Marie Lemieux

Research Intern

Marie Lemieux

Marie Lemieux is a rising junior majoring in Honors Political Science and minoring in Religion and Globalization at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests lie in democratization, election reform, international relations and quantitative work. She became interested in election reform following the 2015 Canadian Federal Elections. On campus, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill International Review Academic Journal and the undergraduate student representative on the McGill Senate Committee on Libraries. Following this internship, she will write an academic paper supervised by one of her professors expanding on the research she will have performed over the summer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her goddaughter, following the news and traveling.

Posts by Marie Lemieux

How to Bring Accountability Back to the House of Representatives

Posted on September 07, 2017

We are still more than a year away from the 2018 election. With both parties still regrouping in the aftermath of 2016, and deeply divided, it is an open question what the major issues, messages and scandals will be. However, there is one thing we can already say with near certainty. The number of seats won by each party's candidates will not track the number of votes they received. In 2018, Democrats will win a much smaller number of House seats than their vote share suggests, up to 28 fewer seats than proportionality, making it plausible that Republicans will continue to control the House even if a majority of the votes cast go to Democratic candidates.


Better Design, Better Democracy: Why Ballot Design Matters in Ranked Choice Elections

Posted on August 04, 2017

The American conscience is etched with memories of the eventful 2000 elections, where the Palm Beach Post found that Palm Beach County’s Butterfly Ballot cost Al Gore the presidential elections. This example illustrates the importance of ballot design, where the position of elements on ballots can create misunderstanding for voters, increase the number of irregular ballots (ballots which include marking mistakes or other mistakes that make counting the ballot impossible), and ultimately de-legitimize an election.


4 Reasons Why Adopting Automatic Voter Registration is Good for American Democracy

Posted on July 26, 2017

Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) is a process where “state officials automatically register eligible citizens using reliable information from other government lists. All would be given the chance to “opt out” or decline registration”. This policy proposal seeks to resolve the issue of having a barrier at the polls.


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