Composition of the Electorate

Because the American Electorate Should Represent the American People

Download Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate here.
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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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New Report Identifies Gaps in the American Electorate

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Today, Project Vote is pleased to release Representational Bias in the 2012 Electorate, a major new report that presents a... Read more

What am I fighting for?

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Another election year is upon us, and we are in the throes of finding the funds we need to get... Read more

New Book Highlights the Dangers of Representational Bias

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Project Vote’s mission has always been to increase voter participation among underrepresented groups, and ensure that the American electorate truly... Read more

Voter ID and Same-Day Registration Laws Affect Youth Participation, Says Report

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A new report by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement examines challenges to youth voter... Read more

Black Voter Turnout Increased in 2012

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A new report today from the Associated Press shows that the 2012 national election was historic due to changes in... Read more

Voter Turnout Dropped Among Young Californians in 2012

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More than two million voting eligible Californians between the ages of 18 to 24 failed to vote in the 2012... Read more

New Census Report Shows Voter Participation Trends in U.S.

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Recent U.S. census data, culled from a survey of 50,000 households, underscores a lot of the patterns that election-watchers have... Read more

Killing Census Survey Creates More Harm Than Savings

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The House of Representatives voted 232-190 to defund the American Community Survey this month, supposedly on the grounds of budgetary... Read more

FoxNews Cites Project Vote Study to Discuss Importance of the Senior Vote

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On Friday, in an editorial on, Democratic pollster and strategist Douglas E. Schoen discussed the decisive role voters over... Read more

Arianna Huffington Cites Project Vote Research on the Dangers of Alienating First-Time Voters from 2008

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Today on The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington cites Project Vote’s recent research memo, First-Time Voters in the 2008 Election, to... Read more