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Activist, Voter Turnout Expert Curtis Gans Dies at 77

Activist, Voter Turnout Expert Curtis Gans Dies at 77
Posted at 1:04 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-16 13:04:00-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Curtis Gans, a liberal activist, journalist and recognized expert on voter turnout in the United States, has died. He was 77.

Gans' son, Aaron Gans, says he died of lung cancer Sunday night at a hospital in Frederick, Maryland.

Gans was co-founder of the "Dump Johnson" movement in 1968, seeking an alternative to President Lyndon B. Johnson because of his policies in Vietnam. Johnson withdrew his candidacy, and Gans went on to work for Eugene McCarthy, the first candidate to challenge Johnson openly.

Gans was also a founder of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, which provided data and analysis of voter turnout and was based at American University in Washington.