The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Voter turnout could reach devastating lows this fall if a new poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics is any indication. Youth voters are expected to be especially absent from the polls. Midterm elections usually feature significantly
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Salt Lake City — In the wake of a recent poll that predicted record-breaking dissatisfaction with government, a former congresswoman is joining forces with a local good government group to engage young Utahns in the political process. The Alliance for a Better UTAH launched the Karen Shepherd Internship for Ethics and Good Government Wednesday afternoon
Voting technologies have not substantially changed in the last 150 years or so. In fact, the last significant change in voting was the introduction of the secret ballot in the United States. Prior to the secret ballot, voting was conducted orally, in which male voters–women, of course wouldn’t get the vote for many more decades–gathered
Better UTAH Communications Director Isaac Holyoak talked low voter turnout in a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed over the weekend. He suggested that low voter turnout can’t be solved by arguing among the experts. We need to ask Utahns their particular reasons for voting or not voting if we are to improve voter turnout in Utah.
With the exception of the photo of me here after having just voted early, there isn’t anything very sexy about voting in your municipal primaries. I guess that is the nature of local government. Unlike voting for the President of the United States, when the polling stations are buzzing with enthusiastic voters both nervous and
Better UTAH Beat Episode 59 – August 6, 2013 It can be hard to care about much of anything in August. The days are hot even while they start to get shorter. After weeks without much water, gardens are droopy and sad-looking, lawns a little more yellow. Meanwhile, kids all over the country are dreading
In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about the state of our electoral process. I discussed how our democracy was in crisis because voting was becoming too difficult and apathy was growing. These two factors had combined to create an environment where people did not want to cast a ballot anymore. I wrote this
Voting is one of the most fundamental aspects of our democracy and one of the most basic rights we have as citizens. Unfortunately, voting is in crisis in Utah. This crisis is the result of both restrictive laws that make registering and casting a ballot more difficult and political apathy on the part of citizens.