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  • 22 Jul 2024
    Kim L. Fridkin, Patrick J. Kenney

    Do Debates Matter?

    A few weeks ago on May 15, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed to at least two general election debates: one on June 27, 2024 and one on September 10, 2024.  The first debate will be hosted by CNN and moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, with no audience present at […]

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  • 4 Dec 2023
    Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 21 Jul 2021
    Kevin R. McNamara

    The Republican War on Cities

    Voting laws recently passed or awaiting passage in Republican-controlled state legislatures along with the outrageous vote “audit” ongoing in Arizona have been widely covered in the press through a focus on the racial animus that underlies them. Rightly so, given the Republican Party’s increasingly explicit embrace of white-identity politics and the evidence from Georgia, where […]

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  • 9 Mar 2020
    John B. Holbein, D. Sunshine Hillygus

    Why Many Young People Don’t Vote – And How to Fix That

    Voter turnout among young Americans has been dismal since 18-year-olds earned the right to vote with the passage of the 26th amendment in 1971. Even in 2018—a high water mark for youth voting—a full 7 in 10 voters failed to turn out. In most Presidential and Midterm elections it’s not uncommon to see older voters […]

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  • 13 Feb 2020
    Roderick P. Hart

    Bullies and the 2020 Election

    I don’t know who will win the 2020 presidential race, but I do know who will lose: the biggest bully on the block since Billy Franklin beat-up Joey Tarnower in the sixth-grade and ran-off with his lunch money.  The American people, I argue, are sick of political bullying and they’re going to put a stop […]

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  • 2 May 2019
    Susan Stokes, S. Erdem Aytaç

    “Why Bother?”: An Introduction

    Changes in the levels of political participation can alter the course of history. If turnout had been higher among young British voters in the 2016 European Union membership referendum, the United Kingdom might have decided to remain in the EU. If a wave of protests had not taken off in Kiev in the winter of […]

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  • 18 Apr 2017
    Jérôme Lang, Ulle Endriss, Ariel D. Procaccia, Vincent Conitzer, Felix Brandt

    Computational Social Choice at a Glance

    Over the last two decades, the computational social choice research community has grown from a handful of enthusiasts to hundreds of researchers, who have painted a beautiful picture of the interaction between collective decision making and computer science. Our work on the Handbook of Computational Social Choice was motivated by the desire to celebrate the field’s […]

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  • 20 Jul 2016
    Barry C. Burden, Charles Stewart III

    How Are Elections Run?

    Ever since the meltdown in Florida starting on election day 2000, there has been a spotlight on how elections are run.  Since that time, the states have been the venue for many election reforms, lawsuits, innovations, and controversies. There have been massive improvements in voting technology, rapid increases in early voting, and whole host of […]

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