2012 Election

 
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Can Hurricane Sandy swing the election?

By Adam Serwer, Mother Jones | Oct. 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, which is barreling towards America’s East Coast, is epic in scale—according to the National Weather Service, the storm reaches from Florida to Connecticut. But public safety problems from flooding, power outages, and property damage aren’t the only way the massive storm could affect your life: [...]

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  Need to Know, October 26, 2012: The voter fraud debate, opposition research in the digital age and Dean Obeidallah

This week, Need to Know’s Rick Carr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida- will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls?

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  Ballot boxing

Need to Know’s Rick Carr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida — will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls.

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  American Voices: Dean Obeidallah

While the democratic and republican candidates do their best to charm a variety of demographics — from women to Latino voters — the Muslim-American bloc, at least publicly, is largely ignored. The son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother, lawyer-turned-comedian Dean Obeidallah talks to Need to Know about the uncourted vote.

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Ask the experts: Voter ID laws

As the presidential campaigns wind down and voting begins in earnest in less than two weeks, much of the conversation has turned from polls and debates to the mechanics of voting. The concerns around voting range from fraud to disenfranchisement. Of particular note are the legislative attempts at changing the voting process, particularly in make-or-break [...]

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  Unearthing the ‘47 percent’ video

Remember the “47 percent” video that went viral and put the Mitt Romney presidential campaign into a mad scramble? How about the time Elizabeth Warren was called out for claiming she was Native American? Ever wonder how these revelations were unearthed? Perhaps it was a shrewd investigative reporter, or a paid employee from an opposing [...]

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Demographics and the millennial vote: Part III

As the presidential contest heads into its final days, Millennials in key battleground states – Ohio, Florida and Virginia particularly – could become a decisive variable in the election’s outcome.

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  Swing state Florida has toughest ex-felon voting rules in the nation

Under Gov. Rick Scott’s directive, residents convicted of a felony must wait five to seven years after their release before they can begin the process of reinstating their civil rights, which can only be restored through executive clemency: approval from the Governor himself.

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Florida’s Hispanic vote

Our report Yo Decido shows that the hotly contested Hispanic vote in Florida is far from a monolith — one size appeal will not fit all. The Pew Hispanic Center’s figures show just how diverse the Florida Latino vote is.