Michael Patison

Research Intern

Michael Patison

Michael Patison is a Dallas native studying international relations with concentrations in international security, Middle Eastern studies, and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael has had a serious interest in politics since for quite some time, and after interning on Capitol Hill during the summer of 2014, this general interest became more focused on global electoral systems and U.S. electoral reform. In the future, Michael hopes to join the Foreign Service and to help foster democracy development in Middle Eastern and South Asian nations. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, learning typically useless bits of trivia, and supporting his favorite soccer team, Everton.

Posts by Michael Patison

Low turnout in Georgia's expensive primary runoffs highlight need for RCV

Posted on July 27, 2016

On July 26th, a handful of Georgians went to the polls to vote in runoff primary elections. Ranked choice voting, in which voters rank the candidates in order of preference, would eliminate the need for costly, unexciting runoffs since the runoff process is already built into the ballot-counting process. Additionally, because turnout is higher in the primary, we can ensure the voices of more people are heard when choosing the party nominee.

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