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What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide

Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE


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17 Ballot Initiatives to Watch if You Care About Inequality

Voters in many states will have the opportunity Tuesday to weigh in on a wide variety of inequality-related issues, from taxing the wealthy to tackling price-gouging on drugs.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



How Deep Will the Blue Wave Be on Nov. 8?

As the election closes, progressives are pushing candidates and issues up and down the political ladder and heeding the rallying cry by Democrats to sweep Republicans out of office.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Is the 2016 Election Already Being Stripped and Flipped?

Disturbing signs of the time-tested “strip and flip” strategy for stealing elections have already surfaced in 2016. Will they ultimately decide the outcome, as they have in too many recent elections?

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



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Voting Rights Advocates Try to Put Oversight Back on the Map

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments with a history of discrimination no longer needed to submit new voting laws for federal approval. Now, voting rights advocates are trying to put them back under oversight using the courts and Congress.

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Fun With Ballots

Minnesota’s ballot showdown is underway as Al Franken and Norm Coleman’s contest for the U.S. Senate comes down to a recount and voter intent. Minnesota Public Radio has decided not to let the campaigns have all the fun of chucking (or un-chucking) ballots. Now you can, too!

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



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How Much Voting Clout Do You Have?

As you head to the polls Tuesday, keep this thought in mind: A voter in Wyoming is three and a half times more influential than a voter in Florida. Thanks to the Electoral College, it’s possible to become president with only 16 percent of the population’s support. Yay, Democracy!

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Bracing for the Ballot Battle

Next Tuesday, don’t be shocked if the Republicans roll out their familiar tactics of intimidating Democratic voters, challenging their eligibility and subjecting them to long lines at polling places. If the election is close, these shady maneuvers might pay off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Typo Puts ‘Barack Osama’ on Ballot

Election officials in Rensselaer County, N.Y., are caught in the middle of a national embarrassment after a typo on 300 absentee ballots listed the Democratic candidate for president as “Barack Osama.” Both Democratic and Republican officials in “Renassliare County” swear the error was accidental.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Republicans Eye the California Electoral Cookie Jar

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter warns of a Republican plot to deliver some of California’s electoral votes to the GOP nominee—even if he loses the state. The scheme, which depends on California’s much-abused and confusing proposition system, would award the Golden State’s electoral votes by congressional district.

Posted on Aug 13, 2007 READ MORE


None of the Above

It may sound redundant or contradictory, but Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett proposed a bill that would give voters another ballot choice besides the candidates in the running:  “I choose not to vote.”  Floridians fatigued by the alleged frauds and hanging chads of recent years (as well as mudslinging campaigns) could signal their distaste by using the new option.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Gay Marriage Scare Wears Thin

In the 2004 election, anti-gay ballot measures effectively drew conservatives to the ballot box, but the appeal of banning gay marriage is wearing off, polls suggest.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Gambians Vote With Marbles

Check out the Gambian voting system. It’s enviably simple: “Voters enter a booth and pop a clear glass marble into one of three drums representing the candidates.” The marble hits a bell on its way down, preventing people from voting more than once. No hanging chads, no hacking, just a satisfying plunk when your vote goes in.  Are we advocating marbles? No, but a paper trail would be good.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


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Diebold Voting Machine Hacked in Four Minutes

Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting recently got her hands on a Diebold voting machine and was able to hack it in four minutes with tools that cost $12.  Harris? handiwork is just the latest demonstration of how vulnerable electronic voting machines are to vote manipulation.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Acceptance of Gay Marriage Up, Poll Finds

Fifty-one percent still oppose it, but that’s down from 63% two years ago.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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