Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016


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One hundred and seventy-four days remain until the United States’ midterm elections (421 until the next presidential election, but who’s counting) — which means there’s still time to “evolve” how polling is conducted. The 2016 presidential election wasn’t polling’s shining moment, with many post-mortems pointing to opinion polls misleading election forecasters and underestimating now-President Trump’s support. It didn’t help that some polls were tied to news organizations that don’t really have the resources anymore to support this work — at least doing this work well. There’s no perfect poll aside from (maybe) the ballot itself, but the polling system — both conducted by the media and reported on in the media — has faced critics since long before November 8, 2016. These issues contributed to the Associated Press’ and Fox News’ departure from the Election Day polling data shared by the major networks last year. But now the wire Continue reading "Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016"

Why Do Single Women Have Such Low Voter Turnout Rates?


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According to a report by the Voter Participation Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on getting young Americans registered to vote and Lake Research Partners put out last week, some 40 million Americans who voted in the 2016 presidential election aren’t going to vote in 2018 midterm elections. And while single women, people of color, and millennials are popularly known as the Rising American Electorate, according to the study, two thirds of the aforementioned 40 million Americans will be members of the RAE. Just by nature of the fact that there tends to be less energy and publicity around midterms, just about every voter demographic experiences a pretty steep decline in voter turnout from presidential elections to midterms. But while turnout among older white voters is expected to decrease 22 percent from 2016, turnout among millennials, people of color, and unmarried women could fall 35 percent. There’s some logical explanation for this. Continue reading "Why Do Single Women Have Such Low Voter Turnout Rates?"

Huffington Post South Africa Takes Down Post Because Its Author ‘Appears Not to Exist’


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huffpost Huffington Post South Africa has taken down a piece from their website titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” because the author “appears not to exist.” You can still read the original post here, which makes an argument about how “if white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened.” Here’s part of the argument:
It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.
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Trump: ‘I Won the Popular Vote If You Deduct the Millions of People Who Voted Illegally’


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Donald Trump tweeted this afternoon that he won the popular vote if you factor out “the millions of people who voted illegally.” Earlier today Trump was going off on recount efforts by Jill Stein and the Hillary Clinton campaign, recalling how people were on his case to accept the election results. Well, now Trump is making this claim on Twitter: So is he alleging widespread voter fraud? Trump continued:

Jill Stein Addresses Recount Efforts: ‘It Looked Like This Was a Hack-Riddled Election’


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Jill Stein took to Facebook Live tonight to address her efforts to get recounts going in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. “We are standing up for a voting system that we deserve,” she said, “that we can have confidence in, that has integrity and security and that we know is now subject to tampering, malfeasance, hacking, and so on.” She referenced previous instances of hacking throughout 2016 to say that this looked like a “hack-riddled election,” claiming that “our voting machines are very open to hacking.” Stein raised questions about the possibility that voting machines in all three states could be susceptible to hacking, though both 538 and New York Times‘ Upshot have significantly pushed back on the idea. And one of the computer experts who spoke with the Clinton campaign publicly clarified what he actually thinks about the likelihood of hacking. Stein said that she wants the Continue reading "Jill Stein Addresses Recount Efforts: ‘It Looked Like This Was a Hack-Riddled Election’"

MSNBC’s Kornacki on Questions About Potential Vote Hacking: ‘I Can’t See Anything to This’


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kornackiMSNBC’s Steve Kornacki tonight tackled the questions that are being raised about the legitimacy of the vote in three states. There are people encouraging the Hillary Clinton campaign to contest the election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin due to some alleged evidence supposedly found by computer scientists to suggest tampering. The Jill Stein campaign is calling for a recount in those states. Both FiveThirtyEight and a reporter for New York Times‘ Upshot both basically debunked the idea that there’s anything concrete to this, and when Kornacki tackled the issue while guest-hosting Hardball tonight, he was very uncomfortable by this being brought up. NBC News contributor Raul Reyes pointed to how people are simply saying “there could be” evidence of hacking. Kornacki said that “we should be careful with this” and explained he looked into the issue here and “can’t see anything to this.”

Woman in Labor Stops to Vote Before Going to Hospital


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Have you not voted yet? Are you sort of kicking around the idea that maybe you’re too tired or too busy or too far from your polling place? Do you have a pretty solid idea of what color your state will turn tonight and believe your vote is irrelevant so you might just sit this one out? Meet Sosha Adelstein. She was giving birth on Friday night when she stopped at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office to drop off her ballot, according to Colorado ABC affiliate KTRK. In the video above, which shows Adelstein bonding with her new baby Bella Rose, the first-time mom says, “We ran over there and kind of made it just in time!” Listen up: If she can do it, you can do it. Go vote. [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Louis C.K.: ‘If You’re a Liberal Who’s Not Gonna Vote, You’re a Piece of Sh*t’


