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Voter Turnout

'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...

Obama Calls Out America's Dismal Voter Turnout: 'Why Are You Staying Home?'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama urged Americans frustrated with the lack of progress on immigration reform to voice their discontent at the ballot box, lamenti...

Politicians Are Always Giving College Students the Shaft: Why Shouldn't They?

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

As a politically active student, I am incredibly frustrated by the lack of political engagement demonstrated by my peers. When asked how they feel about the government, I find young people are very quick to blame politicians for many of their problems.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says The Campaign Field Is 'Being Polluted By Money'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doubled down Wednesday on her belief that Citizens United was the worst decision made by the current U.S. Su...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Millennials Really Don't Think Everybody Should Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Young Americans aren't just less likely to vote than their older compatriots. They're also less likely to believe that everyone should c...

Rush Limbaugh Is Emblematic of Our Political Rot

Don Tapscott | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Don Tapscott

To restore legitimacy and trust, we need a second era of democracy based on integrity and accountability, and with stronger, more open institutions, active citizen citizenship and a culture of public discourse and participation.

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.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America went to the polls. Despite much breathless post-election chatter about "mandates" and "midterm waves," the really big story was not who people voted for but how many people sat this one out. With only 37 percent of eligible voters heading to the polls, turnout was the lowest it's been since 1942 -- when voters were understandably distracted. The disconnect between the governed and the government has grown to historic proportions. Why? Perhaps because of the disconnect between a "recovering" economy and people's daily lives. This might explain why initiatives increasing the minimum wage were passed by huge margins in all four states where they appeared on the ballot, even as candidates opposing a long-delayed increase at the federal level won. People want change, but they've lost hope in the ability of national leaders to bring it. Those celebrating having their ticket to Washington paid for by lost faith and disillusionment should not miss this actual mandate.

The Agony of Victory May Soon Face Republicans

Fred Lundgren | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Clint Eastwood said, "Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. OK, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor."

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.

Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Rather than stand and fight, the Democratic National Committee decided to run away and decouple their reelection campaign from the very visible, 24/7 presence of President Obama. This was their "playbook" for holding or increasing Democratic Party seats in the House and Senate. How did that work out?

Igor Bobic

Senator Wants To Make Election Day A National Holiday

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.)...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: How President Obama Defined The Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

The exit polls and election results demonstrate the powerful influence of the President on campaign 2014. Turnout was down from 2010. And forecasters ...

Older, Whiter Electorate Helped Boost GOP In Midterm Election

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their rout complete, Republicans are celebrating sweeping victories from North Carolina to Colorado. The GOP's succ...

29 Things You Can Send To Your Friends Who Say They Aren't Voting This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

If you can't convince your friends to vote, you can use these GIFs to show them how you feel.

They Hope You Won't Wake Up

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Here's the bottom line. The Tea Party Republicans and their Big Business and Wall Street allies plan to grab what they want while ordinary people sleep through this election.

Why Women Are the Supervoters in This Year's Midterm Elections

Anna Galland | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Anna Galland

Women across the country do amazing and powerful things every day, but we have a special superpower right now: Our votes.

Beyond Ferguson -- Unrepresentative Democracy in City Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

Every community will have its own solutions, but it's time to act. Such turnout disparities are simply unacceptable -- and as shown in Ferguson, have real consequences on neighborhoods across the country.

Illinoisans Aren't Very Engaged at the Polls, Says New Study

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Tied with Georgia, Illinois was ranked as the number 27 most-politically involved state in the country in a study by Wallethub.com. The rankings were based on voter turnout during the last presidential and midterm elections, political contributions per capita and youth voter involvement.

Why Turning Out the Vote Makes a Huge Difference in Four Charts

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Recent studies of the non-voting population suggests that wide gaps have opened up between voters and non-voters.

Samantha Lachman

In Colorado's First All-Mail Election, Voters Are Being Hassled Like Never Before

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- "The sooner you get it in, the sooner they stop calling you." That's what Kristyne Brenner, a resident of the Denver suburb of Greenwood...

Georgia Democrats Urge Residents 'To Prevent Another Ferguson' By Voting Early

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Georgia's Democratic party has a message for voters: Cast your ballot early if you don't want to see a repeat of the fatal shooting of a black, unarme...

Making Voting Easier and More Meaningful

Tom Allon | Posted 12.15.2014 | New York
Tom Allon

I was one of the 9 percent of eligible Democratic voters who recently went to my local polling place in September to cast my vote in the gubernatorial primary.

Latino Votes Must Be Earned, Just Like Everyone Else's

Roque Planas | Posted 12.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Roque Planas

An increasingly divisive debate is raging among politically engaged Latinos right now over how to respond to our political leaders' incapacity to reform our immigration system. This should worry politicians in general and Democrats in particular.

Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

It's time to stop the spin and make one thing perfectly clear: Pundits and politicos make speeches. Working people make change. The power of our vote will be felt at the polls in November.