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The Obstacles We Face On November 8th

David Morris | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Six weeks to elections and counting. Americans will be voting for the entire House, a third of the Senate and the President, as well as all members of...

Donald Trump Got More Votes In Ohio Than Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Tuesday was a very good day for Hillary Clinton. She swept primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in five states, effectively ending his chanc...

Everything You Need To Know About The Bad Democratic Turnout Numbers

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- So far in the Democratic primary, there's only one set of circumstances in which the party is producing strong voter turnout: When Berni...

How Can Universities Encourage Young People to Vote?

The Conversation US | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young people boost youth turnout. Knocking on young people's doors to talk about an election increases their turnout by about 25 percent.

Democrats Should Be Very Nervous About Their Terrible Turnout Numbers

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton had a great night on Saturday. The Democratic Party had a terrible one. Clinton trounced Sen. Bernie Sanders by nearly 3...

My Iowa Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The primary season officially gets underway tonight, as Iowa voters brave the winter weather and head to the caucuses. This will give political wonks some actual hard data to discuss, instead of just opinion polling and sheer speculation, so it's a big day on the political calendar for us.

The Iowa Homestretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

At this point, both races are so close in Iowa that nobody really knows what will happen next Monday night. Will the polls turn out to be correct? Nobody knows. Will enthusiasm trump (pun intended) longtime voter turnout?

Professionalizing Legislatures Is a Progressive Policy

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Sean McElwee

New evidence suggests that differences in legislature structure at the state level have important implications for representation.

Igor Bobic

Senator Wants To Make Election Day A National Holiday | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with the historic number of voters who chose not to participate in this year's midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)...

How To Take Back Democracy On November 4th

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

he fight against inequality will be a long one, but the first step is turning out to vote -- the most radical step one can take in our country is actually believing democracy is more than just an idea.

The 1 Percent Are More Likely to Vote Than the Poor or Middle Class -- And It Matters, a Lot

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Does it matter that the wealthy turnout to vote at a rate of almost 99% while those making below $10,000 vote at a rate of 49%? It sure seems like it would, but for a long time many political scientists and journalists believed it didn't.

How Much Does Your Vote Cost?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How is it that two states with such important primary campaigns in which large amounts of money were spent failed to attract more voters? How much are campaigns spending to get voters to the polls these days?

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

FL-13 -- Did Dems Have a Reason to Show Up and Vote?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans won in Florida's 13th district special congressional election on Tuesday. What does this mean?

Voting Against Voting

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Three months into 2013 and a total of 30 states are pushing 55 new laws to restrict voter access. These ideas range from reducing the days that polls are open for early voting to requiring specific types of identification, purging voter rolls, and eliminating Election Day registrations and some Sunday voting.

Enthusiasm Doesn't Always Equal Votes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: CIRCLE The graph above tracks two measures of youth enthusiasm compared with youth voter turnout over five presidential elections. By: ...

Ignore Young Voters At Your Own Peril, Says CIRCLE Analyst

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, is the only institution to estim...

Jon Ward

Election 2012: The GOP Reckoning Begins After A Revealing Defeat | Jon Ward | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

BOSTON -– Republican Party leaders on Wednesday began picking up the pieces of their movement, trying to figure how to put them back together. ...

Voter Apathy Explained (VIDEO)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

As important as this election is, an estimated 90 million eligible voters will not vote at all. Why is that?

Morgan Freeman and Bruce Springsteen Stand up for Obama and America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In the closing days of a high-stakes election that will be determined by turnout, great stars such as Morgan Freeman and Bruce Springsteen stand tall fighting for the future of America.

Obama-Clinton Wins Big

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Barack Obama would bend the curve of history by bringing the first woman to the vice presidency, thrilling countless women across the nation and around the world while reassuring voters, male and female, young and old, from Florida to Ohio.

Could President Obama Lose the Youth Vote in 2012?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

If anyone embodied the Obama mantra of "hope and change" -- indeed, shouted it from the rooftops -- it was Millennials. But, of course, that was before Obama began backing off his commitments on one issue after another

In Rahm's Race, Voting Stifled by Lack of Suspense

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John V. Santore

Voter turnout on Tuesday was higher than in the two previous Chicago elections, but the increase was modest given the absence of an incumbent in the m...

Will the Dems' Ground Game Be Enough to Beat GOP Fervor?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The enthusiasm gap is real -- but what can Democrats do about it? The President's latest infrastructure and tax-cutting proposals seems to be too litt...

More on the Arkansas Surprise

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Before moving on to the more important issues raised by both Nate Silver's new pollster accuracy ratings and their apparent role in parting of ways be...