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Voter Turnout

Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 po...

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 introdu...

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.

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.