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The Rising American Electorate

The Rising American Electorate (RAE) is comprised of individuals and communities who are consistently underrepresented by their local, state and federal representatives. Members of the rising electorate are more likely to disengage from civic participation, including voting, due to factors such as a disproportionately high rate of poverty, lack of transportation, illness/disability, language barriers, apathy due to lack of representation, disinterest due to lack of basic civic education, or confusion about election deadlines and alternate voting opportunities.

We define the Rising American Electorate as members of these communities: African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, AAPI, new citizens, low-income families, unmarried women, LGBTQ Nebraskans, and young voters.

In Nebraska, 44% of the RAE are unregistered voters, leaving their voices unheard, and decisions about their own well-being out of their control.



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