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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

U.S. PIRG applauds Virginia’s efforts to expand voting access

U.S. PIRG applauds the signing of a series of laws over the weekend that will make voting easier in Virginia. The package includes making election day a state holiday and creating 45 days of early voting prior to Election Day.

An election judge’s perspective

By | Josh Chetwynd
Communications Manager

Sometimes, metaphorically speaking, it’s good to see how the sausage is made. In my case, I had that chance when it comes to administering elections.

A reluctant convert to vote-by-mail

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I’m a big vote-in-person guy, but not at the risk of spreading infection.

News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

Wisconsin leaders fail to ensure safe election during COVID-19

Wisconsin is holding its spring elections Tuesday despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak causing a state stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines that advise against gatherings of any size. Peter Skopec, director of WISPIRG, issued the following statement in response.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

U.S. PIRG Calls on States to Adopt Emergency Absentee Voting

U.S. PIRG is calling on every state to establish an emergency universal absentee voting system to eliminate the need to physically go to the polls at a time where doing so could put voters’ health at risk. This would allow all registered voters to be mailed an absentee ballot if physically visiting the polls were unsafe.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Who's funding elections for Governor in Maryland?

 A report released today by Maryland PIRG Foundation finds that the people and entities that donate to Maryland’s Gubernatorial campaigns are not reflective of Marylanders who are eligible to vote in these elections. The report finds that the money raised comes primarily from out of state or non individuals who contribute disproportionately large sums of money.

Report | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Big Money in Maryland Elections

In Maryland’s gubernatorial elections, the people and companies that donate to campaigns are not reflective of the Marylanders who vote in these elections. On average, donors make large contributions that most Marylanders can’t afford, only a small percentage of the population is making contributions, and the majority of money comes from donors who aren’t eligible to vote in these elections. 

Confused about the caucus? There's a better way. Ranked-choice voting would be a big improvement

By | Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

To many, Iowa caucuses seem a bit confusing, but there is something valuable about the process of caucusing. Caucussing attempts to address a real problem in American politics: limited voter choice. When you only have one vote, you often have to decide between a candidate who most closely shares your values and the candidate you think is most likely to win.  But after watching the 2020 caucuses, there has to be a simpler, better way to assess the will of the voters. Fortunately, there is, and it’s called ranked-choice voting (RCV).

Resource | Democracy

U.S. PIRG comment on S.E.C. rulemaking proposal 14a-8

U.S. PIRG calls on the Securites and Exchange Commission to support shareholder's rights and not move forward with the rulemaking proposal “Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds Under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8” (File Number S7-23-19).

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