Democracy watch, Nov. 2015: Two steps forward [ME, WA], one huge step back [NJ]

This November, people who care about enhancing democratic principles have a few things to feel good about. But, in the toxic political environment that passes for “democracy” these days, no good deed goes unpunished. So, there’s bad news, too. Here’s the rundown: Maine’s Clean Elections Initiative On the hopeful side, Maine voters have approved Question…

Voting news: Some 17-year-olds can vote in primaries and caucuses in 22 states

In a trend that adds a nice dose of fairness to election laws, 22 states now allow citizens who will be 18 years old on or before a general election to vote in their party’s corresponding primary or caucus. Illinois, for example, allows 17-year-olds who were born on or before Nov. 4, 1996, to register…