Reaching the “Invisible” Americans

August 27th, 2015

At least 11 percent of adult American citizens are “unlisted” and do not appear on voter registration lists or consumer data lists, according to a new study (PDF) by the Stanford University political science department. The study reports that about 20 percent of African Americans and Hispanics are unlisted, compared to just 8 percent of […]

Page Gardner: How Unmarried American Women Can Change The World

August 18th, 2015

What would Susan B. Anthony and her fellow suffragettes think if they knew that close to 40 percent of unmarried women weren’t even registered to vote at the start of the last presidential election? On August 18, 1920, a state legislator from Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19thAmendment. More than 144 years […]

Remembering Julian Bond

August 16th, 2015

Julian Bond was a lifetime champion of civil rights. As the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, to his leadership of the NAACP, he was a brave and effective defender of civil and human rights for all. In 1971 he co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today honored his service […]

Texas Voter ID Law: Worse than we Thought

August 11th, 2015

This study of the effects of voter ID laws from researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston is incredibly important news for those of us who are fighting for voting rights—particularly coming on the heels of last week’s 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The researchers surveyed 2014 non-voters […]

50 Years Later, Let’s Renew the Voting Rights Act

August 6th, 2015

On March 15, 1965, just eight days after the Bloody Sunday massacre in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of Congress to press for passage of the Voting Rights Bill. Invoking the “cries of pain” of the peaceful protestors as they were “brutally assaulted,” LBJ urged lawmakers to pass the bill quickly. […]


July 16th, 2015

“VPC DATA CENTER” PROVIDES FRESH ANALYSIS AND SHAREABLE GRAPHICS ON UNMARRIED WOMEN, THE FAST-GROWING VOTING BLOC THAT IS CHANGING THE ELECTORAL MAP The Voter Participation Center today launched the VPC Data Center, a timely website that aggregates the latest data and research on the social, economic and political lives of unmarried women. There have never […]

Statement by Page Gardner on the Supreme Court King v Burwell case

June 25th, 2015

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a shot in the arm for Americans—especially those who need healthcare coverage the most and are least able to afford it. The Supreme Court’s decision in King v Burwell will continue to make health care affordable for historically under-represented Americans. But we have a long way to go. […]

Voter Participation Center Names Mark Glaze as Executive Director

June 17th, 2015

Washington, DC—Mark Glaze, the former head of the nation’s largest gun safety group, has been named Executive Director of Voter Participation Center (VPC), the non-profit, non-partisan organization that is spearheading a national campaign to register and turn out unmarried women and other historically underrepresented groups in America. Glaze will also manage VPC’s sister organization, Women’s Voices […]

Page Gardner: Politics and the Demonization of Single Mothers

June 15th, 2015

Last week, copies of Jeb Bush’s “Profiles in Character” were selling on Amazon for less than $12. Today, those same used paperbacks are going for more than $500, with one mint-quality edition on the block for $2,526. Hidden market forces? Call it the HuffPo Effect. Since the Huffington Post outed Bush last week for advocating […]

What Harvard Could Learn From VPC

June 9th, 2015

In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, the author describes a series of experiments demonstrating the persuasive power of sticky notes in inter-office communications.  What Harvard did not know was that Voter Participation Center had already pioneered, with great success, the use of faux sticky notes in tens of millions of voter registration […]