MANILA — Fewer voters are expected to participate in the upcoming midterm elections compared to the 2016 presidential polls, a watchdog said Saturday. In a press conference, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) said midterm polls, held every three years, generally suffer from low voter turnout due to the perception that it is "less important than the presidential elections held every six years." "Mas mababa ang nakikitang turnout kasi nakikita ng iba na midterm elections lang ito. Parang [they] will ride through this wave, hindi na makikialam... Hindi nila nari-realize na mahalaga ang elections na ito," NAMFREL Secretary-General Eric Alvia said. (We see a low voter turnout this coming polls because of other's perception that this is just the midterm elections. They don't realize that this election is also important.) The May 2016 presidential polls that saw the election of President Rodrigo Duterte had a voter turnout of 81 percent. Duterte drove up … [Read more...] about Lower voter turnout expected in midterm polls: watchdog
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Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is confident that the Overseas Absentee Voters' turnout of the 2019 senatorial elections will surpass the turnouts in the midterm polls of 2007 and 2013. Ed Castro, vice chairman of the DFA's overseas voting secretariat, said overseas Filipino workers are more eager to participate in the polls following the 2016 presidential elections. The 2007 and 2010 senatorial elections both yielded a meager 16 percent-voter turnout among overseas absentee voters. “I can safely say that this, on record, will be the highest ever senatorial election. In fact, we are going to surpass the 2010 presidential elections as far as number of voters are concerned. If we move the figure up to 20 percent, then we're looking at 360,000," Castro told ANC's Beyond Politics. "This time, we're coming from a momentum of a big presidential elections in 2016 in which the overseas Filipino is more enthusiastic in exercising political … [Read more...] about Overseas absentee voter turnout to surpass 2007,2013 polls: DFA
Amanda Seitz and Will Weissert Associated Press Published 4:23 PM EDT Apr 2, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has said in recent weeks that his visiting all 254 counties in Texas during his failed Senate bid last year helped boost the state’s voter turnout. That may be, but he’s giving the wrong numbers on how much turnout among young people increased. Since joining the presidential race last month, O’Rourke has said in events from Iowa to Texas that youth voter turnout boomed during the race he narrowly lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. A look at his claim, most recently made during an event in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday: O’ROURKE: “The state saw young voter turnout up 500% over the last midterm election.” THE FACTS: Voter turnout by people under 30 did not jump nearly that much last year. Texas did see a large increase in those young voters, though. More than 1 million young voters cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm … [Read more...] about Fact check: O’Rourke misleads on young voter turnout
Amanda Seitz and Will Weissert, Associated Press Updated 12:34 pm PDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during a stop at the Central Park Coffee Company in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary campaign is already an all-out sprint _ passing eye-popping markers for campaign activity and voter engagement. less FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during a stop at the Central Park Coffee Company in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but ... more Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this March 15, … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: O’Rourke misleads on young voter turnout
WASHINGTON — Spooked by the 2016 election, Democratic voters say they want above all else someone who can beat President Donald Trump, according to a new poll Monday. The only problem is they disagree on how you beat Donald Trump. The pollfrom Monmouth University found that an unusually large number of Democratic voters are prioritizing "electability" over values as they begin to think about whom to support in their 2020 presidential primary. "In prior elections, voters from both parties consistently prioritized shared values over electability when selecting a nominee," said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "It looks like Democrats may be willing to flip that equation in 2020 because of their desire to defeat Trump. This is something to pay close attention to when primary voters really start tuning into the campaign." In the survey, 56 percent of potential Democratic voters nationally said they preferred someone who would be a stronger … [Read more...] about Poll: Dems want ‘electable’ challenger who can beat Trump. Values come second.