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Voter Turnout

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.

The Death of Local Politics

William E. White | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If you look closely, there is evidence that local politics can still be critically important. The real advances made, for example, in a host of issues.

Elizabeth Warren's Moment

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Warren knows from experience and writes with warmth that every day in America there are boys and girls asking moms and dads why the family car is gone, why the family home was taken away, why Mom or Dad has lost a job, and why so Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, desperately struggling to make ends meet.

Can Democrats Win in November?

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

This fall, Democrats have the ability to motivate the voters to turnout at levels adequate to replicate the 2012 turnout mix -- just as they did in Virginia last year. But we need to focus 100 percent of our energy on motivation. That requires that we follow several important rules.

What You Think You Know About The Midterms Is Wrong

Margie Omero | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

There is more to our past success--and failures--than simply getting more women, minorities and young people to the polls. Turnout doesn't exist in a vacuum, and demographics aren't destiny.

Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas Part II: The Democrats' Dilemma

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The conventional narrative is that Democrats need only wait for the rising tide of Hispanic population growth to lift their political fortunes in Texas. But unless Democrats do a better job at mobilizing Hispanic voters, they may end up waiting for a long time.

Does Turnout Doom Democrats in 2014?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Yes, Democratic turnout is comparatively lower than Republicans in midterm elections compared to presidential elections. Yes, Democrats are disadvantaged by this. Yes, Republicans are trying to restrict voting in the names of vote fraud and election uniformity. However, there is a glaring fact, come the light of day.

Plan To Cut Polling Locations In Florida Fuels Outcry

Bradenton Herald | Sara Kennedy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

MANATEE -- A plan to cut the number of polling locations by almost 30 percent has drawn fire from those who say minority and poorer voters will bear t...

A Drinking Game for Off-Year Election Coverage

Monica Bauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Monica Bauer

It's election day in America, which is one of the great pageants of democracy. Everywhere people are streaming into polling places to express their opinions. Or not.

Think Globally, Vote Locally

Kellan White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kellan White

We turned out for the president and will most likely be "Ready for Hilary" but the president of the United States can't save your local public schools, vote on legislation to legalize gay marriage, or vote against voter ID laws.

A Fragile Hope?

Richard Brand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Brand

After the 2012 national election and the experts began to parse the voting, there were signs of hope for me. As I remember it, the vast majority of bl...

Facile Turnout Stats on Voter ID: Wrong, the First Time

Justin Levitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Justin Levitt

A simple before-and-after turnout test won't ever be up to the task. It's bad math that leads to bad legal analysis. Think of it as cotton-candy statistics: It looks tempting, at least at first, but there's absolutely no substance to it. It should not be used to gum up the conversation.

Voter ID Proponents Muddy the Waters With Misleading Georgia and North Carolina Turnout Numbers

Rob Richie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

This week, Civitas' election policy analyst Susan Myrick claimed that the effects of restrictive voting laws on racial minorities are overblown. Unfortunately Myrick used a misleading statistic in her blog post and ignored many others that contradict her argument.

Wendy Davis and Julian Castro Are the Texas Future; Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott Are the Texas Past

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The hour will soon arrive when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces whether she will run for governor, and if she does, Texas politics will never be the same.

Aaron Sankin

Will This State Introduce Saturday Voting? | Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

For over 150 years, citizens across the United States have traditionally voted on Tuesdays. However, for many voters, scheduling this most fundamental...

Jason Linkins

West Virginia Finishes Last In Voter Turnout For 2012, Blame CNN | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Charleston Gazette reports that the state of West Virginia takes home the dubious distinction of having the lowest voter turnout of any state duri...

Jason Linkins

Ed Markey Makes Closing Argument | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

According to the folks at HuffPost Pollster, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is currently ahead in all polls, with our polling average putting him a shade un...

Wendy Davis for Texas

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The future of Texas will not be found in voices who prefer a Texas in which Hispanics are second-class citizens when they seek to vote and women are second class citizens when they seek to live their lives as they choose and seek a good job and a fair wage.

Maryland City Promotes the Vote With Innovative Changes

Rob Richie | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

This week, the Takoma Park city council passed a charter amendment by a 6-1 vote on first reading that, if approved when before the council again in the coming month, will be in the best tradition of cities and states leading the nation in advancing voting rights.

Reassessing Colorado's Turnout

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

As Colorado policymakers consider reforms, I urge them to listen to their local election administrators since they know best how to efficiently run elections to serve their voters.

True the Vote Presents False Findings

Rob Richie | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

True the Vote used numbers that skewed their results in their favor when analyzing turnout in every single state they tested. Once recalibrated, True the Vote's claim that states with new voter ID laws, enacted or pending, experienced an increase in turnout is patently false.

LOOK: Rich Americans Are Nearly Twice As Likely To Vote As Poor People

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business

Ever wonder why the government seems fine with cutting unemployment benefits and welfare programs? Part of the answer may be that the rich vote mo...

Recent Presidential Elections: Better Juries, Harder Ballot Initiatives

David J. Brunell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
David J. Brunell

I generally take the longer view and think Supreme Court nominations are the most significant actions U.S. presidents take, but besides anything Obama has already done or will do in the future, the election itself made democracy better -- maybe.

Turnout in the 2012 Presidential Election

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

The reelection of Barack Obama was tarnished by a lower voter turnout rate than 2008, dropping from 61.6 percent of those eligible to vote to 58.2 percent, or a decrease of 3.4 percentage points. Here, I place the 2012 turnout rate in historical perspective.