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Voter Turnout

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...

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.

Who Voted in 2010, and Why It Matters for 2012

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

It's obvious that the candidates who get the most votes will win. But there's an important kernel of wisdom there: Who wins elections depends heavily on who shows up to vote.

Youth Voter Turnout 20%: What Does That Mean?

Peter Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Levine

If you are a Democrat, you should not blame young people for this year's turnover. They did turn out at fairly typical rates and they supported Democratic candidates, on the whole.


Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


Post-Election Turnout Rate Estimates

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

Prior to the election, I forecasted a national turnout rate among those eligible to vote of 41.3%. Now with actual election results available, I estim...

LIVE BLOG: Illinois Election Results And More

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella and Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Election news and results from throughout Illinois. Updated continuously throughout the evening. ...

Obama Interviewed On Chicago Hip Hop Station, Urges Voters To Have His Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Obama was interviewed on Chicago hip hop station WGCI Tuesday morning, urging young voters to get out to the polls. In an interview with W...

Amanda Terkel

Early Reports Point To High Voter Turnout In Urban Areas | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Early anecdotal reports of turnout at polling places indicates higher than expected activity in urban areas, which could bode well for D...

San Francisco Goes to the Ballot Box for Electoral Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

The Saturday Voting Act, a proposition that would require San Francisco to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day, is an innovation that could significantly boost voter turnout.

2010 Turnout and Early Voter Forecasts

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

I am forecasting that 41.3 percent of those eligible to vote will cast a ballot in the 2010 election and that 28.8 percent of those votes will either be cast in-person prior to Election Day or by mail.

The Four Billion Dollars in Job Creation that Could Be Discouraging Voters: Electing Politicians

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For the past couple of weeks leading into the mid-term elections we have seen reports in the media on how much campaigns are spending to elect our nat...

Biggest Voter Turnout In 90 Years, Since Women Won The Right

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Americans turned out at the polls in record numbers today. According to MSNBC: Americans were voting in numbers unprecedented since women were g...

Will Hispanic Turnout Really Be Down in 2010?

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

On Tuesday, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report suggesting that Hispanic turnout will likely drop significantly in the upcoming midterm election...

New 2010 Voting-Eligible Population Estimates Available

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

Perhaps the most interesting trend in these statistics is that the non-citizen population of the United States is growing smaller.