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Voter Turnout

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.

Roque Planas

Coalition Aims To 'Deliver Record Latino Turnout' For Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

A coalition of 50 Latino groups announced the start of a monthlong drive to boost Hispanic voter registration Monday, vowing to raise turnout to recor...

DREAM Activists, Mobile Tech Key to AZ Primary Win

Kristian Ramos | Posted 11.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

It has already been a wild primary election season with severalbig upsets rocking the political establishment. Add a hotly contested Arizona Democratic primary to that list, where young upstart Ruben Gallego, ran a brutally efficient field operation on his way to a surprise election day victory.

Voter Apathy?

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 10.27.2014 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Voter apathy is ironic considering this election is important, since it determines the future of Congress and possible Supreme Court nominations, but it is what it is. Perhaps this was strategy all along.

Vote Now! Win Cash Prizes!

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It seems somehow un-American to offer citizens the possibility of cash prizes in return for voting. And some observers have argued that uninformed voters will cast their ballots simply for the chance to win some money. My response is "So what?"

Missouri GOP Director Denounces Voter Registration Efforts In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

Republicans are lashing out at activists in Ferguson, Missouri, who are using the protests over the death of Michael Brown -- an unarmed black teenage...

In 2014, Politics May Be Local. Really.

Greg Speed | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

What if this means that to some extent, as the old adage goes, all politics are once again local in 2014? Will this year be determined more by state and local dynamics, issues, and candidate qualities than the two previous midterms?

Reforms to Raise California Voter Turnout and Foster Civic Engagement

Rob Richie | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

Written with Duncan Hosie, this is the second in a two-part series about voter turnout decline in California and ideas to reverse it. In our first pos...

Low and Unrepresentative Voter Turnout in California

Rob Richie | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

Written with Duncan Hosie, this is the first in a two-part series about voter turnout decline in California and ideas to reverse it. In this introduct...

What's Missing from Today's Money Totals

Matt Mahan | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Matt Mahan

For those who truly want to revitalize democracy in America, our focus should not be on the money race but instead on how we can increase public participation in our system of government.

Another Cantor Lesson

Rep. Stacey Abrams | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Stacey Abrams

In states like Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and elsewhere across the South, changing demographics should alert us all to the need to stare more closely at how these lines are drawn -- and what a narrow sliver of voters can do to alter history.

Turnout, Turnaround?

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It would behoove those in the lower income brackets to beef up their participation at the ballot box this November and make their presence felt in a big way. No one in the nation is more vulnerable to toxic pollution than they are, and depending on whom is elected to Congress, their exposure could be compromised even more than it already is.

The Bubble Has Burst in Egypt

David Hearst | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
David Hearst

For three days, the Egyptian state pleaded with, demanded, threatened, cajoled, bribed voters to turn up at the polls. Egyptians were warned it was nothing less than a national duty to vote and they could be fined 500 Egyptian pounds for not doing so. Still they did not show up.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Voter Turnout at EU Polls: Disinterest Can Be Expensive

Dr. Mara Ewers | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Dr. Mara Ewers

Many voters are tired of elections. In the last two German federal elections, only seven out of ten eligible voters casted their vote. For the next Eu...

Philadelphia's Silent Majority

Kellan White | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Kellan White

It is our needs and our voice, more so than any generation, that represents the change needed to move the City of Philadelphia forward. If we remain silent at the polls our pleas and needs, and therefore the change our city desperately needs, will never be heard.