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Will Ferguson Be a Tipping Point for Black Youth Voter Turnout?

Khalil Abdullah

Civil rights leaders  hope to increase African American youth voter turnout by citing the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a city where only 12 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the last city council elections. Community organizers in New Orleans and Houston -- two cities with a long history of confrontations between African Americans and the police -- have mixed views on whether outrage over Ferguson will translate into voter participation. 

Finally, the Voter Registration Process May Enter the Digital Age

Khalil Abdullah

An estimated 1 million potential voters could be added to New York state’s rolls should forthcoming legislation be enacted, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. At the heart of the legislation (co-sponsored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris), crafted with assistance from the Brennan Center and other organizations, is a mandated shift from the current paper-based voter registration system to one reliant on electronic records.

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