The Voting Project

A closer look at the processes that undergird our political institutions

Elections are at the core of American society: they determine the trajectory of social issues, create accountability for political representatives and set the foundation for generations of change. Because of this, access to the ballot box has been a long-contested issue that remains the subject of intense scrutiny.

The Voting Project is a Midstory endeavor dedicated to understanding and unearthing the history, traditions and future of electoral politics in Ohio and the Midwest.


Voting in the Midwest: The Transformative Force of Race and Class

At first glance, the Midwest seems to be undergoing an electoral shift to the right. This change in voting attitudes manifested itself in 2016; in a single election, many Midwestern states—with the exception of Illinois and Minnesota—flipped from “blue” to “red” on the electoral map. But the region’s electoral history shows a much more complicated position.