Donald Trump Won't Be Our Next President Because He Doesn't Have a Beard

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. »8/12/15 6:35pm8/12/15 6:35pm

Los Angeles Is Redesigning the Voting Experience To Be Not Awful

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… »7/13/15 8:05pm7/13/15 8:05pm

It's Time for Mandatory Voting—And We Have the Technology to Do It

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 Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation.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. »3/25/15 11:00am3/25/15 11:00am

9 Dumb Quotes About Science From Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

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. »3/23/15 6:00pm3/23/15 6:00pm

Re: Hey: An Analysis of the Obama/Romney Emails

Early in 2012, I signed up for the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns' email lists with a rarely used old email address. While I knew that this small dataset couldn't reveal the extreme sophistication of their email strategies, I set out to analyze the emails I'd received (and rarely read) – and discovered some… »11/06/12 5:00pm11/06/12 5:00pm

What Are You Reading While You Wait in Line to Vote?

If you believe in the power of voting, chances are you're going to head to a polling place sometime between now and the end of the day to cast your ballot. You'll probably be waiting a few minutes as well. With that in mind, we tossed together 10 election day pieces for you to save to Instagram/Pocket/Readability to… »11/06/12 3:40pm11/06/12 3:40pm

NYC Residents Can Vote at any New York State Polling Place Tomorrow

If you're a resident of NYC or Westchester, Long Island and Rockland counties, you can submit an affadavit ballot for the presidential and US Senatorial elections at any polling place in the state of New York you like tomorrow. You can't vote in local elections, but it's still useful for those who's living and… »11/05/12 6:13pm11/05/12 6:13pm

Everything You Need To Jumpstart Your Own Presidential Campaign

When you head to the polls this November you're supposed to vote for who you think will best lead the country for the next four years. But that's not really what happens. Deep down everyone who steps into that voting booth knows that they could do a far better job as President of the United States of America. »10/09/12 4:00pm10/09/12 4:00pm