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


By Eric Dyer Medill News Service WASHINGTON — Is public discourse a dying art? Perhaps, when you consider that a Medill News Service survey of likely nonvoters found that: • Seventy-seven percent discuss politics and public affairs with family members Continue reading


By Jennifer Hamilton Medill News Service WASHINGTON — Charlene Beighey, 74, has little respect for political institutions. The retired homemaker gave negative ratings to Congress, labor unions, political parties, even the Supreme Court. Just about the only institution she approved Continue reading