Today’s post was written by John Curiel, research scientist at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.
America’s multilayered system of governments and administrative jurisdictions creates some of the most complex combinations of ballots among Western industrialized democracies, with the U.S. Census finding over 89,000 governmental sub-state governments.
Proper representation and administration of these local governments depend on the fair administration of elections. However, most of these governments are not perfectly nested within each other, necessitating potentially thousands of different ballots to account for the variation.
As an illustration of the problem, consider the Congressional districts around the greater Philadelphia…
Written by Jesse Clark, a graduate researcher at the MIT Election Lab and a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
What is the impact of current redistricting practices on the partisan makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives? This question has inspired decades of research in political science, producing mixed results. The newest paper on the topic, which is co-authored by Richard J. Powell at the University of Maine, Matthew P. …
Our post today is by Charles Stewart III, director of the MIT Election Data + Science Lab and Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT.
I have been running the Survey on the Performance of American Elections (SPAE) since the election of 2008. This survey focuses on the experience of voters as they cast ballots either in person or by mail. This survey has been conducted since 2008. In past years, we interviewed at least 10,000 people right after the election. This year, in 2020, we interviewed closer to 18,000 people: 200 respondents from each of 40 states…
By Bernard Tamas, Associate Professor of Political Science, Valdosta State University
Voter suppression has become an increasing concern among proponents of voting rights, especially as federal courts have shown through Shelby County v. Holder (2013) and subsequent cases that they will adopt a more hands-off stance on questionable actions by state governments. In reaction to these changes, political scientists and other scholars have published considerable amounts of research demonstrating the rising threat of voter suppression in the United States.
I approach this issue from an angle of electoral bias. With funding support from the MIT Election Data Science Lab (MEDSL)…
This post was written by Brian Amos, an assistant professor at Wichita State University.
In early 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin reporting the results of this decade’s nationwide count of population. Thanks to the Constitution and some landmark Supreme Court cases decided in the 1960s, every level of elected government with districts in the nation will be required to look at these new figures and redraw their lines to balance out populations if necessary.
In many states, this will be a fight. The fate of the U.S. House and each state legislature for the coming decade will be…
As political scientists here at the MIT Election Lab, we are really social scientists. We work with many others to understand what’s happening. We aim to help the public by being a fact-based center of election analysis, in the midst of what might be a foggy information environment.
Today, we are watching and observing the 2020 U.S. election unfold — likely, we’re focused on some of the same things you’ve been thinking about. We are interested in the effects of COVID-19 on the processes of this year’s election, and have been following the differences for voters and election administrators alike…
Our story today comes from a November 2, 2020 report from John Curiel, as part of the MIT Election Lab’s work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Election Project.
Our story today comes from a November 2, 2020 report from Bradley Lawrence and Emily Kohn, as part of the MIT Election Lab’s work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Election Project.
Our story today comes from a November 2, 2020 report from Kevin DeLuca, Sam Pauley, and Emerson Webb, as part of the MIT Election Lab’s work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Election Project.
Today’s post was written by Kevin DeLuca, a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and researcher for the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project and MIT Election Lab.
By applying scientific principles to how elections are studied and administered, we aim to improve the democratic experience for all U.S. voters.