Democracy

Tools, resources, and advocacy relevant to the people's voice in government

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Elections

For information specific to elections and voting:


See:https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/elections

Democracy and civil rights impacts overview


Democracy and Pandemics

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://items.ssrc.org/category/covid-19-and-the-social-sciences/democracy-and-pandemics/

A collection of essays from the Social Sciences Research Council addressing the questions How is Covid-19 impacting democratic governance? and What does the current crisis tell us about democratic strengths and weaknesses under states of emergency?


COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://www.icnl.org/covid19tracker/

This tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws. Developed by the International Centre for Not-for-profit Law, the European Centre for Not-for-profit Law and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.


COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://rsf.org/en/tracker19-Coronavirus-Covid19

#Tracker_19- Live updates of COVID-19 impacts of press freedom


Strongman Medicine: Can Democracy Survive the Coronavirus Crisis?

๐Ÿ”—https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/strongman-medicine-democracy-coronavirus.html

Slate international affairs writer lists actions taken around the world that strengthen government authority and threaten citizensโ€™ rights


Technology for Democracy

Digital tools for expressing the people's voice in government.


mySociety

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://www.mysociety.org/democracy/

mySociety is a civic tech social enterprise providing free Open Source code, Open Data and repurposable tools that help hold power to account. They run projects and services globally to support participation in societyโ€™s democratic systems, and access to political information.(They also have transparency, community, and research offerings.)


Harnessing Digital Tools to Revitalize European Democracy

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://carnegieeurope.eu/2018/11/28/harnessing-digital-tools-to-revitalize-european-democracy-pub-77806

Think tank Carnegie Europe recommends an EU digital democracy strategy focused on fostering grassroots and national initiatives, creating EU-specific tools for digital participation, and inclusion of technology companies and NGOs in discussions. um if i can edit this then anyone can just put up fake info.


Democracy Club: Our projects

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://democracyclub.org.uk/

Community Interest Company Democracy Club builds digital tools to support everyoneโ€™s participation in UK democracy. Services for organisations in government, charities and the media.


The Democracy Labs

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://thedemlabs.org/2020/02/18/hold-them-accountable/

Wakelet is a free app that can be used to quickly create stories using existing web content (headlines, documents, images, videos) combined with your own messaging and call to action. Website includes examples relevant to Coronavirus.

Surveys, Petitions and Advocacy

Resources for conducting, aggregating, or amplifying surveys and petitions. May not be specific to COVID-19.


All Our Ideas

๐Ÿ”— https://allourideas.org

Survey creation tool for working out groups of peopleโ€™s preferred option - can be used to organise communities and deliberate.


Groupthink

๐Ÿ”— https://github.com/openpolitics/groupthink

A collaborative democratic platform built atop GitHub, designed for open policymaking and manifesto writing.


Care2

๐Ÿ”—https://www.care2.com/ 

Petition/online community 


Control Shift Labs

๐Ÿ”—https://www.controlshiftlabs.com/ 

Petition / advocacy site


New Mode

๐Ÿ”—https://www.newmode.net/ 

Petition / advocacy site


Policy Recommendations

Public policy advocacy related to sustaining the people's voice in government and democratic institutions.


COVID-19 and Democracy

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://www.idea.int/our-work/what-we-do/covid-19-and-democracy

๐Ÿ”—https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/elections-and-covid-19-making-democracy-work-uncertain-times

COVID-19 resources from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide.


FOI and the Pandemic

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.cfoi.org.uk/2020/04/foi-and-the-pandemic/

Campaign for Freedom of Information explains the impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on freedom of information (FOI) andvocates for sustaining FOI in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Overcoming polarization to embrace cooperative and inclusive political decision-making

๐Ÿ”—https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/overcoming-polarization-embrace-cooperative-and-inclusive-political-decision-making

In this commentary, senior fellow at Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance discusses some positive developments for democracy in COVID-19 policy response.


