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Voter Participation

Why We Need Governor Baker's Vote

Duncan Maru | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Duncan Maru

My twin boys, third grade students in the Boston Public School system, have begun learning one of the foundational tenets of American liberty: the rig...

The Welfare Reform of the '90s Led to an Increase in Women's Voting Participation

Benjamin Powers | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

In their new working paper, though, Dhaval M. Dave, Hope Corman, and Nancy Reichman have found perhaps some of the most surprising results of welfare reform -- that it increased women's voting participation from 1990 to 2004.

Gerrymandering Snafu Puts Proposed Tax Hike In The Hands Of A Single Voter

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Business leaders in Columbia, Missouri, are caught in a web of their own spinning Monday, after their attempt to keep citizens from casting ballots on...

Knight News Challenge Gives $3.2M To 22 Ideas To Inform The Public And Increase Voting

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.03.2017 | Technology

If the voting process is easier, maybe more people will vote. If the public is more inspired about the electoral process, maybe more of us will partic...

'Dismal' Doesn't Even Begin To Describe LA's Voter Turnout

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

With fewer than one out of 10 eligible voters casting ballots at Los Angeles polls Tuesday, America's second-largest city continued a pattern of shock...

Unlocking the Secrets of the 2014 -- and 2016 -- Elections

Page Gardner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

After nearly a month of forensic analysis, the 2014 midterm elections are shedding more clues than a late-night CSI marathon. While the initial diagnosis spelled disaster for Democrats, a more nuanced examination reveals encouraging data for progressive candidates running in 2016.

Dueling Dollars Diminish American Democracy

Frank Islam | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

The bottom line is that American voter participation in the electoral process has always been a fragile crucible. The influx of big money has put new cracks in that crucible - and if not stopped could shatter it altogether.

Ferguson: A Call to Action

Nina Turner | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Nina Turner

A generation from now, I hope that my son does not have to give the same advice to his children as his father and I gave him. The summer of 2014 will be known for something beyond the anniversaries of the civil rights achievements that have led to so much progress in our nation.

Motor Voter at 20: Successes and Challenges

Miles Rapoport | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Almost 16 million Americans have registered or re-registered every year under National Voter Registration Act provisions. Many people today don't remember a time when they couldn't register at their local DMV. Yet, there is work to be done.

A New Year's Millennial Must

Abby Huntsman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

As a member of the millennial generation, I recognize the implications of today's policies on not only myself, but my kids and their kids' future. Isn't this all the more reason we should let our voices be heard once elections come to and end?

Obama Said "Fix That," But Will He?

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

If Barack Obama leads the way, the United States of America can go from one of the countries with the worlds worst voter turnouts to the best. But will he? I hope so, but I'm not so sure.

The Real Crisis: 35 Percent of Americans Not Registered to Vote

Page Gardner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Page Gardner

We all know dogs don't vote. But that fact is news to the right wing. They are using the story of a dead dog getting a voter registration application in the mail to fan the flames of -- you guessed it -- so-called "voter fraud."

Election Regulations and Voter Disengagement

Sundeep Iyer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Sundeep Iyer

Congress alone cannot completely counteract the harmful effects of the new rules governing our elections. But in an election cycle where these rules threaten to undermine voter participation, Congress must act now to soften the blow.

2011 Changes to Voting Rights: Unnecessary Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

Jim Condos | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Jim Condos

Denying eligible voters the ability to use their constitutionally protected right to participate is the real voter fraud.

Why Tuesday?

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Amb. Andrew J. Young

Last week, American voters swept in a new crop of leaders, and once again brought change to Washington, DC. What has not changed, however, is the precariously low voter participation in our nation.

Colombia: and the Winner Is, Antanas Mockus

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

Over the past ten days, I was amazed to see window with signboards for Antanas Mockus, the presidential candidate of the Green Party. It's the Colombian version of the Obama syndrome.

Small And Apart

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Last week we were talking about ants, people and the small traditions that sustain us day to day. Well, a few meters from my house I found this billb...

I'd Love To Choose

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

It has risen up, these days, the desire to fold the ballot, to push it into the slot and to know that with it goes my stentorian shout that demands: "to choose."

2008 Seeing Record Voter Turnout In State After State

Los Angeles Times | Scott Martelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

POST-ELECTION DAY UPDATES: 2008 Voter Turout The Best In Generations, Perhaps Centuries The presidential primary season has not yet confirmed a...

Apocalyptic Get Out The Vote Video

HoomanTV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The number of young people who don't vote is always shocking, and it never seems to get much better. There are plenty of youth-targeted get out the vo...