In today’s Data Dive, we’re examining Americans’ views of democracy and desire for change in our political system. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center surveyed citizens in 17 advanced economies on their attitudes toward politics.
In today’s Data Dive, we look at a report published by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) which examines the systemic issues hindering the political participation of Alaskan Native and American Indian voters.
The biggest predictor of whether a state will draw fair maps is whether a single party controls the map-drawing process. An increase in the use of commissions and instances of divided governments means fairer maps are more likely.
In the study, “All-Mail Voting in Colorado Increases Turnout and Reduces Turnout Inequality,” researchers from three universities looked at the voter file data from Colorado before and after the state enacted all-mail voting.
Despite women voters remaining more engaged in elections than their male counterparts, there’s still a major disparity that Americans are fighting to rectify: Our elected officials are still majority male.
Democrats need high levels of new voter registration, well-organized voter turnout operations and streamlined, constitutional and equitable access to the ballot box for voters of color in order to win elections.
Limiting access to the ballot box weakens our electoral system. But, there’s another side effect of voter suppression laws: Limiting ballot access can have severe economic consequences for a state.
It seems that one solution to low youth turnout in our elections is the most obvious one: make it easier to vote and make sure that young people know that convenient voting methods are available to them.
Over 145 bills proposed by Republican legislatures would reassign various powers of election officials and the executive branch to highly-partisan legislatures. This “legislative seizure” could have sweeping consequences.
Elected officials who claim to be allies of the LGBTQ+ community should immediately work to amend voter ID requirements and make obtaining an accurate ID less costly and strenuous for their trans constituents.
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