Democracy


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How to Quarantine a Political Virus: Stopping the Sedition Caucus by Improving Democracy

, Kendall Science Fellow

One of the attackers who breached the Capitol building last week in an attempt to halt our democracy’s peaceful transition of power left a note for House Speaker Pelosi after breaking into her office: “We will not back down.” We must take these people at their word and take seriously the prospect that a coalition of voters and elected leaders are committed to undermining free and fair elections and our democratic government. Read more >

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Is our democracy being swallowed up like Little Red Riding Hood, having fallen into a trap laid by the Big Bad Wolf? Chris Ensminger/Unsplash

Surrounded by Wolves, the Electoral Process and the People Move Forward

, Kendall Science Fellow

For the first time in the nation’s history, we are seeing a faction refuse to yield power while deliberately using every mechanism at its disposal to foment distrust in the levers of democracy. Read more >

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Extraordinary Machine: Voters Overcame Electoral Barriers to Smash Turnout Records and Defend Democracy

, Kendall Science Fellow

While final results are still being tabulated, it is clear that voter turnout in the 2020 election is breaking a century-old record with more than two-thirds of eligible voters likely participating in this year’s democratic ritual.

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What to Expect on Election Night: Where to Look—and What to Look For

, Kendall Science Fellow

On the eve of the 2020 General Election, the Center for Science and Democracy has put together several pieces of information to help voters keep track of the election after vote counts are released tomorrow. Throughout this year, we have documented the importance of election outcomes on health outcomes and questions of environmental justice, and now we have come to that moment, where over 150 million of us will collaborate in deciding our shared fate. Read more >

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How Mail-in Ballots Might Affect Election Night

, Kendall Science Fellow

More people than ever before in the United States are expected to vote by mail-in ballot this election—an estimated 100 million. Mail-in voting is a proven practice, safe and secure. Several states have conducted their elections by mail as a matter of course for years and have experienced smooth elections with virtually no instances of fraud. The election could hinge on those mail-in votes and we may not know the outcomes in those states for days or even weeks. So, with that in mind, here are four possible scenarios of how election night could play out.  Read more >

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