Voter ID laws have been accused of acting effectively like modern-day poll taxes. I delved into some numbers to explore the financial realities behind voter ID.
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!
During the Democratic caucuses in Nevada earlier this year, a controversy erupted when a polling place failed to provide a Spanish translator, a member of the audience volunteered to conduct translation, and she was shouted down by people who claimed that she was biased because of her political affiliations. Ultimately, the caucus runners decided to […]
Disability is a funny beast. At the same time that some 20 percent of the population identifies with some degree of disability, the spectrum of what is, and isn’t, disability is hugely varied depending on impairment an individual experience. One person with depression considers herself disabled. Another does not. A wheelchair user is different from […]
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 […]
There’s a bumper sticker that’s quite popular ’round these parts: ‘I hunt, I fish, and I vote.’ It’s a statement I always find fascinating to break down, because there’s a great deal embedded within it — and a number of different ways you could read it. The way people interpret it also says a lot […]
‘Are you registered to vote?’ the young man asks me. He’s one of the scores of canvassers that inundates the Bay Area, setting up shop on street corners, outside grocery stores, at farmers’ markets, anywhere they think they can find unwitting victims. Some like to go the progressive angle, seeking out people whom they think […]
Felon disenfranchisement is a known and pressing issue in the United States, a nation where people can be stripped of their voting rights long after committing a crime and serving time for it. Disenfranchisement after release has been heavily criticised, especially since it disproportionately affects men of colour in the United States, effectively depriving an […]
In the United States, the right to vote is supposed to be guaranteed to citizens over the age of 18. Of course, the reality is somewhat different. Many states have felon disenfranchisement, which legally bars felons from voting, while others use a variety of tactics to limit voting rights, such as mandating voter ID, having […]