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Louis C.K. is a strong Hillary Clinton supporter, but he doesn’t mind if you vote Donald Trump. Well, okay, he does, but he told Conan O’Brien tonight that he has a bigger problem with people who just don’t vote. In a preview clip released tonight by TBS, C.K. praises the hell out of Clinton and says it would be great to have a mother––not just a woman––as president. He said that we’ve had 240 years of dads and it’s about time a mom takes over the country instead. He said that Trump is way too thin-skinned and told O’Brien, “We need somebody who can take abuse. Hillary’s been taking it and taking it… We’ve been hazing her. We’ve been holding her down and spitting in her mouth and yelling at her.” O’Brien brought up the fact that there are a lot of millennials out there who are Continue reading "Louis C.K.: ‘If You’re a Liberal Who’s Not Gonna Vote, You’re a Piece of Sh*t’"

Trump Warns: ‘We Have a Lot of People Watching You People That Collect the Ballots’


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trump2Donald Trump made it clear at his Colorado rally today that his supporters will be on high alert where potential tampering of ballots is concerned. He asked his crowd if anyone voted early––a lot of them did––before admitting he has some problems with a system were people could potentially go, “Here’s one I like, keep that one.” Trump said there’s good supervision going on and warned, “We have a lot of people watching you people that collect the ballots.”
Later on in the speech Trump said that he “hate[s] the concept” of mail-in ballots. Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Michelle Obama Clarifies ‘When They Go Low, We Go High’: Voting Is Our High!


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imageedit_105_6866543278By now, you’ve become very familiar with Michelle Obama‘s rallying cry for left-leaning voters: “When they go low, we go high.” She said it during her speech at this year’s Democratic convention and when it stuck, she and Hillary Clinton started using it all the time. Sometimes, it’s a proclamation. Other times, it functions as a call-and-response with audiences. Today, during a much-hyped joint appearance with Clinton, she explained that she wanted everyone in attendance to vote early. Then, she said that voting is the high they’ve been talking about for months.
“Our vote is the ultimate way we go high when they go low!” she announced. “Voting is our high!” She updated the call-and-response, then, yelling, “How do we go high?” “We vote!” came the answer. She encouraged attendees to leave the venue and go vote today. Continue reading "Michelle Obama Clarifies ‘When They Go Low, We Go High’: Voting Is Our High!"

Obama Gets Fiery at CBC Dinner: ‘I Will Consider If a Personal Insult’ If You Don’t Vote!


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President Obama gave a very impassioned speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner last night, outright mocking Donald Trump and declaring it would be a “personal insult” to him if the black community does not come out to vote in the election. He started out his speech by joking that he’s “relived that the whole birther thing is over” before his term is up, dryly saying, “In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat.” The president did not refer to Trump by name, but found it amusing for him to say it’s never been worse to be black in America. “He missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow,” Obama said, “but we got a museum for him to visit, so he can tune in. We will educate him.” But when the subject got around to voting, that’s when he got legitimately Continue reading "Obama Gets Fiery at CBC Dinner: ‘I Will Consider If a Personal Insult’ If You Don’t Vote!"

President Obama Stacks Cheerios and Makes a Friendship Bracelet in Video for BuzzFeed


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President Obama has participated in a goofy BuzzFeed video before, but somehow his new one out today ups the ante in some big ways. It might seem weird, when you watch below, to see the president making a friendship bracelet, stacking Cheerios, playing Operation, untangling headphones, and trying to name every single dead Game of Thrones character (yes, including at least one from this season). However, as you can see, Obama did the video to show how easy registering to vote is, as part of BuzzFeed’s week-long Turn Up to Vote campaign. They even set up a website where you can go to register, if you haven’t already. You can watch the video above (and then just go “LALALALALA” at the Game of Thrones spoilers if you’re not caught up yet), via BuzzFeed. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Obama Kicks Off American Idol Finale with a Call for Voter Registration


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obamaPresident Obama kicked off American Idol‘s series finale in a video message to celebrate the show’s legacy and encourage more people to register to vote.

Idol is coming to a close tonight after 15 seasons, and the president thanked the hit show for teaching America “what it means to be pitchy.”

He quickly pivoted to praising how easily the show got millions and millions of people to vote year after year. Obama proceeded to make this pitch:

“We should do the same in our lives as citizens of this country that we love. Voting is the most fundamental and sacred right of our democracy. I believe it should be almost as easy as voting on American Idol, and we’re working on that.”

