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General News    H4'ed 11/2/18

Renters vs. Homeowners at the Ballot Box -- Will America's politicians represent the voice of renters?

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A new report  found that a voting coalition of renters could have a profound impact on national politics:

  • Renter voices are underrepresented in American politics and are less likely than homeowners to be voting eligible, and even among eligible voters, just 49% of renters cast a ballot in 2016, compared to 67% of homeowners.
  • Renters are more likely to lean left, and if renter voter turnout had matched homeowner voter turnout in 2016, Clinton would have won four key swing states — FL, MI, PA, and WI — leading to an electoral college victory of 307-231.
  • Renters represent a unique cross-section of the American population, and the minority share of renters is twice that of homeowners. Renters could swing elections for politicians offering a vision of inclusive economic hope for the millions of diverse renters struggling in today’s economy.

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