Democracy Blog.

A blog about democracy.

The Electoral College

While the Electoral College may be hard to eradicate out of existence, The National Popular Vote bill will take effect when enacted into law by states possessing 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 electoral votes).  It has been enacted into law in 13 jurisdictions possessing 181 electoral votes, including 4 small jurisdictions (DC, HI, RI, VT), 5 medium-sized states (CO, CT, MD, MA, WA), and 4 big states (CA, IL, NJ, NY).  

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We Need to Fight for HR1

We need to train our firepower on Mitch McConnell. Stop attacking Democrats over climate positions that won’t matter if Republicans can keep stacking legislatures. Trump is just the distraction. We can’t let Mitch McConnell hold back the people’s voices again. We need to go all in on HR1. Our democracy is counting on it.

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Oversight & Reform

Today, the House Committee of Oversight & Reform sent letters to the Georgia Governor and Secretary of State inquiring about challenges to voting in the 2018 election. Voter suppression tends to be fought nowadays before the election, by striking down voter ID laws and challenging census/redistricting. But Democrats don’t usually follow up after the fact, save for the Conyers Commission investigating Ohio after the 2004 election under SoS J. Kenneth Blackwell.

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"We are Living Through a Full-Fledged Crisis in our Democracy"

Hillary Clinton was honored with an award at the annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, to commemorate the violent attacks on protesters attempting to cross the Edmund Pettis bridge in peaceful protest 54 years ago in Selma, Alabama. In her remarks she called out voter suppression as the primary obstacle to health care and a thriving economy, noting her election in 2016 was the first without the Voting Rights Act since its introduction.

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Presidents on Voting

"For this Nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American's vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished."

—Ronald Reagan

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Making Election Day a Holiday in Ohio

Not only is this an important step for voter empowerment, perhaps the most important part is this shows how significant electoral reform can be established at the municipal level. While the House holds hearings on HR1, the For The People Act, it’s not expected that Trump will sign it or that Senate Republicans will vote for it. It’s more of a “someday” thing. When the Help America Vote Act was passed in 2002 to respond to the disaster of the 2000 Florida election, HAVA brought more problems than solutions, instituting the provisional ballot and paying for touchscreen voting machines.

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Elizabeth Warren: "Change the Rules to Strengthen our Democracy"

“Change the rules to strengthen our democracy. And that starts with a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every American citizen to vote and have that vote count. Oh, and that’s just the beginning. Overturn every single voter suppression rule that racist politicians use to steal votes from people of color. Outlaw partisan gerrymandering by Democrats or Republicans. And overturn Citizens United, our democracy is not for sale.”

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Stacey Abrams: "Voter Suppression is Real"

“We can do so much more: Take action on climate change. Defend individual liberties with fair-minded judges. But none of these ambitions are possible without the bedrock guarantee of our right to vote. Let’s be clear: voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.”

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Tripping on Democracy

I remember a friend of mine in high school told me about an ill-fated time when he and his buddies went to drop acid, for some reason, at Northbook Court, the popular nearby shopping mall. As the acid came on, what started out as a goofy expedition began to induce anxiety and paranoia. They retreated from their plan and headed home. But that required driving, at rush hour.

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Important Census Victory

Judge Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the administration Tuesday to stop its plans to add the question to the survey. Calling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question “arbitrary and capricious,” he blasted Ross for “egregious” violations of the Administrative Procedure Act.

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