Tag: Voting and Voters

Fearing a Repeat of Jan. 6, Congress Eyes Changes to Electoral Count Law

WASHINGTON — Members of the select congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol are pressing to overhaul the complex and little-known law that former President Donald J. Trump and his allies tried to use to overturn the 2020 election, arguing that the ambiguity of the statute puts democracy itself at risk. The […]

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Why a Pollster is Warning Democrats About the 2022 Midterm Elections

What drives this perception that Democrats are fixated on cultural issues? We probably haven’t been as focused on the economy as we should be. I think some of that is voters reading us talking about things that aren’t economic issues. Part of it is just a natural reaction, too: We’re in an economy they feel […]

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Democrats Struggle to Energize Their Base as Frustrations Mount

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats acknowledge that a significant part of the challenge facing their party is structural: With slim congressional majorities, the party cannot pass anything unless the entire caucus agrees. That empowers moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia to block some of the biggest promises to their supporters, including […]

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Venezuelan Opposition Risks an Election Challenge to Maduro

UPATA, Venezuela — His opposition to Venezuela’s authoritarian leader had left him bloodied by government thugs, forced him into hiding in a foreign embassy and pushed him into a nearly two-year exile in Italy, where he sold bread in a train station as he thought of home. Américo De Grazia’s political defiance had also cost […]

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Can Democrats Win in Rural America?

To the Editor: Re “In Rural Areas, Prospects Sink for Democrats” (front page, Nov. 7): In theory, Democratic policies to benefit rural citizens should work. For example, take the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid. Rural Americans are statistically older, sicker, heavier and poorer than their urban counterparts. Moreover, Covid killed rural patients at twice the […]

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Democrats Don’t Understand Asian American Voters

In the interview, Roe also said: “If you’re an Asian American family going to Thomas Jefferson School and they lower the standards to let more kids who aren’t in accelerated math into the best school in the country, that’s pretty important to you. Advanced math is a big dang thing. But it also is to […]

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Why Democrats May Have a Long Wait if They Lose Their Grip on Washington

Usually, it’s the party out of power that frets about whether it will ever win again. This time, it’s the party in control of government that’s staring into the political wilderness. Democrats now have a Washington trifecta — command of the White House and both chambers of Congress. If the results of last week’s elections […]

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Why Republicans Won in a New York County Where Democrats Outnumber Them

It wasn’t the high taxes in Nassau County, or the recent changes to New York’s bail laws that drove Lizette Sonsini, a former Democrat, to vote Republican this year. Her reasons were more overarching. “I don’t like the president, and the Democrats are spending too much money on things like infrastructure, when really we need […]

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A Way Forward for Biden and the Democrats in 2022 and 2024

After the 1994 congressional elections, Bill Clinton reoriented his administration to the center and saved his presidency. Mr. Biden should follow his lead, listen to centrists, push back on the left and reorient his policies to address the mounting economic issues people are facing. As a senator, he was a master at building coalitions; that […]

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Election Results in Virginia Prove Things Can Get Worse for Democrats

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — The increasingly liberal politics of Virginia had been a sore spot for residents of this conservative town of 499 people nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. But this past week, as Republicans stormed to marquee victories powered in part by turnout in rural areas like Bath County, local voters cheered. “We got […]

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A.N.C. Suffers Worst Election Setback Since End of Apartheid

JOHANNESBURG — The African National Congress, South Africa’s once-vaunted liberation movement, suffered its worst election showing since coming to power in 1994, according to the results of municipal elections released Thursday. Facing widespread anger over corruption and collapsing services, the party won less than 50 percent of the vote nationally on Monday, the first time […]

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Republicans Are Going to Use Dog Whistles. Democrats Can’t Just Ignore Them.

How did the most racist president of our lifetime outperform a more generic Republican like Mitt Romney with Latinos? Research by Equis Labs suggests that Latinos found Mr. Trump’s populist message on the economy appealing. And as Mr. Trump showed — and Mr. Youngkin confirmed — racially coded attacks do not necessarily repel Latino voters. […]

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Election Day Silver Linings!

Didn’t work. Will you be surprised to hear that Donald Trump is taking credit? The other governor’s race, in New Jersey, was way more dramatic than expected, with incumbent Philip Murphy fighting off a surprisingly strong challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman. Very possible this one could still be in recount purgatory during […]

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Why New Yorkers Rejected Ballot Proposals on Voting and Redistricting

In October, the New York’s Republican and Conservative Parties went nuclear. Eager to rally their bases in an off-year election, and concerned about ballot initiatives that they considered a threat, the parties devised a two-pronged offensive. The Conservative Party spent about $3 million, according to its chairman, on television and radio ads arguing that the […]

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McAuliffe Showed How You Lose Gracefully in Virginia

Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race surprised many people in a state that has been trending blue for years. Republican candidates also won the other top races in the state, for lieutenant governor and attorney general. All three races were high-profile, closely fought affairs. Yet there were no claims of […]

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Tony Downs, Economist Who Studied Why People Vote, Dies at 90

Simply put, R = P x B — C. In other words, the rationality of voting (R) equals the perceived probability that a ballot will make a difference (P), multiplied by the benefit of victory by the voter’s preferred candidate (B), minus the costs of voting (C). Mr. Downs took a somewhat brighter view of […]

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After celebrating the U.S. abroad, Biden returns to deeper political challenges at home.

