Voting

In my latest at Salon I explore a new working paper by political scientists Stephen Ansolabehere and Brian Schaffner, the most comprehensive examination of voters and nonvoters that has ever been performed. As I note my piece, studies of non-voters have been difficult because of small samples and...
12/11/2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hear a case in which litigants in Texas are asking the Court to undermine the core constitutional principle of “one person, one vote.” In this case, Evenwel v. Abbott, the plaintiffs are asking the Court to require states, when drawing district lines, to ignore...
10/20/2015
Press Release
Affluent voters are far more likely to oppose government policies to help the middle class than low-income non-voters.  
09/15/2015
Data Byte
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which has been both sword and shield for racial equity and inclusive democracy. And yet today, the right to vote for millions of Americans is in more danger than at any time since the passage of the law, thanks to the Supreme Court...
08/07/2015
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Across the country, many states are passing restrictions on the vote, particularly voter ID laws. In addition, conservative legislatures are looking to roll back affirmative voting reforms. Scholars have claimed that voter ID laws are, “highly partisan, strategic, and racialized affairs.” Other...
05/18/2015
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Last night, John Legend and Common won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Glory,” the theme song for the Civil Rights era film “Selma.” In their acceptance speeches, Common aligned the fight that was waged against the Jim Crow racism that the film crystallizes to other fights for...
02/23/2015
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Make no bones about it: Election Day 2014 was not a good day for progressives. But the overall debacle did include one silver lining, as the people of Montana fought back a repeal of Same-Day Registration. Legislative Referendum 126 (LR-126), which would have cut off the voter registration deadline...
11/07/2014
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In my recent Explainer, I discussed the implications of the voting gap on policy and elections. Numerous studies show that in states where low-income voters turnout at a higher rate, inequality is lower. That is because in these chambers, policymakers tend to be more liberal and favorable to...
11/05/2014
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For those of us who care deeply about voter participation and voting rights, 2014 was, in many respects, a dispiriting year. However, by one metric we can take heart: the role that early voting and Election Day Registration may have played this year in possibly boosting turnout in ways that may...
11/05/2014
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My recent Demos explainer discuss the implications of the class bias in voter turnout. Over the last three decades, research suggests, the class bias of the voting public has increased dramatically. In the 2012 election, there was a 33 point gap between the turnout rate of the highest bracket ($150...
10/30/2014
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