Friday, April 29, 2016

President Obama Talks Gerrymandering, Voting Wars, Money in Politics at Student Journalist Press Conference

Remarks: Q    Hi, Mr. President.  Earlier today, we spoke about — THE PRESIDENT:  What’s your name? Q    Patrick Forrest (ph) from the Fresno City College Rampage. THE PRESIDENT:  From the what? Q    Fresno City College, the Rampage. … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Ask the person on the street when elections are held, and they’ll say, “Duh, in November.” Ask an election official, though, and depending on what state they’re in, they may say, “Spring, fall and sometimes in between,” or “They never stop—we’re doing elections all year long.”

With all eyes on the presidential nominating races, it may be hard to contemplate the elections that take place outside November: municipal elections, special district elections, school elections and even special elections to fill vacancies. And yet, legislators are thinking about them—or at least thinking about when is the best time to hold them. Is it easier to run a lot of small elections, or to run fewer-but-bigger combined elections? What do these choices mean for costs? And for turnout?

Internet Voting? Really?

In this heated election year, Andrew Appel explores the history of voting and voting fraud as we have transitioned from paper ballots to mechanical voting machines. What does the future of voting and voting security look like in the United States?
Internet Voting? Really? | Andrew Appel | TEDxPrincetonU - YouTube

Thursday, April 21, 2016

California's voter registration form looks like it was written by a chimpanzee. Fix it.

To vote in the GOP primary, you’ve got to be a registered Republican. My guess is that most right-leaning, independent-thinking AIP members would side with Trump.

Fortunately, it’s not too late for these Californians to correct their mistake. They’ve got until May 23 to reregister as a Democrat, a Republican or with no party at all.

The latter is officially categorized as “no party preference,” though not on the confusing voter registration form, which looks like it was written by a chimpanzee.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is Trump right about 'rigged' nomination?

Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Plutocrats United (Yale University Press 2016). The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Source: Is Trump right about 'rigged' nomination?

Verbatim fact check: Is hard money a larger share of political spending than outside money?

In a March 8, 2016, op-ed in The Los Angeles Times, Nick Penniman and Wendell Potter argued that money raised by federal political candidates from individual donors, known as hard money, makes up the lion’s share of campaign spending, while independent expenditures by outside groups like super
Source: Verbatim fact check: Is hard money a larger share of political spending than outside money?

Report: Up to 500K Californians may be blocked from voting

(CNN)Nearly half a million California voters may be unable to participate in the state's presidential primaries on June 7 as a result of confusion in the voter registration process, a Los Angeles Times investigation has discovered.
Source: Report: Up to 500K Californians may be blocked from voting