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Week In Review
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Find Out What All The Twitching Is About This Week

Twitch interactive: not just for younger siblings any more.
Flickr Photo/Sean Dreilinger (CC-BY-NC-ND)

What a week! A website we've never heard of is snapped up by Amazon for a billion dollars. Called Twitch, it allows people to watch other people play video games.

Also, Weyerhaeuser announces it's moving its forest to the big city, Burger King buys out a Canadian institution and we ask, are Seahawks fans becoming spoil sports?

Bill Radke discusses those issues and more with our panel of journalists: Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Civic Cocktail's Joni Balter and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Voting Rights Act
9:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters

File photo. More than four in 10 residents in Yakima are Hispanic, but Sonia Rodriguez True still lost her race for city council in 2009.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:08 am

A federal judge has ruled that the way city council members are elected in Yakima, Washington, disenfranchises Latino voters.

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Election Turnout
3:32 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Is Voting Still Too Hard?

Credit Flickr Photo/Vox Efx (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with political science professor Michael Alvarez about why less than 30 percent of eligible voters in Seattle voted in the August 5 primary. They discuss how to better engage the average voter, which includes something suspiciously like OKCupid.

Elections
4:00 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Why Young People Lose Out When They Don't Vote

The People's Party performs at SXSW in 2008.
Flickr Photo/Hillary H (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Matthew Segal, co-founder of OurTime.org, about why young people have such low voter turnout and how to improve it.

Training Activists
12:24 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing the Supreme Court's rulings outside the court building in June 2013. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:30 pm

Election season is getting underway in states all over the country, and voting rights advocates worry some of those places may move to disenfranchise minorities by exploiting a Supreme Court ruling.

That ruling last June blew up a system that had forced states with a history of discrimination to win federal approval before making election changes.

Now, legal groups are responding by training a new generation of activists to sue. Consider this recent gathering of a few dozen lawyers and community activists on the 28th floor of an Atlanta skyscraper.

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Elections 2012
8:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Are You Voting?

Tim Olson Flickr

Eighty five percent of registered voters cast ballots in Washington state back in 2008, breaking the prior record for turnout that was set back in World War II. Secretary of State Sam Reed says he expects more than 80 percent will turn out this year.  Still, not everyone exercises the right to vote.  What about you?

Elections
6:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Ballot Fraud? Here's What To Do

A ballot from a King County primary election.
(Flickr photo/Brian Daniel Eisenberg)

Washington state’s online voter registration system is vulnerable to hackers, according to The New York Times.  

The newspaper said it took less than three minutes to get the information it needed to access the registrations of some unnamed executives.

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