Thoughts on Increasing Voter Participation

Last week, I was honored to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dallas, on ways of increasing voter participation. Also on the panel were Dr. Matthew Wilson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, and Toni Pippins-Poole, Elections Administrator, Dallas County.

My points were organized into three sections:

  1. The pros and cons of moving the date of elections to November.
  2. Increasing competition by creating the conditions for a multi-party system — using multi-member districts and proportional representation.
  3. Making the electoral college more fair by adopting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

For anyone interested, the slides I used in my presentation may be viewed here: Ways to Increase Voter Participation.

I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts with the Dallas League and I think they found them worth listening to.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section.

 

This entry was posted in Electoral reform, NPVIC, Redistricting. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Thoughts on Increasing Voter Participation

  1. Joanne Richards says:

    While Dan was speaking in Dallas, I was sharing my thoughts with Austinites at LAMP on “Making Democracy Work Better” along with Cinde Weatherby, LWV-Asutin Chapter President. Coincidentally I also talked about (1) increasing competition by creating the conditions for a multi-party system — using multi-member districts and proportional representation and (2)making the electoral college more fair by adopting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It was a very receptive audience of about 80 folks!

    A comprehensive report on increasing voter turnout published by NonprofitVOTE and the US Elections Project can be found here:
    http://www.nonprofitvote.org/documents/2017/03/america-goes-polls-2016.pdf

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *