Somewhat surprisingly, WSJ’s James Taranto criticizes the recent actions by Virginia’s Republican legislature while Democrats were attending the inauguration.
The power of the gerrymander. Ian Millhiser calculates that Democrats would have to achieve a 7-point lead in the popular vote to regain control of the House.
Jeffrey Toobin on the future of the voting rights act.
This documentation of voting impairment in central Florida was surely intentional and surely widespread.
Bill Berkowitz on the GOP’s successful redistricting.
Nate Silver on the changes in voting districts resulting from gerrymandering — by both parties.
Hope Yen reports on new non-white majority in US population.
Charles Blow on the preferences in 1-party states.
Naomi Wolf on the corrupted voting system of the US.
ALEC-sponsored laws in several states could not only restrict voters but also international observers.
Chris Hedges defends his decision to vote Green.
Third parties have played complex roles in US politics. In recent years, as the role of money has constricted issues faced by the two main parties, the role of additional parties becomes more apparent.
Khalil Abdullah argues for constitutional amendment to protect voter rights.
Conservatives complaining about international monitors at US polling places.
UN commission headed by Kofi Annan is very critical of current US election procedures.
Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes describe PRI election fraud/stealing in Mexico and wonder if they have learned from us or we from them.
Jimmy Carter: “…we have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”
Voter fraud? Voter suppression! MediaMatters surveys the coverage.
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman summarize their new book on the ways this election is likely to be stolen.
Voter fraud? One more instance of solutions to non-problems? Or a brilliantly-conceived way to lower voting levels that will have known and predictable effects, ideologically, on outcomes?
Eugene Robinson on the GOP policy to reduce number of voters.
PACs and Super PACs are one way that money corrupts te electoral process. But the use of tax-exempt groups reduces even the little transparency that they possess. “During the 2010 midterm elections, tax-exempt groups outspent super PACs by a 3-to-2 margin”