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PRI's The World

Scottish independence may have lost, but Britain may be changed forever

Friday, September 19, 2014

Many supporters of the "Yes" campaign were in tears after a decisive loss in Scotland's independence vote. But London had to promise a raft of new local powers to keep Scotland in the UK, and those promises may change the nature of the British union for Northern Ireland, Wales and England, too.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Scottish referendum outcome too close to call

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scottish referendum outcome too close to call

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PRI's The World

A Scottish teen gets serious about his chance to vote in Scotland’s bid for independence from Britain

Friday, September 05, 2014

A referendum on Scottish independence is now just days away. And for the first time ever, 16- and 17-year-olds have been given the vote. One Scottish family has dived into this debate with the help of an enthusiastic teenage son — but they still can't decide.

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PRI's The World

Scottish expats can't vote in the independence referendum, but they will have their say

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In a little over two weeks, Scots will decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK. Scottish expats won't get to vote. As you might imagine, many expats are not happy about that.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Will Scotland go it alone?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Will Scotland go it alone?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Guide to Ballot Questions: Gambling, Minimum Wage, More. Plus: Ice Cream!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Today’s program is all about direct democracy for tomorrow’s election day in our area. Milly Silva, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of New Jersey, and Thomas Bracken of NJ’s Chamber of Commerce, debate the proposed minimum wage hike in the state. Then, a look at a proposal to raise the mandatory retirement age for certain judges; the question of expanding casino gambling in New York State; land swaps in the Adirondacks; and what creates these constitutional issues in the first place? Plus: the story of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream and their work in Rwanda.

→ WNYC Newsroom's Guide to the NY Ballot Initiatives

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Referendum on Christie's Referendum

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a ballot initiative to let voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

LISTENERS: Do you think public referendums are the right way for states to decide on marriage equality? Who should decide whether states should allow same-sex marriage: the voters or the legislature? Text "whodecides" to 30644, give us a call, or comment here. 

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The Takeaway

What to Expect From Egyptian Elections

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Egyptians approved a referendum on constitutional changes over the weekend and ushered in a new era in the country, which will begin with parliamentary and presidential elections. The old ruling party and the Muslim Brotherhood seem to have the advantage heading into elections, but that could all change in an instant.

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The Takeaway

Sudan Referendum Sets Stage for Diaspora to Return Home

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Many nations in North Africa and the Middle East are no stranger to election results that seem less than democratic. In 2006, Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh won re-election with seventy-seven percent of the popular vote. In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took eighty-eight percent of the vote. And in 2009, Tunisia's now ex-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali commanded nearly ninety percent of the vote.

It may be hard to imagine a country in the same region where a free, fair and transparent election results in more than ninety eight percent of people voting for the same outcome. But that's exactly what happened in Southern Sudan, where 98.83 percent of nearly four million voters chose separation from their countrymen to the north.

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The Takeaway

Sudan Votes in Historic Referendum

Monday, January 10, 2011

On Sunday, the south Sudan began to vote in a historic referendum that may split the country in two, separating its mostly Christian South from its mostly Muslim North. Takeaway producer Noel King has been in the country all week reporting on how Sudanese have been preparing for a vote that may change the map of Africa for the foreseeable future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Referendum Result Round-up

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Alexandra Petri, editorial writer for The Washington Post, talks about referendum results around the country, from Prop 19 in California to a state name-change initiative in Rhode Island.

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The Takeaway

Turkey Passes Referendum in Step Towards More Democracy

Monday, September 13, 2010

Voters in Turkey passed a package of 26 constitutional reforms on Sunday, which included changes to the judiciary, giving more control to parliament to appoint judges, and making the military more accountable to civilian courts.

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