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) as well as the American Political Science Association’s Centennial Center (APSA), my research looks at the relationship between voter suppression and electoral bias. Specifically, I am asking the question, can voter suppression increase electoral bias in single-member district electoral systems? …
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 determined in part by which voters get drawn into which district, and both parties have a strong interest in making those choices friendly for themselves. There will be gerrymanders, there will be lawsuits challenging the gerrymanders, and millions of dollars will be spent by both parties to grind out an advantage. …
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.
Our story today comes from an October 27, 2020 report from John Curiel and Jesse T. Clark, as part of the MIT Election Lab’s work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Election Project.
In Episode 3 of our video series Talking Elections, we wanted to take a look at voter education which is an important topic that doesn’t get enough notice in the elections community. There is a lot of information that voters need to know to vote and have their votes counted accurately, from registration deadlines and the documentation they might need to register to the location of polling places, voter identification requirements and how to properly mark their ballots as they’re counted.
There are special challenges in voting in the midst of Covid where things are changing so fast — especially on an emergency basis sometimes within hours of the polls opening. …
Our post today comes from a report by Colin McIntyre, a researcher with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project.
A general consensus has emerged among the broader elections community that providing a safe voting environment starts by allowing any voter who wishes to vote by mail to do so. This would reduce the number of voters in confined spaces, either on Election Day, or during early voting periods before Election Day. …