It’s not enough these days to run a city with fervor and dedication. Today’s electorate is more digitally engaged than ever before—so the mayor with the most Twitter followers might just spend the most time in office. According to this infographic, the Twitter presence of mayors from Sacramento to Newark extends their influence far beyond their local constituents. By keeping the lines of communication open, local officials create global communities passionate about the future of cities around the world.
See the facts for yourself in the latest infographic from the #goodcitiesproject
It’s Halloween night. Autumn leaves rustle in the breeze. Costumed children sing as they walk by. The smells of hot apple cider and fresh-baked pumpkin waft out of windows. Contrary to all appearances, you’re engaged in serious business. Democracy business.
Sure, you’re wearing a wookie costume. You've even gotten some candy while wandering the neighborhood. But this has to be serious: You’re trying to get people to vote.
Welcome to Trick or Vote, the nation’s largest costumed Get Out the Vote effort. With events in 41 states hosted by hundreds of organizations, there’s almost guaranteed to be a Trick or Vote event near you. Consider this the perfect chance to relive fond childhood memories while making a big impact in one of this year’s most important causes.
Four years ago, we set out to study Trick or Vote. While we had a great time going out and reminding voters of the upcoming election, we wanted to know if we had an effect. In the swing state of Colorado, our fearless volunteers went out in droves, knocking on thousands of doors. Over the coming months, a Ph.D. combed through public voting records to determine our effect.
To be honest, we weren’t expecting that much. With the state up for grabs both in the Presidential race and further down the ballot, voters were getting contacted a bunch. We didn’t know what one more conversation could do. But the effect was big—a more than 5 percent increase in turnout among the folks we reached out to. What will get decided by 5 percent this year? Probably every branch of the federal government, plus the fate of Governor’s races, state legislatures, and county governments.
Since 2008, Trick or Vote has grown plenty, into cities across the nation through partnerships with community organizations. As we said, there’s probably one near you. So if you’re still trying to lock in your early evening plans for Halloween, here’s a no-brainer: look for an event in your community and volunteer!
Stung by debt and a down economy, young first-time voters are trending more conservative than the rest of Generation Y.
Back in 2008, young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 cast nearly twice as many ballots for Barack Obama than for John McCain, but this time around, things are a bit more complicated and pollsters are finding that the so-called "millennial vote" is far from a sure thing for the Democratic ticket. If anything, a young reporter of Youth Radio found by analyzing Tufts University data, millennial first time voters are actually trending towards the conservative end of the spectrum compared to the rest of their generation.
In the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, there were big questions about Obama's potential impact on voter turnout. As...
In the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, there were big questions about Obama's potential impact on voter turnout. As someone who appealed to both black voters and young voters (two groups who historically don't have high levels of voter turnout), would Obama be able to motivate these groups to vote for him in record numbers? A new study from American University has examined which states had an increase in turnout, as a percentage of eligible-not registered-voters. Our latest Transparency is a look at whether states with large black populations and populations between the ages of 18 to 24 were the states that registered the biggest bumps in turnout.SOURCES: American University's Center for the Study of the American Electorate; U.S. CensusA collaboration between GOOD and Gavin Potenza.