Presidential Election

America Decides 2020: Registering to Vote, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Election Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWh

Voting by Mail Faces Obstacles Beyond the US Postal Service

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020As Congress debates cuts to the economically troubled US Postal Service, proponents of voting by mail will need to navigate through a series of other obstacles if they want to

Problems with Electronic Poll Books: Scrutineers, Part IV

Reading Time: 22 minutesIn this episode of the Scrutineers Series, host Emily Levy interviews election security advocate and social media influencer Jennifer Cohn about the dangers of electronic pollbooks. E-poll books are used around the US to check in voters as they arrive at their precincts.

An Attempted Coup in Slow Motion

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy does the Republican Party hate the US Postal Service with such damning intensity? The answer, of course, is that it doesn’t. What Republicans, and more specifically, Donald Trump, really hate is the idea of losing the election in November. The US Postal Service is merely collateral damage in a concerted plan that depends on considerable amounts of voter suppression.

What the Suffrage Movement Reveals About Race in America

Reading Time: 4 minutesCalifornia Sen. Kamala Harris’s nomination for vice president is historic, but it also highlights how women of color are still fighting for fair and free access to the ballot box 100 years after women first won the right to vote.Never before has a woman of color been nominated for this position on a major party’s ticket.

Cheers and Jeers for Speakers’ Lineup at Democratic Convention

Reading Time: 4 minutes— COMMENTARY/HUMOR —When former two-term President Bill Clinton takes the (virtual) stage this week at the Democratic presidential nominating convention in Milwaukee, you would expect all the party faithful to be excited at the prospect.You would be wrong.“Why the F*ck is Creepy Bill Clinton Speaking?” began a

America Decides 2020: Ranked-Choice Voting, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesElection Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWhatWhy explore the critical issues concerning who can vote, how ballots will be cast, and how they will be counted — questions that could shape US democracy for years to come.

Election Offices Operate in Limbo as Congress Debates More Funds

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and a member of the Morgan County Board of Elections, knows that her state needs more funds i

America Decides 2020: Voting by Mail, Explained

Reading Time: 5 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Election Day will be November 3, but there’s little agreement on anything else. In America Decides 2020, editors and reporters for WhoWh

America Decides 2020: Early Voting, Explained

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020WhoWhatWhy is providing voters with critical information about how to cast a ballot this November and the issues that could shape how elections are carried out th

Privacy Concerns Plague Georgia Voting Initiatives

Reading Time: < 1 minuteVoters in Georgia found the state’s new voting machines to be unwieldy and full of glitches during June’s Primary. That was despite claims by state officials that the new machines were safe, private, and secure. One county chose to ditch electronic voting altogether in favor of paper ballots, citing possible privacy violations.

In Politics, K-Pop Fans Turn Up the Volume

Reading Time: 5 minutesOn June 12, 16-year-old Claire Hanley posted a video on TikTok that has spurred teams of domestic and international cyber operatives who could affect the 2020 presidential election. No, they are neither Russians nor bots.

Summertime and the Living’s Uneasy

Reading Time: 5 minutesAt the halfway point, 2020 is shaping up as potentially the worst year for Planet Earth since an asteroid strike (inexplicably not shared on social media) wiped out the dinosaurs and 75 percent of all other creatures. What else could go wrong? Surely, some things could go right.

Supreme Court Battle Over Electoral College Begins

Reading Time: 4 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Can the Electoral College be the last line of defense to protect the United States from a candidate who is unfit for office?

Are Americans Ready to Junk the Electoral College?

Reading Time: 5 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020The Electoral College, which allowed the past two Republican presidents to win office with fewer votes than their opponents, has officially become a joke.In a

Bernie Sanders Is the Original Invisible Man

Reading Time: 1 minute In a repeat of 2016, Bernie Sanders is running another strong campaign. He's attracting big crowds, raising a lot of money, making news with important plans, and doing well in the polls — but the media continues to act like he doesn't even exist.

FEC Dealings With Trump Campaign Shows Dysfunction on Both Sides

Reading Time: 3 minutesEven before he officially kicks off his reelection campaign later this month, President Donald Trump has already found plenty of ways to use campaign donations to line his own pockets. But he may want to invest in a campaign finance expert quickly — or at least somebody who can count — or his campaign could soon be slapped with sanctions by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Will ‘None of the Above’ Win the Presidential Election (Again)?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWill President Donald Trump be reelected — by people who do not vote?American presidential candidates who get elected do not necessarily represent the will of the people — because they don&;t generally get the support of the majority of eligible voters.

Blue States Are Banding Together to Sidestep the Electoral College

The 2016 presidential campaign was historically unprecedented in a number of ways, not the least of which was that the losing candidate got nearly three million more popular votes than the winner. Ever since November 2016, national Democrats have been scrutinizing ways to take full advantage of Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory and make it work for them in 2020.

Black Women Are Claiming the Political Stage

This week, a black woman became a credible candidate for President of the United States. Regardless of what you might think of the politics of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), her candidacy is historic. When Shirley Chisholm became the first such black woman, no one took that campaign seriously.Today, in an era of Black Lives Matter, African American feminists have helped define both our cultural politics and Democratic party politics.

