CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | In the past few weeks we’ve seen major upsets in elections that removed incumbents from power. While these have been historic moments, the races have still not drawn a large number of votes. NPR explores why eligible voters in the US are not showing up to elections. (NPR, 9/10)
Some people who want to vote but can’t have been removed from the voting rolls. Across the country, the rate at which people are being purged from the voting rolls, a process historically intended to keep records updated, has increased substantially compared to a decade ago, according to a report from the Brennan Center published this summer. The analysis found 4 million more people were purged between 2014 and 2016 than in the equivalent period between 2006 and 2008.
Legal obstacles are an important part of the nonvoter story, but there are many millions of Americans who can vote and yet choose not to. Their reasons are vast: Some are apathetic or too busy. Others don’t like their choices, they don’t think their vote matters, they think the system is corrupt, or they don’t think they know enough to vote.
BUSINESS | What do Washingtoninans really think about the possible impact of Amazon locating its second headquarters in DC? (Washingtonian, 9/9)
EDUCATION | Where universities in the Greater Washington region rank on the annual US News ranking of best colleges. (WBJ, 9/10)
WORKFORCE | Amid DC’s unemployment problems, training offers ‘Digital Hope’ for homeless (DC Line, 9/6)
FOOD | The reason why we’ve seen so many food recalls in the past few months, and why it’s a good thing. (NPR, 9/10)
ENVIRONMENT | Philanthropy’s Leadership Is Essential in the Push for Faster Climate-Change Solutions (Chronicle, 9/5 – Subscription needed)
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