2019

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Mauzy Award Winner Ryan Pierannunzi Takes Democracy Reform from the Classroom to the Campaign Trail

July 3, 2019

With clipboard often in hand, Ryan Pierannunzi MPP 2019 became something of a noodge around campus. A friendly noodge to be sure. Pierannunzi, who was honored by the Ash Center with the 2019 Martha H. Mauzy Award for the Advancement of Democratic Governance, was a lead student organizer of the Harvard Votes Challenge and worked through much of the 2018 fall semester to help register as many of his eligible HKS classmates to vote as he could. Pierannunzi and his fellow organizers, it turns out, were pretty successful at noodging, as over 90 percent of eligible HKS students ultimately participated in the challenge in the runup to the midterm elections.... Read more about Mauzy Award Winner Ryan Pierannunzi Takes Democracy Reform from the Classroom to the Campaign Trail

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Calling on Companies

July 2, 2019

If voter participation is the cornerstone of democracy, American democracy is in poor shape, according to Harvard Kennedy School’s Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government. “American democracy would be a lot stronger if all Americans voted. Imagine a future, maybe five years from now, maybe 10 years from now, in which 80 or even 90 percent of Americans voted,” said Fung at the start of a panel discussion on June 27th organized by the Ash Center. “How can we get there?”

Around half of eligible voters in the U.S. cast a ballot during the 2018 midterm elections. In contrast, 80 percent of the approximately 3,500 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota employees voted that year. CitizenBlue, a 19-year-old civic-engagement initiative led by Blue Cross staff, is largely credited for the company employees' impressive turnout.... Read more about Calling on Companies

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Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

June 26, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Today, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation released a new study titled, "Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout.​" Study coauthors Sofia Gross and Ashley Spillane examined the 2018 midterm voter participation initiatives of eight companies and found that the companies’ civic engagement strategies not only helped get voters to the polls, but created additional business value.... Read more about Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

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