Sustaining Voter Participation Levels In 2010
Project Vote has released a research memorandum, Sustaining Voter Participation Levels in 2010: Summary of Findings, on how to sustain voter participation for the 2010 election.
The 2008 election resulted in record turnout of young Americans and Americans of color. Recent elections in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey did not result in similarly high rates of participation by these two groups. What will turnout in the 2010 general election look like compared to 2008? What strategies can organizations use to reduce the drop-off in voting by young and minority Americans?
The accompanying research memorandum seeks to answer these questions by using available data to estimate the turnout of the 2010 general election, assess strategies for building on the gains made by independent voter registration drives since 2004, and to make recommendations to foundations and funders interested in continuing this work.