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Examining Congressional Election Financing

A report from the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) takes a close look at financing in the House and Senate elections of 2012. Read More
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Introductory Remarks by MacArthur President Robert Gallucci at Preview Screening of "Electoral Dysfunction"

A film screening sponsored by MacArthur, The Brennan Center for Justice, the Joyce Foundation, and WTTW, the documentary "Electoral Dysfunction" takes an irreverent–but nonpartisan–look at the voting process and its impact on American democracy. Read More

"The Right to Vote"

From The New York Times
Featuring an op-doc produced by MacArthur-supported Center for Independent Documentary
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MacArthur Grants Support Efforts to Ensure Fair Elections, Protect Voting Rights

The grants were awarded to organizations and initiatives that help eligible voters, particularly those in disenfranchised groups, participate in the democratic process. Read More
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Voter ID Laws Present Obstacles for Eligible Voters

According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 U.S. states with restrictive voter ID laws could face hurdles in obtaining a government-issued ID to show at ... Read More

Overview of Voter ID Laws

Voter ID laws have been enacted in 30 states. Supporters say the laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, while critics see the laws as a tactic to disenfranchise voters. MacArthur grantee ProPublica examines the facts ... Read More
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Assessing States’ Preparedness to Protect Every Vote

Only five states are prepared to confront potential voting system problems in the upcoming election, according to a report by the Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic Read More
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MacArthur Grants to Support Campaign Finance Research, Information Sharing, and Efforts to Improve Elections Process

With studies showing that Americans’ confidence in their government is at an all-time low, MacArthur has been exploring ways that grantmaking can help strengthen the institutions of U.S. democracy. Read More
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"How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories" Documentary Film

In this 12-part series, "How Democracy Works Now", filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini track how comprehensive immigration reform went from almost assured passage in 2001 to an uncertain future in 2007. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Julia M. Stasch

Julia M. Stasch

Vice President, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Constance M. Yowell

Constance M. Yowell

Director of Education
Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Director for Policy Research
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer