Vermont ranks in top 10 most politically engaged states, but trending down

first_imgVermont Business Magazine November is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Americans to go out and vote. However, there is wide disparity in voter turnout across the 50 states. In 2014, some states had as little as 33 percent voter participation while others had as high as 61 percent. SmartAsset analyzed voter turnout, voter registration and campaign donations to determine the most politically engaged states, and Vermont takes the eighth spot. While Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton her biggest test for the Democratic Party nomination, voter turnout in the Green Mountain State is trending down. In 2010, Vermont had the 5th highest voter turnout at 55 percent. That number fell to 42.5 percent in 2014. The state still managed to rank in the top 10 thanks to high donations per capita relative to income.Voting is really a two-step process: first you register to vote and then you cast your ballot. Someone who registers to vote but doesn’t actually vote can still be considered more politically engaged than someone who never registered at all. And, of course, voting isn’t the only way to be an engaged citizen, you can also donate to campaigns and volunteer. So states with high numbers of voter registration, voter turnout and campaign donations can be said to be politically engaged.With these factors in mind, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to find out which are the most politically engaged states.Data and MethodologyTo determine the level of political engagement in each state we looked at data on six separate factors. (Note: We included additional factors this year, so this study is not directly comparable to the 2014 study.)2014, 2012 and 2010 Voter Turnout – Voter turnout is the percentage of resident citizens who actually cast a ballot. The data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.2014 Voter Registration – Voter registration is the percentage of resident citizens who registered to vote. The data is from the U.S. Census Bureau2012 and 2008 Presidential Donations (per capita donation as a percent of median income) – Data on campaign donations comes from the Center for Responsive Politics and is available at collecting data on these six factors, we ranked every state according to each factor. So, for example, the state with the highest 2012 voter turnout was ranked first in that category, while the state with the lowest 2012 per capita donation as a percent of median income was ranked last in that category.The index, on a 100-point scale, was calculated based on each state’s ranking in each of the six factors.Key FindingsEngaged New England – Politics are a big deal in New England. Of the six states which make up New England, five are in the top 10. The odd man out is Rhode Island which ranked 24th.Apathetic South – The only state south of the Mason-Dixon line to break into the top 10 was Maryland. Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia all ranked in the bottom 15 for political engagement.The President Matters – Due to the visibility and attention given to the quadrennial presidential election, voter turnout is much higher in presidential election years. In Mississippi, for example, the difference in turnout in 2012 and 2014 was as big as 30%.1. ColoradoColorado is one of the closest races during this year’s presidential election and, as a result, is one of the key swing states. It ranks highly in all the engagement categories we looked at. According to metrics like voter turnout, Colorado is becoming more engaged. The state ranked 9th in voter turnout in 2010 and 2nd in 2014.Coloradans are generous, too. After controlling for population and income, we found that Colorado citizens donated the 5th most in the 2012 presidential election. That year, Colorado had an impressive 70.4% voter participation.2. MassachusettsMassachusetts is an interesting place, politically speaking. Judging by its presidential voting record, one would assume Massachusetts is a very liberal state. But since 1991 it has only had one democrat for governor. The Bay State came into national focus when former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney ran for president in 2012 and he was forced to step back from the liberal-leaning health care reforms he helped put into place. That year 70% of the state’s voters turned up at polls.Want to retire? Find how much you should be saving.