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Mailing in the Votes

Mailing in the Votes

by Michael Barbella Voting in the 2020 presidential election could prove challenging this year as the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic fuels fear of going to the polls in person. In order to allay those fears, as well as address the lack of poll workers who are also...

Sowing Seeds of Doubt to Suppress the Youth Vote

Sowing Seeds of Doubt to Suppress the Youth Vote

by Jodi L. Miller There are nearly 17 million students enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States. Some of these students are passionate about political causes and feel strongly about exercising their right to vote. According to Tufts University’s...

High-Tech Not Always Best When It Comes to Voting

High-Tech Not Always Best When It Comes to Voting

by Phyllis Raybin Emert Can you imagine voting in 2020 the way people did in some parts of 19th century America? Men (and it was only white men) swore to a judge that they had not voted before and then shouted out their choice to the waiting clerk, who recorded it in...

Settling the Question of Faithless Electors

Settling the Question of Faithless Electors

by Maria Wood On November 3, 2020, Americans will once again cast their ballots in a presidential election. Those ballots will be cast, not directly for a presidential candidate, but for a slate of electors who will gather as part of the Electoral College to cast...

Vote Locally If You Want to Make a Difference

Vote Locally If You Want to Make a Difference

by Jodi L. Miller In November 2018, voters exercised their right and responsibility to vote in mid-term elections—at least some of them did. Voter participation usually goes down when the election of a president is not at stake. The United States ranks at the bottom...

Is Repealing Citizens United the Answer?

Is Repealing Citizens United the Answer?

by Alice Popovici In the trailer for the documentary “Dark Money,” investigative reporter John Adams draws dollar signs on a diagram to show how money from large corporations is used to influence the outcome of elections. “Corporation funnels money to a dark money...

Court Keeps Pace with the Digital Age & Privacy

Court Keeps Pace with the Digital Age & Privacy

by Phyllis Raybin Emert Privacy is often defined as a person’s right to control his or her personal information. You probably voluntarily spend much of your day on your smart phone, texting, posting pictures, announcing where you are and where you’re going. You may...

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Religion?

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Religion?

by Michael Barbella American education has traditionally focused on three basic skills: reading, writing, and arithmetic, known as the three “R’s.” Today, an effort is underway in the United States to add a fourth “R” to the mix—religion. Lawmakers in numerous states...