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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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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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‘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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The economics of reclining your airplane seat aren’t so simple

The economics of reclining your airplane seat aren’t so simple

September 8, 2014

Social scientists often advance statistical analyses that are hedged about with confidence intervals or theoretical arguments that trade upon precise initial conditions. Unfortunately, journalists are apt to invoke such analyses in ways that ignore such qualifications.

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