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Same Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. Depending on the state, this one-stop process for registering and voting may be offered on Election Day, during the early voting period, or both.
If we do not close voter turnout gaps, our democracy is destined to become less and less representative in the coming decades.
This Demos Explainer explores the tension between political support for deficit reduction versus job creation and economic security policies.
Virginia’s investment in higher education has decreased considerably over the past two decades, and its financial aid programs, though still some of the country’s most expansive, fail to reach many students with financial need.
Connecticut’s investment in higher education has decreased considerably over the past two decades, and its financial aid programs, though still some of the country’s most expansive, fail to reach many students with financial need.
State Higher Education Funding After the Recession
How Higher Education Cuts Undermine the State’s Future Middle Class
While GDP has been steadily increasing, indicating a growing economy, other metrics of progress show a very different picture.
Demos conducted a nationwide survey of low- and middle-income households in early 2012. The findings in this brief summarize the relationship between college costs and credit card debt, and its impact on students and their parents.
Every year, millions of eligible voters fall through the cracks of our antiquated voter registration system because they have moved sometime in the last year.
In November 2014, voters in Montana will face a very important choice: to repeal or to continue SDR. They should keep it.
If nearly 70 percent of graduates are borrowing, 30 percent (including 35 percent of public college graduates) are not. Who are these students? What type of family or financial resources do they have at their disposal? What are their work habits? In short, what does it take to graduate debt-free these days? This brief answers these questions.
Large disparities in turnout benefit the donor class.
Are States Complying with the Motor Voter Requirements of the National Voter Registration Act?
A Policy and Messaging Guide for States to Make Higher Education Affordable Again
Most states have very far to go in making their selective public institutions representative, and thus truly public.
A 50-State Look at Rising College Prices and the New American Student
Comparing Tuition Then and Now At Our Elected Officials' Alma Maters
How a Shared Definition of College Affordability Exposes a Crisis for Low-Income Students
Our current voter registration system, which is designed as a voter-initiated or “self-registration” system, creates barriers to registration that do not serve any significant purpose in a democracy. Automatic voter registration is the answer.