Boosting Voter Turnout in Local Elections

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Christina Bellantoni
Boosting Voter Turnout in Local Elections

All too often, city officials are elected with only 10 or 20 percent of registered voters participating. We look at efforts in Takoma Park and elsewhere to boost voter turnout for local races.

Takoma Park just lowered the voting age to 16 for city elections. It's one of a number of moves around the country to combat extremely low turnout for local races. We'll explore the reasons so few people people cast ballots in state, local and municipal contests, and look at efforts to get more people to the polls.


Michael McDonald

Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Rob Richie

Executive Director, FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy

Tim Male

Takoma Park City Council Member

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