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electionlineWeekly — January 24, 2013

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III. Research and Report Summaries

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The Case for Voter Registration Modernization - Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, January 2013: This new report discusses problems with the current voter registration system and proposes voter registration modernization as a solution, which would include: automated voter registration; portable registration; online registration; and fail-safes for any voters who fall through the cracks. The authors support related federal legislation and further federal investment supporting these changes to state voter registration systems.

Marin County Voter Survey, June Primary Election Analysis - Professor Elizabeth Bergman, Cal State East Bay, September 2012: In the June 2012 primary in Marin County, California, just over 50 percent of registered voters did not cast ballots. This survey asked these people why they did not vote and found:

  • 54 percent said it was “inconvenient to my schedule;”
  • 42 percent were “not interested” in the election;
  • 37 percent forgot to vote; and
  • 64 percent didn’t care what friends and family thought about their non-voting.