December 26, 2012 |
Despite often-voiced concerns about the effect of voter identification laws, black voter turnout remained high in 2012 and, for the first time, may have topped the rate for whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Four years ago, the rate of black voter turnout almost equaled that of whites, continuing a trend of a steady increase in black turnout rates that began in 1996. This year, with white turnout appearing to have dropped, black turnout seems very likely to have exceeded the white level, although definitive figures won't be available until the Census Bureau reports in a few months.
November 6, 2012 |
A little hometown hoops for President Obama. A little last-minute campaigning and some fast food for Mitt Romney. The candidates for president of the United States engaged in entirely American activities Tuesday as the electorate - minus about 32 million citizens who already voted early - went to polls to pick their leader. Turnout appeared to be high in many parts of the country, though perhaps not on par with 2008's historic numbers. Some polling places had long waits, including in some of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
November 6, 2012 |
LAUREL, Va. - The long line of voters snaked through the hallways of Dumbarton Elementary School, a robust turnout that surprised elections officials in this key Virginia county. “It's wild, but it's good,” said Anthony Bates, the harried precinct chief as he flipped through voter rolls Tuesday. “I thought that it might be like 2008, but this is surpassing that.” By mid-afternoon, voters at Dumbarton were waiting 45 minutes to cast a ballot. In the morning, people had waited two hours, or more.
November 6, 2012 |
WORTHINGTON, Ohio - More than an hour before dawn, a line started forming outside the Worthington Presbyterian Church polling station in this suburb of Columbus. So it went all over Ohio on Tuesday as voters turned out in force to play their outsized role in electing the president. “It's something people around here take some pride in - that we have maybe a disproportionate amount of control in the outcome,” said Doug Metz, a retired Worthington lawyer who showed up at the church a few hours later to cast his ballot for Mitt Romney.
November 6, 2012 |
For those inclined to worry about the American civic fabric, election day offers plenty of opportunity. Even in our most high-stakes elections, barely half of those with the right to vote exercise it. The number drops dramatically when the presidency doesn't hang in the balance. By nearly every measurement, the United States has among the lowest voter turnout rates of any industrialized country. Why, the worriers ask, do so few citizens vote? But there's another way to look at it. Today we will see some 130 million Americans, give or take a few, arrive at polling places knowing that they may have to stand in long lines, possibly for hours, to cast a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
November 5, 2012 |
CLEVELAND -- The neighborhood doesn't look promising for scaring up votes: One house is charred and barely standing, a victim of arson; others have boards over their windows and orange Xs spray-painted on their doors. But the men, mostly African American, many from a shelter down the road, pass dutifully down the street, leaving fliers that encourage people to vote early and include a phone number to call for a ride to the polls. “We're targeting lower voter turnout areas,” explained Deltrim Kimbro, 43, an ex-convict who is leading one of the canvassing groups in the closing days of the campaign.
October 29, 2012 |
With only one week left in the 2012 campaign, a major new Pew Research Center poll is projecting a relatively high level of voter turnout in the dead-even presidential contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The national opinion survey, released Monday, shows the president and the former Massachusetts governor each drawing support from 47% of likely voters. In an encouraging sign for the Republican challenger, the poll found that Romney-leaning voters are more likely to turn out to vote than those leaning to Obama.
October 28, 2012 |
The sleek logo for LACMA's “art+film” gala does a beautiful job of balancing “art” and “film,” giving each word equal space around the plus sign. The museum gala that took place Saturday night under that rubric was another story: The entertainment world easily outshone the art world, and the evening designed to celebrate artist Ed Ruscha alongside filmmaker Stanley Kubrick became mainly a Kubrick odyssey, to borrow the title of the screening series that accompanies LACMA's new Kubrick exhibition.
October 24, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - President Obama's reelection campaign is invoking Al Gore's narrow loss to George W. Bush in the Florida recount of 2000 to spur voters in battleground states to the polls in a close White House race that either side could lose if even a small band of supporters fails to cast ballots. In an ad that began airing in Ohio on Wednesday, Obama's campaign reminds television viewers of the 32-day drama that unfolded when the 2000 election in Florida finished in a near-tie. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling stopped the recount, effectively naming Bush the winner of Florida by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.
October 17, 2012 |
Will the youth vote, which was so integral to President Obama's victory in 2008, repeat its performance at the polls? A new survey from Harvard University indicates that, while still largely in support of the president, the so-called “millennial” generation is significantly less likely to express that sentiment in November. Among likely 18-to-29-year-old voters, 55% say they will vote for Obama, 36% say they will vote for Mitt Romney and 9% are undecided, and Obama leads 48% to 26% among the entire demographic.