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Voter Apathy

Pretty Much No One Excited To Vote In Key Governor's Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, de...

These Parties Are Lame

John Michael | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
John Michael

Being an American voter is like being stranded in the desert and choosing between espresso and moonshine. Both seem to be choices of flavor over utility.

When They Think Small, We Stay Home

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Tanya M. Acker

Our public schools can't afford to keep their doors open for a full school year; our families and friends are usually many miles away with no economical, efficient way for many of us to see them; and many of our roads look like they've been transplanted from Kabul.

A Lesson in Accountability as U.S. Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

John Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
John Friedman

We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.

The Obama Era: A New Age in American Politics

Brandon Hill | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Brandon Hill

Folks, it is a new day in America. There is a new kind of rhythm in the streets. There is a new kind of voice in the fray. There is a new kind of optimism in the wind. Welcome to the Obama Era.

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?

Dysfunctional Electorate

Jacqueline Coleman | Posted 01.03.2013 | College
Jacqueline Coleman

Be accountable on November 6th by exercising your right to vote. When the candidate you elect follows through on a campaign promise, be mindful of your reflection. Washington might be broken, but whether we like it or not, Washington is a reflection its electorate.

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?

President Jill Stein?

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Jill Stein is a candidate that the other 90 million of us can get excited about. Picture the populist candidate Barack Obama once was in 2008, minus the financial support from Wall Street banks and oil companies, and the fawning coverage from mainstream media outlets.

When Politics And Spirituality Mix: Lessons From The Presidential Election

Gabrielle Bernstein | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Bernstein

Lately I've been checking in with many of my Spirit Junkie contemporaries about their experience of the forthcoming election. Though everyone has different opinions, one common theme that kept coming up was an overarching sense of apathy.

Voter Apathy and Blue-State Blues: On the Latino Responsibility to Vote

Sylvia Puente | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

The Latino voting bloc is nuanced, and I don't pretend that my perspective is representative of that of my fellow community members. But the bottom line in the in the circles I run in is that people are frustrated--and even worse, apathetic.

Will California Show Up in November? Voter Apathy at 75-Year Low

Judy Farah | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Judy Farah

Remember when you used to vote every four years for president? It was something you actually looked forward to. California has had so many special and regular elections in the past decade that voters are being asked to go the polls every year.

Memory Loss And The Political Year

Gary North | Posted 08.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I had often heard of collective amnesia, voter apathy, and electoral ignorance, but I had never bought into them as unshakable truisms. Yet now here it was staring me in the face -- in a presidential year. And in part, I was now facing a personal type of amnesia, as well.

The Ignorance of Compulsory Voting

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Michael Yarbrough

At a time when we should be talking about community outreach and education, turning the act of voting into an action of rote only serves to cheapen the institution and does nothing to solve its problems.

The Next Blagojevich...

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Why does corruption seem to thrive in our wonderful state (and my native Chicago!), and what can citizens do to stop it?

The 9/11 Generation Heals, Proves Its Patriotism

Heather Smith | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Heather Smith

In the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the nation's young people have been accused of everything from apathy in 2004 to rebuilding the face o...

Our Endless Political Circus

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

In more than forty years of following politics, I am unable to remember a less satisfactory electoral contest than this one. So if you're a winner this election season, please take note that it's because you stink less. How's that feel?

Non-Voters Expected To Be Majority Again

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It may be the " tea party" movement that is fueling the great political outpouring this year, but it is an even greater grouping -- those who don't vo...

Hello, 21st Century Yellow Peril

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cody Gault

For the sake of a Congressional majority, the conservative movement in America has exploited the anxieties of white people who cannot cope with the changing demographics of their country.

Vote

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

A few excuses for not voting. None of them good. ...

The Indifference of Younger Voters and Our Imperiled Democracy

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

"Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy... It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little educatio...

The Danger of Voter Apathy in 2010

Damian Kolodiy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Damian Kolodiy

I can't stress enough the need for all of us who are feeling somewhat apathetic to make the effort to vote. Often we must choose the lesser of two evils, but we must choose.

You Don't Have to be in Love to Vote

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

By Claudia Ricci Will you vote in the mid-term elections in November? If not, why not? Millions of Americans will stay home this Election Day. Some...

223 Years On (VIDEO)

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

Today is Constitution Day, aka Citizenship Day. A day to reflect on our extraordinary form of government, and reconnect with what it means to be an active citizen, and why it matters.

Generation Y, President Obama, Changing the World, & Smthg we all Have 2 Face: Getting Older

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

As GenYers, let's not forget how those before us did things, including "The Greatest Generation" -- through a handshake, through a meeting, or through a conversation.