Analysis: America’s diversifying electorate

For the two major political parties, one’s base is shrinking and the other’s base isn’t turning out enough.
Signs showing the way for voters stands outside a Cobb County voting building during the first day of early voting, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Two new analyses of turnout trends in recent election cycles show two clear crises for America’s major political parties: One’s base is shrinking. The other’s base isn’t turning out enough.

The warning signs are fixable, for both Democrats and Republicans alike, but the two sides must recognize — and adapt to — demographic changes that are reshaping both the nation as a whole and the share of those who show up to vote.

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