FairVote, has compiled and analyzed state-by-state data on voter turnout for the 2016 presidential primaries. Released today, its reviews trends in voter turnout nationally since 2000, as well as differences in turnout by party.
It’s July in an election year which means that, among other things, it’s convention time. In the lead up to the conventions, parties are in a flurry of preparation, trying to get every element of their respective events together in time for the opening gavel.
The first time I got to vote, it was on New Zealand’s 2011 Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) referendum. It was exciting to be able to have a voice on how our electoral system works in my first democratic experience.
I am a Dallas native and rising 5th year at the University of Texas at Austin, where I’m majoring in International Relations, with a concentration in International Security, and Plan II Honors, an interdisciplinary honors program, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.
My name is Carlos and I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At present, I am a rising senior at Haverford College on the Political Science track. I first heard about FairVote through my American Politics class at Haverford as we discussed the topic of electoral reform. I learned that the organization was dedicated to strengthening American democracy by making the electoral process more representative.
I am a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. I have questioned the logic of the U.S. electoral system since my middle school civics class. I watched the frustration and chaos boiling over during the 2000 presidential election – the first election I can remember - and found it hard to accept that any system that elected leaders without a popular majority could truly represent the will of the people.
I am a rising 2L at Georgetown Law, originally from a small town in New Jersey. I graduated from American University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and CLEG (Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government). After graduation, I worked for a Member of Congress before joining the Peace Corps in 2013 as an English teacher trainer in rural Costa Rica.
I am a rising second year at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics and Public Policy, who is originally from Houston, Texas. At school, I am involved with the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and am a member of Friends of Washington Park Youth, an organization that pairs primary school students living in Chicago’s South Side with mentors from the University of Chicago. In the classroom, my primary academic interests currently include electoral reform and education policy.