Voter Turnout


'Just Vote Already' Boosts Bronx Turnout

Monday, March 30, 2015

WNYC's get-out-the-vote experiment in one election district yields promising results.

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The Takeaway

Voter Turnout: A National Embarrassment?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Though the final numbers are still being added up, it looks Americans have set a new record: The 2014 midterms commanded the lowest voter turnout in 70 years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Would Make Us Vote Like Scots?

Monday, September 22, 2014

In last week's referendum on Scottish independence, voter turnout reached 90 percent in some districts. What issue would make Americans show up at the polls in those high numbers?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Votes, Who Doesn't, and How You Can Change That

Thursday, August 08, 2013

There's a big deadline coming up: August 16th is the last day to register to vote in this Fall's primary. We discuss various ways to increase turnout, and how you can get registered to vote.

  • In a first-ever on-air experiment, Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps one of our listeners, Dylan Fareed, register to vote in NYC. All of the tools and info you need to register can be found on our guide here.
  • Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, talks about her reporting and mapping of voter rates - not just turnout - in NYC, and what various groups are doing to reach non-voters. See the map below. Listen to Anna's piece here.
  • And New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi discusses how the city and other groups are using technology and mobile apps to register voters and get out the vote. Help out with New Tech City's hackathon survey.

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NY Ranks Among Worst in Nation at Running Elections: Study

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


When it comes to running elections, New York State ranks among the worst in the nation according to a new report released Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Ending Voter Apathy

Monday, August 20, 2012

We - a group of liberal-minded New Yorkers in our mid-20s - couldn't simply end America's folly in Iraq. So what could we accomplish?

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It's A Free Country ®

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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It's A Free Blog

Increase Democracy and Save the Nation

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

In this lame duck interlude, let’s pause and consider our nation’s debilitating trajectory. There’s fierce, seething partisanship in Washington. It worries Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman to the point that he warns “there will be blood sooner or later. And we can only hope that the nation that emerges from that blood bath is still one we recognize. “

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Voter Turnout During Midterm Elections Explained

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 2008 election saw voters come out in record numbers. But next week’s election is expected to draw far fewer people to the polls, perhaps signaling a return to the lackluster turnout we’ve seen for years. It’s a Free Country, WNYC’s dedicated election Web site, has been looking at the nitty-gritty of voter participation. Reporter Eileen Markey joins Amy Eddings for a discussion about voter turnout.

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