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  •  How do we increase turnout in 2014? (4+ / 0-)

    America's republic can only function when citizens provide scrutiny and participation. Less scrutiny, and less participation, and the system becomes dysfunctional.

    So it's no surprise that progressives do better in the high-scrutiny, high-participation presidential campaigns, than in the low scrutiny, low participation mid-terms.

    As I wrote in "Forget Demographics! Obama won because Americans are progressive"

    ...Presidential elections are the ones which citizens pay the most attention to, and are most likely to vote in. If you're looking for the purest existing way of expressing the will of the American majority, you look at the popular vote in Presidential elections. In the last 6 presidential elections, Republicans only won the popular vote once - and only by a few thousand votes...
    So it's no surprise that congress always has such a low approval rating - even when Democrats run it, it's skewed to the right of American public opinion.

    It doesn't have to be this way. If mid-term elections had the same turnout as Presidential elections, Congress would have been ours 5 out of 6 times also. So, it's time to talk about how we can get mid-terms to be more like presidential elections.

    *Lots of shiny citizen initiatives? (even if they have no hope in passing?)

    *Celebrities running for office? (They don't have to be good at government if they run in hopeless races)
    Unified logo and slogan like the Obama campaign should be used. "We're all in this together", shorted to "together"?

    *A campaign to get employers and universities to give time off to vote. From ehow.com:

    Many employers give workers time off to vote in presidential elections but not in midterm elections. Also, many professors in colleges and universities cancel class or excuse students from class to vote in presidential elections, but may not do so in midterm elections.
    *Presidential elections get the media attention because the small cast of characters is more dramatic. We need to find people in Hollywood and ask them: if a mid-term election was going to be a a movie, how would you do it?

    ...What else?

    The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do stuff that doesn't work

    by PatriotismOverProfits on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:21:04 AM PST

    •  how do we increase turnout in 2014? the prez (6+ / 0-)

      should make election reform his first priority & not this phoney fiscal cliff crap.

      by reforming the election process we will automatically increase the number of voters b/c it will be easier to register to vote & cast ballots.

    •  Make Congressmens terms 4 years (1+ / 0-)
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      Coincide with Presidential elections. Will go long way to solving
      GOTV.

    •  I think we need a real national (2+ / 0-)

      conversation in the summer of 2014. And that conversation could be held in every biggish town and on the net and over a town hall phone line at the same time. With real people leading the conversation and the participants able to "vote" electronically somehow on what they like and don't like about what the speakers propose. Then the candidates for congress, governorships, state legislatures can then, after the national meeting make their pitch for what they offer for their states.

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:43:42 AM PST

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      •  I like your idea. (0+ / 0-)

        But I think that we should expand it. Start early with conversations fight after New Years and in the Spring. Also have one in the Fall to organize and solidify the GOTV.

        "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

        by Stude Dude on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:52:52 AM PST

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    •  You Strike At The Heart Of The Matter (2+ / 0-)
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      Basically we have to deal with the sporadic voter problem.  Like to see some polling done on who exactly these people are. Think your assumptions that the national focus on the one on one dynamic of the Presidential election is more attractive to sporadic voters than the inside baseball aspect of midterm congressional elections.

    •  Thanks for the responses (0+ / 0-)

      Remember, this isn't just about getting a better congress in 2014, it's also about putting pressure on congress right now.

      *There should be a "West Wing" style of show, only about congress. And a reality show about someone running for congress.

      The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do stuff that doesn't work

      by PatriotismOverProfits on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:43:40 AM PST

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