The cornerstone of a democracy is the right of its citizens to vote in elections. But the United States is well behind most of their peer democratic countries, with only 56% of the voting-age population casting a vote in the last presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. That percentage drops even lower in non-presidential elections. The Help America Vote Challenge, sponsored by The Jack Brooks Foundation (JBF), seeks ideas from US citizens for how to improve voter participation. The three most compelling ideas will share in a $15,000 prize purse.
Low voter turnout in US elections has been reported for several decades. Many barriers exist, including transportation issues, long wait times at the polls, voter apathy, and scheduling conflicts with employers. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted voter turnout as well.
When elections have poor voter turnout, the results no longer reflect the needs and wants of the general public - whether it is a stand on important policy issues or the selection of a particular candidate for office.
How You Can Help
The Jack Brooks Foundation seeks submissions that propose compelling, non-partisan approaches to improving voter turnout. JBF wants more Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote, and we want your ideas for how to achieve this. All ideas must be non-partisan. The goal is to improve voter participation, not to impact the outcome of elections.
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