Election and Voter Registration Reform

Making an Impact with AFROPUNK

Recently I had the incredible opportunity to put on what might have been the coolest event I’ve ever helped put on with HeadCount: a STAY WOKE letter-writing party with our friends from AFROPUNK. I woke up early on Sunday, May 7th, packed a car full of HeadCount supplies (I had to forgo a sausage egg…

The Power of Your Vote: North Carolina’s Rejected Voting Laws

The HeadCount blog is an open forum where all opinions are welcome. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing editor@HeadCount.org. This commentary reflects only the views of the author and not of the HeadCount organization.  Sometimes your vote really counts. Yesterday I got to see that in action in my home state…

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People Are Flipping Out Over Trump’s New Voting Integrity Commission

Yesterday President Trump announced an executive order creating a new voting integrity commission to look into voter fraud and voter suppression, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. Protecting voter integrity is surely a good thing. And in some pockets, people are cheering the President’s move. Breitbart News did an exclusive interview  with the commission’s controversial…

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Ranked Choice Voting Receives Bipartisan Support in Many States

In a time when many feel their access to a true democracy is blocked by gerrymandering, the electoral college, voter fraud, or voter suppression, bipartisan support is brewing around the country for a different approach to elections: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). How it works: When completing the ballot the voter ranks all candidates in order of preference.  Ballots are…

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Not Just the White House: Gun Laws

In the days before the 2016 election HeadCount is running a new series titled “Not Just the White House,” a run down of ballot initiatives across the 50 states. This installment focuses on minimum wage increases and decreases. Previous installments were on marijuana initiatives, health care proposals and minimum wage legislation. Gun Control is an…

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Not Just Trump’s Kids: New York’s Voter Suppression

If you follow political news you probably saw a story earlier today about how two of Donald Trump’s adult children didn’t register in time to vote for their dad in the New York primaries. At first it’s kind of funny. It’s easy to mock a candidate (or their family) for these minor mistakes. I’m guilty…

Fair voting district victory today! But what about tomorrow?

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) unanimously rejected a challenge to the longstanding voting district principal “one person, one vote” by ruling that states may use total population (as opposed to voting population) for drawing local and state legislative districts. This ruling comes from a critical case, Evenwel v Abbott, in which the Texas plaintiffs…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform, Voting Rights

Arizona’s Polling Places Could Use Spring Training

This Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) in Arizona, Aracely Calderon did not get to cast her ballot until 12:12 am. At first that sounds cool, like the Grand Canyon state instituted a voting version of midnight disco bowling. But that wasn’t the case. Ms. Calderon got in line before the polls closed at 7pm and had…

The FIGHT To Vote

Last week I realized just how much I take the right to vote for granted. Not just that I’ve missed an election or two, but I always assumed that as a white man I could take a time machine to any November in American history and vote. Of course that is assuming I brought the…

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North Carolina Primary in Jeopardy due to Racial Gerrymander

North Carolina’s primaries are in jeopardy after a federal judicial ruling declared two congressional districts unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. The Tar Heel State planned to hold primaries on March 15 and even started sending out absentee ballots, but now everything is up in the air. Last Friday a panel of three federal judges ruled…

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