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February 10, 2018

By David Brady, Ryan M. Finnigan, and Sabine Hubgen

No group is as linked to poverty in the American mind as single mothers. For decades, politicians, journalists and scholars have scrutinized the reasons poor couples fail to use contraception, have children out of wedlock and do not marry.

When the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution formed a bipartisan panel of prominent poverty scholars to write a “Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty” in 2015, its first recommendation was to “promote a new cultural norm surrounding parenthood and marriage.”

The reality, however, is that single motherhood is not the reason we have unusually high poverty in the United States, compared with other rich democracies.

February 1, 2018

The results were fascinating and informative. But perhaps what stood out most was that voters ranked direct mail as the most credible form of political advertising.

January 10, 2018|Voting Rights

Page Gardner, president and founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement on the Supreme Court arguments today in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute :

“The Supreme Court is the last line of defense against a nationwide voter purge that could take away the right to vote for millions of Americans.

December 11, 2017

Susan Mulligan, writing for U.S. News, points to Voter Participation Center’s report on how the Rising American Electorate will influence upcoming elections:

Democrats thought they had it all figured out in 2016. Unmarried women, young people, Latinos and other ethnic and racial minorities, otherwise known as the “Rising American Electorate,” were going to be the tipping point that handed Democrats a victory.

November 27, 2017

In his article today, Voting at black colleges has tumbled. Can Dems fix the apathy in time for 2018?,  Tony Pugh for McClatchy quoted our recent report with the progressive firm Lake Research Partners:

Once prized fighters in the battle for voting rights, students at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities dropped their guard in the 2016 elections.

Voter turnout among the estimated 300,000 students at HBCUs fell nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016, according to a national survey by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University.

November 6, 2017

A new analysis by the Voter Participation Center of 2017 absentee voting and early voting in Virginia shows that key groups in the Rising American Electorate — unmarried women, people of color, and young people — have voted in higher numbers than they did in the 2013 Virginia elections.

October 3, 2017|Voting Rights

In advance of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments today in the Gill v. Whitford case, which could decide the future of extreme partisan redistricting, the Voter Participation Center’s Founder and President, Page Gardner, issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court has an opportunity to restore voters’ rights to have their voices heard by choosing who represents them, rather than politicians choosing their voters.

September 28, 2017

Steve Phillips from The Nation writes about our recent study with Lake Research Partners:

“Many people believe that the outcome of midterm elections depends on the ideological profile of the candidates who are running. Moderate candidates appeal to swing voters who might be rethinking their presidential vote, conventional wisdom goes.

September 28, 2017|Voting Rights

Celeste Katz from Newsweek writes about our study with the progressive firm Lake Research Partners, to coincide with National Voter Registration Day, which shows the demographic triumvirate has grown enough to make a splash in future elections.

“But the study, which Newsweek saw in advance of its national release, suggests young people and nonwhites have some catching up to do before their political influence matches their growing numbers.

Called the Rising American Electorate (RAE) in the study, the group in 2016 for the first time made up a majority of the voting-eligible U.S.

September 26, 2017|Voting Rights

Sam Levine of the Huffington Post reports on a great ruling from the Third Circuit and a win in the battle against voter purges:

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the Philadelphia City Commissioners that tried to force the city to purge convicted felons from the voter rolls, using scathing language against a conservative group that brought the suit.

Felons in Pennsylvania cannot vote while they are incarcerated, but are eligible to do so upon release.


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