The Race to Change How America Votes

Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine ; Wisconsin’s Primary Next Week Is Going to Be a Catastrophe ; and More Picks

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The authors write, “With in-person elections on Nov. 3 the hope but no longer a certainty, states are racing to chip away age-old barriers to alternatives in time for the general election. Why it matters: State laws and political calculations remain formidable obstacles to expanding voting options. And the price tag for changes could top $2 billion. ‘The more people who vote early or vote by mail means fewer people standing in line on election day,’ California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told Axios.” Photo credit: Tim Evanson / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine (Gerry)

From FAIR, “Despite the daily exponential growth in confirmed cases, and death tolls putting the US on pace to be the epicenter of the pandemic, corporate media coverage of the global race for a coronavirus vaccine marginalizes the most effective and safe route to discovering one quickly: eschewing corporate profitability and intellectual property rights in favor of international cooperation through open and shared, publicly funded research.”

Wisconsin’s Primary Next Week Is Going to Be a Catastrophe (Gabriella)

The author writes, “To know how Wisconsin’s decision to hold an election during a pandemic is going, look no further than the governor’s move to use the state’s Army National Guard to try and help a poll-worker shortage.”

The Companies That Are Pledging Not to Lay Off Workers (Celia)

The author writes, “As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the economy and brings a once-roaring labor market to a near-screeching halt, layoffs have mounted at a stunning pace. A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, doubling the record set the previous week. But some companies have been holding off on job cuts at least temporarily, or offering other ways to cushion employees amid the crisis.”

The Next Pandemic Could Be Hiding in the Arctic Permafrost (Chris)

From New Republic, “The current coronavirus pandemic, despite likely originating with an animal-to-human crossover far from the Arctic Circle, has come at a particularly weighty moment for infectious disease. As the Arctic warms twice as fast as the rest of the world, its ground is starting to thaw. With that thaw, bacteria and viruses once buried in the permafrost could increasingly emerge from a long hibernation.”

New Zealand Zoos Strive to Entertain Lonely Inhabitants Amid Lockdown (Dana)

The author writes, “While humans have been using Netflix and Zoom to quell the coronavirus lockdown ennui, New Zealand’s zoo animals have also been struggling with boredom — and zookeepers have had to resort to some unusual measures to keep them entertained.”

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