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This Weekend, Be Your Own Get-Out-The-Vote Machine

November 2, 2012 - by Donny Shaw

Our friends at Fight for the Future (a.k.a. the group behind the SOPA blackout in January) have built a fantastic app that makes it easy for you to set up your own DIY get-out-the-vote operation. It’s called “Vote With Friends,” and it uses the best recent social research into what gets people to vote to help you apply exactly the right kind of friendly nudge to your on-the-fence friends. Get yourself set up here.

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RaceTracker is Up-To-Date for Aug. 24th Primaries

August 24, 2010 - by David Moore

Today is primary day in five states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Up for grabs are eight U.S. Senate primaries, 67 U.S. House primaries, and eight gubernatorial primaries. (Pictured at right: U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-FL, candidate for the U.S. Senate. Photo via OC data partners, Daylife.)

Who's running where for the what now? We got it covered. RaceTracker is up-to-date with links to the declared candidates running in all of these races. This project on the OC Wiki offers helpful, granular views of everyone running in every Congressional district -- and not only in these five states, but in all 50 states nationwide. As always with our work, RaceTracker is a non-partisan public resource wiki, helping to build public knowledge and increase transparency in government. Click through for details on today's elections.

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Last night, there were 44 House primaries, 4 Senate primaries, and 7 gubernatorial primaries.  You can track them -- in fact, every race in the country, every 2010 midterm -- on our non-partisan, publicly-editable wiki project: RaceTracker.  Click through for links to each individual race and a helpful one-sentence summary of exactly where things stand after last night.

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Ensign Will Run Again

July 14, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Las Vegas Sun reports: Washington — Republican Sen. John Ensign said Monday that not only does he have no intention of resigning in light of his affair and his parents’ payout to the woman’s family, he plans to seek reelection when his term is up in 2012. Ensign told the Las Vegas Sun he has received calls and e-mails of encouragement from supporters both in Nevada and Washington. When asked Monday whether he had any thoughts about stepping down, Ensign said his supporters are sendin...

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RaceTracker Had a Good Opening Weekend

June 16, 2009 - by Conor Kenny

In the first weekend since its debut last Thursday, the RaceTracker project had 21 volunteer editors update 61 House, Senate and governor races across the country and visitors viewed pages more than 15,000 times over the first four days. has also implemented automatic links to the RaceTracker from all posts tagged with a congressional district, senate seat or governor's election. We were also able to see the safeguards of the system — principally the requirement that every addition be linked to an outside, verifiable source — work to maintain the integrity of the information on the wiki.

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The RaceTracker project on OpenCongress — a non-partisan, fully-referenced, open-source and crowd-sourced wiki project — now lists every candidate running in every U.S. Senate, House and governor's race! The folks over at the Swing State Project, the coordinators of this wiki community project, have completed a nationwide survey of the candidates in each race and will be using crowd-sourced participation to keep it current as we move towards 2010. You can now check on the status of each of the seven candidates considering a run for the seat of Illinois' Sen. Roland Burris (D) or the eight who are eyeing Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.). We'll even tell you who's a confirmed candidate versus who's merely considering or rumored to be a candidate, how much money they've raised, the district boundaries and the district-specific electoral trends in the last three presidential elections.

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Sen. Russell Feingold's [D, WI] constitutional amendment to require that Senate vacancies are filled by public election will receive its first major action by Congress tomorrow. The House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a joint hearing at 10 am EST on S.J. Res. 7 - A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of Senators. The main portion...

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Feingold Aims to End Gubernatorial Appointmets

January 26, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Following the botched gubernatorial Senate appointments in Illinois and New York recently, Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold is introducing a constitutional amendment into Congress that might actually stand a chance of passing: >"The controversies surrounding some of the recent gubernatorial appointments to vacant Senate seats make it painfully clear that such appointments are an anachronism that must end. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution gave the citizens of this co...

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Today in Congress: Obama Declared President-elect

January 8, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Related: >As the Congress was ratifying the results of the Electoral College today, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was filing legislation to abolish it. > >Scratching a long-time itch, Nelson filed a bill seeking a constitutional amendment to do away with the college, which chooses the U.S. president based on vote tallies within individual states. (For the record, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama prevailed over Arizona Sen. John McCain, 365 to 173. But you knew that.) > >Nelson, a vocal if s...

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