Composition of the Electorate

Because the American Electorate Should Represent the American People

Download Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate here.
Download Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate here.

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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Will the Latino ‘sleeping giant’ wake and vote this November?

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During the past few presidential elections, national media began to speculate on the effect of the Latino electorate and even gave it the moniker “the sleeping giant.” But every year, despite increased potential, it seemed that giant hadn’t yet awakened. Indicators suggest this could be the year... Read more

Atkins: Lower courts striking down voter ID laws

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In a series of rulings over the last two weeks, appellate courts across the country have been filling in the hole blown out of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 three years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more

Perspective On Clinton-Kasich Q-Poll Match-Up

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The best news for Democrats...wasn’t in the Q-Poll match-up with Kasich today, it was found in the release by Project Vote of an analysis of the 2012 presidential vote. Read more

Opinion: Many founding fathers ‘millennials’ of their day

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Much can be gleaned from a report recently released by the nonprofit Project Vote on enfranchising America’s youth. Read more

OPINION: The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

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Many factors contributed to President Obama’s re-election. But few are as important as the Latino vote. Read more

Has The Tea Party Lost The Messaging Battle?

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Project Vote's Viviana Hurtado joins Michel Martin for a post-election roundtable Read more

OPINION: Election 2012: On Tuesday, the Latina Vote Can Make History

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More than 12 million Latinos are expected to vote in this election, which is a record. Read more

More Hispanic-Americans Expected To Vote This Year

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Officials aligned with Project Vote, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focusing on minority voters, told reporters during a conference call today that they expected the number of Hispanics who will vote this year to increase 21 percent from 2008. Read more

Graham County prefers to vote: Arizona’s registered voters on the rise

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Arizona also showed one of the highest increases in voter registration in the nation at 66 percent in 2012. Read more

The 26th Amendment was certified 30 years ago

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The nonprofit Project Vote reported that only 49 percent of American 18-year-olds were registered to vote in 2008. Read more