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The Silent Sentinels outside the White House, 1917

In which I answer the question, “What’s next?”, part 2: the suffrage ladies and me

The suffrage ladies may not be done with me. Those were the women who, between 1910 and 1920, affected the most profound change in the make-up of the electorate in the history of the Republic. In 2013, Seeing Suffrage was published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book was about the 1913 Washington suffrage […]

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The Supreme Court: Following ‘th’ iliction returns’

A century ago, newspaper humorist Finley Peter Dunne, speaking through his wise-beyond-years character Mr. Martin Dooley, ended a soliloquy about the Court by saying: “That is, no matther whether th’ constitution follows th’ flag or not, th’ supreme coort follows th’ iliction returns.”

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How long did you wait in line to vote?

No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote – The Atlantic.

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Check out this interactive timeline of women’s suffrage history in Nevada!

Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) — A Century of Progress and Tradition.

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A truly silly video from the New York Times

The opinions section of the New York Times has put together a truly silly video of people expressing some profoundly inane reasons why you shouldn’t vote.

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Early voting: Every day is Election Day

The New York Times has a roundup of early voting around the country and how it has changed the pace of elections.

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The case for taking voting to the online environment

Ori Eisen, founder, chairman and chief innovation officer of online security firm 41st Parameter, makes the case for taking voting online in this Gigaon blog post, It’s Time to Take the Election Online.

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Supreme Court considering challenge to Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act has been around for a very long time and has become part of the political fabric of the nation, especially the states in the South that are the specific targets of the act.

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Largest Democracy, Low Voter Turnout

This super graphic shows how the US ranks in terms of voter turnout and other issues related to the push to change the voting system.

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Don’t Forget Your ID!

Check out this interactive graphic to see what your state’s requirements are concerning photo identification required to vote in this year’s election! http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx    

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Should criminals be allowed to vote?

This idea of denying people who have been convicted of crimes the right to vote has been debated for a couple of centuries now. It is viewed by many as retribution for an act against society. Should it be forever?

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Music superstars sing to encourage young women to vote

[youtube]http://youtu.be/32CmasVnvu4[/youtube]

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Timeless words from the Suffrage Movement

Postcards are few and far between these days, but the message on this postcard from the 1900’s speaks a sentiment that echoes throughout history and remains relevant today. Let us carry these words on to future generations!

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Voting for love, money or what?

We like to think that our voting decisions are at some distance from our personal well being, but that’s not always the case. Accepting money for voting one way when we might have voted the other is abhorrent to many of us, and it’s not the way democracy should work.

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Kansas territory, 1855: A case of fraudulent voting and its consequences

The case of the Kansas territory demonstrates that Americans think of voting as a central act of democracy. They like to have confidence in the results of voting, no matter what those results are. When that confidence is shaken, there are consequences.

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Voter fraud and the Lincoln-Douglas election

Voters at that time did not vote directly for candidates for the U.S. Senate. The race was over who would be elected to the state legislature, which had the power to name the senators from the state. Lincoln lost the election to Douglas not because there was a sudden flood of illegal Irish voters into […]

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Household Hints: How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?

Despite 100 years between the printing of this pamphlet and today, the sentiments expressed here are still shared by many, both nationally and internationally. The discussion on suffrage remains relevant.

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Get-out-the-vote: the non-nonpartisanship of it all

The underlying tone of one is that expanding the electorate will help President Barack Obama get re-elected. The underlying tone of the other is that putting more legal controls on who votes and when will aid the Republicans and Mitt Romney.

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Early voting: The process has begun for 2012

The tradition of state control was one that suffragists had to overcome to get the Nineteenth Amendment (giving women the right to vote) ratified in 1920, and it was not easily done.

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Voting fraud: This election year’s wrinkle in the voting debate

Voting fraud, and charges thereof, are as old as the Republic, but this year the controversy seems to be centered around the possibility of people who might be “bused in” to vote for President Barack Obama.

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