Higher Voter Turnout Could Limit the Far Right

November 17, 2015 | | Al Jazeera |

One of the most disturbing trends in the American political system is the rapid ascent of the far right. As FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver recently noted, β€œThe most conservative Republicans in the House 25 or 30 years ago would be among the most liberal members now.” In β€œWhy Voting Matters,” my latest report for Demos, a progressive public-policy organization, I make the case that higher turnout would dramatically change policy in the United States by moderating the power of the far right.