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The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

25 February 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Beto O’Rourke’s failed Senate campaign in 2018 nonetheless has made lasting change in Texas’ largest city, where Democrats drawn to the polls by O'Rourke's candidacy swept out Republican judges who had blocked various...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 January 2020

United States

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Many cities are turning to 16- and 17-year-olds to address poll worker shortages. Election officials say the students are also more tech savvy, racially and ethnically diverse, and enthusiastic. 400 students in Minnea...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 December 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin's program to make voting and polling locations accessible for people with disabilities once garnered national attention, though it has since fallen behind where it used to be. The program called for an audit...

PBS POV

Michael Premo

Rachel Falcone

4 November 2019

New Brunswick, Canada

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After an energy company began exploring New Bruncwick territory for oil and natural gas, Indigenous tribes and white people worked together to protect their water and ban fracking. They held protests at government bui...

The Marshall Project

Cary Aspinwall

4 November 2019

Taft, Oklahoma, United States

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More than 500 people in Oklahoma had their drug possession felony sentences commuted after voters approved an initiative that changed some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The commutation led to...

CNN

Fareed Zakaria

13 October 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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While many politicians use political polarization to their advantage, communities across the world are finding that talking through the divide can actually have an impact on how someone votes. Polls conducted before a...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Eetta Prince-Gibson

18 September 2019

Israel

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Jewish and Arab organizers arranged for volunteers to bring Bedouin women in remote villages to their polling place to vote in parliamentary elections. Bedouin villages on tribal lands don’t have polling places, so do...

Zora

Jennifer Chowdhury

17 September 2019

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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In the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, Rohingya women are overcoming the societal restraints that bound them at home in Myanmar and becoming leaders and change-makers in their community. Despite resistance from...

Marie Claire

Jennifer Chowdhury

9 July 2019

Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Shalbagan refugee camp in Bangladesh is one of 30 similar camps to elect leaders, except in this one women made up half of the elected officials. Over 40,000 Rohingya refugees live in the camp, and they come from ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

1 May 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Ball State University and Muncie, Indiana, are forging an inventive town-gown partnership. In 2018, the school became the first public university to assume responsibility for the city's public schools. The transition ...

KNME-PBS

Gene Grant

Kevin McDonald

16 April 2019

New Mexico, United States

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A mobile voting unit in Bernalillo County helped 1,733 people vote in 2018. The county rented a large RV, customized it with voting stations, and sent it to public areas, including senior centers where people can have...

NPR

Kenny Malone

2 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s “Democracy Vouchers,” funded by a ballot measure to increase property taxes, provide money for residents to make campaign contributions, which increases civic participation and helps people running for offic...

News Beat

Manny Faces

30 October 2018

United States

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Across the United States, individuals and organizations are seeking to shift the criminal justice system through District Attorney elections. From online communities like colorofchange.org, which seeks to support gras...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

5 July 2018

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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Takoma Park’s youth council may be the most powerful teen legislature in the nation. The city was the first to lower the voting age to 16 years old, so council members are not only communicating youth perspectives but...

Governing

Daniel C. Vock

13 June 2018

Maine, United States

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After trying ranked-choice voting, citizens in Maine decided to keep the system, even fighting court battles on the issue. The system allows voters to rank candidates running for an office from most desirable to least...

Global Editors Network (GEN) Editors Lab

Sarah Toporoff

13 February 2018

Germany

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In 2017, German newsroom Suddeutsche Zeitung began reporting election polling numbers in such a way that the uncertainty of the poll—caused by a limited sample size or respondents lying to pollsters—was visualized in ...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

Bright Magazine

Patricia Alex

24 April 2017

United States

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Women are underrepresented in elected positions, and with Trump being elected after being heard describing women in poor taste, this has only become more of a concern. Programs such as Elect Her and IGNITE are trying ...

Grist

Heather Smith

2 December 2016

Florida, United States

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In Conservative voting bastions of Florida, renewable energy turns out to be a bipartisan issue, supported even by the most Republican areas. The success of renewable energy was possible by listening to Floridians ne...

The Guardian

Sandra Larson

31 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston’s Youth Lead the Change engages young people in municipal decision-making by putting them in charge of determining how one million dollars is spent every year. Participants learn how city government works, subm...

EdSource

John Fensterwald

5 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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In response to youth calling for greater say in how California schools spend money, Overfelt High School allowed students to decide how to spend $50,000 of the school’s discretionary funding. Principal Vito Chiala ref...

Zócalo Public Square

Matt Cohen

Daniel Schugurensky

11 March 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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When Bioscience High School put students in charge of a portion of its discretionary budget, nearly the entire student body participated in deciding how to spend the money. The experiment in participatory democracy un...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2015

Belgrade, Serbia

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around th...

NationSwell

Josh Dzieza

13 December 2013

United States

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TurboVote allows users to fill out voter registration forms online and then mails them the paperwork to sign along with a stamped envelope addressed to the user’s local election office. The site also sends email and t...

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