Aamer Madhani USA TODAY Published 2:49 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 CHICAGO – A surge in early voting totals in key states across the nation suggests that 2018 could be the year that young people finally show up for a midterm election. For decades, older voters have dominated the electorate in non-presidential years. But early and absentee voting among youth aged 18 to 29 has increased dramatically in several states with hotly contested races – including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada and Texas – compared to the 2014 midterm races. Early youth voting in Illinois is up 144 percent over the 2014 midterms. More than 70 percent of the 6,200 undergraduates at the University of Chicago registered to vote through the TurboVote app. At the university’s early voting site, students waited up to an hour to cast their ballots. First-time voter Eric You, 18, spent Halloween dropping bags of candy at the doors of … [Read more...] about Midterm election: Early voting data shows youth vote surge in key states
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opinion Thomas L. Knapp The Spectrum Opinion Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 28, 2018 In the United States, Election Day 2018 falls on November 6. But Election Day isn't what it used to be. The New York Times reports that "millions have voted early" — and more than 2 million in the Sunshine State alone. I cast my ballot during what I expected to be an "off" time (after the pre-work rush and before the lunch rush), and still spent a few minutes in line. More than a third of the 2016 vote came in early, according to the United States Election Project. This may be the first U.S. election in which a majority of votes are cast before Election Day. And the results may be set in stone before then, too. Politicians and pollsters seem obsessed with the supposedly "undecided" vote, but let's be honest: The guy who doesn't know who he's voting for two days before the election hasn't been paying attention and probably isn't going to bother standing in line just … [Read more...] about Early voting has made partisans more important than undecided voters
As the tenth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers approaches, politicians can finally sigh with relief – Europe is out of the woods. For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Europeans have a positive opinion on the situation of their national economy (49% versus 47%), according to a Eurobarometer published on Thursday (14 June). We knew the economy was growing, people found their way back to the labour market and companies were investing again. But perception matters as much as reality, if not more, especially when it comes to the economy. As we feel that our wallet is thicker, support for the euro also improves. Almost three-quarters of citizens in euro area countries support the single currency, keeping a record level since 2004. The Commission already told us that for the first time since the financial meltdown, all EU economies are growing and their deficits are below the mandatory 3% of GDP limit. For young Europeans what matters is decent wages and for … [Read more...] about The Brief -Votes: boats or wallets?
Italy’s novice premier-designate Giuseppe Conte struggled to form a populist government throughout the weekend, stranded between a president who objects to a euroskeptic candidate for the economy ministry, and a coalition ally threatening to force early elections.Conte, 53, is working on a list of ministers to propose to Sergio Mattarella, 76, the head of state whose task it is to name the government team. The talks are likely later Sunday, according to an official of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement who declined to be named discussing confidential plans.Newspaper La Stampa reported earlier that Conte, a law professor at Florence University with no political experience, will try to persuade and reassure Mattarella that economist Paolo Savona, 81, a candidate for the economy ministry, won’t seek a euro-exit or create problems with Brussels. Mattarella’s office said no meeting had yet been scheduled.Early Vote PossibleEfforts to form a populist government could … [Read more...] about Italy’s Conte Fights to Form Team as New Vote Threatened
Polling stations closed in Malaysia on Wednesday at the end of a cliffhanger election that pitted Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition against a resurgent opposition led by 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad. Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition faced a far greater challenge than ever before in the Southeast Asian Muslim-majority nation, with public anger over rising prices and a multi-billion-dollar scandal that has dogged him since 2015. An election-eve opinion poll suggested that support for BN was slipping and Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) would land the most votes in peninsular Malaysia, home to 80 per cent of the population. However, under Malaysia‘s electoral system, the party or alliance with the majority of seats in the 222-member parliament wins, and most experts believe that is within Najib’s reach. “I think right now, it looks more favourable to BN … however, the margin … [Read more...] about Voting ends in tough election for Malaysia’s ruling coalition