Article: Many in U.S., Western Europe Say Their Political System Needs Major Reform

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Many in U.S., Western Europe Say Their Political System Needs Major Reform

Americans are especially likely to say politicians are corrupt.

A four-nation Pew Research Center survey conducted in November and December of 2020 finds that roughly two-thirds of adults in France and the U.S., as well as about half in the United Kingdom, believe their political system needs major changes or needs to be completely reformed. Calls for significant reform are less common in Germany, where about four-in-ten express this view.

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Article: London mayoral election to be changed to First Past the Post system under Government plans

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London mayoral election to be changed to First Past the Post system under Government plans

Arow erupted today after Priti Patel announced plans to change the way the Mayor of London is elected.

She announced moves to dump the “supplementary vote” system used since 2000 and adopt a simple “first past the post” (FPP) contest from 2024 onwards. There has been no announcement of changing the much more complicated system used to elect members of the London Assembly, perhaps because switching that to FPP would benefit Labour.

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Article: Warning over photo ID law change for UK-wide and English elections

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Warning over photo ID law change for UK-wide and English elections

Changing the law to force people to show photo ID to take part in UK elections will be catastrophic for ethnic minority communities, increasing barriers to access and in effect disenfranchising them, equality and democracy campaigners have warned.

Boris Johnson’s government is expected to introduce a bill in the spring to make photo ID mandatory from 2023 for all UK-wide and English elections. But critics argue it is unnecessary, given low levels of voter fraud in the UK, and will disproportionately impact ethnic minority and working-class communities.

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Article: Apple ’21: The Dems are still the party of the working class. They should champion its diversity.

Election 2020

In recent years, we have witnessed a political realignment, with ancestral Democrats in rural areas voting Republican, while traditionally Republican suburbanites vote Democrat. This realignment has led many in the media, and in both political parties, to claim that Democrats are now the party of the elite, while Republicans have become the party of the working class. Voting data, however, tells a different story: Democrats clearly remain the party of the working class, and this false narrative about elitism rests on the distortion of the term “working class” to mean “white working class,” thus excluding people of color and perpetuating stereotypes around race and work.

Since at least the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Democrats have been the party of the working class. Although Roosevelt battled with a hostile Supreme Court for the first half of his presidency, he orchestrated the New Deal, in which the National Industry Recovery Act, Social Security, fair labor standards and other pro-labor laws were enacted. As such, union workers, especially those in rural areas, were staunch supporters of the Democratic party for their pro-union stances.

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Article: They Have Betrayed the Constitution – Overwhelming Evidence of FBI Corruption

Economy, Government, Government Corruption

They Have Betrayed the Constitution – Overwhelming Evidence of FBI Corruption

The American people, regardless of political affiliation, should be bellowing a primal scream of outrage in light of the new evidence–overwhelming evidence at that–of the FBI’s corruption.

If you have not read John Solomon’s latest revelations about the contents of formerly classified FBI documents that were declassified one week before Donald Trump left Washington, DC, then you need to take the time. You can read it here.

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Article: Automatic Voter Registration Is Good For Democracy

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Voter holds their paper ballot stub at Farrington High School.

Automatic Voter Registration Is Good For Democracy

A new U.S. citizen looks at voting through the lens of her native land. I moved to Hawaii from Lima, Peru a few years ago and recently became an American citizen.

I am so proud that I will be able to vote in the next federal and state elections. Voting is a right and a responsibility of all citizens, and I think voter registration should be more convenient and accessible.

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Article: Matt Schlapp’s baseless claim that 9,000 Nevada mail ballots are illegitimate

Election 2020, Election Fraud

Matt Schlapp’s baseless claim that 9,000 Nevada mail ballots are illegitimate

As supporters of President Donald Trump ramp up their efforts to delegitimize the election with unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud, one high-profile Republican ally claimed that 9,000 Nevada ballots were fraudulently cast by nonresidents.

“We have literally 9,000 people who voted in this election who don’t live in Nevada,” American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp told Fox News on Nov. 8, wrongly claiming the election has seen widespread “fraud” and “illegality” but offering no proof to support his allegations

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Article: Cory Booker and Tiffany Muller: How the Next Congress Can Improve U.S. Elections and Protect Voting Rights

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Cory Booker and Tiffany Muller: How the Next Congress Can Improve U.S. Elections and Protect Voting Rights

This year, voters across the country faced a myriad of barriers to casting their vote — a global pandemic, a concerted disinformation campaign waged by the President and his allies and amplified by foreign adversaries, shifting deadlines, hours-long wait times to vote, confusing new rules, voter purges, intimidation, discrimination and more.

Despite these obstacles, Americans still turned out in record numbers to decisively elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of the United States.

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Article: Congress agrees on $425 million in election grants to states

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Congress agrees on $425 million in election grants to states

A spending deal reached by Democrats and Republicans would give the Election Assistance Commission $425 million in grant funding for states to implement election upgrades.

Earlier this year, the House set passed $600 million in election security-related funding, while the Senate set aside $250 million for the same purpose. The deal cut in Congress gives states their second tranche of federal funding to upgrade election infrastructure in as many years. It also requires states to provide 20% in matching funds within two years.

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