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Lower Presidential Election Turnout in Safe Republican States

Posted on What's New by Neal Suidan on July 08, 2011

Thirteen states have voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1980: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. This track record makes them the most consistently safe Republican strongholds in modern presidential politics. In 1988, these states’ turnout barely trailed that of the rest of the country, by 2.56%. But in every election since, these 13 states have fallen further behind. In 2008, their turnout was 6.22% behind the rest of the nation. 

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Gearing up for a 50-... 15-state strategy

Posted on What's New by Neal Suidan on May 13, 2010

As the Republicans announce that Tampa, Florida will be the host city for the Republican National Convention in 2012, it seems that we are in the early stages of preparations for a 15-state strategy.

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Flawed Alternatives to the National Popular Vote Plan for Electoral Reform

Posted on What's New by Neal Suidan on April 23, 2010

While the National Popular Vote plan is the reform option with the most national attention and momentum, there are other options that have been presented for reform, most notably proportional allocation of electors and congressional district allocation. Both of these options are severly flawed. 

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Reality Check: the Evolution of the Way We Elect our President

Posted on What's New by Neal Suidan on April 23, 2010

Proponents of the system today rely on support for the current version of the Electoral College because "it is the way that it is and the way that is has been.” But the way we elect our president has been a continually developing process over the years since our nation’s formation.

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National Popular Vote: Repeal Efforts are a Flop

Posted on What's New by Neal Suidan on April 16, 2010

Opponents citing repeal efforts in the 5 states that have passed the NPV bill are exagerrating their support: none have made it out of committee.

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Majority and Plurality in U.S. Gubernatorial Elections

Posted on Research Reports by Neal Suidan, Daniel Weaver on April 09, 2010

From 1948 to 2009, 90.4 percent of all gubernatorial general elections nationwide were won with greater than 50 percent of the popular vote. None were won with less than 35 percent of all votes cast. Fifteen states elected all of their governors with a majority of votes cast. Among the other states, Maine had the most plurality-elected governors, with 7 of their 19 races in this span.

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