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On The Sidelines Of Democracy: Exploring Why So Many Americans Don't Vote

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Pedestrians walk past a sign for a polling station at Miami Beach City Hall last month. On Friday, a federal judge ordered Florida officials to provide sample ballots in Spanish. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Green algae is seen in the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla. Local GOP Rep. Brian Mast is making legislation to deal with the algae problem a focus of his re-election campaign, as his Democratic opponent Lauren Baer criticizes him for doing "too little, too late." Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Toxic Algae Seeps Into Florida Congressional Races

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks onstage at The Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles earlier this year. She's running this year for Senate, aiming to be just the second LGBTQ person elected to that body. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Rise Of LGBTQ Candidates Could Usher In A 'Rainbow Wave' In 2018

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GOP Rep. Lamar Smith has held the House seat in Texas' 21st Congressional District since 1987. His retirement has sparked a fierce race for his seat for the first time in decades. Drew Angerer/AP hide caption

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Gerrymandering As A Campaign Issue

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GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward, waving at a Republican club meeting in Sun Lakes, Ariz., in May, has accused front-runner Rep. Martha McSally of supporting "amnesty" for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Arizona GOP Senate Candidates Embrace Trump In Primary. But What Comes Next?

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Angela Lang, executive director of BLOC, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities sits for a portrait in front of her childhood home Aug. 7, 2018 Milwaukee. BLOC, a community based group works in Milwaukee neighborhoods with a purpose of uniting and informing its citizens of current issues along with political insight to better their community. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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Wisconsin Political Activists Hope A 'Silent Canvass' Will Win Back Black Voters

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Beto O'Rourke speaks at the Texas Democratic Convention in June. The winner of the party's U.S. Senate primary has embraced progressive positions — at times including impeaching President Trump. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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To Win Texas, Beto O'Rourke Is Running To The Left

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., laughs with an attendee at an event sponsored by the West Fargo Police Department on Aug. 7. Heitkamp is one of 10 Senate Democrats facing re-election in November in states President Donald Trump won in 2016. Dan Koeck/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., walks out of a New York court house after being charged with insider trading on Wednesday. Democrats are seizing on the case to convince voters the GOP has a "culture of corruption." Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Seize On GOP Ethics Scandals In Midterms, Because It's Worked Before

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Former President Barack Obama speaks in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'We've Been Through Darker Times': Barack Obama Speaks In South Africa

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Rep. Mike Capuano struggles to understand why some voters think race and gender are relevant in this race. When Capuano campaigns, he doesn't talk much about his opponent, focusing on his own record. Asma Khalid/NPR hide caption

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Democratic House nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's progressive agenda clashes with the centrist campaigns championed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Rep. Conor Lamb's special election victory was built on a low-key centrist platform. Mark Lennihan/AP; Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images; Mark Wilson/Getty Images; Alex Brandon/ AP hide caption

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For Democrats, Pragmatists Are Still Trumping Progressives Where It Counts

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Immigrant rights advocates pitched their tents for an encampment outside the ICE offices in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. The new liberal rallying cry raises more questions than it answered. Frederic. J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President-elect Trump's acceptance speech was broadcast in Times Square in New York City after his 2016 election. Nearly two years later, the partisan divide grows even wider. Michael Reaves/Getty Images hide caption

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