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Do campaign finance reforms truly help make elections more competitive?
A new study by two social scientists at the University of Missouri finds state campaign finance reforms actually have no beneficial effect on the competitiveness of state legislative elections. Instead, some reforms, such as limits on corporate political spending and public financing of elections, advantage incumbents. (2020-07-15)

University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute to hold discussion the integrity of Minnesota's elections
The University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will host a conference on the fairness and credibility of Minnesota's elections 9:30-11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. at Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. (2008-12-05)

Fifty things you need to know about elections
Why did the pollsters get the 2015 election so wrong, why are estate agents trusted more than politicians, and who would Santa vote for? These are among fifty topics explored by leading political scientists in More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box, edited by Professor Philip Cowley from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Robert Ford from the University of Manchester. (2016-09-01)

School districts should encourage citizen involvement in education policy making
While much of the education reform debate has focused on issues of adequate funding and teacher qualifications, few have addressed the role of citizen involvement in local education policy making. A University of Missouri researcher has examined the link between school board elections and local school performance. He has found a correlation between increased voter turnout for school board elections and state assessment scores. (2010-02-11)

Are you happy you voted -- or didn't?
An analysis of 22 election-period surveys in five countries shows that people who cast a ballot are much more glad they did than people who abstain. (2017-09-22)

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes
Donald Trump's surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that can correctly predict up to 90 percent of election outcomes around the world. (2017-02-02)

The protest vote prevails when a landslide victory is expected
Researchers at the Juan March foundation and the Duke University have analyzed the reason for casting a protest vote as a way of expressing unhappiness with a party during elections. Moderate voters are more likely to vote in this way than those at the extreme left or extreme right of the political spectrum. (2011-11-18)

National education reformers target local school boards
Local school board elections increasingly are becoming a national political battleground, as millions of dollars in campaign cash pours in from out-of-state donors in the name of education reform, indicates new research led by a Michigan State University scholar. (2016-09-07)

Bots might prove harder to detect in 2020 elections
Bots or fake accounts enabled by artificial intelligence on social media have evolved and are now better able to copy human behaviors in order to avoid detection. (2019-09-05)

Study: Divided parties rarely win presidential elections
New research shows that a divided party could mean a difference of 4 to 5 percent of the vote in the general election -- enough to have a significant impact on the outcome. (2016-03-17)

Despite Trump's win, polling is a strong elections predictor globally
New study finds that national election polls remain a strong indicator of election outcomes. The researchers' statistical models, which leaned heavily on late polling data and current economic conditions, correctly predicted up to 90 percent of such direct executive elections. (2017-02-02)

Voter ID law effects hard to pinpoint
Indiana's strict voter identification law may have prevented some elderly citizens from voting in the last two presidential elections, but there's little evidence it kept large numbers of voters from the polls, according to research by Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student Adam Nicholson. (2015-08-24)

Black mayoral candidates win close elections in the South, pointing to importance of voter mobilization
Compiling the first dataset of its kind, a Princeton professor shows that black mayoral candidates in the South -- but not the North -- won almost all close elections against White candidates. It's likely that when an election became 'close enough,' black campaigns could out-mobilize their opponents and win. These black victories also were likely to be followed by subsequent wins by black candidates. (2013-12-16)

New study examines the price of democracy when foreign investors 'vote' with their dollars
A new study by University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management professor Paul Vaaler indicates that when emerging-market countries hold elections they may be determining more than their new government. Vaaler's research concludes that other foreign constituencies, or multinational corporations considering multi-million dollar investments, respond quite predictably to shifting partisan political tides during election years in emerging-market countries. The study is featured in the February issue of the Academy of Management Journal. (2008-02-28)

Voting for the losing side can affect your performance at work
Companies should avoid scheduling important work tasks immediately following an election, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-09-12)

DFG presents the results of the reviewer elections
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has announced the results of its reviewer elections: 88,000 entitled scientists have elected 650 reviewers in 189 special fields. (2000-03-28)

New model of polarization sheds light on today's politics
Americans are no longer voting for just the candidates who suit them best -- they're also voting strategically to empower their preferred political party in the legislature, and it's driving us apart, according to a new model of electoral competitiveness developed by Vanderbilt economist Mattias Polborn. (2018-10-03)

The unexpected consensus among voting methods
Voting methods have courted controversy in both popular and scientific debate. But new research published in Psychological Science suggests that there may be more similarities than differences among voting procedures. (2007-07-30)

Northwestern mathematician to discuss voting paradoxes at AAAS meeting
Northwestern mathematician Donald G. Saari will present his research on voting paradoxes Friday, Feb. 18, at 4:35 p.m. at the 2000 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington. He contends that in elections with three or more candidates the outcomes of such races may not accurately reflect voters' true wishes. (2000-02-13)

Winner of New Hampshire's primary may not be true choice of the people
With five Republican candidates vying to win the Feb. 1 presidential primary, the highly anticipated outcome may not accurately reflect voters' true wishes -- a paradox that can result from elections decided on a simple plurality where one person casts one vote, says Donald Saari, Pancoe Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University. (2000-01-26)

Student Pugwash USA launches science policy election guide for young voters
Addressing questions about climate change, energy security, and other concerns expressed by young voters in a recent survey, Student Pugwash USA launched (2008-03-10)

