Protecting Public Health in the 2020 Election

Protecting Public Health in the 2020 Election

Vote by Mail

Debunking the Myth of Voter Fraud in Mail Ballots

Analysis of H.R.1 and the immediate need for expanded access to vote-by-mail

Analysis of H.R.1 and the immediate need for expanded access to vote-by-mail

States Need to Update Emergency Election Plans

States Need to Update Emergency Election Plans, Scientists Need to Step Up

Your city may be changing how elections work

San Luis Obispo County is experiencing a flurry of legal challenges to the way cities operate elections. Faced with accusations that they are violating voting rights protections, many cities, including Santa Maria, Paso Robles, Grover Beach and soon Arroyo Grande, have already changed or plan to change their electoral systems from at-large elections to single-seat districts. Other cities could be next. The city of San Luis Obispo was recently served legal notice, and Atascadero will soon follow.

Natural Resources Committee Embraces Collaborative Governance

At a time when the internet and social media seem to be tearing our politics apart, where violent ideology and moral outrage enflame partisan divisions, the democratic promise of information technology is making an appearance in the House Natural Resources Committee. Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and Representative A. Donald McEachin have opened the public participation phase of their Environmental Justice for All Act.

Will Democratic Candidates Finally Talk About Democracy Tonight? Ten Democratic presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for their fifth debate, a little more than two months before the first primary votes are cast. One of the sponsors, The Washington Post, has provided details on six key issue areas and candidate positions that may be addressed during the debate, including “government” and “climate change.” Unfortunately there is little indication that there will be any questions about how “government” affects “climate change” and how strengthening democracy will enable us to find better solutions to climate change.

How Civic Engagement is Protecting the 2020 Census in California

This and other stories are part of a larger UCS analysis, Our Unhealthy Democracy, that explores the intersection of voting rights, representation, and public health. Throughout the 2020 election cycle, the Center for Science and Democracy will be highlighting the work of actors and organizations dedicated to bringing the best science and policy solutions to the renewal of our democratic institutions, and the implementation of equitable health and environmental policies. To learn more and find out what you can do in your community to build a sustainable and equitable democracy, visit the report page on the UCS website.

Our Unhealthy Democracy

How Voting Restrictions Harm Public Health—and What We Can Do About It

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