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Voter Turnout

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...

Replace Vox Petrol With Vox Populi

Stuart Whatley | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

The salvaged billions from cutting federal gas industry subsidies should be redirected towards a "democracy subsidy" in the form of a tax deduction for everyone who votes in the next election cycles.

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...

The Age Gap and What It Portends for 2012 and Beyond

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Smart politicians know that the 2010 electorate is unlikely to repeat itself in 2012. Expect them to adjust their policies and rhetoric accordingly if they plan to be reelected to another term in office.

New York Ranked LAST In Voter Turnout

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Looks like all the wild, eccentric characters in the recent New York election really had an effect on voter turnout -- for the worst. City Room is r...

If You Build It, They Will Come

Steve Fenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

In a year where young voter turnout nationwide is on track to just barely meet that of the last midterm elections in 2006, Colorado may be the exception.

Why Did Democrats Sweep California? Ask Meg Whitman

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

You could almost hear Meg Whitman's campaign coming off the rails the day she became "tough as nails" on undocumented immigrants.

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.