In addition to analyzing the contributing factors to low voter turnout and the effectiveness of pro-voter policies in increasing participation, this report examines the impact of civics education and voter engagement work.This report also outlines the following recommendations to drive voter participation and make the process of voting more convenient for eligible Americans: This report also highlights the success of these policies based on existing literature.
However, they do provide an idea of how many of America’s missing voters could be engaged through these policies.
There were some policies for which the authors were unable to project gains because key data points were unavailable.
Taken together, the policies and practices explored in the sections below are proven to increase voter participation and make voting more convenient.
The success of these programs depends largely on states’ commitment—as well as that of campaigns and grassroots organizations—to inform eligible voters of their availability, how to use them, and why exercising their power as voters can make a difference in their lives.
For example, the effectiveness of more convenient voting options—including early voting, vote-at-home, and no-excuse absentee voting—depends on eligible voters being registered.
As aptly described in a report by the director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, Barry C.The American people recognize the importance of voting in our democracy.In a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, 74 percent of respondents ranked election participation as a very important determinant of good citizenship—above paying taxes and following the law.Along with ensuring strong civics education and carrying out robust integrated voter engagement, these policies have the potential to reshape and reinvigorate the electorate.Through them, the 92 million eligible voters who did not vote in the 2016 elections will find or regain their voices, resulting in a more representative and responsive government that works for all Americans.Recognizing that these policies increase participation and expand the electorate, many states are prioritizing advancement of pro-voter reforms.For example, in 2018, Washington state took significant strides to improve its pro-voter policy structure by enacting a reform package that included automatic voter registration, preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and same-day voter registration.For the nation’s democracy to function properly and for government to provide fair representation, all eligible Americans must have the opportunity to vote—and be encouraged to do so.Our collective self-rule is established and fostered through free, fair, accessible, and secure elections through which the voice of every eligible American is heard.Millions of eligible Americans today are either choosing not to vote or are prevented from participating in the electoral process. citizens has hovered between 54 and 64 percent during presidential elections and between 41 and 48 percent during midterm elections.Voter participation remains low by historical measures. In 2016, falling participation defined the election, as swing states such as Wisconsin and Ohio saw voter participation drop by approximately 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively, compared with 2012.