Trump Rides His Dad’s Coattails into Manhattan

A young Donald Trump vowed to take over Manhattan — and quickly went to work to turn ambition into reality. An early masterstroke was the rehabilitation of the Commodore Hotel. It involved the kind of government aid the 2016 GOP frontrunner would have trouble defending to his political base.Trump managed to secure massive tax breaks usually not doled out for the renovation of luxury hotels.

Trump’s Escape Across the River

The second part of this controversial documentary on Donald Trump focuses on the mogul’s early years. It reveals where he picked up his business smarts — from his father Fred Trump.The elder Trump amassed the family fortune by building homes in Brooklyn. After World War II, he went bigger. He turned his attention to large housing developments, which he built “with little of his own money.” This would be a strategy his son pursued throughout his career.From his father’s example, Trump also learned that getting sued was simply part of doing business.

The Documentary on Donald Trump he Sued To Suppress

Donald Trump’s entire career has been about creating and projecting an image of himself that suits his needs. That has never been truer than during his current presidential bid. But what lies behind the image? Is Trump the genius and unremitting success he would have us believe? Is he the master of knowing how to pull all things off, how to win big while intimidating the bad guys and be loved by everyone else?Long ago — a quarter century ago — when Trump was already making noises about wanting to be president, some filmmakers set out to discover what the man was made of.

Expert Panel Flunks Republicans on Climate Science

When it comes to the subject of climate, going against science is a badge of honor for many Republicans. They seem to be trying to outdo each other in denying the conclusions of the vast majority of scientists — that climate change is real and manmade.That might work in a presidential primary, but not in a classroom. All but one of the GOP candidates would have to be held back a year — or, in the case of Ted Cruz, be sent back to kindergarten.Only Jeb Bush might have passed a climate science quiz — but just barely.

Clinton Tries to Buy Good News; Is Biden the Intended Target?

Hillary Clinton has a lead in Democratic primary polls that would make most politicians envious. But this hasn&;t stopped the former first lady from fighting, and spending, like her life depends on it.One target of this strategy may be a man who isn’t even running — yet.

Trump’s “Silent Majority” Makes Loud Ugly Noises Online

Early in September, Shaquandra Ratliff was killed in Chicago. The young mother was shot when a fight broke out at a “death remembrance party” for a gang member slain a year ago. But police say Ratliff had no gang affiliation and simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words, this is a story about yet another innocent black person shot to death.A was posted on Yahoo!

RussRant: Ben Carson Gets Boston Bombing Wrong

Ben Carson, now a leading candidate in the polls, has drawn criticism for some of his more extreme statements about foreigners — and, like so many of his fellow GOP candidates, has had to step back and declare he was misunderstood.But one thing he hasn’t taken flak for explaining why the United States should be wary of taking in Syrians and other Middle Eastern immigrants. His reason?

Trump: The Brand-Name Candidate

To New Yorkers, the name “Trump” is always written with a certain unique flair — and is always outsized.Gold-plated and tall as a man, the name “TRUMP” dominates an entire block on Fifth Avenue. The unavoidable letters, which hover above the entrance to the Trump Tower, signify not just a name, but a brand.&;Donald Trump’s personal brand — his name alone — has always been an integral part of his success.

GOP Debates, Kids’ Edition

I had fun live-tweeting the GOP debates with my trademark deadpan “commentary” (if you missed it, check out my personal twitter feed and scroll back just a wee bit). But it looks like someone else had some fun on the backs of those much-abused GOP contenders.You’ve heard the expression “out of the mouths of babes”?

Could Google Sway Election Outcomes?

Can you Google the future?Google could have a massive impact on elections if it tweaked its search algorithm just enough to favor certain candidates, researchers found.A conducted by the American Institute for Behavioral Research found that the order of Google search results about candidates — ranked according to positive and negative stories — had a significant effect on which ca

22 Witty Quotes About Elections

1. The problem with political jokes is they get elected. —Henry Cate, VII 2. I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. —Adlai Stevenson 3. Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. —Author Unknown

Bush v. Clinton — or Bernie v. Ted? How much of a choice do you want?

Imagine a substantive presidential contest: a general election pitting two people with major differences in their views and their visions for the future. Imagine the stimulation, the fireworks.Now consider what the establishment seems to prefer: a rematch of competing “moderate” dynasties. That is what appears to be in store. In an echo of 1992, another Bush versus another Clinton. And, if history is any guide, with Wall Street and the Military-Industrial Complex standing to benefit either way.To be certain, the Bushes and the Clintons differ in myriad substantive ways.

Trump is Not the Carnival — The Whole Election Is

The system loves to laugh at Donald Trump’s buffoonish ways, but what about the system itself? If you look closely, the entire way we elect presidents is pretty ridiculous. The following WhoWhatWhy Classic first appeared in 2011, but has never been more apt.
There’s a reason that many of the people who spend a lot of their time thinking and talking about celebrities’ private lives, and/or memorizing the statistics of scores of sports stars, also derive deep satisfaction from the seasonal political game.