Principles for Protecting Civil and Political Rights in the Fight against COVID-19

๐Ÿ”—https://freedomhouse.org/article/freedom-house-offers-guidelines-protecting-democracy-during-pandemic

Freedom House offers 5 guidelines for protecting democracy during the pandemic.


Keeping Democracy Healthy during a Pandemic

๐Ÿ”—https://freedomhouse.org/newsletter/keeping-democracy-healthy-during-pandemic-issue-1

Freedom House announces a new, free newsletter on protecting rights during COVID-19.


News & Analysis of Democracy

In a new age of emergency laws, human rights are more important than ever.

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/03/emergency-laws-human-rights-pandemic-coronavirus

A pandemic generates precisely the kind of instability and fear which has historically been used to suppress civil liberties. A human rights barrister advocates for upholding human rights laws.


Coronavirus is now contaminating Europe's democracy

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-contaminating-europe-democracy-viktor-orban-seize-more-power

Polish historians on border closings, post-communist states in COVID-19 response.


How much will Coronavirus hurt European democracy?

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://euobserver.com/coronavirus/147884

European politics journalist on how pandemic weakened checks on governments.


Journalism hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://euobserver.com/coronavirus/147956

European politics journalist describes how Coronavirus pandemic affects journalism.


Democracy in critical care as coronavirus disrupts government

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://www.politico.eu/article/democracy-in-critical-care-as-coronavirus-disrupts-governments/

Describes impacts of COVID-19 on government.


Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/31/hungary-orban-coronavirus-europe-democracy/


How Coronavirus is remaking democratic politics

๐Ÿ”—https://www.ft.com/content/0e83be62-6e98-11ea-89df-41bea055720b

The superficial conclusion is that it will be a gift to populists and authoritarians.


Coronavirus, risk society and the return of the State

๐Ÿ”—https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/coronavirus-risk-society-and-return-state/

The new Coronavirus crisis is turning everything upside down.


Resilience, radicalisation and democracy in the COVID-19 pandemic

๐Ÿ”—https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/global-extremes/resilience-radicalisation-and-democracy-covid-19-pandemic/

With lockdowns, an already alarming situation of vulnerability to political manipulation is at risk of becoming a disaster for democracy.


Democratic horizons in times of Coronavirus governance

๐Ÿ”—https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/openmovements/democratic-horizons-times-corona-governance/

Gatekeepers of the present order adapt efficiently. But others can open up a plurality of futures.


๐Ÿ”—https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/30/authoritarianism-coronavirus-lockdown-pandemic-populism/

Authoritarianism in the Time of Coronavirus.


๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/democratic-leaders-win-surge-of-approval-during-covid-19-crisis

Democratic leaders win surge of approval during COVID-19 crisis. Political scientists warn โ€˜rally round flagโ€™ effect wonโ€™t last and populist parties will bounce back.


๐Ÿ”—https://qz.com/1825015/will-democracy-be-the-next-victim-of-coronavirus/

Will democracy be the next victim of Coronavirus?


๐Ÿ”—https://freedomhouse.org/article/spotlight-freedom-impact-coronavirus-basic-freedoms

Paywalled link (Washington Post). Spotlight on Freedom: Impact of Coronavirus on Basic Freedoms- Now more than ever, the world needs the benefits of democratic governance, including a free press, open and inclusive policy debates, and good-faith cooperation among elected officials at home and abroad to effectively address this global health crisis. 


๐Ÿ”— https://www.usip.org/publications/2020/03/nonviolent-action-time-coronavirus

Analysis of how popular movements are confronting the challenge of how to practice social distancing while still acting to advance their demands.


๐Ÿ”— https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/growth-in-surveillance-may-be-hard-to-scale-back-after-coronavirus-pandemic-experts-say#maincontent

Growth in surveillance may be hard to scale back after pandemic, experts say


Country/Regional News of Democracy/Surveillance

See also:

๐Ÿ”—https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/government


๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”—https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ODDaxKJMG2QBy00-KC0od75SIdNzn_Nuk_d_SAMedYE/edit#gid=0

COVID-19 government measures.


