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Latino voters overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton

Study Warns Latino Voting Rate May Drop In November Election

About 89 percent of Latino registered voters said they plan to vote in the Nov. 8 election, according to the poll, down from 91 percent in an October 2012 survey and 94 percent in a July 2008 survey.

October 11, 2016

How The GOP Gamed The Voting System To Dominate And Why Elections Are An Anti-Democratic Mess

It may be an historic election, an election in which many states will be operating under rules adopted only in the last half dozen years. These rules affect the value of one’s vote and the ease of voting. All of this is occurring in a setting where fewer and fewer federal races are even competitive.

September 10, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Hub Coffee Roasters in Reno, Nevada, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Forget Swing States: The Presidential Election Will Be Determined By 20 Swing Counties In Linchpin States

Americans have heard that the election of the next president will be determined by a few battleground states, with Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania as 2016’s leading examples. But what if it’s not simply a handful of swing states but swing counties, with less than 500,000 swing voters, that truly matters?

August 28, 2016
A vote remain supporter walks past a vote leave supporter outside Downing Street after Britain voted to leave the European Union. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Brexit Is A Warning To Young American Voters

“This generation are so passionate, they care so much about issues, but they are just not empowered to use the means of communication to get through to make real change. Both campaigns have been a disaster in terms of meaningful engagement on such complex issues.”

June 24, 2016
Combination photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (L) and Lucy Nicholson

There’s No Such Thing As Not Voting

Voting is a political strategy. It’s civic participation. It’s about citizenship, not individualism. Participate or don’t, but don’t tell us sitting on the sidelines makes you a better person. Don’t tell us how serious you are, how rational, how moral, by your choosing “none of the above.”

May 9, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016.

How Do You Make Change Happen? Show Up

What should we do!?! How do we make Washington govern for all the people? What specific things can my group or I do now? Thanks for asking.

April 13, 2016
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Voter Suppression Hides In The Gray Areas

Voting is not so simple for many poor people as I seemed to imply. But I do worry that portraying inconveniences as high barriers can discourage people from even trying.

August 13, 2015

Turnout Will Be Crucial In Tightening North Carolina Senate Battle

North Carolina’s Senate race is going right down to the wire.

October 23, 2014

Analysis: Voter Engagement Gap Hits At GOP Turnout Edge

Here’s how Democrats hope to cling to their Senate majority.

October 15, 2014

The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Could voter disdain for Congress motivate more people to turn out this November? Could be. A new Gallup study suggests that in recent elections, disapproval of Congress’ job performance meant higher turnout. Currently, Gallup’s congressional job approval is 13 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters saying […]

August 25, 2014

No Partisan Wave Building For Fall Elections, But GOP Gains Likely

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In the last two midterm elections, in 2006 and 2010, partisan waves shaped the outcomes, delivering big victories first to the Democrats, then to the Republicans. This time around, that doesn’t seem to be happening. The latest evidence comes from new polling by the Pew Research Center, […]

July 25, 2014

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times There may be no more self-abasing profession than politics. Consider: You visit the grocery store. When you cross the parking lot, you won’t run a gauntlet of critics from a rival supermarket bad-mouthing the produce section, demeaning the selection of dog food, and questioning the sell-by date on […]

July 24, 2014

South Africa’s ANC Set To Win National Election As Counting Continues

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s governing African National Congress was headed for victory after the tallying of 70 percent of votes in Wednesday’s national election, but its major opponent made significant gains. The ANC had won 62.5 percent of the vote in the latest tabulations, compared with 65.9 percent in the […]

May 8, 2014
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In 1991, Mitch McConnell Opposed Dark Money — While Openly Supporting Lower Voter Turnout

by Zaid Jilani, Republic Report. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in the political fight of his life, as he faces a capable Democratic challenger in Alison Grimes and a primary opponent in Matt Bevin. In defending his incumbency, McConnell has gone outright elitist, telling the media that the establishment is going to “crush” Tea Party challengers […]

March 13, 2014