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Mid-week roundup

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

What’s happening in the citizenship world? Here’s a mid-week roundup of recent tidbits we found interesting:

  • In Politico, Ethan Porter and David Kendall propose “iGov”: “iGov would offer citizens an easy way to track their relationship with the federal government over their lifetimes. Each citizen would have his or her own iGov account, through which the federal government would be able to present the accumulation of the benefits that a person has ever received from across the government. A single click would reveal what the government has meant in a person’s life, in the most concrete terms.”
  • The American Democracy Project spotlights the “Campus Vote Project,” which seeks to encourage college students to overcome challenges and go vote: “Students, in particular, face additional obstacles to voting as they move to a new community for school. These challenges include not knowing voter registration rules and deadlines, not having acceptable ID for voter registration or voting purposes, confusion about where to vote, lack of transportation to the polls, and occasionally are confronted by unfriendly or unsympathetic elections officials or poll workers.”
  • If you’ll be in the greater D.C. area in mid-March, the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier is hosting an event you may want to check out: “Founding Conversations: James Madison and Nelson Mandela: Constitutional Lessons for a World in Transition.” Find out more and register for the two-day event here.
  • The Pew Research Center has a new report focusing on social networking sites and politics with some interesting findings: “Among the SNS [social networking sites] users whose friends post political content, 25% always agree or mostly agree with their friends’ political postings; 73% of these SNS users “only sometimes” agree or never agree with their friends’ political postings. When they disagree with others’ posts, 66% of these SNS users say they usually ignore the posts; 28% said they usually respond with comments or posts of their own.”