Hansard Society

๐Ÿ”—https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blog/how-are-parliaments-responding-to-the-coronavirus-pandemi

how are legislatures around the world responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and what are the key challenges posed in moving to a โ€˜virtualโ€™ operation?


๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บAustralia

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/01/labor-says-parliament-should-sit-to-scrutinise-governments-coronavirus-emergency-powers

Labor says parliament should sit to scrutinise government's Coronavirus emergency powers

Call comes as civil liberties advocate warns extended adjournment is โ€˜unacceptable and dangerous for democracyโ€™


๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทBrazil

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-brazil/brazils-bolsonaro-urges-no-more-coronavirus-quarantine-says-jobs-being-lost-idUKKBN21H3LS

Brazil's Bolsonaro urges no more Coronavirus quarantine, says jobs being lost. Suggesting that democracy could be at risk if the Coronavirus crisis leads to social chaos.


๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/brazils-congress-becoming-more-powerful-thats-not-necessarily-bad-democracy

Brazilโ€™s Congress is Becoming More Powerful, But Thatโ€™s Not Necessarily Bad for Democracy


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ”—https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-wuhan-trump-china-propaganda-democracy-20200318.html

Chinese propaganda claims democracy canโ€™t stop Coronavirus. We can โ€” but can Trump?


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ”—http://www.ggfutures.net/analysis/a-conversation-with-kun-tang

China's Response to COVID-19- A Conversation with Kun Tang


๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt 

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ”—https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/egypt-targets-guardian-nyt-journalists-coronavirus-reports-200318155434068.html

Officials in Egypt revoked the credentials of a Guardian journalist who reported on estimates of the virusโ€™s spread in the country that were at odds with government statistics, and denounced a New York Times reporter for tweeting the same information.


๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บEuropean Union

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://exit.al/en/2020/04/01/von-der-leyen-coronavirus-is-not-an-excuse-for-the-backsliding-of-democracy/

resident of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen has called on EU Member States not to use the Coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to implement emergency measures that are not compatible with democracy and human rights.


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทFrance

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/french-urged-to-vote-in-local-elections-amid-coronavirus-lockdown

In France, the decision to continue with the first round of local government elections on 15 March 2020 also sparked controversy.


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/french-urged-to-vote-in-local-elections-amid-coronavirus-lockdown

The Guardian reported on voters being instructed to maintain a distance of one metre apart in queues, to bring their own pens to polling stations, and to use disinfectant on their hands prior to marking ballots.


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.politico.eu/article/coronavirus-pushes-french-local-election-turnout-to-historic-low/

Despite precautions, the second round of the French elections, initially scheduled for 22 March 2020, has been postponed until 21 June 2020 .

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บHungary

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/04/europe-hungary-viktor-orban-coronavirus-covid19-democracy/609313/

The EU Watches as Hungary Kills Democracy- The blocโ€™s failure to curb the countryโ€™s democratic decline suggests that it may not have much power at all.


๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-seeks-indefinite-extension-state-emergency-69744526

Hungary changed its criminal code to include harsh penalties for spreading โ€œfalse information,โ€ and passed a state-of-emergency law that gives the government indefinite powers to rule by decree.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ”—https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/24/coronavirus-indias-prime-minister-orders-nationwide-lockdown.html

Indiaโ€™s prime minister orders lockdown of country of 1.3 billion people for 21 days


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑIsrael

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ”—https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-18/israel-coronavirus-netanyahu

Critics in Israel say Netanyahu using Coronavirus as pretext for massive power grab- he has shut down Israeli courts, ordered the internal security services to secretly track citizens using their cellphone data and incapacitated the nationโ€™s parliament.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ”—https://www.timesofisrael.com/coronavirus-or-democracy-which-crisis-should-israelis-be-more-worried-about/

Coronavirus or democracy? Which crisis should Israelis be more worried about?

