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Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction number: LC-DIG-ds-05267

  

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that states with histories of disenfranchising voters no longer needed federal clearance to enact new voter laws. The Brennan Center for Justice says the ruling unleashed a rash of discriminatory voting laws. This year, 15 states will have more strict rules than they did in 2012.  How is this affecting the right to vote? Who is it affecting?

Sandip Roy

Whenever India goes to the polls the world takes notice. Some of the wonder is just about the sheer  mind boggling scale of it.  The election going on right now from April 7th  until May 12th for example will involve 930,000 polling stations across India.

Sandip Roy goes to the polls.

Chaz Hubbard/Youth Radio

In 2008, 18- to 29-year-olds voted in record numbers. Turnout this election was expected to be way down among that age group – a voting bloc known as the Millennials – but their numbers were on par with four years ago. Mitt Romney received 37 percent support from young people, about 7 points higher than John McCain, and Barack Obama clinched 60 percent of the youth vote this time around.

Felicia Sullivan is a researcher at CIRCLE, the premier polling organization tracking youth and politics. She was pleasantly surprised as the polling numbers started coming in.

Allan Hough

If you haven’t yet registered to vote, today is your last chance to do so! You must register by midnight tonight in order to vote in the November 6 election.

You can register for the first time, update your registration, or sign up to vote by mail at the California Voter Registration website. If you are submitting a voter registration application by mail, it must be postmarked with today’s date – or you can hand it in to your local elections office in person.

Youth voters: can Obama re-energize them?

Sep 7, 2012
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Young Democrats talk about voting

Sep 6, 2012

Turning 18 this year is special: you get to vote in the November elections! Remember when you first voted? The rush of being old enough to be heard, to count, to matter.

Recent census data shows that on the West Coast, less than half of Americans younger than 24 have registered to vote. And only a quarter say they've actually voted. That figure is considerably lower compared to other age groups – for example, among 45- to 64-year-olds, nearly 60 percent say they've voted. The situation in other parts of the US is very similar.