(link is external)3. MaineMaine, like Colorado before it, will have the opportunity to legalize marijuana this year. It will be interesting to see if that mobilizes the citizenry in the same way it did in Colorado. In the meantime, Maine is already a very politically engaged state. It ranked first for voter turnout in 2014 and 2010, with 61.5% and 59.4% of the citizenry coming out to vote, respectively. Curiously, Mainers do not get as energized by presidential elections as some other states. In 2012, Maine had a voter turnout of 68% – only good enough to rank 9th in the country that year.4. OregonOregon voters tend to be engaged no matter the scenario. In 2010 and 2014, its voter turnout was around 56%, while in 2012, a presidential election year, the turnout rate jumped up to 67%. Many states saw a large drop in donations from 2008 to 2012. Not Oregon. Oregon residents gave an estimated $2.61 per capita in 2008 and that figure only decline 12 cents to $2.49 in 2012. Compare that to New Mexico, where donations per capita was $7.06 in 2008 and dropped all the way to $2.82 in 2012.5. MarylandIf Maryland did a better job of turning registered voters into actual voters it would probably find itself higher in our study. Maryland had the 3rd highest level of registered voters in 2014, with 72% of citizens registered to vote but only 48% of citizens actually went to the polls. Like Washington and Oregon, Maryland tends to go for Democrats and FiveThirtyEight gives Hillary Clinton a 99.8% chance of winning the state this year.6. WashingtonWashington shares more than just a border with Oregon – it also shares its political engagement temperament. Overall its voters are mostly engaged but it does not get as big as a boost in turnout during presidential election years as other states do. The fact that the Evergreen State tends to be solidly Democrat may explain the somewhat lackluster turnout during presidential elections, there’s simply not as much at stake compared to states like Colorado.7. MinnesotaMinnesotans are rabid voters who tend to keep their money in their wallets. According to our data, Minnesota ranked no lower than 6th in voter turnout in 2010, 2012 and 2014 but ranked no higher than 30th for donations in 2008 and 2012. Minnesota is one of the tighter races during this election, according to FiveThirtyEight. The site gives Clinton a 81.6% chance to take the 10 electoral votes in the state.8. VermontVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton her biggest test for the Democratic Party nomination. But voter turnout in the Green Mountain State is trending down. In 2010, Vermont had the 5th highest voter turnout at 55%. That number fell to 42.5% in 2014. The state still managed to rank in our top 10 thanks to high donations per capita relative to income.9. New HampshireWhile close geographically, Vermont and New Hampshire share little in terms of political engagement. Vermont tends to have lower turnout with high relative donations while New Hampshire has the opposite. In 2012, New Hampshire’s voter turnout was 69.4% – tying it with Iowa for the sixth highest in the country. But in terms of donations, New Hampshire only ranked 19th that year. The state also tends to be more unpredictable in terms of presidential elections. FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a 25.8% chance to win there, which makes it an important state to watch come November.10. ConnecticutConnecticut appears to be made up of some of the most giving citizenry in the country judging by campaign donations. The Constitution State ranked in the top 5 for donations in both years we analyzed the data. Unfortunately when it comes to actually showing up at the polls, the state is lagging. In 2010 and 2014 – the two non-presidential voting years we analyzed – Connecticut did not even crack 50% voter turnout.Moving to Connecticut? 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Public servants warned to campaign discretely

first_imgDominica Labour Party supporters at its campaign launch on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles BoulevardGeneral secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang has called for a review of the Public Service Act where the involvement of public officers in politics is concerned. In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Monday 17 November 2014, Letang noted that there must be some “tidying up” of the Act.“At some point we have to review the Act and to try to tidy up that Act because if the Act was tidy, certain things would not be allowed and it would be clear in people’s minds as to what they can do and they cannot do”.Letang said while the current Act does not “speak to any sanctions”, the Public Service Commission can take disciplinary action against a public officer “if a person goes overboard”.“If one feels that somebody has gone overboard the disciplinary procedure would be referring the matter to the Public Service Commission”.United Workers Party rally in Newtown to launch Joshua Francis“The Public Service Commission doesn’t really say exactly what specific disciplinary measures can be taken against that person but they have a number of ways they can deal with the these persons,” he informed.Meanwhile, Letang noted that while he is not against public officers attending political meetings; this must be done in a discrete way. At a recent meeting of the United Workers Party in Newtown, political leader Lennox Linton asked the public servants attending the meeting to raise their hands and make themselves known because the DLP Government is on its way out and there can be no implications for them.Letang said public officers have a right to join any democratic process and attend political meetings, but warned that the Public Service Act prohibits public officers from “active canvasing where they go to the political platforms”.He also advised that public officers should stay away from wearing political shirts along with other paraphernalia. “Even the shirts, while all the parties have been doing it, I believe that the more that you can stay away from identifying yourself with a political party is better for you”.