Elections

One Reason the Poor Have So Little Political Clout

The disadvantaged are the least likely to vote. What does that mean for their interests?

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

A Terrible Idea to Create Two 'Tiers' of Voting in Local and National Elections

The latest in creative tactics to deter voters from the polls.

In Azerbaijan, Officials Will Collect Your Ballot From You at Home

It's election day in the former Soviet Republic.

Two-Thirds of New York City Voters Say They Want Better Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure

When the question is framed in terms of safety, there's plenty of agreement.

Why Is Voter Turnout for Mayoral Elections Always So Abysmally Low?

At least this guy voted today in New York City.

A Majority of Black Americans Feel They're Treated Unfairly by Just About Every Major Civic Institution

Cops. Courts. Schools. Elections.

What Does a Comptroller Actually Do?

Could Eliot Spitzer really reinvent the job?

12 Very Real Voter-Suppression Tactics Experts Now Worry Will Come Back

These are exactly the kinds of policies the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent.

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

Mass Transit Use Isn't Up Everywhere

Public transportation ridership is up across the U.S., but the opposite is true in many cities that voted down funding measures last year.

Crime, Congestion, and Corruption Frame Mayoral Race in Bogota

With the current mayor in jail, a transit-building former mayor is among the election's front-runners