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INSIDE AN ELECTION
KY - 59.7%
PA - 63.6%
50.1% VA - 66.1%
NC - 65.2%
TN - 51.2%
NY - 57.3%
VT - 64.8%
NJ - 65.5%
NH - 72.5%
DE - 64.6%
MA - 68.3%
MD - 67.2%
RI - 59.7%
DC - 61.1%
CT - 65.4%
HI - 43%
ONE MORE INFORMED VOICE
For a generation, Indiana has consistently ranked in the bottom 10 states in terms of voter turnout. Ann and Bill (A’74) Moreau are working to change that. As co-founders of Indiana Citizen
— a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing registered voters — they
helped launch a new campaign called One More Voice.
TOP 5 STATES
How are you working to reach Indiana’s unregistered voters? What sort of tactics are you using?
(And how has COVID-19 affected that?)
Our One More Voice campaign is the principal strategy
for encouraging Indiana residents in the voting-age population to register. The genius behind One More Voice
is how it can be tailored to reach people in their various
communities, however they define it. Think, “One More
Vincennes Voice,” “One More Entrepreneur’s Voice,” “One
More Green Voice,” or — my personal favorite — “One
More Purdue Voice.”
It’s interesting that Indiana ranks so highly for
folks who engage in political discussion via social
media yet does poorly in election turnout. How do
you plan to address that?
Those statistics remind me of what an old politician I
know calls “the difference between lip service and hip service,” meaning the difference between talk and action. We’re
trying to use technology to close the gap between talk and
action by connecting to civically disconnected Hoosiers
with a direct pathway to registering and then following up
with prompts and content.
Indiana currently ranks in the bottom 10 states for
voter turnout. What do you think is a realistic benchmark for increasing voter participation this year?
We need to increase turnout by 20 percent this year
over 2016 — adding another 600,000 voters — to have a shot
at going from the bottom 10 to the top 10. Looking at the
turnout in the primary, gauging the gale-force headwinds
that have suppressed our fundraising and the opposition
to no-excuse, mail-in absentee voting, I hope we hit 2016
numbers. Having said that, there’s reason to believe that
historically underrepresented communities and young people may turn out in large numbers as the events of this year
have clearly shown the impact that local elected officials
have on our lives.
Learn more about the Indiana Citizen One More Voice campaign at onemorevoice.com.
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