Reading Time: 4 minutes Election-integrity advocates nationwide are celebrating a decision by a New York state appeals court that classifies electronic ballot images as public records. New York is a step ahead of the curve — many jurisdictions fail to preserve the images at all.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Faced with a political climate unlikely to prioritize election reform, cities might lead the way in breaking the grip of rich donors and dark money in national campaigns.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Facebook makes money by sucking as much data from your profile and your actions as possible. There is no reason to believe the company will stop doing that until it is compelled to.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Personal attacks on the Parkland students have shown that their political opponents are scared. Will they resort to new voter suppression schemes to keep millennials away from the polls in November?
Reading Time: 2 minutes What has gotten lost amid the coverage of how Cambridge Analytica executives bragged about their dirty tricks is that the data company seemed to hold Trump voters in very low regard. They certainly didn’t seem worthy of the truth.
Reading Time: 5 minutes After a strong year in 2017, Democrats hope that a blue wave will give them control of the House in 2018. But GOP gerrymandering guarantees that it will be an uphill battle.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Gerrymandering is a political problem that requires a non-political solution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and an expert in California have now restored a semblance of fairness to one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Over his 30-year tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote on major issues. Though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he has often disappointed conservatives, for example on abortion and same-sex marriage. But on democracy issues, his legacy is more mixed.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The decisions of federal courts have put an end to many voter suppression schemes cooked up by crooked politicians. But many of President Donald Trump’s nominees have troubling records when it comes to voting rights. Will they put partisan interests above the law?
Reading Time: 4 minutes When you look at a map of US congressional districts, the picture often resembles a warped puzzle, with lines curving in and out of territory. That’s because gerrymandering works. But have citizens finally had enough?