Democracy only works well when citizens participate in the democratic process and participate equally. But in the United States, lack of trust is eroding democracy's promise.
About 2.9 million eligible American voters live abroad, including members of the military and embassy staffers. Just 5% of them cast their ballots in 2018.
With more votes cast before election day than on it, late strategic voting could make all the difference.
Strangers used to call and stop by; now the most effective way to get people to vote involves getting groups of friends and neighbors to pressure each other to participate in democracy.
An analysis of 55 countries shows voter turnout is lowest among women, the young, poor voters and those with less education.
'I don't like the candidates,' 'I don't know enough to make a decision,' 'I don't want to give this election legitimacy' – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
Researchers examined the voting behavior of 5,762 students at 120 colleges and universities. Two groups stood out as an untapped electoral resource – if the candidates can turn out Gen Z.
By picking Kamala Harris, a Black running mate, Biden may have brought younger Black Americans, who now comprise a critical set of swing voters, over to his side.
It's a myth that Black voters represent monolithic support for Democrats. A recent survey shows that young Black Americans in swing states have big reservations about Joe Biden, Democrats and voting.
It is becoming clear that this election season, the Democratic Party will likely adopt a center-left agenda.
Americans under 30 are far less likely to vote than older citizens. Stepping up civics instruction might help change that, a scholar explains.
Britain is once again going to the polls and encouraging people to vote may be as important as asking them to vote for a particular party.
Citizens voting directly on policy seems like a good idea. But that led to the Brexit mess in the UK. In the US, two scholars say direct democracy deepens distrust of politics and government.
The idea that a small payment could motivate more people to vote resurfaces regularly, but this ignores evidence that monetary incentives to induce pro-social behaviour can be counterproductive.
The failure of the 2018 census to get a good response rate highlights the need for multiple voting options to increase participation, particularly of Māori.
Encouraging people to vote involves changing the discourse. Guilt trips are ineffective.
To a mathematician the idea of, "voter turnout" is not a very precise term. What exactly does it mean? And how is it calculated?
About one-third of Canadians don't bother to vote in federal elections. Many people cite "everyday life issues," like the time it takes to vote, as reasons why they don't participate.
Young people have the right, the skills and the numbers to make a difference in politics and society in North America and beyond. Their voices, energy and vision contribute to a healthy democracy.
The Voting Rights Act offers language assistance for voters with limited English proficiency. What can we learn from an Idaho county's experience offering foreign-language ballots?