In December 2017, POLIS Associate Director B.J. Rudell walked through how a slight uptick in voter participation in 2018 could lead one party to a wave election victory:
"Now imagine what would happen if merely 10% of these normally disempowered citizens decided to cast a vote in the 2018 midterms. And suppose the Democratic Party captured two-thirds of these 15 million new entrants. That would mean five million more Democratic votes across the country.
"What’s five million votes? In the 1994 wave election, congressional Republicans won a little over four million more votes than their Democratic counterparts. That equated to a pickup of 54 House seats and eight Senate seats."
According to the just-released U.S. Census Bureau report on the 2018 midterm elections, voter turnout last November was 11% higher than in 2014, disproportionately favoring Democratic candidates:
B.J.'s premise in December 2017 was that with increased polarization comes opportunity in the form of 100 million or more non-voters. Only a few million are needed to help one party dominate an election. Democrats were able to seize the advantage in 2018. It would be naive to think the same can't happen for Republicans or Democrats in 2020.
It all comes down to identifying non-voters and getting them to the polls. ... See MoreSee Less
"You should run on your issues and your competency as a leader, not how much you try to force your way into being a Democrat or Republican."
Sabriyya Pate is senior studying a Program II major she created called "Conflict and Negotiation Studies." She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Muse, Duke's feminist publication. She has served as Council Chair of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, Attorney General of Duke Student Government, and columnist for the Duke Chronicle.
Find out how Sabriyya engages politically on Episode 26 of the Political Student! → apple.co/2UgfikQ ... See MoreSee Less
"There's an unlimited number of issues that perhaps I could put my efforts towards, and in order to actually do anything I need to make a choice between those."
Charlie Daniel is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia studying economics and political science. On campus, Charlie is co-president of Habitat for Humanity, editor of Duke Political Review, VP of Communications for Duke Partnership for Service, and member of Duke Club Running. Charlie describes himself as a true centrist - "down the middle."
Find out how Charlie engages politically on Episode 25 of the Political Student! → Link in bio ... See MoreSee Less