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New immigrants to Canada, including Syrian-born Tareq Hadhad (centre) who founded the company Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, N.S., swear allegiance at an Oath of Citizenship ceremony in Halifax in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smith

We speak a lot of languages in Canada — elections should reflect our diversity

Following the Sept. 20 federal election, an important question must be asked: How is the Canadian electoral process accommodating the country’s increasing linguistic diversity?
The Supreme Court waited until the final day of its 2020-2021 term, July 1, 2021, to issue two controversial decisions, including one that may dramatically limit voting rights in the US. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Supreme Court blunts voting rights in Arizona – and potentially nationwide – in controversial ruling

The court upheld two Arizona laws that limit when, where and how people can vote.The ruling further guts the Voting Rights Act at a time when many US states are passing more restrictive voting rules.
The Maricopa County Election Department counts ballots in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020. Arizona’s election laws are the subject of a pending Supreme Court decision. Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court weighs voting rights in a pivotal Arizona case

In Brnovich v. DNC, the court will decide whether two Arizona rules unfairly hurt poor, minority and rural voters. The ruling could determine the fate of many states’ restrictive new voting laws.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats address reporters on H.R. 1 at the Capitol in Washington on March 3, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photos

Democratic bill attempts to undo voter restrictions of past 15 years

As GOP-run statehouses across the country tighten voting restrictions, a bill in Congress would, its Democratic sponsors say, undo more than 15 years of moves to make voting harder.
Rivko Knox, a volunteer with the League of Women Voters in Phoenix, and other voters sued Arizona over a law that bans the third-party collection of early mail-in ballots. The issue is now before the Supreme Court. AP Photo/Anita Snow

Is ballot collection, or ‘ballot harvesting,’ good for democracy? We asked 5 experts

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a ban on the third-party collection of mail-in ballots is legal. The practice is allowed in 26 states.
Armed demonstrators attend a rally in front of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing to protest the governor’s stay-at-home order on May 14, 2020. Scott Olson/Getty Images

What those mourning the fragility of American democracy get wrong

Everyone’s saying it: ‘Democracy is fragile’ in the United States. But a political science scholar says that has always been the case.
A lot of interests want to influence the cases that come before the Supreme Court and how they’re decided. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

How conservative groups will advance their agendas before a Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett

Special interests use the court as a public policy battleground. Here’s a rundown of how that works and which groups are likely to appear before a conservative court with Amy Coney Barrett on it.
Voters in Nashville, Tennessee, faced long lines in March 2020. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

The right to vote is not in the Constitution

The framers of the Constitution never mentioned a right to vote. They didn’t forget. They intentionally left it out.
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.
The original 1812 gerrymander district designed to favor Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry. Elkanah Tisdale

Can math solve the congressional districting problem?

The gerrymandered district has been part of the US political landscape for two centuries. Impartial math suggests several methods for drawing fair, competitive congressional districts.

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