Elections

The Lefts, Mexico, and Latin America: A Conversation with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Biography: Mr. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano is the son of late Mexican President and Mexican Revolutionary General, Lázaro Cárdenas del Río....

Technologies that Matter: How BallotReady is Educating Voters

BallotReady is an online voting guide for local, state, and federal elections. It provides a free guide with information on...

Toward an Inclusive Democracy: The Positive Impact of Preregistration Laws on Youth Voter Turnout

Low turnout among young voters in the United States has recently garnered attention, prompting policymakers and political scientists to design electoral reforms...

Money and Polarization: How Campaign Limits Are Both a Solution and a Problem

Raising contribution limits on individual donations polarizes legislators in office, while increasing PAC limits leads to greater moderation.

Partisan Judicial Elections Can Lead to Lower-Quality Judges

When political affiliation is shown on ballots, candidates’ quality has a lower impact on voters' decisions than when it is not; otherwise, voters are more influenced by candidates’ quality and suitability for the job.

A Tale of Two Turnout Functions: Effects of Development on Voter Turnout across Countries

New research finds evidence that development, compulsory voting laws, and decisiveness of elections have distinct effects in developed and developing countries.

Policy and Politics: A Candid Conversation with Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, shares his thoughts on bipartisanship, economic freedom, and his organization’s work in the policy world.

Downtown Democracy: Municipal Government’s Responsiveness to Mass Policy Preferences

New research finds that there is an ideological-bent to municipal public policies, and that this trend is reflective of the mass public’s policy preferences.

Creating Self-Enforcing Democracy: Fraud, Protest, and the Role of International Observers

The presence of international elections observers may discourage both election fraud and “sore loser” protests.

Commercial Success: How Obama’s Media Campaign Influenced the Election

Obama’s Director of Paid Media discusses changes in campaigning and how the campaign found success.

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