Articles especially pertinent to League issues
... somehow we've lost our framework. We took our liberal democratic values for granted for so long, we've forgotten how to defend them....
So over the next few months I'm going to use this column, from time to time, to go back to first principles, to go over the canon of liberal democracy -- the thinkers who explained our system and why it is great.
I'm going to start with Thomas Mann's "The Coming Victory of Democracy." Mann, possibly the greatest novelist of his era, fled the Nazis and came to America.... Mann has confidence in democracy's ultimate victory because he has confidence in democracy's ability to renew itself, to "put aside the habit of taking itself for granted."...
Mann's great contribution is to remind us that democracy is not just about politics; it's about the individual's daily struggle to be better and nobler and to resist the cheap and the superficial. Democrats like Mann hold up a lofty image of human flourishing. They inspire a great yearning to live up to it.
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Of the 500 AIP voters surveyed by a bipartisan team of pollsters, fewer than 4% could correctly identify their own registration as a member of the American Independent Party.
That's what we call a finding with real statistical viability," said Ben Tulchin, a Democratic pollster who helped craft the survey in collaboration with The Times and Republican pollster Val Smith. "It's overwhelming and it's indisputable."
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Nine states and the District of Columbia have already approved automatic voter registration, and 32 states have introduced automatic registration proposals this year. ...
Automatic voter registration makes two transformative, yet simple, changes to voter registration: Eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are registered to vote unless they decline, and agencies transfer voter registration information electronically to election officials. These two changes create a seamless process that is more convenient and less error-prone for both voters and government officials. This policy boosts registration rates, cleans up the rolls, makes voting more convenient, and reduces the potential for voter fraud, all while lowering costs.
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