Because the American Electorate Should Represent the American People
Low-income and minority citizens—both significant portions of the American population—are historically alienated from the electoral process. As a result, the proportion of the U.S. population that registers to vote and that does vote is highly skewed towards Whites, the educated and the wealthy.
These disparities in the electorate weaken our democracy and skew the national agenda by excluding from major public policy decisions the voices of the least powerful and most vulnerable citizens.
Project Vote research documents these disparities, and works to close the gaps by encouraging voter participation among underrepresented populations, and eliminate unfair barriers to voter registration and participation.
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In this 2008 report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise review of Missouri’s population and voter participation trends of various demographic groups in the November 2006 election. Read more
In this report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise review of Arizona's population and voter participation trends of various demographic groups in the November 2006 elections. Read more
In this report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise introduction to Pennsylvania’s population and voter participation of various demographic groups in the November 2006 elections. Read more
In this report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise review of Ohio’s population and voter participation of various demographic groups in the November 2006 elections. The report is based largely on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Read more
On Tuesday, February 5, record numbers of Americans participated in primaries and caucuses in 24 states. A significant number of these voters were young voters or voters of color, two groups that have had historically low voting rates. Read more
How elections are won and lost begin with which eligible Americans are engaged in the process. A new report released today by Project Vote highlights the importance of voter registration programs in lower income, youth, and minority communities. Read more
This report uses Census Bureau Current Population Survey data to present information on Kentucky’s population, voter registration and voting over time and compared to the United States. We pay special attention to the racial, ethnic, age and income demographics within Kentucky. Read more
Project Vote releases a report today, “Representational Bias in the 2006 Electorate,” that finds a continuing problem with the U.S. electorate: those who are registered and vote are not representative of the overall U.S. population eligible to vote. Read more