Studying Low Voter Turnout on Minneapolis’ Lake Street

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During Election Day on Nov. 2, The Uptake’s Jacob Wheeler spoke with people on Minneapolis’ multi-ethnic Lake Street about whether or not they voted, and why voter turnout is so low in midterm elections. The answers he heard from African-Americans, Somalis, Latinos and youth voters may hold key lessons for politicians who want to appeal to those constituencies in the future.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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