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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Faith in Action
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The goal of Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is to build year-round organizations in cities and states that have an organized constituency of people who register to vote, turnout to vote, mobilize others into political activity, and hold their elected officials accountable through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Low Income Housing Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Rents are rising faster than wages, and tenants in many states are burdened by the end of pandemic-era benefits programs that had helped dampen a hostile national housing market. This report examines disparities between wages and rental housing prices across the country and finds...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
A primary runoff election is held if no candidate surpasses the necessary threshold for victory in the initial primary election. Voter awareness of the system and a dip in enthusiasm following the initial primary has resulted in a trend of voter turnout dropping in the runoff election....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The party primary system, rather than enhancing democracy, often results in a low-turnout race in which some voters are excluded by law, and the winner frequently does not have majority support of all voters in the district. In conjunction with ballot access rules that discriminate...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Town of Somerset
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This charter amendment specifies who is considered a qualified voter in Somserset County, MD. It specifically states that any person who has resided within the limits of the town for 14 days preceding any election is a qualified voter....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires landlords to provide new tenants with voter registration forms at the time the tenant begins their residency. This obliges landlords to make new residents to the area as well as new tenants who have previously not registered to vote aware of voter registration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) North Carolina
Source Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County Parks and Recreation Department
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Public Spaces
Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County consolidated their parks departments which reduced costs but maintained quality facilities and services. This report provides an overview of how major changes that followed the merger helped improve community access to sports complexes, and recommends...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health
This report outlines the role cities can play in protecting safe and fair elections. It details how cities can help facilitate voter registration and participation, mitigate voter confusion, and provide valuable support to local election officers in carrying out their duties....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of County & City Health Officials
Policy Areas Health
Strong advocacy is needed to build capacity and enable local health departments to lead their communities in responding to COVID-19 and other public health challenges. This toolkit guides advocates in lobbying elected representatives by outlining how to schedule a meeting with a member...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
In order to build a strong, progressive populist movement in the United States, it is necessary to strengthen the integrated voter engagement capacity in rural areas and small towns in alignment with progressive organizing efforts in metropolitan areas. This report shares key data...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
Misinformation and disinformation that suppresses voter participation can be deployed through a variety of media. Online voter suppression can range from inaccurate information about the date of an election, to inaccurate reports of long lines, to efforts to persuade people that an...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source City of New York
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance specifies a system to assist in distributing voter registration materials, by requiring agencies to distribute voter registration forms....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, School Board, School District
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Education, Public Safety
This case study analyzes how student and youth advocacy efforts have advanced alternative visions of safety within the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district. As a result of this student-led campaign, MPS has terminated all of its contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department, terminated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for State Innovation
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
This report finds that most Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) could benefit from reforms that give them sufficient authority to guide regional planning, establish elected board members or population-based appointments, and implement state-approved performance standards. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
A wide array of policies to increase voter participation should be adopted by state governments, including automatic voter registration, same-day registration, expansion of early voting and no-fault absentee and vote by mail statutes, voter registration modernization, and restoration...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
A notice to new tenants summarizing key voting information including election dates and registration options....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source City of Sandusky
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance codifies General Election Days as paid holidays for City Employees. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of Regional Councils
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report explains how the Solsmart program encourages regional organizations and communities to streamline solar processes and encourage solar development. It recommends utilizing the program's free technical assistance opportunities, engaging local stakeholders, and educating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Vote16USA
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families
We have a voter crisis in America that demands bold solutions. One of these potential solutions is lowering the voting age in American elections to 16 years old. This report presents a cohesive argument for lowering the voting age to 16 in municipal elections, addresses counterarguments,...

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