In a party line vote, the House Administration Committee voted today to kill the Election Assistance Committee, which sets federal standards for voting technology. If the bill becomes law, it could affect efforts to protect US elections from cyber attacks, further indicating that Republicans aren’t all that bothered…
Just when we thought today’s historic election couldn’t get any weirder, it appears that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are being protected by an army of dump trucks. Law enforcement say the trucks—which are loaded with sand—are forming a barrier to minimize an attack with explosive devices.
The Electoral College is an integral, if not unusual, part of American democracy. Few other nations have one, and even when they do the system isn’t quite the same. How does the electoral college work and why do we even have one? Our latest video explains.
“The cyber,” as Donald J. Trump calls it, has been an unrelenting issue in a presidential election marked by politically motivated hacks, massive DDoS attacks, and email kerfuffles. With technology as a focal point, virtually every part of the political process has been brought into the scrum, including voting.
Arizona’s been in the spotlight a lot this election year, with the Department of Justice announcing today it’s investigating the too-long voting lines during the state’s primary. Then there’s the accusations of straight-up election fraud: Apparently people are tampering with vote-by-mail ballots using microwaves.
Tinder, the dating equivalent of trying on a bunch of different pairs of pants before giving up and eating some cheese fries, just announced a new feature called Swipe the Vote.
We’ve been hearing a whole lot about the Iowa Caucuses, but often with little context about how that process actually works. Vermont Public Radio has put together an entertaining short that explains the process, in Lego.
We’ve seen boat loads of personal info dumps online in the last year, but none as bizarre as this: A discovery of personal data from millions of Americans who’ve voted since 2000, found by a researcher and sitting in a sloppily configured database. In other words, it was just hanging out on the web. For unknown…
Senator, candidate, and glorious old crank Bernie Sanders tried to hang in for all 10,000 hours of last night’s punishing GOP debate. Like most of America, he did not make it.
We trust Google not to be evil, but new evidence published by prominent psychologist Robert Epstein suggests that if it wanted to, Google could undermine democracy–simply by tweaking its search algorithm.
Donald Trump will not be our next president. Neither will Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, nor Hillary Clinton. How can I say this with such confidence? Because none of these people have beards. And that was supposed to be the style for US presidents by now. At least according to one random magazine from 1966.
The world imploded when it was discovered that Republican presidential hopeful Jeb! was selling a cheap plastic bowl for $75 (especially seeing as one could buy 24 of the same cheap plastic bowls for $36). But it’s not the most egregious product being sold by a candidate. Just in time for tonight’s debates, here are…
The last time I voted in LA, I used a fat marker to place a black splotch on a Scantron-like form inserted between the pages of a plastic booklet. The form never lined up exactly, and the design of the booklet was so confusing, I’m pretty sure I voted for the wrong person. Now (thankfully) LA is overhauling its…
The voting system in the US is deplorable. Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation. The solution to almost every election-related challenge is to make voting mandatory. And with a little tech reform, we could do it in time for the 2016 presidential election.
Ted Cruz wants to be president. The Tea Party politician announced his candidacy in front of a crowd of Liberty University students—who were required to show up. But let's not forget presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the same science-doubting, climate change denier he's always been. He just has a bigger soapbox.
While voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia passed measures in favor of legalizing pot, Florida rejected the use of medical marijuana. The various campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail marijuana.
Millions of Americans will vote today, and for the first time in years, many of them will use paper ballots. For a nation that's produced some of the most advanced machines in the world, we've had a hell of a time figuring out one of the most important.
Election Day is coming up, and if you use Facebook, you'll see an option to tell everyone you voted. This isn't new; Facebook introduced the "I Voted" button in 2008. What is new is that, according to Facebook, this year the company isn't conducting any experiments related to election season.
Republican candidates are poised to gain next month from new election laws in almost half the states in the U.S., where additional requirements defy a 50-year trend of easing access to the polls. This infographic shows where it's the most difficult to cast your ballot.
This is the last week to register to vote in many parts of the country, and with several pivotal midterm elections on deck, it's a good time to make sure you're an informed citizen. Normally this would entail things like reading up on the issues, but these days apps and sites are trying to make choosing what…