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California's governor signs bill to make farm union voting easier

Sep 30, 2022
The bill, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, allows voting by mail-- a victory for both organized labor and Democrats, including President Biden, who have supported the measure.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill following support from United Farmworkers and President Joe Biden.
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Voters in St. Paul, Minnesota, to decide on strict rent control proposal

Oct 27, 2021
If enacted, the proposal would be one of the most aggressive rent control policies in the country, applying to new construction.
St. Paul resident Emily Lynch says the rent on her single-family home is going up by $400 per month in January, an increase of more than 30%. She’s now looking for a more affordable place to live.
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Black executives say corporations "must take a stand" against restrictive voting laws

Apr 2, 2021
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, and Kenneth Chenault, former CEO of American Express.
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When will we know the results of the 2020 election?

Nov 3, 2020
Sorting through mail-in ballots takes significantly more time than in-person voting.
A view of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden at the first presidential debate.
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The case for making Election Day an official holiday

Nov 3, 2020
Andrea Hailey, CEO of the nonprofit Vote.org, thinks making Election Day a national holiday would go far in increasing turnout.
"A lot of these businesses know that it's within their business interest to make sure that people can participate and vote," says Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey.
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Are “I Voted” stickers worth the cost?

Nov 2, 2020
Many Americans view the "I voted" sticker as a symbol of pride, but do they increase voter turnout?
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Estonia proves trust is at the heart of online voting

Nov 2, 2020
And, for the country's citizens, 99% of public services happen online. Voting was added to that list in 2005.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many Americans to vote early, the idea of casting ballots online has become an attractive possibility. The small European nation of Estonia has proved it's possible, but how feasible is it for the U.S.?
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Why upgrading voting machines is important for election integrity

High costs can prevent states from upgrading voting equipment, which can lead to security and reliability issues.
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The complicated history of voting technology

Oct 30, 2020
MIT professor Charles Stewart III reflects on how technology both improved voting security and created new election fears.
Punch card ballots and their "hanging chads" caused a headache in the 2000 election.
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