Civic participation in the United States remains dismal compared to other advanced democracies. Low turnout, plus the denial of voting rights to youth, non-citizens, and many ex-felons meant that only 57.5 percent of eligible voters voted in the 2012 presidential election, 93 million eligible voters did not, and another 96 million were ineligible to vote.

In this webinar hosted by Local Progress ( and the Leadership Center for the Common Good (, national experts on election law and policy discussed ways that cities and counties can strengthen democracy by:
• reducing the influence of corporate money on government by implementing public financing of local elections;
• ensuring that more eligible voters are registered and turn out to vote; and
• granting non-citizens and 16- and 17-year olds the right to vote in local elections.

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