Voter Turnout in Local Elections in Charlottesville: A Closer Look

As the local elections in Charlottesville approach, it is essential to comprehend the changes that have taken place in voter turnout over time. In Code Section 24, 2-129 (C), the proposed modifications in the electoral district will take effect on April 7.These alterations eliminate Tonsler and Alumni Hall as voting centers, and will decide who stands to vote and who is allowed to mark a ballot and have it counted. To gain a better understanding of voter participation, The Conversation asked three scholars on different aspects of voter participation for their ideas as the elections approached. Jane Junn, from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC Dornsife, noted that there is a gender gap in voting that is also a racial divide. Women are more likely to support Democratic candidates than men, but there are racial and ethnic differences in that general trend.

While black, Latino, Asian-American, and other women of color strongly support Democrats, a majority of white voters have consistently supported Republican Party candidates. John Holbein, from the University of Virginia, pointed out that the United States has some of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. This is despite the fact that a dominant majority of young people aged 18 to 24 are concerned about politics and public affairs and want to participate in politics. Holbein suggested two ways to approach this problem: renewing civic education to teach young people the skills they need to overcome obstacles to voting; and reforming laws to make registration easier and less complex. Nazita Lajevardi from Michigan State University noted that in 35 states, voters must present some form of physical identification when they arrive to vote. In eight of those states, the strictest rules apply and generally require voters who arrive without proper photo identification to take additional steps before their vote is counted.

Lajevardi pointed out that these laws make it difficult for all people to vote, but they do so unevenly.


voters and other voters of color are less likely than white voters to be able to afford the material burden of obtaining qualifying identification.

The Impact of Teach For America on Voter Turnout

John Holbein also discussed how enrolling young people to participate as Teach For America (TFA) teachers has a big positive effect on voter participation rates among young people who participate. After their two years of service, these young adults vote at a rate of 5.7 to 8.6 percentage points higher than their similar counterparts who do not participate. This suggests that national civil service programs aimed at young people hold great promise in reducing the persistent participation gap between young citizens and older citizens in the United States.

Racial Discrimination and Voter Turnout

New evidence from a team of researchers, including Batten professor John Holbein, suggests that everyday racial discrimination is much more widespread than previous studies had indicated.

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