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Voter Turnout

Why Turnout in the Presidential Primaries Was Dismally Low

Todd Phillips | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

It makes no sense to cling to a broken system that was never meant to be. We must be open to innovative solutions. After all, isn't innovation what Americans are best at? This is our opportunity to fix democracy and to make it better.

Election 2012, Iranian Style

Jess Coleman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

Historically, only about half the nation votes for the president every four years. That reality makes equal representation a far-fetched goal: How can everyone be represented when only half of us vote?

NAACP Launches Voter Registration Push In Georgia

AP | By ERRIN HAINES | Posted 05.10.2012 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- Saying it won't let recently enacted voter ID laws suppress turnout, the NAACP on Wednesday launched a nationwide drive to register thousan...

The Great Populist Wave

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Is Minority Voter Registration Really Declining?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

To understand my contention that The Washington Post's analysis is flawed, I must explain how the voting and registration questions are asked.

Weekend Voting Will Work

David Orr | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago
David Orr

Weekend voting makes sense for working people and election workers alike. It's time to pass a bill to vote when most people can do it. After all, isn't voting what democracy is all about?

Pro-Obama Super PAC, 1911 United, Seeks to Change the Culture of Black Political Engagement

Frederick Butler | Posted 05.15.2012 | DC
Frederick Butler

A Super PAC, founded by members of two historically black college fraternities, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, pledges to raise $1.5 million dollars to support President Obama's re-election.

Gene Demby

High Super Tuesday Turnout May Not Prove That Voter ID Laws Are Harmless | Gene Demby | Posted 03.06.2012 | Black Voices

Some election officials are pointing to high turnout in Super Tuesday states as proof that controversial voter identification laws, which require citi...

What's So Super About Tuesday?: How Mid-week Elections Are Damaging American Democracy

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

Tuesday elections are unrealistic and burdensome in today's hyperactive workweek. Americans are busy. Finding the extra time to vote mid-week is difficult for everyone and practically prohibitive for many working class citizens clocking long hours at work while looking after a family.

Another Reason a Brokered Convention Would Be a Republican Disaster

Colin Delany | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

Elections aren't won entirely on the ground -- the national mood will obviously matter, as will the state of the economy and the effectiveness of the rival campaigns' messaging. But field organizing can make a crucial difference, particularly in tight races.

Even People Who Don't Vote Would Vote Like I Do

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Art Markman, Ph.D.

We all know true believers in areas that range from politics, to sports, to religion. True believers often make the assumption that many other people believe as they do, and that they are part of a movement that may be larger than it really is.

Gingrich Attacks Republican 'Circular Firing Squad'

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

CUMMING, Ga. — Newt Gingrich Saturday blamed negative ads run by Mitt Romney and an allied independent group – not dissatisfaction with th...

Let's Get Voter Registration Right -- And Make It Universal

Rob Richie | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

It won't take rocket science to ensure that every eligible U.S. voter is registered to vote. Chile and Egypt provide recent examples of how it can be done.

The Anatomy of 2012 Low General Election Turnout

Curtis Gans | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

Obama will win, and especially against the backdrop of Tea Party advocacy and tactics, the Democrats may recapture the House and maintain a majority in the Senate. If the jobless rate stagnates or moves in a negative direction, Obama cannot win.

GOP Voter Turnout Shows Surprising Trend

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Voter turnout numbers are pointing to a potential enthusiasm deficit for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. In the ...

They're Just Not That Into You, Mitt

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

What will happen in the general election if Romney is the nominee is anyone's guess. I suspect that Republican conservatives will line up behind Romney, but they will not do so enthusiastically, as the low voter turnout in contested states thus far shows.

Don't Take the Vote Away From Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Our generation, like those who came before us, fought and died for the right to vote. We must never let politicians take this away.

Are the Candidates Turning Off the GOP Rank and File?

Barry Sussman | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Barry Sussman

For a long time now, Senate and House Republicans have said their main goal is to defeat Barack Obama, and they have certainly behaved as though all else is secondary. Any lack of interest among the GOP rank and file would greatly threaten that.

The Tea Party Fever Has Broken

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Politicians running for office this November should take notice. The extraordinary Tea Party enthusiasm that buoyed Republican candidates in 2010 is unlikely to repeat itself.

The NAACP's Fight Against GOP-led Voter Suppression

Joe Lapointe | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Joe Lapointe

A "large turnout" tends to favor Democrats over Republicans, labor over management, poor over rich. Obama is running for reelection in 2012 and voter turnout again will be crucial.

The Kinde Durkee Scandal and Political Reform

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Durkee may be the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, having allegedly embezzled from hundreds of campaign accounts. While it might be tempting to view this as an isolated case, the problem cuts much deeper.

Where's the Outrage?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The politicians who go on the stump proclaiming to speak on behalf of the American people saying "the American people in their great wisdom want..." don't know what they are talking about, or are deliberately spinning the political process.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Change They Believed In: Can Obama Recapture The Millennial Magic? | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- At 17, Rachel Marshall spent most of the 2004 presidential election sulking because she wasn't yet old enough to vote. Four years late...

In Rahm's Race, Voting Stifled by Lack of Suspense

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John V. Santore

Voter turnout on Tuesday was higher than in the two previous Chicago elections, but the increase was modest given the absence of an incumbent in the m...

We Should All Vote by Mail Because I Love Cauliflower Soup

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

I love cauliflower soup, what is the problem? I love Cauliflower soup. I am not prone to hyperbole. I truly love it. I lose track of time when I'm ea...