Curtis Gans

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Curtis Gans
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Curtis Gans speaking at a 2004 Washington Foreign Press Center Briefing on "The Upsurge in Voter Registration and Expectations for Turnout in the 2004 Elections.
Occupation Co-founder, Director
Organization Center for the Study of the American Electorate
Known for Expertise: voter turnout and participation
Gans' page at CDEM

Curtis Gans is an American activist, writer, and expert on American voting patterns past and present.

With Allard K. Lowenstein, Gans in 1967 started and headed the Dump Johnson movement. Based on opposition to the Vietnam War, the movement, which was considered quixotic at first, grew strong and was instrumental in setting in motion events which eventually persuaded president Lyndon Johnson that continuing his campaign to be re-nominated for the presidency by his party would be difficult and divisive and uncertain of success. Johnson withdrew his candidacy, an unusual event in American politics for a sitting president.

Gans has studied turnout and voting patterns for more than three decades.[1] He co-founded and is director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, formerly housed at American University in Washington, D. C.[2] Gans is commonly sought out by major American publications as an expert on voting patterns and is sometimes called on by the US State Department's Foreign Press Center to brief foreign reporters during the runup to American elections.[3][4]

Additionally, he has served as a consultant to the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Committee for an Effective Congress, and has managed a number of political campaigns.[2]


  1. ^ Michael Tackett (October 1, 2013). "U.S. Fiscal Feud Sees No Heroes as Voters Assess Blame". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Curtis Gans". American University. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Curtis Gans, Director, Committee for the Study of the American Electorate". Foreign Press Centers, US State Department. 2004. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Susan Milligan (June 6, 2012). "A Cohort That’s Up for Grabs This Year". AARP Blog. AARP. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 

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  • Gans, Curtis (2010). Voter Turnout in the United States, 1788-2009. CQ Press. ISBN 978-1604265958. 

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