So you don’t want to cast a vote for president. Please, please, PLEASE go to the polls and vote the rest of the ballot, though, okay?
Please don’t stay home on election day. This election is too important for you to assume that other people will vote for you.
Happy primary day, California (and Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota)! You already know that I’m going to tell you to vote* — please do, don’t let complacency about which candidate you think will win or the alleged futility of elections keep you from the polls — but what I actually […]
Competing ballot initiatives can very confusing for voters, often intentionally. Here’s what happens with competing measures and how to manage them — make sure you understand what you’re voting for!
One of my perennial sources of irritation is people who complain about local politics but don’t actually make any moves to get involved. I don’t necessarily prescribe how people get involved in their local political scene, but the decision to refuse to do anything and remain actively disengaged while still complaining makes me want to climb the […]
As we gear up for the 2016 election (yes, I’m sorry, we are, even though it’s not even 2015 yet), Hillary Clinton is emerging as a major and significant contender. That means that, just like in 2008, it’s time to brace for some serious social and political sexism, since this country apparently still can’t handle […]
The 2012 election was historic and notable for a number of reasons, not least of which was the sheer amount of money spent on it, which was truly mindboggling. Karl Rove’s bad bets nothwithstanding, a lot of organisations and individuals poured funds into the election on a federal, state, and regional level, and some of […]
Whenever a nation in the Global South is going to the polls, the headlines here in the United States usually make a point of mentioning the use of poll monitors to ensure the election is fair and free. Pundits and politicians alike in the United States talk about how important it is for true democracy […]
The 2008 election became the scene of some fascinating positioning and rhetoric as both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin occupied key roles in the campaign process. Clinton’s bid for a Presidential nomination ultimately failed, while Palin was cynically selected as a Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican party. These two women have political views at […]
Every election year, people like to talk about not voting like it’s a point of pride and protest, to not participate in elections. Their objections are usually based on a national level—they don’t see how their votes matter in such a huge election, the electoral college decides these things anyway, it’s just not that important. […]