Madeline Brown

Research Fellow

Madeline Brown

Madeline is a native San Franciscan who graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a BA in Political Science and Spanish. She has worked at several different organizations including Disability Rights Washington, where she authored a report on elections website accessibility for voters with disabilities, and Fundaciόn Directorio Legislativo where she worked on legislative transparency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also spent a summer on Capitol Hill attending briefings and hearings and chasing down catered lunches.  

While at Emory, she conducted research for two years on voter suppression via registration barriers in Georgia, culminating in a senior thesis. She is generally passionate about issues relating to voting rights, voter suppression, civil rights, and systematic election reform. In her spare time, Madeline is a spinning instructor and a fan of good food and the San Francisco Giants.

Posts by Madeline Brown

Predicting with partisanship: VA and NJ 2017 elections

Posted on November 15, 2017

Virginia and New Jersey were among the states to hold elections for their state legislatures this past Election Day. The results from Virginia, in particular, have been called surprising, but of all contested state legislature seats between the two states, partisanship predicted over 92 percent of the winners.

A Strong Argument for Multi-Member Districts & Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

Posted on July 25, 2017

On June 20, in a special election for Georgia’s 6th house district Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff, ending a campaign that had started almost the moment the 2016 campaign had ended. The whole country seemed to be paying attention to the first big contested race in the Trump era, which was portrayed as a precursor to 2018 congressional elections. In the end, the race was negative and grueling--with one of the final ads associating Ossoff with an “unhinged left” that endorsed the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise. But it didn’t have to be.

Meet the Team: Madeline Brown

Posted on July 17, 2017

When I was 14, I had my first experience with ranked choice voting (RCV). I was a freshman in high school in San Francisco, and we used it to elect my student body representatives. Given the city of San Francisco had been using RCV for every city election for nearly nine years, I was excited to be using it for our school elections. I saw it as a fair system that ensured the winners would have to appeal to larger portions of the student body in order to get elected. At the time, I was sure it would only be a few years before RCV was adopted in cities and states all over the US.

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