voter turnout

A group of people are sitting in the office of the Democratic Party of Wahoe County. They are making phone calls to registered Democrats to get them to vote in the midterm election.
Anh Gray

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, united Republicans nationwide. In the last election, many GOP candidates promised to dismantle it. But that turned out to be a struggle and Democrats have now taken on health care as their key issue to drive out the vote this midterm. KUNR's Anh Gray has more.

The photo is the front of the Nevada State Legislature buidling in Carson City, Nevada.
Alexa Ard

Several factors could shape the upcoming midterm election in Nevada. The Nevada Secretary of State announced earlier this week that there are slightly more than 1.5 million active registered voters, a record-breaking number.

Currently, Democrats are close to having 70,000 more registered voters than Republicans, accounting for a nearly five-point lead. The Silver State could also make history as the first female-majority led statehouse.

KUNR’s Anh Gray checks in with a Truckee Meadows Community College Political Science Professor Precious Hall to learn how this election could play out.

An International Look At American Voting (Or Lack Thereof)

Nov 12, 2016
Argentinian Fulbright Scholar Melisa Prior
Natalie Van Hoozer

Despite the attention the presidential election has drawn, less than 60 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Academics from Latin America living in Reno have a unique perspective on the issue of voting, as it is compulsory in many Latin American countries.  

Melisa Prior is a teacher at UNR visiting from Argentina, where those who don’t vote can be fined.

However, she does understand why some Americans aren’t interested in participating.

Erik Hersman / CC BY-SA 2.0

Democrats and Republicans in Washoe County have employed different methods of engaging with Latino voters this election season, and we'll soon see how effective they've been. Our contributor Krysta Scripter with Noticiero Movil has more. 

In Washoe County, Latinos make up nearly a quarter of the population.

Miguel Ayala, communications director for Hillary for Nevada, has helped organize multiple statewide outreach initiatives, including the Abuelas program.

This election season there has been an increase in fake news posted to social media to confuse voters. Our reporter Sarah Parks has more on the issue.

The hoaxes are often driven by partisanship as a way to intentionally sway votes.

“There is a hoax that is going around right now that you can text in your vote for Hillary, and it is completely not true. If you convince people that they can vote by texting, then they don't go to the polls and they don't cast their real vote.”

 

The Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, population is the fastest-growing racial group in the country. In the swing state of Nevada, Asian voters currently make up about 10 percent of the electorate. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with The Hill’s Senior Reporter Scott Wong to learn more about the political significance of this voting bloc.

Surprising no one, Washoe County logged a low voter turnout in Nevada’s primary election this year. Less than a quarter of registered voters participated. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has the details.

Slightly more than 21 percent of registered voters in Washoe County cast their ballots earlier this week. Based on numbers released by the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, this year’s turnout is in line with previous primaries.

How Nevada's Millennials Are Rocking The Vote

Feb 18, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Millennials are reshaping everything from health care to the workplace to our political system. To find out what issues and candidates are motivating this influential demographic in Nevada, Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey sat down with two friends: Hawah Ahmad, president of the Young Democrats of Nevada, and Miranda Hoover, president of the College Republicans, here at the university.

Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Q: What’s the energy level right now ahead of the caucus? Do college students care about this election?