January 29, 2018
Before moving on to the next vote-counting drama, let's reflect on what went right in Virginia and what policymakers and election administrators elsewhere can learn.
August 24, 2017
Our voting systems are a difficult marriage between ancient and modern tools. Keeping the proper balance is tricky but crucial.
May 17, 2017
It's not fraud. It's tens of millions of inaccurate registration records. Election administrators need better tools.
February 8, 2017
Younger Americans don't much like what's happening in our elections. But they're not turning out to cast their ballots.
October 24, 2016
Ballot measures in several states would change the rules in dramatic ways. It's a challenge to "politics as usual."
July 12, 2016
Maricopa County's botched primary brought accusations of voter suppression. What really happened is more complicated -- and even encouraging.
April 6, 2016
Even in this intense presidential election season, voter turnout has been abysmal. There's a better way to get voters to participate.
September 24, 2015
State presidential primaries have strayed far from their original purposes. So why must taxpayers pick up the tab?
July 1, 2015
Firefighters don't actually fight that many fires these days. It's time to re-think how we deliver costly emergency services.
December 10, 2014
Party money is now pouring into these races, which once drew little attention. The threat to the integrity of elections these officials administer worries two former secretaries of state.
September 16, 2014
It's about a lot more than salaries. We need to do a better job of comparing total costs, both across jurisdictions and across comparable jobs.
May 7, 2014
These days, most elections are won or lost long before Election Day in primaries in which tiny numbers of people vote. It's plunging our political system further into dysfunction.
February 13, 2014
A presidential commission's recommendations focus largely on improving the polling-place experience. But why do we even need polling places? Let's let everyone vote by mail.
November 6, 2013
Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.