Posted on September 08, 2016
Tennessee’s August 4th primary featured a particularly brutal battle for the Republican nomination in the Volunteer State’s 8th Congressional district. In an opportunity to claim Republican Stephen Fincher’s open seat, thirteen Republican candidates put their hat in the ring for their party’s nomination, with former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff coming out on top. But, the crowded field of candidates led to highly fractured results, and Kustoff’s victory came with only 27 percent of the vote.
Posted on December 23, 2015
Like many social phenomena, voter turnout can be measured in different ways. Without a label associated with turnout, it is quite easy to confuse the level of voter participation and make misleading inferences about our participatory health. Haley Smith goes behind the numbers of voter turnout.
Posted on November 09, 2015
Virginia's 2015 state legislative elections highlighted problems with winner-take-all elections in single-winner districts. More than two-thirds of seats were uncontested, 100% of incumbents won, and outcomes aligned nearly perfectly with the underlying partisan lean. Ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts would transform voter choice and fairness of representation.