In 2016, 43% of eligible voters – nearly 100 million people – didn’t cast a ballot in the presidential election. Why? Was it due to a lack of faith in our election system? Or a deficit of information and interest? Who are these eligible citizens? A new report by the Knight Foundation, 100 Million Project: the Untold Story of American Non-Voters, seeks to answer these important questions. Its findings have significant implications for the 2020 election and the future of our democracy.
Join the Knight Foundation, New York University's John Brademas Center, and Brennan Center for Justice for a virtual panel discussion on America’s widespread problem of disengagement from the political process. How do we bring these voices into our democracy? What structural changes might facilitate greater participation? And in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps must we take to promote voter turnout, particularly for hard-to-reach groups?