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When a T-Shirt Gets You in Trouble at the Voting Booth

WASHINGTON — Minnesota has a dress code for voting. The idea, the state says, is to create a safe space for democracy. To make sure voters are in a properly contemplative mood at their polling places on Election Day, the state bans T-shirts, hats and buttons that express even general political views, like support for […]

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The Despot’s Apprentice: How to rig an election

In his new book, The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy Brian Klaas (LSE) sets out how Donald Trump deploys the methods of authoritarian rulers – in attacking the press, undermining the rule of law and filling government posts with family members and cronies – to corrode the norms of democracy.  In this extract, from the chapter “How […]

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“Building Better Elections: New Challenges in Electoral Management”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology · Boston, MA, USA Co-chairs: Holly Ann Garnett & Toby S. James In 2017, election management bodies (EMBs) around the world were confronted with a number of new challenges: presidential elections in Kenya were declared invalid amidst allegations of problems with the electoral commission’s databases and computers; elections in Papua […]

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US election: Where you can ‘write in’ a name on ballot

Imagine an election when you could vote for anyone you wanted. In parts of America, you can – simply by writing a name on the ballot paper. But if millions of disillusioned people voted for someone like Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, could he actually become president? (BBC News) Read more here    

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