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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

At MLK Celebration, Weekend Voting

Our chairman and co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young gave the 13th annual MLK Jr. Lecture tonight at the University of North Carolina on the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Ambassador Young fought alongside Dr. King for Civil Rights and it is in his memory and spirit our organization was founded in 2005.

Thank you to our friends at Paper Eskimo for the beautiful donation of pink and gold party plates. These really made the event shine! The guests really loved all the beautiful decor.

“We’re pleased to bring to Carolina someone who as a young leader marched side-by-side with Dr. King and rose through the ranks of the social justice and civil rights movements and beyond,” said Terri Houston, the university’s interim chief diversity officer, about Ambassador Young’s speech.

Ambassador Young discussed our efforts to increase voter participation at the event, which was live tweeted by reesenews, “a digital news publication powered by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.” What follows are a collection of tweets before and during Ambassador Young’s question and answer session with Jack Boger, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor in the School of Law, and UNC senior Amber Koonce. (more…)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Good News From the New York Times


Larry Rohter and Michael M. Grynbaum report high turnout — perhaps record high turnout — in Indiana and North Carolina.

“I’ve seen people I thought had passed on to glory, and young folks that sit around and usually don’t care,” said Carlotta Blake-King, an elections judge at a polling place in Hammond.

Election Day Tuesday is almost over. Do you know why we vote on Tuesday? Here’s the answer.

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Is This What Voting Is Like For You?

NYT Voting

Tuesday May 6, 2008 Indiana and North Carolina vote. Do you know why we vote on Tuesday? If you’re wondering, you’re not alone. We have the answer.

Drawing for the New York Times by Jason Logan.

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Study: North Carolina only state performing “essential” post-election audits of electronic voting machines

A recent study from New York University and the University of California at Berkeley declares that states’ efforts to count every vote by producing paper trails for electronic voting machines may be less important than another election reform: performing post-election audits. The report calls the value of having a paper trail a “highly questionable” method of ensuring voting security.

The NYU/UC report applauds North Carolina for being the only state which “has collected and made public the most significant data from post-election audits for the purpose of improving future elections,” and the North Carolina media has taken notice.

Text from the press release announcing the findings, and an interesting chart from the study is after the jump.

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Alter: C.A. GOP, N.C. Dems trying to steal elections?

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter calls out what he deems the “mischief” of gerrymandering and two current plans by Democratic and Republican politicians in North Carolina and California, respectively, which, he writes, attempt to “rig admission to the Electoral College for strictly partisan purposes.” Both plans would award candidates presidential electoral votes based on the number of congressional districts they win. In California, the attempt – a ballot initiative – may not be constitutional.

Alter explains why he thinks change would make certain votes “count” for more than others – and his own plan for direct election of the president by popular vote without having to amend the Constitution – after the jump.

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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