Voter Participation

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Test Scores; Title IX on Campus; Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York State raised standards on 3rd-8th grade exams and predictably, test scores sank. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explains why federal officials are happy with them and what this means for Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy.  Plus: voter turnout and how to register to vote; The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates treatment of sexual assault on college campuses; Noam Scheiber of The New Republic on the end of big law; changes in suburbia; and changes with teenagers – a new survey shows fewer teens are getting drivers’ licenses. 

The Takeaway

Who Showed Up at the Polls?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

In the last few days "turnout" became a favorite word among pundits. Who would show up to the polls this year? And how would that turnout affect the race? John Sides is a professor of political science at George Washington University and the co-author of "The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential election." Todd Zwillich is The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.


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Explainer: Why Don't Both Parties Search for New Voters?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I find it shocking that there isn’t more outrage at the profoundly undemocratic intentions behind both the lack of motivation to register the unregistered and deliberately making it more difficult for people to have access to the vote.

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The Takeaway

Electoral Demographics and a History of Presidential Primaries

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, writer Timothy Egan makes this observation about the voters turning out for GOP primary contests around the country: "There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large." He goes on to make this observation about the demographic of the Republican primary electorate: "They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012."


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Turn Out the Vote

Friday, November 25, 2011

Larry Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, Adrienne Kivelson, city affairs chair of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, Lucia Gomez-Jimenez, executive director of La Fuente, Mark Winston Griffith, adjunct faculty at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Rachel Bishop, national programs director at the League of Young VotersChung-Wha Hong, executive director of the NY Immigration Coalition, and John Stremlau, vice president for peace programs at the Carter Center, brainstorm ways to turn around the city's low voter turnout.

THEN a conversation about how campaigns approach voter turnout with Michael DuHaime, Republican political strategist and partner at Mercury Public Affairs, and Doug Forand, Democratic political strategist and founding partner at Red Horse Strategies.

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The Process is Political: Florida's Early Primary

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If you're interested in politics, make sure your 2012 primary calendar is filled out in pencil. Florida's plan to push up its primary to January 31 could remake the schedule for early states. In Colorado, a dispute over which voters are eligible to receive mailed ballots is pitting the Republican Secretary of State against Democratic local clerks. The 2010 census has prompted redistricting fights across the country, and it's also changed the electoral college math for Obama. 

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Voter Turnout Not as Bad as Thought, But Still Anemic in Certain Quarters

Monday, October 25, 2010

The people who vote tend to be better educated, higher income, they own their own homes, they are whiter, they tend to be older. So we have this skew in our electoral system...And by the way, in a midterm election that skewness is even more pronounced than in a presidential election.

- Michael McDonald,professor of government and politics at George Mason University

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