Haley Smith

Research Associate

Haley Smith

Haley Smith is an expert in democratic theory, and is applying that expertise to our studies of RCV’s impacts on civility and descriptive representation. Haley grew up in Pittsburgh and received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is currently finishing up her M.A. in Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

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Posts by Haley Smith

Fractured Primaries and the 2016 Congressional Elections

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.


Voter Turnout: Behind the Numbers

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.


Virginia Legislative Elections Highlight Problems with Winner-Take-All Elections

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.


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