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For some Indigenous people, participating in Canadian elections continues the legitimacy of the Canadian state. (Shutterstock)

A vote for Canada or Indigenous Nationhood? The complexities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit participation in Canadian politics

Indigenous people who vote are reminding Canada of the nation-to-nation relationships that continue to exist and to bring change from within the very structure that has been used to erase them.
Our first-past-the-post electoral system works poorly when there are lots of three-way races and even some four-way races. Seats can be won with far less than a majority, meaning it’s time to revisit electoral reform. Pietro Mattia/Unsplash

Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system highlights once again the need for reform

New research offers a new electoral system that can deliver proportionality and even enhance local representation.
A voter waits to enter a polling area to cast his ballot for Assembly of First Nations National Chief on July 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous communities should be able to choose online voting, especially during COVID-19: Report

The federal government needs to amend the necessary regulations of the Indian Act and First Nations Elections Act to allow First Nations to choose their own voting methods.
An election worker during mail-in ballot counting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 6, 2020. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Making it easier to vote does not threaten election integrity

A record number of people voted in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump lost, Joe Biden won. Now, GOP legislators across the country are trying to pass measures to limit voting.
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.
Elliott Zaagman from Michigan casts his ballot in the Democrats Abroad global presidential primary at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Americans around the world were part of the largest voter turnout in U.S. history

An international volunteer team of marketing, branding, graphic design and media experts collaborated to position Vote From Abroad as a destination for out-of-country American voters.

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