Will Shorter Lines Boost Voter Turnout at the Polls?

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a report encouraging jurisdictions across the country to cut down on long lines at polls on Election Day by expanding early voting, increasing online voter registration, and checking voter registration lists against those provided by other states.

What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

As freezing temperatures break records and make headlines across the country, some wonder what’s behind the so-called polar vortex responsible for the frigid dips. The severe drop in temperature may not come as a complete surprise for many Americans, as 63 percent of people say the weather has been getting more extreme during the past few years, while six percent say it’s gotten less extreme and about 3-in-10 (29 percent) say it hasn’t changed.

Nearly Two-Thirds of Gun Laws Since Newtown Loosen Restrictions

Just after the Newtown shootings one year ago this week, most Americans favored strengthening gun control laws. But in the 12 months following the attack that left 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School dead, more states have actually loosened gun control laws than tightened them.

Specific Immigration Provisions: Fines, Waiting Periods, and Increased Border Security

Although immigration reform policy is complex and continues to evolve, the Senate bill that passed in June (S-744) includes three key features: a 13-year waiting period before immigrants may become full citizens, an estimated $4,000 in mandatory fines and fees to be paid over the course of the citizenship process, and a $46 billion investment in increased border security. While there is consensus around some provisions, on others, views differ sharply by political affiliation.