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Americans all across the country are now or are about to have the opportunity to vote. But will they?
Today we will be discussing voter participation in America with two experts in the field: Tomas Lopez, Brennan Center for Justice, and Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote.org Center for Voting and Democracy.
According to The Brennan Center for Justice: ince the 2010 election, new voting restrictions are slated to be in place in 22 states; in 15 states, 2014 will be the first major federal election with these new restrictions in place; the courts will play a crucial role in 2014, with ongoing suits challenging laws in seven states. Voting restrictions for the most part have to do with voter identification.
Laws to improve the election system and increase voting access passed in 16 states since 2012, and these laws will be in effect in 11 states this November. The most common improvements were online registration and other measures to modernize voter registration, and increased early voting.
According to FairVote: voter turnout in the US fluctuates in national elections, but has never risen to levels of most other well-established democracies. In countries with compulsory voting, turnout hovered near 90% in the 2000s. Other countries, experienced turnout rates near 80%. Overall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries experience turnout rates of about 70%, while in the US, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.
Early voting for the General Election began this week in Texas.
Join host, Bobby Keith, along with WTP President, Toby Marie Walker, as we take a look at early voting, and other top news stories of the week. Our guest this evening will be the Republican candidate for McLennan County District Clerk, Jon Gimble.
As always, you can be a part of the show by logging into our live chat room, or by calling (200) 646-0248.
Early voting continue in Texas until Friday. The General Election will be held next Tuesday, November 4. Will Repblicans gain more seats in the House, and take control of the Senate? If so, what will be done during the Lame Duck Session of Congress?
Join host, Bobby Keith, along with WTP President, Toby Marie Walker, as we discuss the possibilities that lie ahead after the election, with our special guest, Congressman Bill Flores.
Congressman Flores, who is up for re-election, has represented the 17th Congressional District of Texas since 2011. He curently serves on the Committees of Budget, Natural Resources, and Veteran's Affairs.
Join the Pajama Party Crew for lively, humorous conversation on today's hottest topics, commentaries, TV and movie reviews and more. We've got Poppa DD with "Living for the City" and "What's Poppin," Ketel with the Weird News and the Hollywood Wrap Up and Redwine with "I'm Just Saying."
Each week, we feature a "Cocktail of the Week" and the world-famous "Kiss It List" where we call out people or organizations who got on our last nerves and deserve to be told to just KISS IT!
We have guests, and our callers and we do it all with our special brand of humor, so don't miss a single episode!
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How does a spiritual person vote her faith? What issues should be foremost in our minds as we head to the polls? Writer Monica Johnson once observed that our votes should reflect our God, but what exactly does that mean? Please join Lori and Alice on this very special and timely episode of "Open Book" as they discuss how their values inform their voting and how you can discern for yourself the best way to reflect God in your vote.
It's Coffee Party Movie Night! Watch the film, then join us for a conversation with the filmmakers Paul Blackthorne and Mister Basquali.
Their movie, "This American Journey" goes from New York City to Los Angeles. Paul and Basquali talk with people all along the way and offer their perspectives on the state of their adopted country.
7 p.m. ET we'll take 30 minutes to ask questions, share stories and have a generally good time!
Plagued with infighting, corruption, deep differences in party ideologies between the parties and within the major political parties is it time to consider doing away with the Straight Party Voting System?
Looking at the major political parties in the United States (Republicans and Democratics) you would think it would be as clear as Tiffany crystal on how people will vote when they enter the voting booth. However, that line has blurred and the crystal has become cloudy.
Throughout the country there are groups pushing to make a change in the the process.
Join me this morning 8AM-10AM EST "In the Pickle BArrel" as we try to understand what is going on and what to do about it.
You are invited to express your views and opinions in the Chat Room or live by calling in at (toll-free) 1-855-236-2486.
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Today on "It's My House" we shall be discussing "voting distinctions". Most people only know about "Ballot Box" voting, however many people do not know about "Access/Vested Interest Voting". When you Ballot Box vote you have no say so on issues BEFORE you vote and you can only cast (1) vote every election cycle. In addition you are restricted to a physical geographic location.
When you "Access Vote"........aka.........."Vested Interest" voting you are not restricted to physical locations or just (1) vote. You can "vote" in many ways, which gives you "access" which is something that the average Ballot Box voter never has.
This evening I will team up with the esteemed Cold Warrior, best known for his advocacy of www.precinctproject.us as a means of transforming the GOP into an effective vehicle for constitutional governance.
We will discuss the importance of voting and why it is so critical in the days ahead. Many conservatives and Republicans sit out elections and content themselves with venting on social media or at tea party gatherings. But that's not enough.
Our society has changed. In the old days, politicians, including Democrats, were reasonably responsive to polls, town halls and other manifestations of public opinion. Today, egged on by the academy and the elite media, they feel free to defy the public. We see it again and again- border security, health care. national security and the Ebola crisis.
There is only one way to change things: vote. The GOP is far from perfect, but is is our only vehicle to stop the rot.
Join us for a celebration of one of our most precious rights as citizens. And feel free to plug your candidates and GOTV strategies!