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Voting research -- United States, Voting -- United States -- Statistics, Mayoral elections
Phil Keisling is director of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University in Oregon, which recently conducted research on who votes in mayoral elections with Knight Foundation support.
The last 10 to 20 years have been times of revitalization and progress for many of America’s big cities. While there are certainly exceptions, many major city downtowns have been revitalized, often with the money and energy of younger entrepreneurs. Committed and often well-educated “young creatives” have helped turn many urban cores into desirable places to live, work, and raise families.
But as much as younger residents have often played a catalyzing role in major cities’ economic and cultural lives, they’ve essentially abdicated to their grandparents’ generation when it comes to that most basic of civic indicators: voting.
Jurjevich, Jason R.; Keisling, Phil; Rancik, Kevin Christopher; and Gorecki, Carson, "Who Votes for Mayor? A PSU Pilot Research Report" (2015). Center for Public Service Publications and Reports. 6.