Life-changing moves to battle the virus are overseen by the admirably effectiveโ€ฆ and deeply mistrusted Netanyahu, who himself conflates national, political and personal interests.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ”—https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-election-health-coronavirus/masked-and-gloved-israelis-in-quarantine-from-coronavirus-vote-in-election-idUSKBN20P1BZ

Earlier this month, Israel made use of special voting tents to enable quarantined voters to exercise their political rights at the polls.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นItaly

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://www.repubblica.it/politica/2020/03/13/news/coronavirus_delrio_-251115180/

Coronavirus, Delrio: "Let's say yes to distance voting: democracy cannot be suspended"


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/italy-epidemic-vs-democracy/

Italy: the epidemic vs. democracy- Only a true democratic consensus on what must be done will make more stringent and efficient measures possible if these are necessary.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-03-09/italy-s-coronavirus-lockdown-tests-the-limits-of-democracy

Italy's Coronavirus Lockdown Tests the Limits of Democracy- Restrictions on 17 million people are the most draconian in the West, but theyโ€™re far less strict than Chinaโ€™s. The onus is on citizens to comply.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://balkaninsight.com/2020/03/12/coronavirus-in-italy-the-epidemic-versus-democracy/

Italy Coronavirus in Italy: The epidemic vs Democracy


Latin America

https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/impact-coronavirus-latin-america-future

The impact of the Coronavirus in Latin Americaยดs Future 


๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชMontenegro

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ”—https://institut-alternativa.org/en/response-to-announced-public-debate-on-amendments-to-the-law-on-free-access-to-information/

Response to announced public debate on amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information


๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญPhilippines

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”—https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/2/headlines/after_hungry_residents_demand_food_philippines_president_orders_soldiers_to_shoot_curfew_violators

After Hungry Residents Demand Food, Philippines President Orders Soldiers to Shoot Curfew Violators


๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌSingapore

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ”—https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/03/30/singapore-government-has-not-yet-decided-on-elections-date-amid-virus-crisis.html

Singapore government has not yet decided on elections date amid virus crisis: Deputy PM


๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ”—https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-singapore-to-make-contact-tracing-tech-open-source.html

Singapore says it will make its contact tracing tech freely available to developers


๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://cpj.org/2020/03/south-africa-enacts-regulations-criminalizing-disi.php

South Africa passed regulations that criminalized content intended to deceive a person about the pandemic, or the governmentโ€™s response to it.


๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://saiia.org.za/research/coronavirus-and-upcoming-elections-in-africa-what-are-the-options/

Coronavirus and upcoming elections in Africa: What are the options?


๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผTaiwan

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ”—https://www.stimson.org/2020/interview-with-taiwan-digital-minister-audrey-tang/

Audrey Tang on Taiwanโ€™s Digital Democracy, COVID-19, and Combating Disinformation


๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThailand

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”—https://www.article19.org/resources/thailand-emergency-measures-threaten-human-rights/

Thailand also announced emergency powers that include broad criminal prohibitions on coronavirus information deemed false, which might โ€œinstigate fear,โ€ or is โ€œintentionally distorted to mislead the public.โ€


๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทTurkey

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”—https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-turkey/turkey-rounds-up-hundreds-for-social-media-posts-about-coronavirus-idUSKBN21C1SG

In Turkey, authorities have detained at least 410 people for โ€œprovocativeโ€ posts about the pandemic.


๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บVanuatu

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ”—https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/supporting-observation-covid-19-general-elections-vanuatu

Supporting Observation of a COVID-19 General Elections in Vanuatu


๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ชVenezuela

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ”—https://cpj.org/2020/03/venezuelan-journalist-arrested-by-special-forces-f.php

In Venezuela, the Special Action Forces of the national police temporarily detained and interrogated a freelance journalist and members of his family. Authorities demanded information about the journalistโ€™s sources for his COVID-19 coverage. 


