May 4, 2012 |
The number of black and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008, posing a serious challenge to the Obama campaign in an election that could turn on the participation of minority voters. In the 2008 election, robust turnout among black and Latino voters is credited with putting Obama over the top in key swing states, including Virginia and New Mexico. Voter rolls typically shrink in non-presidential election years and registrations among whites fell at roughly the same rate, but this is the first time in nearly...
September 21, 2012 |
This month, Ferenc Gyurcsány, the former prime minister of Hungary, and three other members of his political party set up tents in front of the parliament building in Budapest and embarked on a week-long hunger strike . They ended it with a rally before thousands of their compatriots — all to protest a proposed law that requires Hungarians to register before voting in the upcoming election. Why so much passionate resistance to registering 15 days before the election? One ally of the protesters went so...
May 26, 2013 |
KABUL — Voter registration for Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election began Saturday, with poor security proving to be the main challenge in the crucial process. Holding a successful vote will be a key test not only for incumbent Hamid Karzai's government, but also for the governments of Western nations — led by the United States — who have spent tens of billions of dollars to cement democracy in the country since the ousting of the Taliban in 2001. The poll, slated for April 5, 2014,...
October 2, 2008 |
An unprecedented number of voter registration forms have been streaming into the Prince William County registrar's office, and election officials don't expect things to slow down as the Monday registration deadline approaches. "We're getting about 500 applications a day, whereas in a non-election time frame we get about 500 a week," county Registrar Betty Weimer said. "People are very enthusiastic about this election and want to participate in anything to do with it. It's nice to see folks getting excited.
April 5, 2013
The March 31 Metro article " Maryland Assembly near deal on voting " noted the concern of some Republican lawmakers that same-day voter registration could lead to fraud. This fear is unfounded. Ten states and the District have adopted same-day registration during early voting or on Election Day. They have seen higher numbers in voter participation and almost no voter fraud. Potential voters register in person and attest to their identity directly to an election official, under penalty of law. Anyone...
September 15, 2008 |
RICHMOND, Sept. 14 -- Virginia elections officials have ordered an additional 200,000 voter registration forms because of shortages in some parts of the state and an expected crush of new registrants over the next three weeks. The new forms, the first batch of which should arrive at state offices this week, were requested by the State Board of Elections after it distributed nearly 350,000 registration applications in July and August. Many were sent to county elections boards and the Department of Motor Vehicles, but...