Incarcerated people are already paying their debt to society. What good does it do the rest of the population to take away their right to have a say?
We trust young people to make a lot of weighty decisions. Voting should be one of them.
There are more forms of hepatitis than there are major parties in America.
A Canadian Supreme Court decision striking down a law denying the right to vote to expats who have resided abroad for over five years raises broader questions about democratic theory.
Introduction to my book "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter" Now Available on SSRN
The Introduction to the revised second edition summarizes the rest of the book, and is available for free.
A Republican representative lost his seat in the new instant runoff system, so he sued.
Given only two candidates from the same party, millions just don't choose at all.
Should We Let Children Vote? The Troubling Implications of Standard Reasons for Rejecting a Flawed Idea
Few will agree with Cambridge political scientist David Runciman's proposal to lower the voting age to 6. But standard reasons for rejecting the idea raise serious questions about many adult voters, too.
Bush lost because voters punished him for the recession of the early 1990s - an event he did not cause. This is just one example of a broader phenomenon of voters rewarding and punishing politicians for things they do not control.
But not according Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Also, are people putting on disguises so they can vote more than once?
Bruce Poliquin is currently ahead. But a new requirement that he get a majority vote could unseat him.
Plus: The FDA will ban flavored e-cigarette sales at most places, and Chris Christie is being floated as Jeff Sessions' replacement.
Meanwhile, Fargo citizens adopt a different way to choose winners of citywide races.
Values are important. But so is factual knowledge about public policy. In some ways, the significance of values actually makes the problem of voter ignorance more pressing, not less so.
Same D.C. City Council Members Who Want to Lower the Voting Age to 16 Also Voted to Raise City's Smoking Age to 21
We'll trust teenagers with decisions about how to run the country, but not how to run their own lives.
Measure 1 would introduce "approval voting" to the city, meaning voters wouldn't have to abandon independent and third-party choices.
Launch of statewide ranked-choice voting will help us see who best earns the support of independents.
The socialist candidate fails to grapple with why we have the Electoral College in the first place.
If Amendment 4 receives 60% of the vote in November, ex-felons would see the right to vote once again.
Father David Boase was led to believe that he was eligible to vote. His mistake caught up with him 12 years later.
Having a "one-punch" option to choose every candidate from a political party alters election results, changes politicians' behavior, and reinforces the advantage of the locally dominant party.
Last-minute Democrat-assisting reinstatement of "one-punch" balloting is struck down by the New Mexico Supreme Court
Critics have sued, saying the "bundled" initiative violates the First Amendment.
The libertarian Republican explains why New Mexico's voting change is "primarily a scheme to unfairly benefit the major party establishments."
Democratic secretary of state in heavily Democratic state unilaterally changes voting rule in a way that favors Democrats (and punishes Libertarians). Republicans say they'll sue.
Two 11-year-olds hacked into a replica of Florida's election website. Should we be alarmed?
Incarcerated prisoners are counted where they're jailed for representation purposes, even though they usually cannot vote.
State's experiment in a different style of voting to continue.
Katherine Mangu-Ward talks about politics, culture, and Reason's next 50 years.
Voters participate in first use of a candidate rating system for state races in the U.S.
Golden Gate City voters ranked their choices for top office. And now the outcome is getting a little messy.
Canadian columnist Marcus Gee has an excellent article on how political ignorance exacerbates the challenges of voting for a lesser evil. But the problem is in some ways even worse than he suggests. At the same time, there is much we can do to improve the quality of our decisions.
Economist Dambisa Moyo is right to worry about the dangers of political ignorance. But her proposed solution for the problem falls short.