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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.

September 26, 2017

September 26 is National Voter Registration Day… and to commemorate this occasion, we’re teaming up with Lake Research Partners to release the most comprehensive political analysis of the Rising American Electorate in the 2016 elections. Large percentages of unmarried women (32.5%), Latinos (42.7%), and millennials (39.3%) aren’t registered to vote — underscoring the huge potential of the RAE and the importance of making sure that every eligible American is registered to vote.

September 22, 2017

By Jasmine Tucker, Director of Research

National Women’s Law Center

Last week, the Census Bureau released national and state data on poverty, income, and health insurance in 2016. Our initial analysis shows some positive news: poverty rates declined slightly, median income grew 3.2 percent, and the percentage of those without insurance continues to decline thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

September 20, 2017

By WP BrandStudio for The Lily on Medium

32 cents.

That’s how much single women have for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts. The disparity is much greater for single women of color, who have only pennies on the dollar compared to single white men.

The gender wage gap receives significant attention, which is important.

September 13, 2017

From VPC founder and president Page Gardner and Celinda Lake:

“Millions of women around the country took to the streets for the Women’s March, and minorities have protested against draconian health care, policing, and immigration policies. Millennials are speaking out against a government that doesn’t value education, or science, and presents them with a bleak economic future.

September 3, 2017

Since 2003, we’ve been using mail-based programs to ensure that the most underrepresented members of American society get the chance to participate in our democracy. Learn more.

August 31, 2017
New analysis finds young Black women are twice as likely to face unemployment as young White women

A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that many young women, particularly women ages 25-34, are experiencing unemployment at higher rates than in 2007.


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