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Could We Moderate Our Politics With Instant Runoffs?

An alternate voting system being tested in several cities around the world could have some surprising long-term effects.

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6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.

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Hormones and How Women Vote: New Evidence, but No Consensus

New research partially rebuts a controversial 2012 paper that linked fertility with the way women vote, but fails to refute the basic premise.

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Can 1 Screaming Idiot Undermine a Democracy?

Of course.

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For Want of Voter Fraud, It Had to Be Invented

Voter fraud has become a major cause for some politicians on the right, but one may have taken it too far.

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Five Reasons That You Vote the Way You Do

Wide-ranging recent research provides provocative clues into why one American votes Democrat and another Republican.

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