Your Call: What will it take to increase voter turnout and why is it so low?

Apr 23, 2015

On the April 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about policies that could get more people to cast ballots. In the 2014 midterm US elections, we saw the worst voter turnout in 72 years. Oregon is tackling this problem by becoming the first state in the country to automatically register voters who go to the DMV. California is considering a similar law. What are other states doing to make voting easier? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

Guests:

Dr. Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis

Kim Alexander, president and founder of the California Voter Foundation

Dr. Jim Moore, director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University in Oregon

Web resources:

SOS: Secretary of State Alex Padilla Will Sponsor Bill by Assemblywoman Gonzalez to Bring Oregon’s New Motor Voter Law to California

LA Times: California violates Motor Voter Act, activists say; lawsuit threatened

MSNBC: Bill to restore felon voting rights goes to Maryland governor

NYT: Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming election

The Intercept: How Voter Suppression Helped Produce the Lowest voter Turn-out in Decades

The Brennan Center for Justice: Round-up of Voting Laws in 2015

Slate: The Oregon Trail