The “Irritable” Nonvoters: There’s Nobody to Vote For

By Julie Fustanio Medill News Service NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Michael Keegan got up early on Nov. 5 with big plans. But his sights weren’t set on electing a president. Instead, he hoped to catch the 10-point buck that got away Continue reading

“Unplugged” From Media and From Voting

By John Shea Medill News Service PHOENIX – “I don’t even know why I’m talking to you,” Paula Ryan told a reporter as they sat in a booth of a buffet-style restaurant on Election Day. “I normally don’t do this Continue reading

Some Nonvoters Believe Voting Yields No Benefit

By Roderick Hicks Medill News Service New Brighton, Pa. — Sue Jablonsky mapped out her Election Day ’96 game plan about two weeks ahead of time. Like her life in this tiny river town 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Jablonsky’s Continue reading

What Caused the Lowest Voter Turnout Since 1924

By Julie Fustanio and John Shea Medill News Service WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the lowest national voter turnout since 1924, the debate over why so many Americans stayed home has largely focused on this year’s candidates and issues. Continue reading


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By John Shea Medill News Service WASHINGTON — If excuses are crutches, the one nonvoters leaned on the most in 1992 was “I didn’t register,” according to a national survey conducted by the Medill News Service. Almost one in five Continue reading