Thursday, February 19, 2009
-thanks to electionline.org for this story
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The 2008 Early Vote – Prepared by Democracy Corps, January 2009 - With nearly a third of ballots cast prior to November 4, Democracy Corps analyzes who voted early and why during the 2008 presidential election.
Voters Win with Election Day Registration (PDF)
Friday, February 13, 2009
From Votelaw blog: State law finally would have a definitive list of 70 felonies that disqualify from voting people convicted of the crimes, if a bill cleared by a legislative panel Wednesday becomes law.
Alabama's constitution disqualifies from voting anyone convicted of a "felony involving moral turpitude." But state law has no comprehensive list of those felonies.
A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jimmy Martin, D-Clanton, would write into the law a list of felonies that involve moral turpitude.
The constitution and elections committee of the state House of Representatives voted 8-3 for the bill, which could be debated by the full 105-member House as soon as next week. -- If it becomes law, bill would list 70 felonies that disqualify people from voting - al.com.Note: the bill may be downloaded here.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
A major problem, according to a separate survey by the Pew Center on the States, is that 16 states and the District of Columbia send out absentee ballots after the date necessary for military voters to meet required deadlines; three others allow a minimal five-day cushion.
Read more from the International Herald Tribune.
Source: Pew Center on the States, International Herald Tribune
Friday, February 6, 2009
Facts in Focus:
* Michael Steele was in second place when the Republican National Committee chair race was reduced to four candidates on January 30 but he picked up more than twice as many votes as his chief opponent from the supporters of the third and fourth place candidates after they dropped out.
* The Academy of Motion Pictures has used the choice voting method of proportional representation for all their major Oscar nominations since the 1930s. Academy voters rank potential nominees in order of preference, and more than four in five have at least one of their top-ranked choices win a nomination.
* Instant runoff voting has been adopted for student elections by more than 40 American colleges and universities. Tens of thousands of students rank their choices every year, often in highly competitive races with many candidates. Instant runoff voting will be used to accommodate five candidates for mayor in Burlington's second IRV election for mayor this March.
To read more, click here.