POLITICS

by Adam Bonica and Charlotte Hill

Tattered U.S. flag. Credit: Chris Walton, Flickr

As Democrats settle into at least two years of congressional control, there is a growing recognition that the Senate filibuster will prevent them from passing anything on their ambitious agenda, unless they can squeeze it through reconciliation—especially critically needed reforms to our democracy. A…


Election 2020

These three high-impact volunteer opportunities will help you maximize voter turnout, combat voter suppression, and defeat Donald Trump.

photo courtesy of the Election Protection coalition

by Charlotte Hill and Gabriella Palladino

With just 6 weeks until the presidential election, the stakes could not be higher for electing Biden and defeating Trump. We all need to step up…


Donate to these 4 organizations to help protect voters and defeat Trump in November.

Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR | Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Updated September 26, 2020

With just 5 weeks until the presidential election, many of us are asking the same question: what can I do to help elect Biden, defeat Trump, swing the Senate to the Democrats…


The research behind Vote From Home 2020’s plan to get swing states voting from home this November

At Vote From Home 2020, we’re completely focused on one thing: taking registered voters who face high risks from voting in person, and getting them to vote from home instead. There are 2.5…


Coronavirus is not going away soon — so we need a safer way to vote

Photo credit: Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times

As coronavirus spreads across the United States, it’s increasingly clear that every part of life will be touched by this pandemic — and that includes the November 2020 election. Medical experts expect successive waves of…


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As the first entrant into the 2020 Democratic primary field, Elizabeth Warren hopes to be the “anti-corruption” candidate. Her platform includes an ambitious set of money-in-politics reforms that would make illegal some of the tactics most commonly used by wealthy interests to influence federal policy.

However, Warren’s platform is missing…


10/5/2018 update: Senator Collins just voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, meaning that the more than $2 million raised via the Crowdpac campaign will be contributed to Collins’ 2020 Democratic opponent.

A crowdfunding campaign urging Senator Collins to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation has put campaign finance intellectuals in uncomfortable…


Note: This op-ed was originally published in the SF Examiner. It was written by Charlotte Hill, Christopher Jerdonek and Viva Mogi, three members of the San Francisco Elections Commission.

With high voter interest in the June 5 mayoral election, we three San Francisco elections commissioners want to report on the…


Source: Dennis Damon, Bangor Daily News

Most San Franciscans probably don’t realize that something on their ballot is revolutionary. It’s not a candidate or a ballot proposition—it’s a a style of voting.

If you’re not that interested in the mechanics of voting, I hear you. My favorite political subjects are meatier, spicier, juicier—insert-your-favorite-food-metaphor-here.

But more often…


17 miles. 10,000 feet of elevation change. One day.

As soon as my husband, Louis, learned from a friend that it’s possible to hike from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River and back up again in a single day, he was completely on board. Of…

Charlotte Hill

PhD student at UC Berkeley studying political inequality, interest groups, and democratic reforms

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