Reform Initiative: Democracy Matter- Voting Rights Information

Election Reform, Initiative, Voter Registration, Voting Process

Democracy Matter- Voting Rights Information

Voting Rights are an important part of your right as an American Citizen. But obstacles prevent many American from casting their vote. These obstacles make voting harder rather than easier, as it should be in democracy.

Every American citizen is guaranteed the right to vote. Voting should be easy, convenient and fair. However the truth is that American elections  – both state and national – have long been marred by an infrastructure that is rickety, excludes too many, and are prone to partisan manipulation and deliberate voter suppression.

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Reform Initiative: Common Cause- Voter Registration

Election Reform, Initiative, Voter Registration

Common Cause- Voter Registration

Together, we are making commonsense updates to our elections so more eligible Americans can register, vote, and have their voices heard.

We’re ensuring that every eligible citizen can register to vote in a convenient, fair, and secure way that’s good for voters and administrators alike. By modernizing our elections, we ensure our systems are secure and efficient, saving states money and safeguarding citizens’ votes.

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Reform Initiative: Fair Vote- Ranked Choice Voting

Election Reform, Initiative, Ranked Choice

Fair Vote- Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV) makes democracy more fair and functional. It works in a variety of contexts. It is a simple change that can have a big impact.

RCV is a way to ensure elections are fair for all voters. It allows voters the option to rank candidates in order of preference: one, two, three, and so forth. If your vote cannot help your top choice win, your vote counts for your next choice.

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Reform Initiative: US Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)-Modernize the Vote

Election Reform, Initiative, Voter Registration

US Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)-Modernize the Vote

Every American has the fundamental right to vote, and have that vote counted. And in a day and age when we can use computers and smartphones to do everything from paying our utility bills to reading the day’s headlines, there is no reason registering to vote shouldn’t be easy, accurate and automatic.

But advances in technology have not made it into most of our election systems, and nearly half our country is still using pen and paper to register to vote.

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Article: Jody Hice tried to overturn the 2020 election. Now he wants to be in charge of Georgia’s elections.

Election 2020

Jody Hice tried to overturn the 2020 election. Now he wants to be in charge of Georgia’s elections.

On January 6, hours after a mob loyal to outgoing President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol in a vain attempt to overthrow President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) made his own attempt to overturn that election.

Hice was one of several US House members who objected to certifying Biden’s victory in Hice’s home state of Georgia.

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Article: Automatic Voter Registration

Election Reform

Automatic Voter Registration

This webpage addresses automatic—or automated—voter registration, a process that generally involves the state department of motor vehicles and possibly other state agencies.

In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA pioneered a new way of registering to vote in America. It required most states to provide citizens with an opportunity to register to vote when applying for or renewing a driver’s license at a department of motor vehicles (DMV) or other designated state agencies. Because of the requirement for DMVs to participate in voter registration, the NVRA is often referred to as “motor-voter.” This trend continues today.

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Article: US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

Election 2020, Election Reform

US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

President Trump spoke early on Friday about the US election count, making a number of accusations of fraud for which he did not provide evidence.

Trump: “I’ve been talking about mail-in voting for a long time. It’s really destroyed our system. It’s a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt.”

Mr Trump has posted more than 70 tweets casting doubt on mail-in voting, referencing voter fraud or “rigged” elections since April.

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Article: Election Reform To Return As Priority For Democrats In Congress

Election Reform

Election Reform To Return As Priority For Democrats In Congress

Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security.

The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect example of why the U.S. needs reform.

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Article: How to fix America’s voter registration system so more people can vote

Election Reform

How to fix America’s voter registration system so more people can vote

Registering to vote is part of America’s two-step voting process. Does it have to be this way?

The Arizona Coalition for Change, a Black-led nonprofit organization, revamped their voter registration efforts for the Covid-19 pandemic. They went digital, texting and phone banking instead.

In recent weeks, they’ve hosted socially distanced pop-up voter events. They hosted a Black Panther drive-in movie that doubled as a voter registration drive. They partnered with other organizations to host a food drive, and as people picked up food in their cars, organizers would talk to drivers about registering to vote.

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Article: Two of These Mail Ballot Signatures Are by the Same Person. Which Ones?

Election Reform

Two of These Mail Ballot Signatures Are by the Same Person. Which Ones?

More than half of states rely on signature matching to verify the identities of people who vote by mail. These states compare signatures they have on file (from voter registrations, ballot applications or the D.M.V.) with the ones voters put on their ballot envelopes.

But the practice is not implemented consistently across states, or even within them. The New York Times reached out to officials in every state that conducts matching to ask about their procedures. Most leave decisions to local officials or provide minimal instructions.

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