Tag: voter turnout

How voter access laws and passion brought people to the polls

This article originally appeared in The Press of Atlantic City. Read it in its entirety here. WASHINGTON — In Utah, marijuana revved up voter interest last year, and new election policies made it easier for people to cast their ballots, leading to the nation’s biggest jump in midterm turnout. Around the country, state efforts to

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Guest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic ‘power grab’

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session. Attacking the idea of making Election Day a public holiday, a proposal supported by a large

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Should We Be Criticized For Our Numbers?

My generation has been historically horrible at voting. Absolutely awful. For how much we speak out, sit in, and organize to advocate for our values and the issues that matter most to us, our turnout never seems to match our outcry. Observed by some from the outside, we are the generation that complains and demands

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State School Board District 11 Debate – and Voter Turnout

You can find this post on our ABU Education Fund website, which sponsored these debates. Last night, ABU and the John R. Park Debate Society of the University of Utah co-hosted their first local legislative debate of the 2016 election season. Lisa Cummins and Erin Preston debated educational issues in their nonpartisan race for the

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Citizens of Grand County receive 2014 Better Beehive Award

Salt Lake City – It’s no wonder that voter turnout has dropped across the state given the perception, perhaps accurate, that a vote no longer has the currency it once had before elections were awash with dark money and legislative halls with corporate lobbyists, but one rural county in southeastern Utah has determined to reverse

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Better Beehive Awards 2014

Each year the Alliance for a Better UTAH awards five individuals or organizations its Better Beehive Award. Given to those individuals or organizations that have worked to make Utah more balanced, transparent and accountable, recipients of the Better Beehive Award come from all walks of life, from all over the political spectrum and from all over the

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Afghanistan voter turnout higher than Utah

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– If you vote next Tuesday in the primary elections, you may run the risk of getting a paper-cut while opening your vote-by-mail envelope or stubbing your finger grabbing for your car keys, but one thing is certain,

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