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Campaign finance reform will not restore trust in democracy, say two social scientists

Campaign finance reform will not restore trust in democracy, say two social scientists

March 3, 2021

Proposed campaign finance legislation is “riddled with claims that do not hold up when subjected to scientific scrutiny,” argues Rochester political scientist David Primo.

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Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

February 26, 2021

The latest Bright Line Watch survey finds that voters support COVID-19 relief spending, but partisan divides remain over the election and impeachment.

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What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

December 2, 2020

A new Bright Line Watch survey finds that fewer than a third of Republican voters have confidence in the national vote count.

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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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