Composition of the Electorate

Because the American Electorate Should Represent the American People

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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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Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate

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Analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, Representational Bias reviews the story of who was eligible to vote, who was registered to vote, and who did vote in the 2014 general election. Read more

Representational Bias 2014: Complete State Fact Sheets

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Individual fact sheets for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showing adult citizen population, unregistered population, and composition of each state electorate for 2012 and 2014 by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate: Key Findings

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A summary document highlighting key findings from Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: New Mexico

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A one-page fact sheet showing population, unregistered population, and composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: West Virginia

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A one-page fact sheet showing population, unregistered population, and composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: Mississippi

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A one-page fact sheet showing population, unregistered population, and composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: Rhode Island

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A one-page fact sheet showing population, unregistered population, and composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: Georgia

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A one-page fact sheet showing composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: District of Columbia

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A one-page fact sheet showing population, unregistered population, and composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more

Representational Bias 2014 Fact Sheet: Connecticut

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A one-page fact sheet showing composition of the state electorate for 2012 and 2014, by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence. Read more