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Does the political system really work?

Cathryn Brown (Rep.) was elected by the constituents of New Mexico to represent their interests. But I wonder if those voters knew an abortion bill that denies abortion to the victims of rape was part of her agenda.

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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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Parker’s column concerns documentary about women

One of the stories that should be told — and probably will be if this documentary is any good — is that of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who in one afternoon, changed the tenor and trajectory of the women’s suffrage debate that eventually led to the 19th Amendment that allowed women to vote.

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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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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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Should women have the right to vote?

One hundred years ago, reasonable people — both men and women — disagreed on these and other questions that today we would consider absurd and ludicrous. And therein lies a problem — a problem we constantly have with our history.

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