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Posts tagged with ‘Voter Registration’

  • A New Voting Rights Act

    By Matt Impink on October 9, 2014
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    In 1964, about 700 college students from around the country descended upon Mississippi for what came to be called Freedom Summer. At the time literacy tests, intimidation and violence kept all but 7% of black citizens registered to vote despite the fact that black citizens outnumbered whites in many counties throughout the Mississippi Delta. The students worked as organizers with […]
  • Eating our young…

    By Matt Impink on September 30, 2014
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    There has been a lot of irresponsible journalism lately making sweeping generalizations about the so-called Millennial Generation. Beyond being annoying and contradictory to be called achievement-obsessed and lazy at the same time, there seems to be little interest in my generation to engage in the very institutions that our elders currently control. Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post summarizes: Distressingly, […]
  • Ferguson

    By Sheila Kennedy on August 21, 2014
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    I haven’t blogged about the depressing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, for a number of reasons: first of all, unlike left- and rightwing partisans, all of whom are convinced they know exactly what happened, I’m not in possession of all the facts. So what do I know? I know that everyone in a position of authority, including the police chief, the Mayor and […]
  • Voting: Bedrock of Democracy

    By Matt Impink on May 20, 2014
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    In response to John Guy’s recent post on voter turnout, I felt compelled to strongly rebut his claims. Guy claims that low voter turnout is not a threat to our democracy and that criticism about not voting is a side show for commentators and politicians. He also asserts that low voter turnout will actually help reduce the costs of elections […]
  • Voter Turnout

    By John Guy on May 19, 2014
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    Commentators and candidates deplore low turnout of voters, such as for Indiana’s recent primaries.  Sadly for those who pontificate about voting habits, no person has offered proof that our democracy is threatened by low turnout, or that high turnout changes results. Odds are small that voter turnout is important, or worth time studying or criticizing.  Whether intended, criticism is personal; […]
  • Voter Registration 2.0

    By Matt Impink on September 27, 2013
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    Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and got me thinking about the state of our elections in our country. While 2013 isn’t the biggest year for elections (except if you are in New York, New Jersey or Virginia), it’s still crucially important to think about how we can increase the percentage of registered voters in our communities. By taking the […]