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆUkraine

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://pravo.org.ua/en/news/20874286-weekly-analytics-of-the-cplr-for-10--18-march-2020#Without%20Introducing%20a%20State%20of%20Emergency,%20Restrictive%20Measures%20Regarding%20the%20Human%20Rights%20and%20Freedoms%20to%20Prevent%20the%20Spread%20of%20the%20COVID-19%20Coronavirus%20in%20Ukraine%20are%20Unconstitutional

Without Introducing a State of Emergency, Restrictive Measures Regarding the Human Rights and Freedoms to Prevent the Spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Ukraine are Unconstitutional


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://pravo.org.ua/en/news/20874286-weekly-analytics-of-the-cplr-for-10--18-march-2020#Significant%20Restriction%20of%20Human%20Rights%20and%20Freedoms%20Is%20Possible%20in%20the%20State%20of%20Emergency%20Only

Significant Restriction of Human Rights and Freedoms Is Possible in the State of Emergency Only


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://pravo.org.ua/en/news/20874318-weekly-analytics-of-the-cplr-for-23--30-march-2020#Enacted%20law%20to%20combat%20coronavirus%20creates%20a%20risk%20of%20%E2%80%9Cfreezing%E2%80%9D%20justice

Enacted law to combat coronavirus creates a risk of โ€œfreezingโ€ justice


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://pravo.org.ua/en/news/20874318-weekly-analytics-of-the-cplr-for-23--30-march-2020#Forced%20hospitalization%20without%20a%20court%20decision%20is%20unconstitutional

Forced hospitalization without a court decision is unconstitutional


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/local-london-mayoral-elections-postponed-year-coronavirus-uk

Local elections and London mayoral race postponed for a year


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.wired.co.uk/article/parilament-uk-coronavirus

What happens if Coronavirus forces us to close parliament?


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51876269

In England, โ€˜ local and mayoral elections โ€˜ have been pushed back to May 2021, one year from their original date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ”—https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/2120917/scotland-first-country-in-the-world-to-delay-freedom-of-information-access-because-of-coronavirus/

Scotland โ€˜first country in the worldโ€™ to delay freedom of information access because of Coronavirus- Democracy campaigners have been angered by a Holyrood vote that has resulted in the weakening of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation during the Coronavirus crisis.


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/publications/data/coronavirus-statutory-instruments-dashboard

This Dashboard highlights key facts and figures about the Statutory Instruments (SIs) being produced using these powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 and other Acts of Parliament.


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.doj.nh.gov/news/2020/20200309-covid-19-municipal-elections.htm

New Hampshire- Information Regarding COVID-19 and March 10, 2020 Municipal Elections


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/21/doj-coronavirus-emergency-powers-140023

The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies โ€” part of a push for new powers that comes as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States.


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/trumps-authoritarian-covid/609304/

Authoritarian Populists Have Six Classic Moves. Trumpโ€™s Response to COVID-19 Uses Five of Them.

While the president may not be using the coronavirus to consolidate power, Americans should still be worried about the threat he poses to democracy.


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/2/headlines/lawmakers_begin_planning_9_11_style_commission_on_pandemic

Lawmakers Begin Planning 9/11-Style Commission on Pandemic


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-democratic-convention-milwaukee-joe-biden-doubt-20200401.html

Coronavirus crisis puts Democratic convention in doubt, Joe Biden says


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/democratic-primary-coronavirus-ohio-extend-mike-dewine-how-to-vote-cdc-biden-sanders-a9405506.html

Democratic primary: Ohio governor seeks to postpone election


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://badgerherald.com/opinion/2020/04/02/with-no-end-date-to-coronavirus-pandemic-absentee-voting-key-to-preserving-democracy/

With no end date to coronavirus pandemic, absentee voting key to preserving democracy

As pandemic impacts voter turn-out, especially those compromised, mail-in voting will ensure people don't have to choose between voting, their safety


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www.voanews.com/science-health/coronavirus-outbreak/coronavirus-fears-could-become-defining-us-election-issue

recent news report hinted at โ€˜concernsโ€™ that the pandemic could โ€˜disrupt the election process itselfโ€™.