Video: How to fix the broken presidential primary process in 7 minutes

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Many voters—and even party insiders—view our primary system as outdated and blunder-prone. Exactly 1,357 delegates will be up for grabs today on Super Tuesday, the closest thing the U.S. has to a national primary, with 14 states—and American Samoa—casting their votes. That raises the question: Why don’t we have a national primary, where everyone votes on the same day? That idea, and numerous others, have been floated over the years as solutions to what many voters and even party insiders view as an outdated, blunder-prone presidential primary system. Read Full Story

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It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s what that means

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This year’s presidential and congressional elections may be the most important in our lifetimes. Don’t miss your chance to have your say. This year’s election is a bad one to miss because of something as trivial as forgetting to register to vote. And yet many millions of people miss out on the chance to vote every election for that very reason. Sixty percent of eligible voters never get asked to register. That’s part of the reason for National Voter Registration Day —to remind people to register to vote, or to update their registration. Read Full Story

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These behavioral science tweaks could boost voter turnout during a pandemic election (even if it’s voting by mail)

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This organization found little ways to help increase midterm voter turnout in 2018. Next up: a 2020 election in a pandemic. Fears of voter suppression are firmly in the minds of many Americans in the lead-up to 2020, especially following the April primary election in Wisconsin when the Supreme Court refused to allow the state to make changes to its voting process, forcing 450,000 people to turn out in person during the height of a global pandemic and preventing an untold number of people from voting at all because they decided to stay home. Still, intentional suppression is just one of many reasons people don’t cast ballots. There are also unintentional barriers, such as complex or outdated registration systems, as well as lack of motivation or know-how on the part of voters. Read Full Story

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How ranked choice voting could restore the concept of majority rule

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Already being used in New York City and a number of states, RCV offers the added benefit of forcing candidates to appeal to a broader constituency, reducing negative campaigning. Two of the last five presidential elections were won by candidates who did not win majority support. Meanwhile, congressional candidates have been winning primaries with as little as 21% of the popular vote. For a democracy founded on the principle of majority rule, this is a problem. The Ranked Choice Voting Act, sponsored by Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin (and cosponsored by 13 representatives, thus far all Democrats), seeks to implement a fairer process for U.S. House and Senate elections, beginning in 2022. In an RCV election, voters rank as many candidates as they like in order of preference. (Voters are not obligated to rank—they can make a single selection if they choose.) If no candidate wins a majority of votes, a …

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‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge

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As many states are rushing to implement new systems to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. Read Full Story

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Super Tuesday live results: 4 ways to track the votes in real time

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Voters in 14 states will head to the polls this Super Tuesday, and more than 1,300 delegates hang in the balance. Here’s where to see the live results. It’s hard to believe, but since the start of the 2020 presidential primaries, almost two dozen Democratic hopefuls have dropped out of the race. Now, with just five candidates remaining, voters in 14 states will help decide their ultimate fates on this Super Tuesday . Here’s what to know about this consequential primary election day: Read Full Story

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Native Americans are facing voter suppression. This resource wants to help them overcome it

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While all Americans face a very different voting landscape this year, many Native Americans have to deal with more pernicious challenges. Natives Vote wants to help. Though Native Americans have technically been enfranchised since 1924, numerous obstacles in various states serve to bar individuals from voting. They largely affect the 30% of the 5.2 million Native Americans who live on reservations, but even extend to people living in rural areas more generally. Read Full Story

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Here’s the Plan B if the party conventions get cancelled. There is no Plan B.

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, both the GOP and the Democrats may turn to tech solutions to select delegates and even hold virtual conventions. It’s hard to remember amid the onslaught of terrifying coronavirus updates, but there’s a crucial national election going on. And w hile Joe Biden appears to have locked up the Democratic nomination for president, and Donald Trump will be the GOP’s nominee, the primaries are still ongoing and hurtling toward both parties’ conventions this summer. But how do you hold a convention with tens of thousands of your party’s most faithful supporters and delegates while maintaining social distance? Read Full Story

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These philanthropists are donating 1% of their net worth to expand and protect the vote

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$40 million is already being distributed to national, state and local organizations. Philanthropists are assembling significant sums to expand and protect voting rights ahead of an uncertain 2020 election. These benefactors have volunteered to donate at least 1% of their net worth or assets to invest in solidifying the infrastructure to help increase voter registration and turnout, defeat anti-voter suppression, and finance efforts relating to lawsuits that may spring up around mail-in voting. They’ll assist in infusing enthusiasm into young people and communities of color to turn out, and in protecting post offices and making sure polling places are effectively manned. As of August 27, the fund has reached $40 million of an ultimate goal of $100 million. Read Full Story

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Snap has registered 750,000 people to vote in 2020. Here’s its plan to keep going

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Teaming up with artist Mark Bradford, Snapchat wants to boost its voter registration numbers even higher. 2020 is poised to be the most important election of our lifetime, and it’s happening during a pandemic—taking the normal tools of stump speeches, rallies, and voter registration drives out of the mix. But where those analog traditions have gone by the wayside, new digital ones are taking their place. Read Full Story

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Latino voters are going to be key in 2020—and they care deeply about the climate

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Compared to other groups, Latino voters are more worried about the crisis, more willing to take action, and more likely to say they will vote for a candidate because of their stance on climate change. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a dead heat in Texas, a state that has swung Republican in every presidential election since 1976. If Biden pulls off the unthinkable and defeats Trump in Texas, it will be by mobilizing Latino voters. Read Full Story

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