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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

PA Officials: No Trouble With Touchscreens *

Recently I interviewed Princeton computer scientist Edward Felten about malfunctions of touchscreen voting machines in New Jersey on Feb. 5th. PAVotes.com says these same machines will be used on Tuesday in Montgomery and Northhampton counties. (more…)

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Why Obama Girl Didn’t Vote


Philadelphia, PA — Before the ABC News Democratic debate here, I talked with internet celebrity Amber Lee Ettinger (a.k.a. Obama Girl) about why she didn’t vote. Was it logistical difficulty or something else? Check out the video. More to come from the debate.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Twittering Behind The Scenes At The Debate

Our in-debate coverage was more of a live-twitter than a live-blog. Here’s a sampling:

Debate Twitter

If you don’t follow us on Twitter, do it now. As my latest tweet said, we got tons of great interviews to cut for you, and we’ll be burning the midnight oil to do so — all in the name of strengthening our democracy by increasing voter participation.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Liveblogging: ABC News Philadelphia Debate

Thomas

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Greetings from the National Constitution Center, a spectacular venue here directly across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and a partner of our organization. The picture above is of our Director of Photography Thomas Macker as he prepares for tonight’s debate.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should be here soon. We’ll be, as we always do, keeping our eyes and ears open for talk about the voting system in Pennsylvania and around the country, and we’ll have a video report for you later this evening. Here in Pennsylvania, early voting and no-excuse absentee voting are not permitted, so it’s Tuesday or bust for Pennsylvania voters.

To register to vote in this state, you have to do so thirty days before an election — but so many folks are registering that it’s creating some problems, as Jen Rehill, the Bureau Chief of WITF Public Radio Capitol News pointed out earlier this month. As elsewhere, are issues here with voting machines too, and Brad Friedman, as always, is on top of it. More to come soon.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

An Unconventional Convention?

Norman J. OrnsteinOf all the wild scenarios spun out for the 2008 presidential campaign, perhaps the least likely was the one we face: a Republican contest that was effectively over the morning after Super Tuesday, and a Democratic cage match that could go on and on and on — all the way to a tumultuous and unpredictable convention in August.

I, for instance, offered an unconventional convention scenario back in July, noting that the uniquely early start (called “front loading”) of the primary process, combined with the compressed schedule, could provide a formula for an extended, pitched battle, with no candidate getting close to a majority after Super Tuesday. But I made it clear that this was more likely to happen on the Republican side, where many plausible candidates were running against one another and none seemed to be getting more than tepid support.

The Democrats, on the other hand, already had a front-running candidate, highly regarded by most Democratic partisans, and an enthusiastic electorate that wanted to pick a nominee and get on with the big battle — ending the Bush era once and for all. (more…)

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Jake Schroeder: Rep. Todd R. Platts (R – PA 19th) says “Having not been around at that point to say what their exact thought process was…”

Well, the elections are over, but we’re still trucking. Jake Schroeder just sent us this clip of Congressman Todd Platts “answering students questions at York Suburban High School in his 19th Congressional District on November 3rd. Students were free to ask any question ranging from border security to social security. I was able to ask him why we vote on Tuesdays.”

In what might be the longest discussion of participation and its woes we’ve gotten so far, Congressman Platts makes several interesting points. He comes down hard in favor of absentee ballots: he thinks that they represent an important way to make sure that people who are unable to make it to the polls are allowed to exercise the franchise. He disagrees with the idea that weekend voting would help, using an argument often used against “convenience voting,” which is that certain ways of making voting more convenient denigrate the institution (“it’s an excuse”). And, lastly, he points out that a lof these questions can be solved at the State level- something we’re aware of as well, and which has got us thinking.

What are the states doing? For a breakdown of no-excuse absentee balloting and in-person absentee balloting (early voting), click here. It seems that, at the State level, reform is alive and well: 35 states allow people, without any explanation, to vote in-person or by mail over a wide variety of dates ranging from 15-31 days prior to the election; 36 if you count the fact that the majority of Washington votes by mail. How has this affected turnout? What does this mean for the remaining fifteen? To what extent do people in these states know about their options? Stay tuned for more…

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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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I think weekend voting would make the most sense, as people wouldn't have tu run home after work or wake up early to hit the polling stations beforehand.

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