Monday, January 12, 2009
In 2008, the 9 states that allow voters to fix a registration problem or register while voting had voter turnout 9 points above the others. Election Day or same day registration successfully debuted in Iowa and North Carolina. Iowa let voters fix registration issues on Election Day, North Carolina's one-stop voting let voters register and vote at the same time during a 16 day early voting period. For more on EDR, click here.
Posted by R.Adams at 3:11 PM
While African-American participation in the 2008 election may have reached record levels, other minority groups proved important in this cycle—and are likely to continue to do so in the future. In a new piece, the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project assesses the influence of the Hispanic electorate, and explores the particular demands this population faces in terms of voter registration and identification.
The Pew Center offers a look at how states’ voters fared on Election Day with voter ID laws – including Georgia and Indiana, who in November required for the first time in a presidential contest that all voters must show a government-issued ID card with a photograph. Read more.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
With a winning margin of 225 votes for Senate, MN's Al Franken is looking for an election certificate as Norm Coleman files suit challenging - an important lesson that, no matter how many people participate (Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout), every ballot cast still makes a difference. Read commentary in the Washington Post from Rick Hasen, Ed Foley, Norm Ornstein and others.
Posted by R.Adams at 2:38 PM