Engagement up, but voter turnout weakening
An increase in civic participation, interest in volunteerism bodes well even as registered voters, turnout for non-national elections and diversity of representatives wane.
The tracking of citizen participation can be a deep dive into the data that is driven by the behaviors of a community. In this iteration, we focus on key points of civic health: voter registration and turnout, competitive races in the political sphere, and charitable involvement. While some aspects of Springfield’s citizen participation are signs of hope, other components suggest declining involvement. What we know for sure: citizen participation is vital to Springfield’s future. It must be nurtured, and it must be a true representation of our community as a whole.
Citizen action and volunteerism indicate vibrancy
Improvements in contested race ratio
Registered voter gap widens with population growth
Underrepresentation in elected roles
Local election voter turnout
Poverty impacts charitable capacity and civic education
The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.
Lack of Social or Emotional Support
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