The 2020 presidential elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S. election history, including among poor and low-income voters (LIV) – 35 percent

…the Poor People’s Campaign released a groundbreaking report on the power of poor and low-income voters in the 2020 elections. Authored by Kairos Policy Director Shailly Gupta Barnes, the report demonstrates that low-income voters accounted for 35% of all votes in the Presidential election and even higher rates in battleground states. It also shows that the Poor People’s Campaign’s non-partisan …

‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Republicans destroy citizens’ ability to run ballot initiatives

By Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti May 22, 2021, New York Times In 2008, deep-blue California banned same-sex marriage. In 2018, steadfastly conservative Arkansas and Missouri increased their minimum wage. And last year, Republican-controlled Arizona and Montana legalized recreational marijuana. These moves were all the product of ballot initiatives, a century-old fixture of American democracy that allows voters to bypass their legislatures …

Depolarizing American voters: Democrats and Republicans are equally susceptible to false attitude feedback

Thomas Strandberg, Jay A. Olson, Lars Hall, Andy Woods, Petter Johansson Published: February 5, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226799 American politics is becoming increasingly polarized, which biases decision-making and reduces open-minded debate. In two experiments, we demonstrate that despite this polarization, a simple manipulation can make people express and endorse less polarized views about competing political candidates. In Study 1, we approached 136 …

H.R.1 Fact Sheet

H.R. 1 FACT SHEET CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS  Improve Access –H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement and limited voting hours. H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country, ensure that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full voting rights restored, expand …

Climate mattered for three-quarters of voters in Nov 2020

https://www.climatepower2020.org/resources/biden-is-already-acting/ In exit polls, Morning Consult found 3-in-4 Biden voters said addressing climate change was very important in deciding who they voted for in the presidential race, and both CNN and NBC News found that two-thirds of voters think climate change is a serious problem. Even FOX News found that 72% of voters are concerned about climate and 70% of voters favor increasing government spending on green and renewable energy. …

Working people, young, and POC delivered victory + Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage, Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools, CO approved 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Sen. Nina Turner in the Washington Post: Working people — Black, Brown and White families making under $100,000, along with the vast majority of young people — delivered Biden his victory. Not only did they vote for him in overwhelming numbers, they also knocked on doors, made calls and carried out the hard work of democracy during a pandemic. These voters are …

End minority rule

Oct 23, 2020, NYT, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Ziblatt are political scientists and the authors of “How Democracies Die.” The Trump presidency has brought American democracy to the breaking point. The president has encouraged violent extremists; deployed law enforcement and other public institutions as weapons against rivals; and undermined the integrity of elections through false claims of …