Reform in the News

Redistricting

Audience boos as panel rebuffs redistricting advocates


Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia.
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Editorial: Will Virginia reform redistricting?


DEL. Bobby Orrock knows the sting of partisan redrawing of legislative districts.
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Dems call for vote on redistricting reforms


Democratic delegates on Tuesday called on Republican House Speaker William Howell to revive legislation that supporters say would help take politics out of redistricting.
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Wisconsin GOP to hire law firms to defend redistricting


Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature plan to hire two law firms in hopes of overturning a ruling that found they must redraw legislative maps.
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Non Partisan Redistricting plan task force gets started today


The current Republican domination in State Houses and Congress is caused in part, many argue, by the fact that Republican strategists ran vigorous state level campaigns with the express intent to win as many State Houses as possible in 2008-2010 so they would be in charge of drawing new state and congressional district lines.
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Voting Process

Senate likely to kill early voting, online registration


The Senate Elections Committee passed its own version of campaign finance reform on Wednesday and an 'omnibus' bill to clean up and tweak Mississippi election code.
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New Mexico Legislature mulls move to open primaries


New Mexico lawmakers will consider electoral reforms to make it easier for independents to vote in primary elections and to run for state office, amid a steady shift away from major party registration in the state.
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Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of Texan voter ID law, one of the nation’s strictest


The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving a Texas voter identification law, after it was struck down in a lower court for disproportionately impacting black and Hispanic voters.
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EDITORIAL: Time to clean house on voting precincts


A bill in the Indiana House proposed by Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, would compel the county to identify and come up with a plan for consolidating an estimated 140 or so "small" voting precincts to save money and make the voting process more efficient.
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Debriefing Democracy: Election Reformers Carry 2016 Victories into New Year


In the wake of a highly contentious 2016 election, reformers continue to make use of America’s general dissatisfaction with the political status quo in order to mend our broken electoral system.
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Campaign Finance

Another Viewpoint: Stop campaign finance shell game


The inability to pin down who is contributing should be more concerning than the amount they are spending.
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Campaign finance, then, now, and the future


Mississippi politicians faced a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to file their campaign finance reports and by late Wednesday, most of those filed by the deadline were available online.
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Lawmakers move quickly on ethics, campaign finance bills


Efforts to reform New Mexico’s political ethics and campaign finance regulations are off to a fast start in the state Legislature amid recent high-profile corruption scandals and public pressure for changes.
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OUR VIEW: Stop campaign finance shell game


The inability to pin down who is contributing should be more concerning than the amount they are spending.
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Will campaign finance reform efforts come to smaller L.A. County cities?


It’s not as if the issue of money influencing politicians were a new one.
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Primary Process

Bill to create runoff elections in Utah starts down fast-track toward passage


A bill to create runoff elections in Utah started down a possible fast track Monday toward passing through both houses of the Legislature by the end of this week.
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Open primaries might boost voter turnout, bill sponsors say


A growing number of voters don’t want to register as either Republicans or Democrats, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing legislation that would allow independents to vote in New Mexico primary elections.
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Senator proposes bill that could affect primary elections in Virginia


A bill proposed by Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Va.) could change the Virginia voter’s ballot.
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Editorial: Don’t fence us in with closed primaries


Texans are fiercely independent - and we like making up our own minds.
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Colorado will be better served by more inclusive primaries


When Colorado voters approved Propositions 107 and 108 in November, they chose to change the election landscape in our state.
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