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Ticket splitting is dead. National parties are now everything.

Every single state that elected a Republican senator this November voted for Donald Trump — and every single state that elected a Democratic senator voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>That’s a first in American history — at least going back to 1913, when the Constitution began mandating the direct popular …

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Trump Hasn’t Diminished America’s Faith In Elections, But He Has Polarized It

Pick a random person out of the phone book, and there’s a better chance he or she will get struck by lightning than commit voter fraud. That didn’t …

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Study: Texas Voter Education Campaign Failed To Prevent ID Confusion

Texas’ court-ordered $2.5 million voter education campaign failed to prevent widespread confusion about the state’s identification rules ahead of the …

Government

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Face Ban in Second Indian State on Water - Bloomberg

Retailers in India’s drought-hit southern state of Kerala plan to join peers in neighboring Tamil Nadu in a boycott of beverages made by PepsiCo Inc. …

The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart

Ahead of the presidential election, the demographic profiles of the Republican and Democratic parties are strikingly different.

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A Look Back Sheds Light on Redistricting

• <b>2011 Civitas article illuminates the history of redistricting arguments</b>• <b><br>In the past, Democrats admitted drawing voting maps for political purposes</b>• <b><br>A</b> …

Government

For Trump foes, Democratic gains may remain elusive in 2018

Passionate protests against Donald Trump's presidency have swelled the ranks of Democratic activists, but their new enthusiasm faces a hard reality: Republicans remain well-positioned to retain their grip on power in the 2018 elections.<p>While Republicans hold only a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, …

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Associated Press Interactive

No, Voter Turnout Wasn’t Way Down From 2012

Stories are still circulating a week after the election that turnout fell sharply from 2012. That’s almost certainly not true. The confusion is the …

The God That Failed

The 2000 election left a Democratic Party that was simultaneously angry, dispirited and divided. Populists believed that Al Gore made a terrible …

Why One Man Didn't Vote for President: 'Nothing Really Changes'

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>Voter turnout has been a big topic of discussion as the media and political strategists continue to process this election. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's loss has been blamed on low voter turnout in key swing states, although it …

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The Moderating Influence of the Electoral College

It appears that for the second time in the last five presidential elections, the winner of a plurality of the national popular vote will have failed …

Democracy

Home schooled teens helped Republicans win key Senate races

WASHINGTON – High School Senior Katrina Torsoe spent the weekend before Election Day on an unusual civics project: knocking on hundreds of doors in suburban Philadelphia to help re-elect Sen. Pat Toomey.<p>She did it even though she couldn’t vote for the Pensylvania Republican – or anyone for that …

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As American as Apple Pie? The Rural Vote’s Disproportionate Slice of Power

In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since.<p>Yet the idea of Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian America has receded slowly despite demographic change. We still romanticize the family farm, …

Democracy

“Unconstitutional gerrymander”: Federal court strikes down Wisconsin’s GOP-drawn redistricting

The case will likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court and could impact on partisan redistricting nationally<p>With the 2016 election, Donald Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in nearly 30 years and Republicans took control of nearly two-thirds of the …

Government

This calculator will show you how much your vote counts

The map of the presidential election has taken on familiar shades over the last few decades.<p>Red states tend to stay red. Blue states tend to stay blue. There are just a few states, the swing states—states such as Nevada, Colorado, and Florida—where the outcome isn’t obvious.<p>Those are the true …

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Snapchat Lures More Campaign Spending as Candidates Court Young Voters - Bloomberg

Snapchat has no proven track record in election advertising. It shares only limited data about its audience, and caters mainly to a demographic that …

Voters with Disabilities Seek Restoration of Voting Rights in California

[Image via respectabilityusa]Last year, I blogged about legislation in California that would protect people with disabilities from losing their right …

Rights & Freedoms

Road to 270 – Associated Press Interactive

Forget swing states — the presidential election will be determined by these 20 swing COUNTIES

Americans have heard that the election of the next president will be determined by a few battleground states, with Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania as …

Give Trump a Break (on His Campaign Music, at Least)

The artists who keep complaining about his use of their songs want to have it both ways.<p>Musicians and their lawyers have been regularly telling Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his campaign events. The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., the members of Queen, the O’Jays and the estate of Luciano …

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Clinton’s ‘run-out-the-clock’ strategy under fire

The Democratic nominee nearly vanished from the campaign trail in August to attend high-end private fundraisers and to prepare for the first …

Analysis: 10 states still haven't elected minority statewide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly two centuries after Missouri gained statehood as part of a compromise over slave ownership, no black candidate has ever won a statewide election there — a barrier Robin Smith is trying to overcome but seldom discusses publicly.<p>According to an analysis by The …

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Michigan Begs Supreme Court To Reinstate Ban On 'Straight-Ticket' Voting

A lower court found the ban disproportionately affected black voters.<p>Running against the clock, Michigan on Friday asked the Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce a ban on “straight-ticket” voting ― the practice of voting for all the candidates of the same party by marking a single box on a …

Judiciary

Why Clinton needs to win big

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders: I don't consider myself a Democrat Clinton campaign dogged by infighting, overconfidence Budowsky: …

Letters to Hillary

What is the electoral college? The history behind the US' weird way of picking a president

Every four years, millions of Americans head to the ballot box. They think they're picking the next president of the United States. But they're not …

Could ballot selfies help save democracy?

Every election for the past few years, Tyler Heald has posted on Facebook a photo of his marked ballot.<p>The posts often prompt conversation about why he was backing certain candidates or ballot initiatives.<p>When he posted his ballot two years ago he got a different response: A family member in law …

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