Three local efforts to safeguard, understand midterm election

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:40 in Psychology & Sociology

The stakes in Tuesday’s midterm voting will be nothing less than the nation’s political and policy direction for the next two years. With polling often inaccurate in the last election, no one can confidently predict what the results will be this time, despite any evident trend lines going in. Despite that uncertainty, many people, including at Harvard, are focused on the important voting ahead. Here are three major electoral areas — turnout, security, and voter analysis — in which efforts to understand the race and encourage participation are steaming ahead. Future belongs to the young Young voters, especially college students, are among the least likely to turn out at the polls on Election Day, no matter the year or the party in power. The Harvard Votes Challenge, a student-led initiative that launched last spring, hopes to shatter part of that reality by helping University students register to vote, request and submit absentee ballots, provide...

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