Video transcript Back bars 0:00/0:44 –0:00 transcript Ciattarelli Speaks at Election Night Rally Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican candidate in the New Jersey governor’s race, told supporters it would take time to count all the votes sent in by mail and provisional ballots. I wanted to come out here tonight because I had prepared one hell […]

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You Can’t Fight City Hall. But You Can Pick Who Runs It.

Indeed. Minneapolis has 17 candidates for mayor. The poor voters are supposed to go through the whole pile and pick a favorite, a runner-up and a third selection. This is called ranked-choice voting and it’s gotten very popular around the country. As the votes are counted, the biggest losers are tossed off and the people […]

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Where Do I Vote? We Answer This and Other Election Day 2021 Questions

It may not be a presidential or congressional election year, but there are still plenty of races on the ballot on Tuesday. These elections will determine the governors of Virginia and New Jersey; the mayors and other leaders of New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis and more; and countless members of school boards and municipal councils. […]

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In Virginia, Early Voting Has an Impact. And a Long Run.

If the race between Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, and Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, is extremely close, those late-arriving ballots, coupled with an expected increase in provisional ballots, could be pivotal. A winner may not be projected for up to a week. “I think that’s the future of everybody’s elections the more we go […]

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Why the Virginia Election Is Freaking Democrats Out

With just under a week to go, the governor’s race in Virginia has gotten tighter than Spanx on a hippo, prompting much agita in Democratic circles. When the Democrats won full control of the statehouse in 2019, for the first time in over 20 years, many political watchers declared the swing state’s blue shift complete. […]

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This Special Election Is Testing Republican Efforts to Court Latino Voters

SAN ANTONIO — For as long as María Rodríguez can remember, the South Side of San Antonio has just about always elected Democrats, Hispanics like herself who emphasized improving public education and access to health care. But last week, as she walked out of an early polling site where she had cast a ballot in […]

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End the Secrecy. Open Up Adoption Records.

To the Editor: Re “With DNA and Friend’s Help, a Dying Son Finds His Father” (front page, Oct. 10): If we continue to keep the process of finding one’s birth family and opening birth records as difficult as possible, as with Sam Anthony, profiled in your article, we are preventing valuable family connections that should […]

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A New Strategy to Persuade Voters: Listen Carefully. And Don’t Hurry.

In an era of mass texting, automated robocalls, email blasts and 280-character social media posts, deep canvassing seems out of step with modern politics — a sort of slow food movement for the activist set. In typical campaign work, canvassers knock on doors with the intent of getting a voter to talk for a minute […]

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In Hungary’s Heartland, Orban Faces a Unified Challenge to His Rule

HODMEZOVASARHELY, Hungary — A devout Catholic, he abhors abortion as “murder” and once voted for Viktor Orban, Hungary’s pugnacious populist leader, impressed by his promises to root out corruption and end the disarray left by years of leftist rule. On Sunday, however, Peter Marki-Zay, the mayor of this town in Hungary’s conservative rural heartland, became […]

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Democrats Can’t Just Give the People What They Want

3. How should a Democrat respond to questions concerning intergenerational poverty, nonmarital births and the issue of fatherlessness? In an email, Teixeira addressed affirmative action: Affirmative action in the sense of, say, racial preferences has always been unpopular and continues to be so. The latest evidence comes from the deep blue state of California which […]

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How Éric Zemmour Is Turning French Politics Upside Down

PARIS — He is the anti-immigration son of parents from Algeria. He styles himself as the great defender of France’s Christian civilization, though he himself is Jewish. He channels Donald J. Trump in an anti-establishment campaign. And he is now scrambling the battle lines before France’s presidential election in April. The meteoric rise of Éric […]

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Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

SEATTLE — In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s Seventh District, which includes most of Seattle, wrestled this week with a range of feelings. Anger at holdout […]

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David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don’t Want to Hear

I want to stop here and say I believe, as does Shor, that educational polarization is serving here as a crude measure of class polarization. We tend to think of class as driven by income, but in terms of how it’s formed and practiced in America right now, education tracks facets that paychecks miss. A […]

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‘Long Overdue’: Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

SEATTLE — In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s Seventh District, which includes most of Seattle, wrestled this week with a range of feelings. Anger at holdout […]

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