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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The Struggle To Increase Voter Turnout

This morning I explained to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point why Americans have historically voted on Tuesdays and why we should move Election Day to the weekend. Soledad brought up that in Puerto Rico, Election Day is a holiday and turnout can get up to 90% of eligible voters. Her point was great, and I told her as much:

As you said, in Puerto Rico, [Election Day is] a national holiday. People are out in the streets celebrating. In America, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November is a work day, just like any other day. In New Hampshire, where you are right now, it’s one of the most political states in the entire Union and the last primary election for president held there 53% of the people showed up to vote.

Watch the video for more of our conversation. (more…)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Political Reformer Granny D Dies at 100

Granny D

Sad news. I heard via e-mail last night from election reformer Dennis Burke that Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the election and campaign finance reformer who walked across the country at the age of 89 to advocate for change died peacefully yesterday in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18PM.

Dennis arranged for myself and my fellow Why Tuesday? staff members Thomas Macker and Barnett Zitron to visit Granny D in her home in late 2007. It was on a snowy day that I’ll never forget. Dennis shared the following information about Granny D, who you may know from the HBO documentary Run Granny Run:

Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago.

She walked across the United States at the age of 90 in the year 2000, in a successful effort to promote the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. In 2004, Granny D decided to challenge incumbent Senator Judd Gregg for his US Senate seat. She hoped to demonstrate that ordinary people can run for office and win with the support of small donations from individuals. Despite a shortened, grassroots campaign without the benefit of any advertising dollars, Granny D garnered an impressive 34% of the vote. During the past year five years, Granny D has traveled the country speaking about campaign finance reform and working on behalf of legislation for publicly-funded elections in New Hampshire.

In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska.

She raised two children, including the late Elizabeth Lawrenz of Washington D.C., and a son, Jim Haddock, who survives her and, with his wife, Libby, was at her side during many of her great adventures, including the final one today. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held this summer.

Her dedication to changing America’s broken political system is an inspiration to us all at Why Tuesday? and we will carry her in our memory as we continue our efforts to increase voter participation in the United States.

For more
BBC News: US campaign finance activist Granny D dies at 100
NPR: Campaign Finance Activist Granny D Dies At 100

Photo of Granny D via nhpaul on Flickr.

Friday, March 7th, 2008

¿Por qué martes?

When we were up in New Hampshire for the primary election this January, we were interviewed for CNN+/CUATRO, Spain’s CNN outfit, about how New Media is being used in the 2008 campaign. Just got a hold of the segment (it’s in Spanish) from Carlos de Vega, their United States correspondent.

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Voting: Who For, and How?

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — With the onset of Super Tuesday, the Press has started reporting on Barack Obama’s ability to mobilize new, youth and Independent voters, the other candidates’ advantages among established, older voters, and Hillary Clinton’s advantage among Hispanic and female voters. This week’s issue of TIME Magazine reports that Obama’s campaign tactics are more effective in states with forward-thinking election law. Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada have Same-Day Registration. Florida has early voting, but the DNC has stripped the Sunshine State’s democrats of their delegates, Republicans were able to keep half of theirs. (more…)

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Subliminal, Online Voters: Super Tuesday Watch Out!

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA –- After tonight’s debate at the Kodak Theater, people (and CNN) kept talking about an Obama-Hillary or Hillary-Obama combo ticket. I don’t know if that is the case… either way the notion will be swamping the airwaves until the 5th thanks to Wolf.

More important, is that we are watching history, and because of that, people of all creeds and colors what to be a part of the action. They want to campaign, they want to caucus, they want to vote, they want a voice, and they want the Country to change its course. (more…)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

AP: New Hampshire Sets Turnout Record

AP

The results of the New Hampshire primary are in, and the Associated Press put out the early (and record-setting) turnout numbers this afternoon:

With all but one of New Hampshire’s 301 voting precincts reporting, unofficial tallies by The Associated Press found that 526,571 ballots were cast Tuesday, breaking the previous record for a presidential primary of 396,385 in 2000.

Matched against New Hampshire’s population of 1.3 million, an unofficial reckoning found that 40 percent of the state voted in Tuesday’s primary.

Interestingly, New Hampshire is one of the 15 states with no early voting or “no-excuse” absentee voting. I’m crunching the numbers to figure out what “40 percent of the state” equals in eligible voters – or if that’s what reporter Stephen Frothingham meant. (more…)

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