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Voters in San Diego will soon have easier access to campaign finance data for candidates in local races.

Coalition brings transparency to San Diego campaigns

Rocco is a freelance writer. A version of this story first appeared on Independent Voter News.

Determining who's footing the bill for political campaigns and has long been a challenge for voters. But the people of San Diego will soon be able to track and analyze the campaign contributions and independent expenditures of local political campaigns with an online dashboard created by a coalition of nonpartisan political reform organizations.

While campaign finance information has long been available to the public, it is hard for a non-tech-savvy individual to make sense of the numerous spreadsheets and PDF files, said Amy Tobia, co-leader of Represent San Diego, a local branch of the national anti-corruption organization. This difficulty effectively prevents the public from accessing the available information.

Hence, the San Diego Campaign Finance Dashboard.

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Arkansas Voters First

Meet the reformer: Bonnie Miller, still fighting an Arkansas gerrymander

Bonnie Miller spent months working to get a measure on next week's Arkansas ballot that would have turned the state's political map making over to an independent commission. Her Arkansas Voters First Campaign gathered the necessary 150,000 signatures but was stopped on very narrow grounds by the state Supreme Court, meaning redistricting for this decade will be a partisan exercise controlled by elected Republicans. But Miller says she's not giving up on bettering democracy in her adopted home state, where she runs the League of Women Voters chapter in Fayetteville and is on the staff of the state university's law school. Her answers have been edited for clarity and length.

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The League of Women Voters seeks to improve government and impact public policies through education and advocacy.

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Why election doomsday scenarios may not happen, after all

MIT election expert Charles Stewart III breaks down for WBUR some of the most common election meltdown scenarios playing out in the media, and why they may be overblown. He lays out why it will be hard for the Trump campaign to organize wholesale challenges to votes cast by mail. It's also going to take a series of increasingly unlikely events to get GOP-controlled state legislatures to ignore the popular vote and select their own electors — even in strained, partisan swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Stewart says.
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Six things to do if you face voter intimidation

With President Trump's Sept. 29 call for supporters to flood polling places to "watch the vote," there's more anxiety than normal for voters heading to the polls in 2020. The Advancement Project today issued a concise six-step guide for concerned voters.

Voters should remember that intimidation at the polling place is a federal crime, so the law will be on their side if they face intimidation, the Washington-based civil rights organization says. Voters should be mindful that any challenge to their vote must be based on a specific reason that's spelled out in the law. They have a right to know the reason their vote is being challenged and to hear from the precinct judge before the polls close. Voters should report any suspicious or aggressive behavior to officials on site. The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has established a hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-667-8683) to provide real-time legal assistance.

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