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Georgia voters brought folding chairs, books, laptop computers and plenty of patience to the polls on June. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia’s election disaster shows how bad voting in 2020 can be

Voters across the nation should prepare for similar circumstances in their communities – but there is still time for them to demand better from their officials.
On Dec. 19, 2016, Colorado elector Micheal Baca, in T-shirt second from left, cast his electoral ballot for John Kasich, though Hillary Clinton had won his state’s popular vote. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Supreme Court reforms, strengthens Electoral College

Electors may not vote their consciences, which means the Electoral College will continue to operate how most Americans think it does.
On Dec. 19, 2016, Colorado elector Micheal Baca, in T-shirt second from left, cast his electoral ballot for John Kasich, though Hillary Clinton had won his state’s popular vote. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Supreme Court to decide the future of the Electoral College

Many Americans are surprised to learn that Electoral College members do not necessarily have to pick the candidate their state's voters favored. Or do they?
Milwaukee voters wait in a social-distancing line, some wearing masks, before voting in the state’s spring elections on April 7. AP Photo/Morry Gash

Why the Supreme Court made Wisconsin vote during the coronavirus crisis

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has reversed its decadeslong practice of protecting voters' rights and removing barriers to casting ballots.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney (L) and Democratic candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during the 2012 presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3, moderated by Jim Lehrer. Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Lessons on wrangling candidates from the masterful moderator of presidential debates, Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer moderated 12 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012. His lessons on how to run a debate should be studied by today's moderators, writes a former presidential speechwriter.
Not all of Bernie Sanders’ young supporters are showing up at the polls. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Why so few young Americans vote

Americans under 30 are far less likely to vote than older citizens. Stepping up civics instruction might help change that, a scholar explains.
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters after addressing a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s wish list of what might change under a Biden presidency

A Biden presidency would be highly likely to adopt policies that would restore the cooperative links that prevailed under Obama.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a primary election night rally. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Why the US still hasn’t had a woman president

Since 2000, 89 new women have come to power in countries around the world – but the US still lags behind.
Most people vote for the candidate they think is the most electable. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Why do some people think that Bernie Sanders isn't electable and Joe Biden is? Does anyone really know what makes one candidate seem electable while another doesn’t?
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Super Tuesday. Ronen Tivony/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Biden’s resurrection was unprecedented – and well-timed

Joe Biden's swift return as a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination was a dramatic shift never seen before in the modern history of Democratic presidential primaries.
Voting machine operator David Schaefer, right, helps voter Kaitron Gordon with her ballot on Tennessee’s Super Tuesday primary in Nashville after deadly overnight tornadoes delayed the start of voting. AP/Mark Humphrey

Super Tuesday results show how Latino voters, moderate Democrats and Trump supporters are shaping the election

As the race for the Democratic nomination narrows to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, what does it all mean for November? We asked three scholars to closely analyze the Super Tuesday results.

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