Tapping computer science for a more ACCURATE vote
Inspiring campaign rallies. Whistle-stop stump speeches. Intense debates. This year's presidential elections have already exhibited a number of time-honored traditions in American democracy. Unfortunately, recent presidential elections have included a new ritual -- questions and controversies over the accuracy of voting technologies Americans use to cast and count their ballots. (2008-06-10)

Half of mayoral elections in 6 US states are unopposed
Approximately half of mayoral elections in six US states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise, according to a report from Houston's Rice University. (2017-05-24)

Alleged robo-calling may have significantly impacted voting
n a new paper, a Simon Fraser University economist finds that robo-calling, if the phenomenon did occur, could have significantly influenced voter turnout and ballot results in the last federal election. Anke Kessler's discussion paper is available on her website and on Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, an economics blog. Elections Canada is investigating New Democrat and Liberal party allegations that the Conservatives hired companies to robo-call voters in ridings across Canada, thereby influencing the Tories' 2011 federal election win. (2012-03-14)

Presidential elections: Electoral College increases ad spending in typical election
The advertising landscape during presidential elections could look a whole lot different if each American were to vote for his or her own preferred candidate, instead of having to do so collectively through the current Electoral College system. This is according to Brett Gordon of Northwestern University and Wesley Hartmann of Stanford Graduate School of Business in the US, in a study published in Springer's journal Quantitative Marketing and Economics. (2016-04-18)

Participation by physicians in the voting process is unimpressive
With healthcare issues returning to the forefront of public attention, physicians might be expected to participate in elections at a relatively high rate. In the first study of physician voter turnout, to be presented at the 2007 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, evidence suggests that physician participation in the political process has declined over the past few decades. (2007-05-16)

A winning face depends on the culture of the voter
A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential leaders. (2016-04-21)

Epic fails in 2015 elections: Does polling jeopardize fairness?
While the magnitude of the failure to predict these elections' outcomes left pollsters gobsmacked, a Queensland Behavioural Economics Group study suggests that errors in polling forecasts can actually bias the electoral results themselves. (2015-06-09)

Turnout for mayoral elections abysmally low
Across the country, it is now common that 15 percent or less of eligible citizens vote in elections for mayor, city council and important civic issues, researchers find. (2016-10-27)

Higher narcissism may be linked with more political participation
A politically engaged electorate is key to any thriving democracy, but not everyone participates in elections and other political activities. New Penn State research found that people who are narcissistic may also be more politically active. (2020-09-25)

New research determines if political "air war" or "ground game" is most effective
CATONSVILLE, MD, October 7, 2020 - New research has shed light on how various political campaign activities influence voters. It found that a candidate's mass media advertising is more likely to influence independent voters, while the campaign's ''ground game,'' targeting voters through grassroots outreach, is more effective at reaching a candidate's base. (2020-10-07)

Politicization and prioritization in the judiciary
In ''The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Introduce Ideology into Judicial Selection,'' published in the Journal of Law and Economics, Adam Bonica and Maya Sen analyze how and why American courts become politicized. The authors present a theory of strategic selection in which politicians appoint judges with specific ideological backgrounds in order to advance political agendas. (2018-08-01)

Elections study: Voters like fresh faces at polling places
A new study shows counties can boost voters' trust in elections by making an investment in the human side of elections by recruiting new poll workers. The findings come from a study by Kent State University's Ryan L. Claassen, who collaborated with Brigham Young University researchers Quin Monson, Kelly Patterson and David Magleby, to conduct exit polling following the 2006 midterm election in Ohio's Franklin and Summit counties. (2008-10-28)

Politicians are warned on dangers of 'spin'
Politicians must develop a culture of honesty, rather than (2004-01-23)

Timing, preconditions critical for post-conflict elections, UN University experts warn
Ill-timed elections risk producing the direct opposite of the intended outcome, fuelling chaos and reversing progress towards democracy, according to United Nations University (UNU) experts who have analyzed recent efforts to promote democracy in post-conflict societies. (2004-10-17)

What are the biggest challenges to global democracy?
In the new fall issue of the World Policy Journal, the editors liken today's period of politics to an (2012-10-09)

Election forecast predicts democrats will gain 3 seats in Senate, 11 in House
An election forecast model developed by a political scientist 99 days before the 2008 elections and before the recent Wall Street crisis predicts significant Democratic gains in the 2008 congressional elections -- including 11 seats in the US House of Representatives and 3 seats in the US Senate. (2008-10-21)

UB expert's election forecasting model predicts big House gains for Dems
A distinguished professor of political science at the University at Buffalo has published his latest Seats-in-Trouble projection in the journal PS: Political Science and Politics. James Campbell says indications point to as many as 44 seats moving to the Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, shifting control of the House in their favor. (2018-09-04)

Many states lack election flexibility needed to address pandemic safety concerns
The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented safety challenges to the nation's elections and significantly disrupted elections held this spring. A new study finds that many states continue to lack the policies and preparations needed to address safety concerns of holding elections in November. The analysis also concludes that all the options available to improve safety during the 2020 election have a low risk of threatening the integrity of balloting. (2020-08-05)

Increased campaign spending improves citizen participation in state supreme court elections
A new study in the American Journal of Political Science reveals that increased campaign spending significantly improves citizen participation in State Supreme Court elections. (2008-08-14)

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