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The Takeaway

Putting Voter Registration on Auto-Pilot

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week, Oregon became the first state to use Department of Motor Vehicle records to automatically register residents to vote. Now other states are considering doing the same. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Votes, Who Doesn't, and How You Can Change That

Thursday, August 08, 2013

There's a big deadline coming up: August 16th is the last day to register to vote in this Fall's primary. We discuss various ways to increase turnout, and how you can get registered to vote.

  • In a first-ever on-air experiment, Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps one of our listeners, Dylan Fareed, register to vote in NYC. All of the tools and info you need to register can be found on our guide here.
  • Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, talks about her reporting and mapping of voter rates - not just turnout - in NYC, and what various groups are doing to reach non-voters. See the map below. Listen to Anna's piece here.
  • And New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi discusses how the city and other groups are using technology and mobile apps to register voters and get out the vote. Help out with New Tech City's hackathon survey.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Test Scores; Title IX on Campus; Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York State raised standards on 3rd-8th grade exams and predictably, test scores sank. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explains why federal officials are happy with them and what this means for Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy.  Plus: voter turnout and how to register to vote; The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates treatment of sexual assault on college campuses; Noam Scheiber of The New Republic on the end of big law; changes in suburbia; and changes with teenagers – a new survey shows fewer teens are getting drivers’ licenses. 

It's A Free Blog

Opinion: We Have Got to Fix Voting - Here's How

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Fortunately, for all the hand-wringing and haggling, it's not really as hard as it looks.

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Opinion: The Progressive's Guide to Do More than Vote

Friday, October 26, 2012

Voting is one step - but not the only step. Whether you have 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 dollars or every hour between now and November 6th, you can do more than vote. Here's how.

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It's A Free Country ®

Only 7 Days Left to Switch Parties for 2013 NYC Primaries

Friday, October 05, 2012

Next Friday is the last chance to switch your party affiliation in New York City for an election that's almost a year away.

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New Jersey News

As Voter Requirements Increase in Other States, NJ Goes Easy

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Across the country dozens of states have moved to restrict access to voter registration and voting by adding new identification requirements. But New Jersey is moving in the opposite direction.

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It's A Free Country ®

Online Voter Registration Creeps Into New York

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New York just became the 11th state to allow online voter registration.

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WNYC News

When Bad Voter Registration Info Goes Viral

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Some New Yorkers are being told that if you have not voted since the 2008 presidential election, you are no longer registered to vote. This type of incorrect voter information has spread — thanks to technology — in a year when access to the polls is a national issue.

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It's A Free Country ®

When Will NY Be Able to Register to Vote on Facebook?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Washington has just become the first state to allow people to register to vote via Facebook, and the way things are going, it won’t be the last.

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The Takeaway

Proposed Voting Law Could Keep Nine Percent of Pennsylvanians Out of the Voting Booth

Monday, July 09, 2012

Although voting requirements are well defined in the Constitution, a new Pennsylvania voting law could prevent up to nine percent of the state’s population from voting this November. 

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The Empire

Need to Register to Vote in the NY Congressional Primary? Here's How

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New York's congressional primary is a month away, but the deadline to register to vote in the election comes next week. Here's what you need to do if you've never registered to vote, or changed addresses (or parties) since last time.

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The Takeaway

Justice Department Blocks Texas Voter Identification Law

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On Monday, the Justice Department blocked a new Texas voter identification law on the basis that the law would disproportionately affect Hispanics and that it violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law would have required all Texas voters to show some form of photo ID before voting. This past December, the Justice Department blocked a similar law in South Carolina, saying it adversely affected African-American voters.

The controversy over these laws is far from over. Both South Carolina and Texas have filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Washington arguing in favor of their new voting laws, and they will take their cases to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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The Takeaway

Reports Reveals Vast Discrepancies in Voter Records

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A new report by the Pew Center on the States reveals that one of every eight active registrations is either invalid or inaccurate. Along with voters with registrations in multiple states, their findings revealed that approximately 1.8 million dead people are still listed as active voters. Equally troubling is the discovery that one in four people who are eligible to vote — some 51 million people — are not registered. 

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It's A Free Country ®

The Process is Political: Caucus vs. Football, Bachmann's Campaign Cash Flow

Monday, October 03, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Process is Political: Rick Perry Comes to Wall Street

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes to Wall Street to raise campaign cash. Republicans in Pennsylvania want to divide up the state's electoral votes by Congressional district, while Republicans in Nebraska want to return to the winner-take-all approach. And Maine voters debate a people's veto of a new same-day registration law. 

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It's A Free Blog

Increase Democracy and Save the Nation

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

In this lame duck interlude, let’s pause and consider our nation’s debilitating trajectory. There’s fierce, seething partisanship in Washington. It worries Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman to the point that he warns “there will be blood sooner or later. And we can only hope that the nation that emerges from that blood bath is still one we recognize. “

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It's A Free Country ®

Voter Turnout Not as Bad as Thought, But Still Anemic in Certain Quarters

Monday, October 25, 2010

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The people who vote tend to be better educated, higher income, they own their own homes, they are whiter, they tend to be older. So we have this skew in our electoral system...And by the way, in a midterm election that skewness is even more pronounced than in a presidential election.

- Michael McDonald,professor of government and politics at George Mason University

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The New York Vote

For an Immigrant-Wrangling Campaign Volunteer, No Enthusiasm Gap

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the third in a new five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.

Today, the vantage point of an immigrant activist on Staten Island. There is no enthusiasm gap for her from 2008, when she worked for Barack Obama, and 2010, when she is fighting to elect Michael McMahon against a Tea Party challenger.

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It's A Free Country ®

Registering to Vote is Easy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

So you want to vote. But you’re not registered. Don’t freak out! You still have until October 8th to get in on the action in New York. (The deadline is October 12 in New Jersey and in Connecticut, mail-in forms have to be postmarked by October 19 or you can register in person until October 26.)

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