Monday, January 12, 2009

New Report from Electionline

Check out 2008 in Review, a new report from Electionline on what went right and wrong for America’s voters last year.

From Election Day Registration

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.

New Report - Hispanic Voters (AEI-Brookings)

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.

New Report - Voter ID (Pew Center for the States)

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.

NVEN Charts Voter Turnout in 2008

See NVEN's complete state by state table of voter turnout in 2008, featuring turnout %, turnout rank, and increases over 04.

When 2nd is Not Enough

See this Wisconsin editorial challenging state residents to carry their levels of engagement from November 4th on, right down to the local municipal elections. Wisconsin ranked 2nd in the nation for voter turnout.

NVEN Releases State Voter Turnout Reports

Check out the 2008 voter turnout reports of our state partners, prepared for 12 state nonprofit associations by the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Coleman Franken contest

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.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

One Stop Voting still on the table in Ohio

news- oh governor.jpgOhio Gov. Strickland has vetoed SB 380, a bill which would have served to restrict ballot access by closing the window for one-stop voting in Ohio. Read Jennifer Brunners statement of support.