Posts tagged 'Federal Election Commission'

Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: elections, Federal Election Commission, GAO, Justice Department

Nearly 28 years since the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act, some polling places and voting systems still are not accessible.

The Government Accountability Office released a report today based on its review of polling places and stations in the 2016 election.

It gathered data for 178 polling places and found that 60 percent had barriers, including “steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.”

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 required, among other things, that polling places be accessible and have at least one accessible voting machine ...

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Learning how to make the most of our data at NICAR

Posted: March 1, 2014 | Tags: campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, reporting, Workshop news

Reporters are increasingly using data to find stories. At NICAR's annual conference, where 1,000 journalists are gathering in Baltimore this year, reporters, editors, programmers and datavisualization experts are sharing best practices for acquiring databases or building their own. 

A session on Federal Election Campaign (FEC) data, led by Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, and Chris Schnaars, focused on how to gain access to the publicly available but highly obfuscated records that show who donated what to political campaigns. The speakers said just 150 people accounted for $810 billion worth of donations to Super PACs in the 2012 presidential race ...

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Campaign finance disclosures need improvement

Posted: April 15, 2010 | Tags: campaign finance, Federal Election Commission

For those who follow campaign finance, this is one of the big days of the year: First quarter contribution and spending reports are due at the Federal Election Commission, from congressional candidates and most political action committees.

Opponents, political analysts and the press will watch these numbers closely as an indicator of how this fall's mid-term elections might go.

The reports are a celebration of government openness and a comment on the absurdity of the nation's patchwork of campaign disclosure laws and rules. The disclosure system was mostly constructed in the early 1970's shadow of Watergate, before ...

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