Yet a new wave of bills across the country are trying to make it just that…

Voters wait in line in Missoula, MT in 2012.

There’s a new wave of bills moving all over the country to clamp down on voting access. The main goal is pretty clear — make it harder for even eligible people to vote. But there’s also another undercurrent here: that voting should be a miserable, tedious experience.

Consider the state of Georgia where, during the 2020 election, voters in both Democratic and Republican counties waited over 30 minutes to vote on average. But focusing on the typical case can paper over the worst case…


This last year, lots of new organizations have popped up. That’s exciting! Our civic life is in deep need of a rebirth. As new institutions go through the process of incorporating, they’ll be putting their futures in the hands of boards of directors. Too often, in my experience, structure and process at this level is an after-thought. In the best situations, a good crew of people is brought together and mutual trust is enough to keep a group together. But as we want organizations that can last longer than that, we need healthy boards.

A friend wrote this morning asking…


Our President-elect has a 40% favorability rating. He just agreed to pay $25 million to settle multiple lawsuits against him for defrauding budding entrepreneurs and other students who attended his for-profit college. His Administration appears poised for corruption on an epic scale. Speaker Paul Ryan wants to use this moment of unified Republican control to privatize Medicare.

But there is some good news. We have a path forward. To pursue it, we’ll need a movement structured more closely to align with the federal system of government enshrined in our Constitution, with power decentralized throughout the country. …


A really good request just came across a listserv: “I just got confirmed to my very first nonprofit board of directors[…] If you have any tips to share or things I can read, please send them my way!” It was a quick opportunity to reflect on some of what we’ve learned in recent years as our current boards at the Bus are among the highest-functioning I’ve ever encountered.

Here are some high-level suggestions with some specific thoughts on how to make them actionable:

  • Build strong personal relationships with other board members and key staff (beyond the ED/President/CEO). …

Matt Singer

Policy wonk, organizer, and entrepreneur. Partner, Impactual.com. Founder, National Voter Registration Day. Formerly Alliance for Youth Action.

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