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General News    H3'ed 11/25/18

Forget The Blue Wave -- Americans Chose Democracy

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The 2018 midterms were a mixed bag for democracy. Americans got a good look at the impact voter suppression can have on tight races — especially as a result of the focus on Georgia’s gubernatorial contest — and learned that the perpetrators of these policies are still getting away with it..what the midterms have shown overall is very encouraging. And parties, candidates, political groups and concerned individuals should take note: Strengthening election integrity laws is a winning message and the time to do so is now..

real change has to be driven by grassroots movements and the midterms have proven that this is possible even in deep-red states. Activists should start trying to get more ballot initiatives in front of voters that increase transparency, especially with regard to money in politics;make voter registration easier;roll back voter suppression laws;and prohibit gerrymandering.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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