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An Ode to the Great American Concession Speech

By Joe Goldman / 2016 November 7th

After the voters speak and the polls close, it will be time for another crucial hallmark of American democracy — the concession speech. In every election, at the very moment political tension threatens to tear us apart, the concession speech intervenes to bring us back together. Read More

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Progress Report Shows Promising Gains for Voting Access & Efficiency

By Stacey Scholl / 2016 October 20th

Major gains have been made in modernizing voter registration systems, expanding early voting and access to voting, reducing lines and improving polling place management, and modernizing voting technology. Read More

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Transforming a Tradition: Rethinking Debates with Civic Hall

By Tom Glaisyer / 2016 September 26th

In their new report and mini-conference, Civic Hall is bringing together experts to explore technologies and platforms that have the potential to strengthen political debates, increase their relevance, and better serve the American public as they consider who they wish to vote for. Read More

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Our Political System is Not a Game: Real Leaders Know When to Accept Defeat

By Joe Goldman / 2016 September 21st

When candidates lose elections, we expect that they will accept defeat and call for the American people to come together as a nation. Period. Read More

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Bridging the Bicoastal Bubbles on Civic Tech

By Chris Nehls / 2016 September 12th

Without focusing first on solutions that can strengthen government institutions, devising new online tools to amplify the public’s voice may simply add more noise to an already cacophonous system. Read More

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Civic Journalism, Engaged Journalism: Tracing the Connections

By Geneva Overholser / 2016 August 3rd

The Democracy Fund sees public engagement as a key element of its work to support vibrant media and the public square. And among the questions its considered as it thinks about modern engaged journalism is this: How is it different from civic journalism? Read More

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Supporting Servicemembers through the Military Voter Education Project

By Stacey Scholl / 2016 July 1st

Democracy Fund is proud to announce a new grant to the Military Officers Association of America Military Family Initiative (MMFI) for its Military Voter Education Project. Read More

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Welcoming Aboard Srik Gopal

By Joe Goldman / 2016 June 28th

This week we are excited to announce the newest addition to the Democracy Fund team – Srik Gopal, Vice President of Strategy, Learning, and Impact. Read More

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A Fresh Look for the Democracy Fund

By Lauren Strayer / 2016 June 22nd

On our second anniversary as an independent foundation, the Democracy Fund is excited to share our fresh look and updated program names. Read More

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Designing Ballots for Tomorrow

By Natalie Adona / 2016 June 6th

The Elections Program at Democracy Fund proudly welcomes the Center for Civic Design as its newest grantee. Read More

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