The Voter Participation Center is mailing 139,000 voter registration forms to Arizona residents. The Washington, D.C.-based group is targeting African Americans, Latinos, women and people between 18-38.
“We’re looking at people who are traditionally underrepresented, whose registration rates are not equal to their strengths and the voting age population,” said Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center.
This is not the first time the group has targeted potential Arizona voters. The work they did in the past was successful.
See the full story here. Some interesting related research was published in the Election Law Journal where authors Quan Li, Michael J. Pomante II, and Scot Schraufnagel outline an innovative voting index system in their report titled “Cost of Voting in the American States”. The index helps reveal amazing data on how voting barriers vary by state.
According to the index’s findings for 2016, “voting was most difficult in Mississippi and… voting was easiest in Oregon, which was the only state to make use of automatic voter registration in 2016”. The poor state of Mississippi’s democracy should be a surprise to no one. Mississippi has no online voter registration system, no same-day voter registration, and no early voting. Photo ID is required. As a result of state voting laws, this year “little more than 13 percent of Mississippi’s registered voters (245,100 people) cast ballots in the June Republican and Democratic primaries”.