Voter Turnout National 2012

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Check out this report from Nonprofit VOTE: Nonprofit Voters Increase Share of Electorate 2012 (pdf)

  • Young voters (under 30) defied predictions by claiming a higher share of total turnout in 2012 (19%) than in 2008 (18%).
  • The Latino share of the electorate continued to rise, increasing to 10% this year.
  • Black voters maintained their share of the electorate from 2008, holding at 13%.
  • Voters with family income below $50,000 increased their share of the electorate, jumping three points to 41%, despite the fact that the ...
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Analysis 3.3: Why Massachusetts Will Break 2008’s Voter Turnout Record

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Analysis 3.3: Why Massachusetts Will Break 2008’s Voter Turnout Record

by Avi Green

MassVOTE

In 2008, Massachusetts set an all-time voter turnout record.  3.1 million people cast ballots.   There has been substantial discussion about whether or not 2012 turnout will reach 2008 levels.  With Election Day less than a week away, several data points indicate that 2012 turnout will actually substantially exceed 2008.

MassVOTE predicts that approximately 3.3 million people will come out ...

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Fall Newsletter

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MassVOTE has distributed about $250,000 to community groups to Get Out the Vote so far this year, and they’ve contacted tens of thousands of people. But that’s not all. Read MassVOTE ‘s Fall 2012 newsletter as a downloadable PDF to see all you’ve made possible. Then please make a contribution to help with the final push.

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2012 Statewide Ballot Questions

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You decide… Why Vote Yes? Why Vote No?
Question 1: Should independent mechanics have access to the same diagnostic and repair information that manufacturer’s dealers have? Car repairs will be more convenient and less expensive because no one will be forced to go to a dealership for repairs. Manufacturers already provide lots of repair information.  If they are forced to disclose proprietary information, they will have to raise prices.
Question 2: ...
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11 State Attorneys General Submit Letter of Support for Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United Decision

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BOSTON—Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case.

In a letter dated Wednesday, the attorneys general urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the ruling.

The Citizens United decision gave a green light for corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited sums of cash on ...

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State Capitol Briefs

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State Capitol Briefs

By State House News Service

Posted Mar 21, 2012

 

CHAIRMAN: LEGISLATIVE LEADERS FOCUSED ON FORECLOSURE BILL
A legislative committee is cobbling together an anti-foreclosure bill that a key chairman says is on the radar of House and Senate leaders in the waning months of formal sessions. Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport) said Wednesday that the Committee on Financial Services, which he co-chairs, is eyeing a mid-April release of a foreclosure bill that combines components of about a dozen housing-related measures pending ...

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“Election reforms would allow pre-registration to vote”

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State House News — Election reforms would allow pre-registration to vote

By Kyle Cheney, State House News Service

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds would be allowed to “pre-register” to vote and voting equipment randomly audited under a package of election law changes that a Beacon Hill committee advanced unanimously on Wednesday and expects will be taken up by the Legislature before formal business expires in July.
The bill’s supporters said they narrowed it to four components that they believed could win ...

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America Goes to the Polls 2010 Report

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Our national partner, Nonprofit VOTE, recently released America Goes to the Polls: Voter Participation Gaps in the 2010 Midterm Election. The report illustrates voter turnout gaps in the 2010 midterm election with simple graphs and by highlighting some of the most pertinent facts. By examining these gaps, we hope to further a conversation on ways to close participation gaps through better voter mobilization, civic education, and election reforms. The report is based on new data released in October 2011 from ...

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