Blue States Have Poor Voter Rights Records Too

States in the Deep South limit access to the polls. So does New York.

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How to Circumvent the Electoral College and Enact a Popular Vote

Fourteen states have signed a law pledging their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, regardless of whether that candidate wins the state.

Comoros gendarmerie officers disperse opposition supporters in the city of Moroni on March 25th, 2019. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on a crowd of more than 100 as Comoros awaited results of its election, which Agence France-Presse journalists said President Azali Assoumani is expected to win, despite the opposition's accusations of cheating.

Viewfinder: Comoros Police Quell Protests Over the Presidential Election

Comoros Gendarmerie officers disperse opposition supporters in the city of Moroni on March 25th, 2019.

Stickers are made available to voters who cast a ballot in the mid-term elections at the Polk County Election Office on October 8th, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Why Are American Elections so Long?

Long campaigns cause candidates to prioritize fundraising, but shorter ones favor party-line voting.

A ballot drop box in Washington.

Could Washington State Be a Model for Native Voting Rights Reform?

Bills securing native voting rights are destined to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, but might find success at the state level.

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The Democrats' Voting Rights Bill Could End Partisan Gerrymandering. Republicans Won't Let That Happen.

H.R. 1 would transfer the power to draw congressional districts from state legislatures to independent, non-partisan commissions.