Project Vote is pleased to release a major new report on the composition of the American electorate, Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate.
Project Vote’s mission has always been to increase voter participation among under-represented populations, and to ensure that the American electorate represents the American people. Representational Bias, therefore, is perhaps the most important series of research publications that we produce. It tells us—and the entire voting rights community—exactly where there is still significant work to be done to realize our shared vision of a fully representative democracy.
In the latest report, Representational Bias in the 2014 Electorate, Project Vote Research Director LaShonda Brenson, Ph.D., analyzes Census Bureau data to identify who was eligible to vote, who was registered to vote, and who really did vote, in the 2014 midterm election. By comparing rates across several election cycles, it identifies trends in registration and voter turnout according to race, ethnicity, income, age, gender, and a number of other demographic categories, in order to determine where the gaps in representation still exist.
Download Selected Individual Tables and Charts:
- RepBias2014-Table 1 – Composition of the 2014 Electorate
- RepBias2014-Table 2 – Additional Voters if Parity Was Achieved, 2014
- RepBias2014-Table 9 – Registration and Voting by Race, 2004, 2008, 2012
- RepBias2014-Table 10 – Registration and Voting by Race, 2006, 2010, 2014
- RepBias2014-Tables 11 & 12 – Registration and Voting by Gender, 2004–2014
- RepBias2014-Figure 1 – Demographic Groups as Percentages of Unregistered Population, 2014
- RepBias2014-Figure 2 – States Ranked by Voter Registration Rates
- RepBias2014-Figure 3 – States Ranked by Turnout Rates
- RepBias2014-Figures 4 & 6 – Registration and Voting by Race, 2004, 2008, 2012
- RepBias2014-Figures 5 & 7 – Registration and Voting by Race, 2006, 2010, 2014
- RepBias2014-Figure 11 – Turnout by Gender, Age, and Race, 2010 & 2014
Additionally, Project Vote has produced individualized State Fact Sheets for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Expanding on the data contained in Representational Bias, these fact sheets show the adult citizen population, the unregistered population, and the composition of each state electorate for 2012 and 2014 by race, age, income, education, marital status, disability status, and time at present residence.
Download the full set of state fact sheets here, or select your state below: