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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Now, more than ever, the strength of our democracy is not something we can take for granted. Our democracy works only as long as people participate and believe in our election systems. To that end, we need to ensure that our system of registration and voting is modern, secure, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
American democracy is at a crossroads. To deliver on the promise of a representative inclusive democracy our electoral system must provide every American the opportunity to meaningfully participate and make their voice heard in our democracy. That starts by guaranteeing that every...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Our registration and voting system generally works well, but in the age of computers, modernizing our outdated, paper-based voter registration system is just common sense. A system of automatic voter registration (AVR) is a small but important change that would replace our current...

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 Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source City of Takoma Park
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This resolution affirms the right to vote by establishing a task force on voting, supporting a federal constitutional amendment to grant an individual right to vote, and calling on elected officials to help increase voter turnout. Notably, it specifies that city resources will be...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Brennan Center for Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report discusses election integrity and addresses concerns over election rigging, voter fraud, and election manipulation during the 2016 election. The report suggests investing in improvements to online registration, election-day fail-safe mechanisms to correct mistaken information,...

Type Ordinance
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
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 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This policy brief discusses the problem of lower voter turnout in municipal and county elections. The brief discusses possible causes for this issue such as low voter engagement, a lack of community grounding, and the absence of viable political options. The brief proposes solutions...

Type Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source City of Takoma Park
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Civil Rights
This charter amendment is uniquely possible due to Maryland's State Statutes, which allow localities to lower the voting age. This amendment expands non-partisan voter registration, extends registration, allows same-day registration, permits individuals aged 16 and 17 to register...

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 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Data shows that most Americans who are registered to vote cast a ballot on Election Day. Cities and counties can address the problem of declining voter engagement, exacerbated by barriers to voter registration, through increasing registration in their jurisdictions with city and county...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Housing, 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 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County Clerk's Office
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
City of Madison issued 66,834 absentee ballots in the 2016 General Election, truly shattering all previous records. The November 2016 election saw over twice the number of issued and returned absentee ballots as any previous election. The number of pre-registered voters prior to Election...

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,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Policy Lab
Policy Areas Civil Rights
City government elections influence issues such as education, infrastructure, and public safety, but rarely achieve the same voter turnout as national elections. This brief offers strategies local governments can use to improve voter turnout such as voter education campaigns, registration...

Type Ordinance
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 Ordinance
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. ...

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