“While I would not discourage public officers from attending meetings if they so desire, but to go onto the political platform, I would advise them against doing that and if they can avoid wearing those t-shirts that would even be better,” he said. Sharing is caring! Tweet 543 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Public servants warned to campaign discretely by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2014last_img read more

Warga UEA Setujui Aturan Penggunaan Sabuk Pengaman dan Car Seat Awalnya para ekspatriat yang tinggal di Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) mengeluhkan terkait masalah sabuk pengaman dan kursi duduk anak (car seat) di dalam mobil. Namun, sekarang ini justru berbalik, para ekspaktriat UEA tersebut justru merasa bahwa sabuk pengaman dan kursi anak dalam mobil adalah hal yang aman untuk digunakan.Baca juga: Foto Viral Ini Ingatkan Pentingnya Car Seat Untuk kemudian melansir (6/7/2017), saat ini justru banyak ekspatriat UEA yang menginginkan adanya juga penerapan peraturan tersebut di negara asal mereka. Peraturan ini baru berlaku pada Sabtu (2/7/2017) dan banyak sekali manfaatnya. Salah seorang warga Dubai, Amit Singh mengatakan bahwa dirinya mendukung inisiatif ini, dirinya berharap, di India negara asalnya juga ada peraturan seperti itu. Amit pun mengaku di awalnya tidak nyaman dengan peraturan tersebut karena belum terbiasa.“Tapi perlahan mereka akan menyadari bahwa ini bermanfaat untuk keselamatan anak-anak dan juga untuk seluruh keluarga,” katanya.Baca juga: Qantas dan JetStar Izinkan Car Seat Dibawa ke Dalam KabinSeorang ekpatriat asal Palestina, Rawan Al Hussain mengatakan, bahwa dengan peraturan sabuk ini maka pengamanan Dunia Arab perlu diubah. “Ini adalah aturan terbaik yang dibuat untuk keselamatan anak-anak. Sabuk pengaman menyelamatkan nyawa dan dalam kasus kecelakaan akibat benturan besar, penumpang di kursi belakang sering terlempar dari mobil jika sabuk pengaman tidak dipakai.”Ahmed Lasheen seorang penduduk Mesir mengatakan, di negaranya sendiri peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman sudah ada. Tetapi belum berlaku untuk anak-anak dan penumpang mobil dan ini adalah suatu perubahan baru. Menurutnya, ini adalah hal positif terhadap undang-undang lalu lintas federal dimana pengemudi dan penumpang bisa terlindungi. Selain itu, ini juga memperbaiki tingkat disiplin saat mengemudi.Baca juga: Lampu Sabuk Pengaman Mati, Waktu Yang Tepat Gunakan ToiletPadahal di Eropa, Amerika dan Australia peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman dan tempat duduk anak sendiri sudah lama penerapannya. Hal ini pun dibenarkan oleh Jeff Price dan Zeyna Sanjania para ekspaktriat Inggris dan lama tinggal di UEA. “Saya mendukungnya 100 persen, kami selalu menerapkannya dan bagi mereka yang tidak setuju dengan hal itu, mereka perlu menyadari bahwa ini demi keselamatan anak-anak mereka dan orang lain,” ujar Price.Baca juga: Untuk Penumpang Obesitas, Perpanjangan Sabuk Pengaman Belum Jadi Prioritas“Sungguh mengejutkan bagi saya untuk melihat anak-anak di kursi depan duduk di pangkuan ibu mereka, tapi itu terjadi di sini. Namun, saya harap sistem denda dan poin yang parah merupakan inisiatif yang baik untuk mengubah pola pikir ini,” katanya.Namun beberapa warga masih mendapati dampak finansial dari peraturan tersebut. Abdul Sharef yang berdomisili di Dubai mengatakan meskipun peraturan baru tersebut mempromosikan keamanan, tetapi menjadi beban bagi keluarga besar.“Car seat masih sangat mahal dan beberapa keluarga tidak mampu membelinya. Bagi keluarga dengan beberapa anak yang berarti banyak unit harus dibeli.” Dan dia masih skeptis terhadap peraturan ‘sabuk pengaman untuk semua’. Sabuk pengaman untuk semua anggota keluarga besar tidak praktis. Ini adalah kebiasaan budaya, dan anak-anak yang tidak terlatih duduk di kursi atau memakai sabuk pengaman akan sulit menyesuaikan diri,” ujar Sharef.Baca juga: Soal Keselamatan Penumpang, Moda Laut Seperti DianaktirikanSementara itu ekspat Filipina, Richard Dela Cruz, setuju dengan peraturan pengaman menggunakan sabuk keselamatan, hukuman pelanggaran terhadap Dh400 “terlalu besar”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHanya 12,3 Persen Masyarakat UEA Gunakan Sabuk Pengaman di Kursi Belakang24/02/2019In “Darat”Sabuk Pengaman Ternyata Sudah Ada Sejak 1800-an05/08/2019In “Darat”Lima Kesalahan dalam Memasang Car Seat di Kendaraan24/03/2018In “Darat”last_img read more