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Voter Turnout

'Government of Few' Report Highlights New Tools Exposing Our Broken Democracy

Rob Richie | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

The first step to change is admitting the problem. Although we focus on the "Decided Dozen" states in this report as emblematic of what is wrong with elections in the United States, these problems extend across all 50 states.

How to Create a More Progressive America

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The best chance for a progressive agenda lies not in challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination but in making sure she gets the White House, and then holding her accountable once she's there.

Voter Supression Isn't Over

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Across the country, conservatives in particular have debated fiercely whether to pursue voter suppression to remain competitive in an increasingly diverse electorate.

For the Effects of Voting, Look to Policy, Not Elections

Sean McElwee | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The class bias in turnout affects the economic liberalism of the state legislature. Specifically, when class bias is low, the liberal opinions of the public translate into liberal policy. But when class bias is high, liberal public opinion has no effect on policy.

Don't Let Ferguson Turnout Numbers Fool You. America, We Have a Problem.

Rob Richie | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

Let's cheer for Ferguson -- but keep our eye on the bigger truth that our representative democracy is weakened when voter turnout is so low and so poorly reflective of our citizens. But before we rush to make any sweeping conclusions, keep in mind that "argument by anecdote" is dangerously seductive.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Favor A Nuclear Deal With Iran

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

Polls find support for a nuclear deal with Iran, but by varying margins. Clinton's support drops in three swing states but she still runs ahead in Ohi...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want Voting To Be Easier, But Not Mandatory

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this month, Oregon became the first state in the nation to automatically register voters using data from the Department of Mot...

'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 04.25.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.