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Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

October 28, 2020

The latest Bright Line Watch surveys find experts concerned about multiple risks to the legitimacy of the election, while many Americans believe in the prevalence of voter fraud.

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Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

October 26, 2020

In a new book, two scholars argue that making voting more convenient does not combat low voter turnout but instead jeopardizes the integrity of the ballot.

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How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

October 8, 2020

Rochester political scientists say concerns about this year’s electoral process are challenging some fundamental ideas about the nation.

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NFL owners are now willing to support players’ protests

NFL owners are now willing to support players’ protests

September 14, 2020

“[T]he National Football League’s newfound appreciation for its players’ civil rights gestures is likely to be tested by the election season and by fans’ spending power,” says political scientist Bethany Lacina.

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Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

September 11, 2020

Political scientists explore how the November election will be viewed if there’s a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College count.

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Watchdog report: US democratic indicators plummet amid racial justice protests and pandemic

Watchdog report: US democratic indicators plummet amid racial justice protests and pandemic

September 11, 2020

Latest Bright Line Watch analysis finds erosion “across the board” on measures of democratic principles and how well the US is abiding by them.

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Voting by mail limits the spread of COVID-19. But is the ballot really secret?

Voting by mail limits the spread of COVID-19. But is the ballot really secret?

September 9, 2020

While voting by mail would allow tens of millions of people to participate safely in this fall’s election, it carries its own risk to the integrity of the voting, say the authors of a forthcoming book on secret balloting.

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Corporate money in politics threatens US democracy—or does it?

Corporate money in politics threatens US democracy—or does it?

July 6, 2020

In a new book, Rochester political scientist David Primo and his coauthor argue that the influence of campaign financing is misunderstood by voters, policymakers, the media, and political analysts.

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Women quotas in politics lead to unintended consequences

Women quotas in politics lead to unintended consequences

May 12, 2020

Female electoral quota systems are designed to increase the representation of women in politics, but may curtail representation in other respects, Rochester political scientists find.

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‘A giant in the field of American Politics’

‘A giant in the field of American Politics’

April 24, 2020

In a career spanning five decades, Richard (Dick) Fenno, who died in April 21, was instrumental in shaping the field of political science and in establishing the national reputation of Rochester’s political science department.

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