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Too Far? Facebook Has Started Sending Reminders to Users About When and Where to Register to Vote


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Screen-Shot-2016-02-23-at-1.30.43-PMRemember when all you used Facebook for was comparing yourself to your ex’s new lover and “humblebragging” about your cool new car or job while you secretly sat in the kitchen that doubled as your living room, surrounded by mismatched flatware and your grandma’s old TV? In the past few years, social media profiles have gone from a far-removed, gilded representation of how users wish their lives really were to an integrated and normalized part of daily existence that no longer offers any distinction between fake and real, online and offline; it’s all the same now. Facebook creator and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg knows this. He knows because he is basically the driving force behind that shift. He knows that thoughtless tweets can have real-world ramifications on international business ventures because he designed it to be that way. More and more, he is pushing for Facebook and its ilk to  Continue reading "Too Far? Facebook Has Started Sending Reminders to Users About When and Where to Register to Vote"

Fox Pundits Outraged by Obama’s Mandatory Voting Comments, While Rupert Murdoch Agrees


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Since last night, Fox News has covered President Obama‘s comments about mandatory voting with varying degrees of outrage. On Outnumbered earlier, some of the hosts agreed it sounds “authoritarian.” On Neil Cavuto‘s show today, Judge Andrew Napolitano called it a “totalitarian impulse” from the president. It turns out, however, that Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch actually agrees with the president’s sentiment. Murdoch is from Australia, where voting is actually mandatory, and he actually doesn’t think the president was wrong to toss it out as an idea: He then acknowledged a point made by no one in particular: You can watch some short clips below of how Fox covered Obama’s comments:
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Fox’s Judge Napolitano: ‘Totalitarian Impulse’ for Obama to Suggest Mandatory Voting


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Earlier today, President Obama openly floated the idea of mandatory voting. Of course, this did not play well with everyone, and Fox’s Andrew Napolitano called this a “totalitarian impulse” from the president. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest clarified Obama’s remarks later to insist he was “not making a specific policy prescription.” But Napolitano didn’t like that Obama threw it out there in the first place, saying the government cannot force speech so, therefore, they cannot force voting either. He told Neil Cavuto, “This is, forgive me, a totalitarian impulse––that he would march people into the voting booth.” There are other nations where voting is mandatory, but both Napolitano and Cavuto pointed out that other nations that got rid of it “went through a totalitarian, fascist, horrific, destructive phase” first. Napolitano asked, “Is that where he wants to bring us?” Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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Obama Is Open to Mandatory Voting


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For the first time, President Barack Obama suggested that mandatory voting laws would be a good way to counteract the influential forces of money in campaigns. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” Obama said at a Wednesday townhall event in Cleveland. “It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything.” Obama also suggested “some folks try to keep” a wide array of people from voting, including young people, lower-income families, immigrants, and minorities. He was most likely referring to voter ID efforts that have been underway in various states. Just 36 percent of eligible Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest voter turnout since World War II. Two days ago, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill that automatically registers people to vote when they get a new driver’s license or state government-issued ID. [Image via Shutterstock] – – >>Follow Andrew Desiderio (@forza_desiderio) on Twitter

Convicted Mayor Placed Under House Arrest After Illegally Voting in Midterms


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Laws on whether convicted felons get to vote differ from state to state, but most states have accepted that you don’t get to vote until your sentence is up. Well, a former Charlotte mayor is now under house arrest because he illegally voted this week before his sentence even began. Democrat Patrick Cannon was convicted back in June of a federal charge of wire fraud, and just last month was sentenced to 44 months in prison. That sentence starts later this month, but Cannon was busted this week for illegally voting in the midterm elections. Cannon claims, “I did it without thinking, per se… It wasn’t until I got a call from my probation officer that the light did go on.” Cannon reportedly voted early, a few days before Election Day, and officials only learned about it after a reporter inquired into the matter. North Carolina state law prohibits convicted felons from voting until their sentence is up. A judge sentenced Cannon to house arrest and told him in court, “You did embarrass this community.” [image via screengrab] – – Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Jon Stewart Clarifies: I Actually Did Vote, Was Being ‘Flip’ on CNN


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Jon Stewart opened tonight’s live Daily Show by addressing what he said earlier on CNN about not voting. And he wanted to make it clear he wasn’t being serious and did vote. Christiane Amanpour asked Stewart if he voted today. Stewart said no, because he doesn’t know where his polling place is and he just moved states and yada yada yada. Well, it turns out Stewart wasn’t being serious. He said tonight, “I did vote today, I did know where my booth was, I was being flip.” And Stewart explained that it mattered to him to clarify this because he didn’t want to appear to be dismissing the voting process or discouraging people from thinking voting is important. Watch the video below, via Comedy Central:
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Santorum: ‘Maybe It Wasn’t’ Bad That Founders Put Limits on Who Could Vote


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Rick Santorum was on C-SPAN today, and during a discussion about U.S. foreign policy and bringing democracy to other nations, Santorum suggested that “maybe it wasn’t” bad that the Founding Fathers placed certain limits on who could vote in U.S. elections at the start. Santorum said nations like Egypt are ready for democratic elections, despite how noble U.S. goals might be. He brought up America’s founding to make a point about allowing everyone to vote in the infancy of a nation’s history. Santorum did not say in any way that the U.S. ought to have any limits on who can vote nowadays, but he did suggest that the Founders might have done the right thing in limiting who could vote back when America got started.
“Were we ready for an election when the United States was formed to have everybody in the United States vote? Well, our Founders didn’t think so. They limited the people who could vote in an election. Now you could say that’s horrible, that’s terrible. Well, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But it was a decision that was made to make sure that there was some continuity and stability within the government.”

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