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This suburban St. Louis district hosted one of the closest presidential contests we've ever seen. This extremely narrow victory is the tightest presidential result we’ve found for all of the 404 congressional districts we’ve released 2020 data for so far, and we’d be very surprised if it gets displaced when we wrap up our remaining three states (Alabama, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania).

This suburban St. Louis district hosted one of the closest presidential contests we've ever seen

The second-closest seat in last year’s elections was Iowa’s 3rd, which Trump claimed 49.15-49.02, a gap of 567 votes. Four years ago, the most competitive seat was Oregon’s 4th, which Hillary Clinton edged out Trump by 554 votes, or 46.14-46.0. (Joe Biden took it 51-47 this time.) What If We Wrote the Constitution Today? The conservative team, composed of Robert P.

What If We Wrote the Constitution Today?

George of Princeton, Michael W. Report: ‘Clean Missouri’ repeal could dilute minority representation in state Capitol. Every 10 years, political districts around the nation are redrawn to make sure they are equal in population.

Report: ‘Clean Missouri’ repeal could dilute minority representation in state Capitol

Currently, all 50 states use total population when doing this, which ensures that everyone is considered when drawing district boundaries. Turnout 7PM. Untitled. Georgia primary: Long lines mar voting in Atlanta. State election officials have blamed inexperienced election workers for the problems as well as safety issues related to the coronavirus, including the heightened use of absentee ballots, and have pushed back on suggestions that malfunctioning equipment is causing delays.

Georgia primary: Long lines mar voting in Atlanta

Several voters with whom CNN has spoken, however, have said they were having difficulty using election machines. Machines were reported down at multiple locations by voters, including at First Baptist Church in downtown Powder Springs in Cobb County. Voter Monica Hickman told CNN she was in line starting at about 6:45 a.m. and was finally able to vote about two hours later due to 10 machines being down. "It was after 7:30 when we went inside the voting area only to be told the machines were down. We had to use provisional ballots. - The Washington Post. No, Not Sanders, Not Ever.

A few months ago, I wrote a column saying I would vote for Elizabeth Warren over Donald Trump.

No, Not Sanders, Not Ever

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You will be among the first to know when The New Yorker publishes new pieces on the crisis facing American democracy. This limited series will run through November and the Presidential election. Many institutions of our government are dysfunctional and getting worse. The Political Scientist Hélène Landemore on Open Democracy. Landemore bases her model on what she calls “mini-publics”—little assemblies of anywhere from a hundred and fifty to a thousand people— which do the work of governing.

The Political Scientist Hélène Landemore on Open Democracy

Their members are selected lottocratically, or in jury-duty fashion. Asheville's woes are the story of America (opinion) Gerrymandering -- the dark art of drawing political maps to favor one party and disadvantage the other, which can be traced back to the earliest days of the nation -- fundamentally altered the nature of political representation in the largest city in western North Carolina.

Asheville's woes are the story of America (opinion)

Artists, independent spirits and environmentalists have traditionally flocked to this hippie enclave, surrounded by conservative hill towns, for the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, thriving local brewpubs, vegan cafes and independent bookstores. And, a decade ago, North Carolina's 11th congressional district, with Asheville at its heart, was among the nation's most competitive, see-sawing with shifting political winds.

It favored Republicans during the two elections that followed the September 11 attacks, then veered toward Democrats beginning in 2006 as the Iraq war stagnated and stock market tumbled. Bills propose eliminating Electoral College, preventing presidents from pardoning themselves. The Tennessee Democrat, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, proposed his amendments Thursday, the first day of the 116th Congress after the Democrats took power of the House.

Bills propose eliminating Electoral College, preventing presidents from pardoning themselves

In 2017, he introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The Constitution provides for both the structure of the Electoral College and presidential pardon power, therefore changing either of them would require a constitutional amendment rather than a law passed by Congress. Calls to abolish the Electoral College intensified in the aftermath of the 2016 election, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the presidency when Trump won the majority of the Electoral College. Similar calls were made in 2000, when former Vice President Al Gore also won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush. "Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office," Cohen said in a statement. GOP steps up vote suppression as Democrats grow in determination. NPR Choice page. Maine Is Trying Out A New Way To Run Elections. But Will It Survive The Night? The man who lives in the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine, was, for many, a sneak preview of the 45th president of the United States.

Maine Is Trying Out A New Way To Run Elections. But Will It Survive The Night?

Like Donald Trump, Republican Gov. Paul LePage has transformed the face of government with his politically incorrect brand of conservatism — and he did it despite winning less than a majority of votes. LePage won a seven-way Republican primary for governor in 2010 with 37 percent of the vote, and he beat a Democrat and three independents in the general with just 38 percent. Eight years later, it’s far from clear that LePage would have a path to victory if he were running now in the Republican primary for governor. Gerrymandering's Surprising History and Uncertain Future. The Odd Political Alliance Behind Today’s Gerrymandering By Clyde Haberman They sound like possible program titles for the Cartoon Network: Goofy Kicking Donald Duck, The Earmuffs, The Broken-Winged Pterodactyl, The Upside-Down Elephant, The Fat Squid, A Steamed Crab Hit by a Mallet.

Actually, they were the shapes some people saw when looking at federal and state legislative districts that had been gerrymandered to within an inch of their lives. For the record, Goofy was in Pennsylvania, the earmuffs in Illinois, the pterodactyl in Maryland, the elephant in Texas, and the squid and steamed crab in North Carolina. About all they had in common with cartoons was that critics dismissed these squiggly and lumpy legislative lines as loony tunes, and courts rejected some of them as unconstitutional. A political scientist has discovered a surprising way to increase voter turnout. It starts in childhood.

(iStock) Almost one in two of the United States’ voting-age population failed to cast their ballot in last November’s presidential elections, putting the United States far behind almost all other developed democracies around the world in voter turnout. Many proposals have been offered to tackle this embarrassing problem: Hold elections on weekends. Make Election Day a national holiday. Get rid of voter ID laws. Roll out automatic voter registration. Now, a political scientist is offering another solution: Teach kids social skills. How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science - The New York Times. Our Constitution Wasn’t Built for This - The New York Times. Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny - The New York Times. But months later, for Ms.

Greenhalgh, other election security experts and some state officials, questions still linger about what happened that day in Durham as well as other counties in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona. After a presidential campaign scarred by Russian meddling, local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian hackers, according to interviews with nearly two dozen national security and state officials and election technology specialists. Pence’s voter fraud commission will almost certainly ‘find’ thousands of duplicate registrations that aren’t duplicates. Here’s why. From left, former Cincinnati mayor Ken Blackwell, Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach attended a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last week.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Did Vice President Pence commit voter fraud? You might think so, if you looked at voter registration data that includes only each voter’s name and birth year. Mike Pence registered to vote eight times and cast seven ballots across six states in the November 2016 election. But you would be wrong. In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it. By Ariel Malka and Yphtach Lelkes By Ariel Malka and Yphtach Lelkes Monkey Cage Analysis. Here’s a voter fraud myth: Richard Daley ‘stole’ Illinois for John Kennedy in the 1960 election.

(Associated Press) President Trump has chartered a Commission on Election Integrity to investigate his claim that millions of voters, including undocumented immigrants, voted illegally in 2016. Although no evidence has been offered to support this allegation, it does evoke some popular histories of election fraud in the United States. To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source Software - The New York Times. Log In. Remembering Dale Bumpers. Single transferable vote - Wikipedia. To Build a Better Ballot. To Build a Better Ballot. Bernie Sanders lawsuit: Ohio official changed law to block 17-year-olds from voting. This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering. The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races.