How To Get Your Family And Friends To Vote In This Election

Voter turnout in the U.S. is typically much lower than you might expect, lagging behind that of other developed democratic countries around the world. 

A 2018 Pew Research Center study looked at the percentage of the voting-age population who participated in the most recent national election in 32 countries. The U.S. came in at No. 26, with only 56% of voting-age Americans casting ballots in the 2016 election. (The percentage of the voting-eligible population who participated was higher at 60%, according to the United States Election Project. The voting-eligible metric excludes voting-age people who can’t cast a ballot because they’re not citizens or they have a felony conviction.)

Regardless of which metric you look at, it’s clear that a very large swath of the country that could vote doesn’t. You can make a difference, however small, by encouraging your friends and family to cast ballots this year and beyond.

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South Kingstown Election Profile: Karen Humes

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI — Karen Humes is running for a seat on the South Kingstown School Committee. The 40-year-old Independent is a newcomer to elected office.

Humes holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Rhode Island and has worked as a physical education and health teacher at Cranston Public School for nearly two decades. Her husband, Jay, is the assistant building inspector for the town of South Kingstown. They have two sons, Jesse, 12, and Andrew, 9.

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am running for a position on the South Kingstown School Committee because I believe that educators are great leaders. Education has been my passion since before I became a teacher. I feel that education should be based and centered around students and their best interest. Being a teacher, working in schools, and working with students everyday gives me the knowledge and insight of

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The Spin: Teachers Union, Mayor Lightfoot and a new game of brinksmanship? | Durkin says GOP candidates will use ComEd, Madigan as talking points in November election

Reopening schools for the looming new academic year already was gearing up to be a political brawl. But things amped up today as the Chicago Teachers Union — concerned that in-class learning would be dangerous amid the coronavirus pandemic — was planning a House of Delegates meeting next week, a required move on the road to a potential strike.

Anyone who recalls the battles and brinksmanship that played out between union leaders and the mayor during last fall’s knows to brace themselves for a battle.

Parents and guardians were looking to a Friday deadline to inform Chicago Public Schools whether their students would attend in-person classes or stay home. But, as my colleagues reported, sources say CPS — whose CEO and Board of Education is appointed by the mayor — is expected to announce an all-remote learning plan as soon as Wednesday. A source told the Tribune the shift is

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Colorado Primary 2020: Denver Election Results

DENVER, CO — Thousands of ballots have been returned by drop box and mail in Denver for Tuesday’s state primary. The biggest race in the election is the Democratic matchup for the U.S. Senate seat. Andrew Romanoff is vying against John Hickenlooper June 30, and the winner will take on Republican incumbent Cory Gardner in November.

Hickenlooper is backed by national Democratic Party leaders, and Republicans have launched attack ads against him because Romanoff is viewed as an easier candidate to defeat in November.

But Colorado voters will ultimately decide who will be in the November race. As of Monday, more than one million ballots had been returned by mail and drop box.

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>> Romanoff vs. Hickenlooper: View the latest results for the U.S. Senate Democratic race here.

Results for

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