Research Reports

Arkansas Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: In 2008 every US House race in Arkansas was uncontested by a major party -- since 1982, 70% of incumbents have been "untouchable"

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Alabama Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: A woman has not won a US House seat in Alabama since 1972 

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Alaska Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: Republican Don Young is serving his 19th term as Alaska’s only US House Member 

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Federal Primary Election Runoffs and Voter Turnout Decline

Posted on August 13, 2009

This study looks at the decline in voter turnout between primary and primary runoff elections for federal races from 1994-2006. It is based on the two-party results of those elections. In the vast majority of cases, it is possible to look for trends in the relationship between turnout and a candidate's race, gender, affiliation and/or office sought (House or Senate). The study also looks at comebacks, or elections in which the runoff winner had trailed in the first round primary, and incumbency.

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A Survey and Analysis of Statewide Election Recounts, 1980-2006

Posted on August 13, 2009

NOTE: This report has been replaced. For updated information on recounts, see the new report: A Survey and Analysis of Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2009This report takes an in-depth look at election recount outcomes and practices in the United States, using data from statewide elections held between 1980 and 2006. The purpose is to quantify various aspects of the process, such as the frequency of recounts, vote differences involved, and recount outcomes, and analyze how these figures vary with the size of the electorate and recount methodology.

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Get 'Em (Ready to Vote) While They're Young

Posted on August 13, 2009

A movement is growing within the states to swing the doors of our democracy wide open, encouraging and facilitating the active participation of young people in the electoral process.

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Delegating Democracy

Posted on August 11, 2009

Parties have great opportunities to review and improve their election systems by incorporating reforms that give more voters an equal voice and an equal vote. From representative delegate allocation regimes to ranked choice voting and expanded suffrage rights, a political party's nomination process can be a true laboratory of democracy.

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Universal Voter Registration: An International Perspective

Posted on June 28, 2009

The United States is one of the few democracies in the world where the government does not take any responsibility in registering its citizens. This one-of-a-kind, self-initiated voter registration process acts as a major barrier to voter turnout and leads to often inaccurate voter rolls.

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