Arizona’s voting outrage is a warning to the nation
[E.J. Dionne Jr.] 3/27/2016

It’s bad enough that an outrage was perpetrated last week against the voters of Maricopa County, Ariz. It would be far worse if we ignore the warning that the disenfranchisement of thousands of its citizens offers our nation. In November, one of the most contentious campaigns in our history could end in a catastrophe for our democracy. Read More...

Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here’s Why and How to Fix It
[George Lakoff] 11/13/2014

It is time to shine a light on the perpetually losing strategies used by Democrats, and particularly on the Democratic infrastructure that promotes those strategies. Read More...

A Wake Up Call For Democrats
[Simon Rosenberg] 11/7/14

The Republicans Are a Far Stronger National Party Today - Next year, the Republicans will have their largest House majority since 1929, 53-54 Senators, control of 32 governorships and 66 of the 99 state legislative chambers. Read More...

Believe It Or Not, The Election Had Good News For Voting Rights
[Samatha Lachman] 11/05/14

Voters in Missouri and Montana delivered victories for voting access Tuesday, even as some voters elsewhere were disenfranchised by restrictions. Read More...

2014 Midterms: The Effects of Competitiveness and Ballot Measures on Youth Turnout

As part of our continuing analysis of the 2014 midterm elections, we’re taking a look at different factors that may have affected youth voter turnout across several states. Read More...

How Democratic Progressives Survived a Landslide
[Bob Moser] Winter 2014

Ann Kirkpatrick was surely toast in 2014. The two-term Democrat represented one of the most sprawling and politically unpredictable House districts in the country...Read More...

Progressives Lost the Election, but Their Ideas Are Winning
[Richard Reevesnov]  11/10/14

Progressives, these days, are a gloomy bunch, and it's not just because of the outcomes of last week's election. As they see it, there'...Read More...

Midterm voters were more liberal on ballot measures than on candidates
[Philip Bump] 11/14/14

Voters in last week's midterm election appear to have voted more liberally on ballot measures than on the candidates -- even in more conservative states and on more conservative measures. Read More...

Democrats: It's the States, Stupid! (Part 1)
[Herman Schwartz] 7/14/2013

Unless the Democrats wake up to the importance of winning state legislative elections, they are likely to remain a largely impotent minority in the House of Representatives... Read More...

Democrats: It's the States, Stupid! (Part 2)
[Herman Schwartz] 10/29/2013

Through a combination of money, luck and skill, in 2010 the Republicans captured almost a majority of the state legislatures, and then added a few more in 2012.  This has given them the power not only to shape the electoral rules and control the House, but also pass other laws that shape many aspects of our lives... Read More...

Opinion: GOP's Voter Suppression
[Herman Schwartz] 11/3/2011

Though right-wing efforts to suppress low-income and minority voting have a long history, the current GOP campaign seems unprecedented in scope, organization, and ambition.. Read More...

The Gerrymandering Orgy Begins
[Herman Schwartz] 1/4/2011

In a true democracy, people choose their rulers. Gerrymandering turns that upside down, so instead of government "by the people and for the people," it becomes "by the politicians and for the politicians." Read More...


Published Academic Studies



Numerous get-out-the-vote (GOTV) interventions are successful in raising voter turnout.  However, these increases may not be evenly distributed across the electorate and could potentially increase the differences between voters and non-voters.  By analyzing individual level-data, we reassess previous GOTV experiments to determine which interventions mobilize under-represented citizens versus those who regularly turn out.  We develop a generalized and exportable test which indicates whether a particular intervention reduces or exacerbates disparities in political participation and apply it to 24 previous experimental interventions.  On average, current mobilization strategies significantly widen disparities in participation by mobilizing high-propensity individuals more than the under-represented, low-propensity citizens.  The results hold troubling implications for the study and improvement of political inequality, but the methodological procedures laid out in this study may assist the development and testing of future strategies which reverse this pattern.