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Elections and Voting

At Knight Foundation we see engagement in the democratic process as more than just the act of voting. It should be embedded in every part of civic life, extending before and after an election. It is a chance for people to become and remain involved in their communities and to have a voice in local, state and national issues.

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The 100 Million Project

The Untold Story of American Non-Voters Executive Summary In 2016, nearly 100 million eligible Americans did not cast a vote for president, representing 43% of the eligible voting-age population. They represent a sizeable minority whose voice is not heard in our representative democracy. Most of our attention, in politics and in research, tends to fall […]

February 18, 2020
The 100 Million Project
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Landmark study reveals opportunities to engage nearly 100 million Americans who don’t vote

On February 19, 2020, Knight Foundation released a new study that sheds light on the 100 million Americans who don’t vote, their political views and what they think about the 2020 election. Knight’s Evette Alexander shares more below. View the report website, the full report and the full press release for more information. We’re well […]

February 19, 2020
Landmark study reveals opportunities to engage nearly 100 million Americans who don’t vote
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New study sheds light on the 100 million Americans who don’t vote, their political views and what they think about 2020

Knight Foundation releases unprecedented survey of 12,000 non-voters, examining their political attitudes and behavior, including how they encounter information about politics and elections WASHINGTON — February 19, 2020 — As primary season heats up and voters cast their ballots during this presidential election year, the largest bloc of the electorate is a group of Americans […]

February 19, 2020
New study sheds light on the 100 million Americans who don’t vote, their political views and what they think about 2020
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College Students, Voting and the COVID-19 Election

College students demonstrated some of the most dramatic surges in voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election of any voter group, prompting high expectations for their presence at the polls in 2020. Earlier this year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation released the 100 Million Project, a landmark study that surveyed 12,000 persistent […]

August 24, 2020
College Students, Voting and the COVID-19 Election
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2020 Poll: College students favor Biden and mail-in voting, but worry about election legitimacy

Just months away from a historic presidential election being held amid a deadly pandemic, a national reckoning on race and an unprecedented economic collapse, young people—especially college students—could help decide who wins the White House.    A poll of 4,000 students, taken Aug. 9 to 12 and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight […]

August 24, 2020
2020 Poll: College students favor Biden and mail-in voting, but worry about election legitimacy
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Nonvoters’ media consumption habits may help determine turnout in 2020

A new Knight Foundation report finds that chronic non-voters’ news diet may help shape whether or not they vote on Nov. 3. In 2016, with the presidency and both houses of Congress in play, close to 100 million eligible voters chose to sit out the election, making nonvoters a larger constituency than either the Democratic […]

September 8, 2020
Nonvoters’ media consumption habits may help determine turnout in 2020
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How Media Habits Relate to Voter Participation

The media environment during an election year has the potential to guide citizens toward informed participation in the democratic process. It can also turn people off from voting altogether. It can enlighten or mislead the electorate—sometimes doing both at once.  In February 2020, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation released the 100 Million […]

September 8, 2020
How Media Habits Relate to Voter Participation