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August Guest: Anna and the Independent Voter

Thursday, August 04, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale discuss her search for the independent voter. First stop: Colorado.

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Do Middle Class Voters Cast the Right Votes?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Today we've been talking in part about the middle class, and an oft-repeated mantra of some who want to reform the way financial power works in Washington is that the middle class vote consistently against their own interests. But is that true? If so, what are the middle class's real interests, and how do they vote against them, when they support members of both parties in Congress? 


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Obama Voters from 2008 Revisit Their Choice

Friday, October 29, 2010

They voted for Obama in 2008. Two years later, things have changed. Pat Gallagher from Louisville, Alice Craft-Kerney from New Orleans, and Illya Davis from Atlanta join us to talk about their feelings about President Obama at the halfway mark of his first term.  

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My Generation

Monday, October 25, 2010

William Upski Wimsatt, hip hop and graffiti writer, founder of the League of Young Voters and the author of Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement,  talks about the state of (no longer so) young radical Americans.

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The Takeaway

Is 'Mean Girls' Misogynist?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Earlier this week, we spoke to Gail Sheehy of The Daily Beast about what she and Maureen Dowd have labelled the "mean girls" in this election — Republicans like Linda McMahon, Sharron Angle, and the "Mama Grizzly" herself, Sarah Palin. But is that term fair? Or does it just show that the political, mud-slinging political playing field has been leveled?

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Obama Voters Waiting for Inspiration

Friday, October 01, 2010


"So this is incumbent upon us to do our part to get people out, to let them know, yes, maybe the president hasn't lived up to their expectations, but we can point out why. But this is no reason not to participate and not to continue to understand that elections are important."

-H. Carl McCall


The Takeaway

Frustrated With Politicians, Impatient Voters Mount Recall Campaigns

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Many voters, frustrated with their current elected officials, have decided to take action well ahead of election day. In cities and towns across America, constituents are calling for recall elections—efforts to oust their elected officials from office in the middle of their terms.

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New Law Mandates Polling Places Be Accessible to Disabled Voters

Monday, September 20, 2010

Governor Paterson has signed into law a new bill ensuring that all polling sites be uniformly accessible to disabled voters by 2012, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law prevents County Boards of Elections from obtaining temporary waivers for sites that are currently inaccessible.



Bloomberg Calls Voting Problems a "Royal Screw Up"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg had harsh words on primary day for the way the election was being run in New York City.


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Your New Ballot Stories: Frustration and Confusion at the Polls

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. You tell us your stories when you text BALLOT to 30644 and we call you back.

Your reactions so far have been mixed: Some people found the new paper ballots simpler - Jim Petzke said it was as "easy as eating a piece of pie."  We had lots of reports of nearly empty polling stations and people who were "in and out in five minutes."

But many of you reported problems. Organisational issues at the polling stations included missing ballots, broken optical scanners and long lines. Wayne Alan Blood wrote to our Facebook page to say that he had been "unceremoniously turned away" because the ballots never arrived.

There were lots of complaints about the paper ballots themselves. Voters called the print "tiny", and the design confusing and difficult to understand.

But the most outrage was voiced over what many of our listeners felt was a lack of ballot secrecy: Meryl Salvinger said poll workers told her to scan her ballot face up "which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people." Another caller, Greg Hofer, was livid:

"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."

And it's not just the IAFC crowd that is finding trouble, Mayor Bloomberg has called the voting troubles a "royal screw-up."

Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...

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Getting Out the Vote Before the Primaries

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidates running in tomorrow's primary have been appearing around New York City today, hunting for last-minute votes. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani stumped in upper Manhattan with Republican Senate candidate David Malpass. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, campaigned for Democrat Reshma Saujani, who's challenging Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.


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It's A Free Country...So What?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Every schoolyard argument seems to devolve to the exclamation that “It’s a free country.” “It’s a free country” usually ends a conversation, but here, it’s a conversation starter. Our mission here is twofold: to provide you lively political content and to partner with you to build a unique interactive community.

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The Takeaway

Reactions to President Obama in Ohio

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Over the weekend, President Obama visited Lorain County, Ohio as part of his continuing Main Street tour. How are people in Ohio feeling about Obama's first year in office and on the eve of his first State of the Union address?

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The Takeaway

Ninth Circuit Court: Convicted Felons Can Still Vote

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A federal court in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle has overturned a Washington state law that said convicted felons had no right to vote. The case turned on questions of racial bias in Washington's justice and penal systems, and could have wide-reaching implications for other laws involving prisoners.  To unpack the decision, we're joined by Dale Ho, assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has been working on this case for the past 6 years.


The Takeaway

Voters assess President Obama's first 100 days

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

To assess President Obama’s first 100 days, we’re going to the experts—the men and women who thought long and hard about his qualifications: the voters. We’re checking back in with the folks who joined us throughout the election season for a performance review on the man they did—and didn't— cast a ballot for.

Also joining the conversation is our friend, behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Ariely will talk us through what the next 100 days should entail.