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NY Assembly Speaker, Attorney General Press for Early Voting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The state’s Attorney General and Assembly Speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman teamed up to press for New York to join 32 other states and allow early voting. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Participatory Budgeting and Member Items

Friday, April 05, 2013

This year's expansion of participatory budgeting allows residents' of their districts to allocate some of the member items funds. Voting concludes this weekend for the 8 districts involved. 

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The Takeaway

Does 'One Person, One Vote' Mean 'One Voter, One Vote'?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Next week the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear Lepak v. City of Irving, a case out of Texas that hinges on the question of whether "one person, one vote" means "one voter, one vote." As Richard Pildes, constitutional law professor at New York University, explains, Irving, Texas, is divided into six City Council districts, all equal in terms of population. One of the districts includes a significant immigrant population, however, rendering half of that district ineligible to vote. The eligible voters left therefore have more political power than those in the other districts.

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The Takeaway

How the Voting Rights Act Came to Be

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether an important part of the Voting Rights Act is still necessary. Judy Richardson and Charles Cobb, both of whom fought for voting rights on the front lines, explain how the act came to be.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Will Obama Really Change The Way We Vote?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

President Obama mentioned long voting lines in his three major speeches since being re-elected:

On Election Night:

Whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a long time -- by the way, we have to fix that!

At the Inauguration:

Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.

During the State of the Union:

When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.

But do three mentions signal real change? Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the Obama commission on voting reform and what changes could be implemented before the next time Americans go to the poll.

 

Caller Eric Does His "VoterPhone" Impersonation

 

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The "2016 Starts Now!" Edition

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama’s election to a second term, some of the factors that led to his victory over Mitt Romney, and ballot wins for same-sex marriage and legalizing pot (well, at least until the Feds get involved). 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After the Election: Making Voting Easier

Friday, November 09, 2012

Larry Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, discusses obstacles to ballot access and what can be done to make voting less of a chore.

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Day Update

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, offers Election Day analysis and updates on early and email voting logistics in New Jersey's storm-damaged precincts.

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New Jersey News

With Power Still Out, NJ Comes Up With New Voting Plan

Monday, November 05, 2012

Large areas of New Jersey are still without power a week after Sandy. It has helped complicate voting for many residents hoping to cast a ballot on Tuesday’s election. N.J. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been spearheading efforts to make sure victims of Sandy can vote.

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Soundcheck

Once Rhymed About, Obama Finds Less Support from Hip Hop in 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Before the 2008 presidential election, hip hop stars like Nas, Young Jeezy and Sean "Diddy" Combs enthusiastically endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama through speech and song. But four years later, the hip hop community's support of President Obama's re-election has seemed somewhat muted. Hip hop writer and Soundcheck bullpen member Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us to discuss how rappers like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and Nicki Minaj have demonstrated their feelings of political support, apathy and disapproval leading up to election day. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Law and Hurricanes

Monday, November 05, 2012

Larry Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, talks about the legal parameters for voter access, and Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talks about the logistics of voting in storm-damaged areas.

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The Takeaway

Confusion in Florida's Early Voting

Monday, November 05, 2012

In Florida, there has been some confusion and a little chaos over early voting in Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, voters lined up outside the Miami Dade elections office in Doral. They'd been told earlier in the day by the Elections Department that they would be able to cast absentee ballots in person. Phil Latzman, a senior anchor and host with our affiliate station WLRN, explains.

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Voting in a Disaster Area

Thursday, November 01, 2012

While Sandy’s main impacts have been felt on roads, in homes, and in communities, they also have the potential of being felt at the voting booth. In the storm's aftermath, will all the displaced people be able to make it to the polls? Will the absentee ballots be delivered? And in places that rely on electronic voting machines, will voting even be possible? Scott Colabella, the county clerk for Ocean County, New Jersey, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting After the Superstorm

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Richard Hasen, professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine school of Law and author now of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, talks about voting in the aftermath of the storm and how damage could change election turnout. 

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The Takeaway

How Much Do Our Genes Influence Our Votes?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It is two weeks until election day and the presidential candidates, their campaigns, and their supporters have invested huge amounts of time and money to win our votes, but what ultimately sways us to pick one candidate over another? An increasing numbers of political scientists are considering the notion that our voting patterns may be influenced by genetics, as well as our environment. Kara Miller is the host of WGBH’s Innovation Hub.

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The Takeaway

Advocacy Group Fights Voter Suppression

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As election day nears there are almost always reports of voter suppression and intimidation. The tactics vary from election to election, making them difficult to predict or counteract. But that’s exactly what Eric Marshall, manager of legal mobilization for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law works to do.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Electoral Dysfunction”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Victoria Bassetti, author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters, written with Mo Rocca, talks about at voting in America—from early voting to absentee ballots to voter fraud to voter ID laws. She's joined by Bennett Singer, writer/director/producer of the documentary “Electoral Dysfunction." The film opens at the Quad Cinema September 21. It will also be shown in New York on PBS channel 21 October 28.

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WNYC News

New Service Aims To Make Voting Easy

Monday, September 24, 2012

A new online service wants to make voting as easy as renting a movie on Netflix. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Ethics of Voting

Friday, September 14, 2012

Roger Steare, business ethics consultant and the author of  Ethicability: How to Decide What's Right and Find the Courage to Do It, talks about how ethics shape the way we vote.

→Take the US 2012 Elections ethics and voting survey at www.MoralDNA.org.

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