October 18, 2012 The GOP could pick up as many as five governorships in next month's election, bringing the party's total to 34, the most since 1922.
October 1, 2012 It's easy to blame politicians for failing to set aside differences and work together. But many political scientists believe that voters share the blame. Americans increasingly view the world through separate, partisan lenses and have turned compromise into a political liability.
September 27, 2012 New polls suggest the percentage of women voting for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney could reach historic levels. The surprise? The divide is attributed primarily to this year's size-of-government debate, not to a focus on social issues like abortion and reproductive rights.
September 26, 2012 WOIA battle is under way in Iowa over whether a state Supreme Court justice can keep his job. Critics have launched an all-out campaign to throw him off the bench because of his ruling three years ago clearing the way for same-sex marriage. The judge's supporters are fighting back, in a fashion.
September 26, 2012 Early voting is now an option in most of the country, and roughly a third of all Americans casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential race are expected to do so before Nov. 6, Election Day.
September 21, 2012 In November, voters will decide whether new state laws on issues such as labor policy, immigration and gay marriage can remain in effect. They're using a process called "popular referendum." Different from a ballot initiative, it amounts to a public veto of elected officials. And its use is growing.
August 29, 2012 The TV ad war in a newly redrawn and hotly contested Iowa congressional district has begun, and it pits Republican Rep. Steve King's story of overcoming personal adversity against Democrat Christie Vilsack's story of ... overcoming personal adversity.
August 28, 2012 At the federal trial over South Carolina's new voter ID law, the state's election director said the law wouldn't disenfranchise anyone. She said a clause in the law could let any would-be voter without an ID cast a provisional ballot, which led to lots of give-and-take with surprised judges.
August 17, 2012 NPR's Scott Simon says voters and candidates might benefit if more politicians took real vacations — if they went somewhere, for at least a short time, where no one knows them. Where they don't have to ask for votes, money or spout talking points.
August 17, 2012 There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.
August 5, 2012 Asian-Americans make up the fastest-growing segment of the population, notably in key swing states including Virginia, Nevada and Florida. What's more, they're often independent voters — and the way they swing could have a big effect on the presidential election.
July 19, 2012 After the Supreme Court became involved in the 2000 presidential election outcome, several groups tried to update the country's electoral system. Where are we now? "Another 2000-style debacle could easily happen," says one advocate for change, "but worse. God help us."
July 18, 2012 Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of "crony capitalism" as part of his campaign for the presidency. But critics of the U.S. economy and politics say the practice of rewarding the business interests of political supporters with federal taxpayer dollars is truly bipartisan.