Report Shows Persistent Electorate Bias In the Buckeye State

Ohio's electorate is not reflective of the state's voting eligible population, according to a new report by Project Vote. "Ohio Votes: Civic Engagement in the Buckeye State," written by Benjamin Spears,  examines disparities in registration and voting rates by race/ethnicity, income and age.

Key findings from "Ohio Votes" include:

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Report Shows Kentucky's Persistent Electorate Bias After Highest Minority Turnout Ever

Project Vote released a report this week that shows persistent bias in the Kentucky electorate: those who were registered to vote and vote in the Bluegrass State were not representative of the state's overall eligible population in 2006. This report takes a state-level look at the same topic as a recently released Project Vote report by Doug Hess, Representational Bias in the 2006 Electorate.

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Failing the Grade: Young People Face Strong Barriers at the Polls

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

Young or college-age voters have been found to share similar characteristics with poor and minority voters: They vote Democratic and are underrepresented in the electorate. Their turnout rates are also "depressed by some simple but strong barriers." Such barriers - which are identical to those historically affecting poor and minority voters - include identification requirements; long lines at the polls; vote "challenges; and intimidation.

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Fewer Than Half of Eligible Minority and Low-Income Americans Voted in 2006, Report Shows

By Michael Slater

Project Vote released a report today, "Representational Bias in the 2006 Electorate," by Douglass Hess that finds a continuing problem with the U.S. electorate: those who are registered and vote are not representative of the overall U.S. population eligible to vote. 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. Furthermore, young eligible Americans, particularly young minority males, and those who have recently moved, are disproportionately represented among those who do not participate in the U.S. electorate.

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More Evidence The 50 State Strategy Pays

This, folks, is where the 50 State Strategy pays off for us. The Pew Research Center's ran a story by Louis Jacobson of CongressNow today, on the thesis that even in Red states -- even ones where the Democrats did not gain a majority of one or both state chambers -- the Democratic tide has floated new Blue legislation.

The story looked at six previously Red states that became more Blue in 2006: Idaho, Texas, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming.

More after the break.

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