For its first 200 years the American Republic slowly, sometimes infuriatingly slowly and at horrific human cost (e.g. the Civil War) expanded the franchise. In 1870 the 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote. In 1920, the 19th Amendment … Read More
Why are we hearing so much about voter fraud and so little about election fraud? After all, the odds of someone voting fraudulently are about the same as those of an American being struck and killed by lightning.
A microscopic evaluation of election data in the 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington state revealed that voter fraud occurred approximately 0.0009 percent of the time. An analysis of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004 percent.
Voter fraud? No, voter suppression. By David Morris, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 28, 2008 Why are we hearing so much about voter fraud and so little about election fraud? After all, the odds of someone voting … Read More
Populism Circa 1999 by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance February 9, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The election of Jesse Ventura set off a flurry of punditry about the meaning of the word “populist”. Governor Ventura … Read More
Reclaiming Democracy Means Getting Money Out of Politics by David Morris November 19, 1996 This was the election we learned that money doesn’t just talk, it screams. Campaign spending broke the $1 billion mark. Both political parties sunk to new … Read More
The Rise of Direct Democracy by David Morris April 23, 1996 It’s time to take a hard look at the latest and most significant development in democratic action: citizen initiatives. In 1898, South Dakota became the first state to allow … Read More