What is the Midwest Democracy Network?

We are an alliance of more than 25 nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement organizations dedicated to improving the condition of democracy in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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April 29 2013 at 01:35 PM

New Midwest Democracy Network report: Redistricting and Representation in the Great Lakes Region

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Midwest Democracy Network is proud to announce its new report, Redistricting and Representation in the Great Lakes Region In 2011, reformers set out to challenge the secretive and partisan system of redistricting in six Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,…

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August 01 2013 at 05:36 PM

Is McCutcheon v. FEC the next Citizens United?

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The Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments in a case challenging aggregate campaign contribution limits. McCutcheon v. FEC has a chance to be the “next Citizens United,” as the Court could open the floodgates by striking down the current…

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April 29 2013 at 01:35 PM

New Midwest Democracy Network report: Redistricting and Representation in the Great Lakes Region

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Midwest Democracy Network is proud to announce its new report, Redistricting and Representation in the Great Lakes Region In 2011, reformers set out to challenge the secretive and partisan system of redistricting in six Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,…

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March 12 2013 at 10:48 AM

Nonprofit Vote report analyzes 2012 election turnout data

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Nonprofit VOTE released an analysis of the 2012 elections, which covers an array of information about state voter turnout, participation amongst certain groups of voters, and the impacts of convenience voting in states. Some points from the report,

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