Kelsey Kober

Research Fellow

Kelsey Kober

Kelsey performs quantitative research specializing in state legislative contests and ranked choice voting. Before coming to FairVote, Kelsey worked for the anti-poverty group RESULTS and interned at Citizens for Tax Justice, People For the American Way, Food Tank, and the Ohio Democratic Party. Her writing has been featured in 9 different print and online publications, including The Hill, The Christian Science Monitor, and Zarytheus, a student Political Science research journal.

Kelsey recently graduated cum laude from Denison University with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. She’s passionate about fighting poverty, data analysis, and the Michigan Wolverines.

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Posts by Kelsey Kober

How to Elect More Wendy Davis's

Posted on March 22, 2017

In 2008, Wendy Davis was elected to the Texas State Senate from a district that leans Republican. Davis would go on to earn national attention for her filibuster of a Texas abortion restriction and came closer than many thought possible to winning one of Texas’s seats in the US senate. Davis’s politics and style, which were shaped by the district that elected her and the pitches that worked during her candidacy, were clearly more attractive to many voters than conventional Democratic or Republican politics. However, despite this, crossover representatives in the Texas Statehouse are rarer than ever.

Could Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Elections Set an Example?

Posted on February 22, 2017

On March 2, 2017, Northern Ireland’s citizens will cast their votes for Members of the country’s sixth Legislative Assembly. In this election, the country’s heavily Protestant Democratic Union Party (DUP), which holds 37 of the 108 seats, will face off with the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein Party (28 seats) for influence over the Assembly’s legislative agenda.

The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

Posted on January 03, 2017

There will be a new experiment in divided government. The Connecticut State Senate is now perfectly tied 18-18 for the first time since 1893. It is too early now to know what sort of concessions Democrats may offer. However, FairVote’s guide to Collaborative Policy Making could serve as a road map for inclusive policy making in the state Senate. Connecticut currently uses none of the agenda setting and consensus building practices that lead to a more civil and functional divided government.

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