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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela because that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has slowly dismantled its already weak democratic institutions. Maduro is Fidel Castro-lite, undermining the legislative and judicial branches as he rewrites the nation’s constitution with a hand-picked, specially elected assembly. The Trump administration has […]