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Primary Focus Report Highlights: Republicans Gain, Democrats Drop in 2016 Turnout

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on June 03, 2016
Primary Focus Report Highlights: Republicans Gain, Democrats Drop in 2016 Turnout

The complete report will analyzing in greater detail the effect of open vs. closed primaries, and changes in voter access laws, and the turnout changes in the current primary contests compared to the primary contests in 2008.

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Primary Focus: Meaningful Access for Early Voters

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on April 29, 2016
Primary Focus: Meaningful Access for Early Voters

Every American voter has the right to participate in elections, but not everyone can get to their local high school gym, spend an hour in line, and fill out a ballot on a work day in the middle of the week.

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Primary Focus: Understanding Voter Turnout

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 24, 2016
Primary Focus: Understanding Voter Turnout

The very fact that voters are segregated by party affiliation to choose nominees means the emerging candidate pool will naturally have viewpoints that skew to their party’s more vocal base. Whether it is a local mayoral election or a statewide senate race, candidates hoping to secure their party’s nomination often veer to the extreme.

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Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 16, 2016
Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Last night, the Republican party held their first winner-take-all primaries in Ohio and Florida, while Democrats continued with strictly proportional contests in all five of their voting states. The differences in these delegate allocation methods have major ramifications for how the nomination race is unfolding for each party.

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Primary Focus: Super Tuesday

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 02, 2016
Primary Focus: Super Tuesday

As we get closer and closer to the national conventions for both parties, the rules surrounding how delegates are allocated and how they vote are taking center stage.

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Primary Focus: Civility, The Missing Ingredient

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 26, 2016
Primary Focus: Civility, The Missing Ingredient

With ranked choice voting (RCV), voters are exposed to a different type of election experience. Voters benefit from indicating their full preference among candidates by ranking their options instead of only choosing one. In addition, voters see less negativity between candidates.

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Primary Focus: Youth Engagement in Primaries

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 22, 2016
Primary Focus: Youth Engagement in Primaries

FairVote is a national advocate for 17-year-old participation in primary elections. We provide resources for citizens, legislators, and researchers who are advocating on this issue. Currently, only twenty-one states permit 17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Election Day to vote in one or both political parties’ nominating contest.

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Primary Focus: The New Hampshire Primaries

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 12, 2016
Primary Focus: The New Hampshire Primaries

On Tuesday, New Hampshire voters in both parties delivered a clear rebuke to the so-called “establishment” candidates by selecting Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as landslide winners of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. In the Democratic contest, Sanders easily outpaced Hillary Clinton, earning 60% of the vote and 15 of 24 delegates -- remarkable in part because Sanders is an independent in the U.S. Senate and has never run before as a Democrat.

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Face Off: New Hampshire vs. Iowa

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 05, 2016
Face Off: New Hampshire vs. Iowa

In this special edition of Primary Focus, we debate the merits of a humorous hypothetical. If one could vote in either Iowa or New Hampshire, which would you choose? The two states proudly boast their nominating contests as the best in the nation, but the debate has never been outlined. This five-point comparison of Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primaries is not an endorsement of specific components; rather it is a discussion of nuanced details.

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Primary Focus: The Iowa Caucuses

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 02, 2016
Primary Focus: The Iowa Caucuses

On Monday, Iowans voted and the rest of the nation waited with bated breath. Our Primary Focus blog series reflects on the results of the Iowa Caucuses.

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