News & Updates

The latest on what we’re doing and what we’re paying attention to.

November 18, 2019

The Voter Participation Center recently partnered with Lake Research Partners to learn more about prospective Gen Z voters. This is one of the first qualitative studies looking at how voting-age members of Gen Z (ages 18 – 22) are thinking about politics.

The survey is comprised of message boards conducted with Gen Z voters 18-20 and 21-22 and included panels that were cis male, cis female and gender non-conforming.

August 28, 2019

VPC Targets Unregistered Communities of Color, Unmarried Women and Millennials in Crucial North Carolina Congressional Race 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is mailing more than 184,000 Get-Out-the-Vote notices in late August and early September to registered voters in the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina, for the upcoming special election.

July 24, 2019

Today, we released a new report demonstrating that the Rising American Electorate (RAE), a crucial voting bloc consisting of young people, communities of color and unmarried women, has grown substantially and is poised to have an outsized impact in 2020. This follows the enormous influence this group had in 2018’s historic midterm elections.

The report, commissioned by VPC and produced by Lake Research Partners, offers a detailed analysis of changes in the American electorate and notes key trends in voting behavior nationally and in the states.

June 27, 2019

Washington, DC — In response to the Supreme Court’s decisions on Thursday that federal courts cannot rule on partisan gerrymandering, and to block the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling on partisan redistricting keeps the door open to allowing congressional district maps that further prioritize and favor those in power.

May 15, 2019

Washington, DC — In response to state Senator Dan Bishop’s win in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District special primary election on Tuesday following the district’s election fraud scandal, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“North Carolinians fought long and hard for a chance to repeat their election process — this time free of the fraud and interference that characterized the first vote during the 2018 midterms.

May 9, 2019

Findings from March and April 2019 Focus Groups

With voters turning out at historic levels in 2018 and people now following politics more closely than at any point in the past, our sister organization Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund asked Democracy Corps whether progressives should start working to register unregistered and low propensity voters.

April 3, 2019

Washington, DC — Today, the Voter Participation Center and Lake Research Partners released new research highlighting the persistence of the American gender wage gap, especially among unmarried women. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“Today we recognize that 56 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women continue to earn less than men for the same work.

“Our new research shows that unmarried white women earn only $0.68 for every $1 a married man makes for the same work.

April 2, 2019

This year on April 2, 2019, Equal Pay Day will spotlight the enduring gender wage gap. And 56 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, this gap remains a powerful reality in women’s lives.  According to the most recent data on 2018 median wages available from the U.S.

March 20, 2019

Washington, DC —After the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee took steps on Tuesday to limit the impact of Amendment 4, a state-level constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to formerly-incarcerated people, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“Florida voters sent a clear statement just months ago by passing Amendment 4—that people who have served their time and paid their debt to society should be able to participate in our democracy by voting.

“It’s shameful that some Florida lawmakers would seek to undermine Amendment 4 by forcing formerly-incarcerated people to pay all court fees and costs before becoming eligible to vote.

March 13, 2019

Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.1, a landmark piece of legislation that seeks to strengthen policies related to voting and election laws, campaign finance, and government ethics. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“The passage of H.R.1 by the House is a huge victory for our democracy and voters everywhere.

 

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