Voter Turnout

President Obama’s recent comments on universal voting have spurred a debate about how such a policy would influence elections. On the Monkey Cage blog, John Sides examines the partisan consequences and argues that turnout would generally benefit Democrats, but that the effect would be modest....
03/26/2015
Blog
In response to a declining voter turnout rate, California recently implemented big reforms to help boost the turnout rate: online registration, same day registration (SDR), and relaxing the vote by mail deadline. A recent report by the Public Policy Institute of California analyzed the impact of...
02/03/2014
Blog
The Wall Street Journal’s opinion page is often an exercise in how to completely misinterpret policy and/or data. Monday’s attack on Hillary Clinton’s speech on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County is no exception. In her speech, Clinton criticized the Court for its ruling...
08/20/2013
Blog
A new report from Demos, Registering Millions: The Success and Potential of the National Voter Registration Act at 20 highlights the impact the National Voter Registration Act has had over the past twenty years. It may seem unthinkable now, but as late as the 1980s, people in several states...
05/20/2013
Blog
Attorney General Eric Holder was in Boston yesterday, speaking at the Kennedy Library about voting issues. His speech covered a number of topics, but one part that jumped out to us was Holder's embrace of shifting the responsibility to register voters away from individuals and to government through...
12/12/2012
Blog
Pew’s new report, “Inaccurate, Costly and Inefficient,” helpfully sheds light on the most serious problem in our election system: the failures of our voter registration system.  It demonstrates that while many elected officials in states across the country have focused on...
02/14/2012
Blog
Washington—As the nation celebrates the 234th Independence Day this July Fourth, thousands of immigrants will take the citizenship oath at naturalization ceremonies around the country. Yet, the promise of full participation in our democracy continues to elude many of our newest fellow citizens, up...
06/29/2010
Press Release
The Great Recession of 2008 and its after-effects still are radically impacting the lives of millions. While men initially bore the heavier burden, women are now increasingly falling victim to unemployment, fore- closure, and eviction. Low-income women have been hit particularly hard. Women’s...
03/31/2010
Publication
Although the 2008 presidential election showcased a more diverse electorate with an increase in voter registration and turnout by historically underrepresented Americans -- including youth and minorities -- the movement toward a more balanced electorate that represents all citizens is still a work...
04/16/2009
News/Resource
In July 2008, 49 advocates, scholars, and thinkers met in Washington, D.C. and came to agreement on the outlines of a broad agenda for democracy reform. In the weeks that followed, the participants broke into workgroups and developed the recommendations outlined in this document. Our...
10/28/2008
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