Donate
News. Debate. Community. Levers for a better democracy.
Check out our Election Dissection blog:
Our panel of experts will be analyzing voting controversies until the 2020 winners are clear.
MOST READ
Voting
True
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"There's a storm brewing in Florida in 2020 — it's not Republicans versus Democrats for the presidency," argues Jeffrey Solomon.

It’s time to let all voters vote in Florida

Solomon is a chiropractor, a former Miami-Dade Democratic Party organizer and an unsuccessful state legislative candidate in 2018.

I recently joined the 30 percent of Florida voters who declare themselves independents. I did it for the same reasons as most ex-partisan voters: I had reached my limit. I was sick and tired of inter-party political hypocrisy and deceptive leadership. Unlike many independents, though, I witnessed the partisan rot from the inside. For over a decade, I was a Democratic Party activist.

Last year, I was the party's nominee for an open seat in the Florida Legislature in a historically Republican district. My party wrote my race off and didn't invest a dime in my election. No Democrat had come close to winning the seat in a generation. I lost by just 290 votes, less than half of 1 percent of the total votes cast.

Keep reading... Show less
Big Picture
True
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke with the media following a visit to Detroit One Coney Island Restaurant on August 01 in Detroit.

What 1860 and 1968 can teach America about the 2020 presidential election

The ConversationSarat is a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College.

Fresh evidence of the nastiness and divisiveness of the 2020 presidential election emerges every day.

President Trump has let loose a storm of invective over Twitter about various African American public figures and about the conditions of life in America's inner cities. The president seems bent on exploiting a rural/urban divide and creating racial cleavage as a way to get re-elected.

In addition, he has questioned the patriotism of Democrats and alleged that they are trying to "destroy our country."

Democrats have responded by denouncing the president's racially tinged language and accusing the president and his supporters of being the ones destroying the country.

"Four years of Donald Trump," former Vice President Joe Biden claims, "would be an aberration in American history. Eight years will fundamentally change who we are as a nation." Biden, of course, is running for president.

Nasty, divisive elections are nothing new in the United States. As someone who teaches and writes about the importance of historical memory in American law and politics, I believe the 2020 election will rival the ugliest America has ever witnessed.

Sign up for The Fulcrum newsletter

There are lessons that can be learned from examining this election's parallels with two previous presidential elections – 1860 and 1968 – both of which left America deeply divided.

Keep reading... Show less

Election Cycle

The period between elections for each federal office, used by the Federal Election Commission to set campaign contribution limits. A donor may give the hard money maximum to a House candidate every two years, a presidential candidate every four and a Senate candidate every six, for example.

Read more about election cycles.

© Issue One. All rights reserved.