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Voter Turnout

Engaged Voters Are Internet-Connected Voters

Sarah Pike | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Sarah Pike

That's a big portion of voters that many local politicians are missing. And for those low-income, limited-access groups who prioritize social media, those platforms may be one of the only venues they have to get involved with local politics.

The Small Accomplishment Of A Big Turnout

Stefan Hankin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Stefan Hankin

Even if we give Mr. Trump full credit as the cause of the increase in civic participation, an analysis of the data available to us suggests that the voters Donald Trump has pulled into the process are not the ones he needs to win in the general election.

More Americans Give To Charity Than Vote

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact

When it comes to performing their civic duty, Americans are more inclined to give charity than cast their ballots at the polls. During the most recent...

If Black Lives Matter, Then Black Votes Count

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

The California Community Foundation and Public Policy Institute of California hosted an annual Speakership Series on California's Future last week in Los Angeles.

Is Bernie or Bust Having Unintended Consequences?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Don't buy into the the fantasy that the Republicans have been creating for years, that Hillary is dishonest or weak. We have seen time after time, in one expensive and unwarranted investigation after the next, that she is neither.

The Real Reason Uber And Lyft Left Austin

Andrew Watts | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Andrew Watts

I have no doubt that Uber and Lyft will be back in Austin soon, but until then, the real "losers" in this situation are the thousands of full-time drivers in Austin who have just been put out of work with less than 48 hours' notice.

Watch Old People Explain Why They Couldn't Care Less About Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green

Why should young people care about climate change enough to vote? Because polls show that senior citizens, some of the nation's most active voters, ar...

Presidential Primary Turnout and the Importance of Primary Position

Lonna Atkeson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Lonna Atkeson

Placed in a party position context, the Democratic and Republican primary turnout in 2016 look more expected and normal. We would expect higher turnout because it is an open contest and we would expect even higher turnout for the party that has been out of power, which is what we see.

Shaking Off the Slacktivism

Richard Jeter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Richard Jeter

Look, I don't really care who you're voting for. Well...I do, but it's not my place to tell you how to ruin your country. I mean, run your life. What matters is, you get out there, you make your voice heard, and you counter-balance my friend's uncle.

Hurry, Hurry ... Step Right Up to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of ...Divisiveness??

Jade Greear | Posted 03.15.2016 | Teen
Jade Greear

Donald Trump supporters are their own worst enemy. Not Blacks, Mexicans, Muslims or any of those targeted by the ideological -- and as we've seen at h...

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 03.09.2016 | 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.

Black Women Voters May Determine America's Next President

Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

In 2016, the number of black women who supported Clinton in primaries to date have contributed significantly to her lead over Bernie Sanders. As we look to November, the number of black women who turn out on Election Day could very well determine who wins the White House.

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...

Sanders' Future Not Bright if He Needs High Voter Turnout

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

If Sanders campaign relies on high voter turnout, he has a monumental challenge in front of him. He must truly transform politics in a way that has not been seen before in America.

Meeting the Political Media: I Never Sausage A Thing!

Craig Tomashoff | Posted 02.17.2016 | Media
Craig Tomashoff

It was probably the moment Tazzy the Pig gave me her business card that the impossible happened - I realized Sarah Palin was actually correct about something. And now, all bets are off.

Iowa's Caucus Turnout and What It Means from Now until November

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

At long last the 2016 presidential nomination contests have finally started with the conclusion of the first contest, and we now have the first solid glimpse at voter participation. 186,874 Iowans participated in the Republican caucus and 171,109 participated in the Democratic caucus, for a total of 357,983 or a turnout rate of 15.7% among those eligible to vote.

Iowa Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Race With Caucus Tradition

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The long and sometimes arcane ritual of electing the next U.S. president begins on Monday in more than 1,100 schools, chu...

The $10 Voter-Apathy Tax: Avoiding Lead-Poisoning and Raising $1 Billion for Michigan

Kevin Walsh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Let's examine those 4.5 million people who could very well be outraged about Flint's water and see if they can be coerced to the polls next November--or at least take 25 seconds on an app that sends an absentee ballot right to your recliner.

14 Percent of Democrats Will Not Support Hillary Clinton. Only Bernie Sanders Prevents Low Voter Turnout

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If the DNC wants to risk future Supreme Court nominees or a neon-lit Trump sign atop the White House in 2016, then ignoring negative favorability ratings, in addition to an expanding FBI investigation, will result in defeat.

Quiet Desperation and American Fascism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A lot of the people who stay home would vote for Democrats if they bothered to vote at all. This problem goes far deeper than better techniques for getting out the vote. It reflects a massive decay of civil society, a deep disinterest and contempt for government and politics, one that often seems richly earned. This is also the soil in which fascism grows. As political scientists have demonstrated for more than a century, it is "mass society," in which people are disconnected from the "little platoons" beloved of Edmund Burke and the local associations celebrated by Toqueville, where a strongman can suddenly seem the solution to people's inchoate frustrations with their own lives and the irrelevance of politics.

Appealing To Black Women Should Be A Top Priority For Presidential Candidates

Keisha N. Blain | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Keisha N. Blain

Despite their influence at the polls, black women's concerns are undervalued in contemporary political campaigns. Few presidential candidates have been vocal about black women's vulnerability to state-sanctioned violence. Candidates who ignore black women voters do so at their own peril.

Why Upgrading Election Infrastructure Is an Investment in Democracy

Seth Flaxman | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Seth Flaxman

County, town and state governments pay for running an election, and it's done on a shoestring budget. Election administrators are the stewards of our democracy, and yet their budgets are often an afterthought.

Democrats Lose Virginia Senate Control Because They Don't Vote

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

In the latest example of the ineptness of the Democratic Party and their supporters, the Democrats lost a chance to win control of the Virginia Senate because their voters failed to show up at the same rates as Republicans.

New Motor Voter: A Step Forward for California and Democracy

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Lorena Gonzalez

In a democratic system, no right is more fundamental or necessary than the right to vote. So why are citizens required to opt-in to exercise their right to vote through voter registration?