Colorado’s new redistricting process

An image of a congressional district map crafted as part of the 2011 redistricting process. (Screenshot) A look at how the new redistricting commissions are selected and how they will draw new congressional and legislative maps in Colorado August 17, 2020 By a landslide, Colorado voters decided in 2018 to overhaul the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. The goal: finally putting …

Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They’re Wrong: But their fear makes everyone less safe

By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Five Thirty Eight, Aug 3, 2020 Will you get robbed this year? How would you rate your chances? Over 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, the national Survey of Economic Expectations asked respondents to do just that. People estimated their risks for a whole host of bad-news life events — robbery, burglary, job loss and losing their …

Stability v. Earthquake – who stays in power according to Allan Lichtman

Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not. The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes …

In 2013 the supreme court gutted voting rights – how has it changed the US?

The supreme court struck down a formula at the heart of Voting Rights Act – now voters who are discriminated against bear the burden of proving they are disenfranchised. By Sam Levine and Ankita Rao in The Guardian, 25 Jun 2020 Seven years ago today, the supreme court issued one of the most consequential rulings in a generation in a case called Shelby county …

Those who don’t vote have largely given up on the system representing them and are dissatisfied with both parties. 56% are quite poor, making less than $30,000/year

ONE OF THE MOST comprehensive surveys of nonvoters was published by Pew Research Center on August 9, 2018. It summarized its bottom-line finding this way, the exact opposite of what is typically claimed by wealthy television media stars and DC operatives: “nonvoters were more likely to be younger, less educated, less affluent and nonwhite.”  Almost half of non-voters in the 2016 presidential election …

Mandatory voting, swing voters and more

March 2020, In These Times articles Perhaps detailed blueprints are beside the point. Maybe, as the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein argued 100 years ago, the end goal of socialism is meaningless, while the socialist movement, advancing toward a more democratic horizon, is everything. Conventional wisdom puts the number of swing voters around 15–20% of the electorate, but Bitecofer argues it’s more …

USA Today on Bernie Sanders and Democrats’ Need for the Left, to Win

USA Today, Feb 2020. Bernie’s not my favorite candidate, but if moderate Democrats are serious when they say their only concern is beating President Donald Trump, they should get used to the thought of backing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. If you believe in saving democracy, the courts and the planet, and reversing the unrepentant cruelty, corruption and carelessness that define the current …

To Reduce Inequality in Elections, All States Should Allow Voting At Home: Mail-in Ballots Can Double Participation

FEBRUARY 27, 2020 by Sarah Anderson and Brian Wakamo In the United States of America, we have an election process in which the wealthiest Americans can spend unlimited funds to buy political influence while the poor, particularly poor people of color, face multiple barriers to exercising their most basic democratic right: voting. As a result, the richer the American, the …

Mobile voting pilot in Denver ‘clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and convenience of secure ballot delivery and return.’

Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky Jan. 24, 2020 Citizens in King County, WA, which includes Seattle, are now able to submit votes by mobile device for the King Conservation District (KCD) board of supervisors election on February 11, NPR first reported. Voting began Wednesday and runs through election day; an estimated 500 ballots were submitted via mobile devices during the first 24 hours, Bea Covington, …