President Trump threatens to delay the election over at-home voting, but a bigger problem looms: States haven’t prepared for a huge influx of mail-in ballots.
New York City's primary election fiasco reveals gross incompetence rather than fraud.
Unpacking TikTok freakouts, mail-in voting controversies, and money printers going brrr, on the Reason Roundtable podcast.
Trump's Threat to Withhold Federal Funds from States that Expand Voting By Mail Highlights Growing Menace to Federalism and Separation of Powers
A president who can attach his own new conditions to federal grants to states could use that power to undermine state autonomy on many issues - especially now that federal spending has been massively expanded during the coronavirus crisis.
Fining non-voters would show that government is all about forcing people to do things just to make politicians happy.
You have this Democrat or this other Democrat. What other options do you need?
Letting any single state go first is a mistake. But a national primary would be problematic too. Luckily, those aren't the only two options.
When politicians call to punish “disinformation,” we should worry about what that definition encompasses.
In Advisory Opinion, Florida Supreme Court Says State Can Require Ex-Felons To Pay Fines Before Having Their Voting Rights Restored
The Court argues that Amendment 4's language covers financial obligations, not just terms of imprisonment and supervised release.
It will be published by Oxford University Press in April.
A proposition approved last week will require a majority of city voters to approve any future stadium project that uses more than $5 million in public money.
When Ranked-Choice Voting Comes to New York City, Expect More Voter Participation, Not Radical Changes
Voters won’t have to worry as much about having to choose between similar candidates or “throwing away” votes on third-party choices.
Federal Judge Says California Can't Force Trump To Release His Tax Returns in Exchange for Ballot Access
Written ruling says the state is violating the rights of voters as well as the presidential candidates.
This is a giant step in advancing Prime Minister Nardendra Modi's vision of India as a Hindu nation.
Even if the president's motives were partisan, a more plausible cover story would have been enough to pass judicial muster.
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.