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This collection on American democracy challenges and complements blog posts and opinion pieces that are typical staples of the 24/7 news cycle in the lead up to US elections. You'll find reports about election and campaign administration, voting access and participation, government performance and perceptions, the role of the media in civil society, and more.

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"VOTE!" by Paul Sableman licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Analysis of Reported Voting Behaviors of US Physicians, 2000-2020

January 10, 2022

Physicians' engagement with the political process, particularly through voting, plays an important role in shaping public policy, affecting patient health and clinical practice. Historically, physicians in the US voted at lower rates than the general population in elections. However, physician voter engagement may have evolved, particularly given the changing political landscape and importance of US health care reform, as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and differing policy proposals between the 2 major political parties. We assessed the trends in physician-voter turnout and reported reasons for not voting from 2000 through 2020.