Research Reports

Arizona Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009
Arizona Profile

Fact in focus: In 2008 Arizona Democrats won 29% more House seats with only 1.6% more popular votes than Republicans 

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Arkansas Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009
Arkansas Profile

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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Alaska Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009
Alaska Profile

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

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Alabama Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009
Alabama Profile

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

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U.S. Profile

Posted on August 20, 2009
U.S. Profile

Dubious Democracy is a series of algorithms that categorize districts and states by rates of overall turnout, wasted votes, turnout dropoff across races, and proportionality of seats to votes.

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

Posted on August 13, 2009

This report examines statewide election recount outcomes and practices in the United States, using data from the decade of elections taking place in the years 2000 to 2009. Our findings provide a basis for observations on when recounts are necessary, provisions for model state laws on recounts and forecasts of recount scenarios in elections governed by a national popular vote.

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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

Our presidential nominating system is in need of a major overhaul. Incremental changes, like instituting instant runoff voting or expanding suffrage rights for young people would be a positive start, but more sweeping reform is required to transform the process into what we can truly call "democracy." The calendar needs a facelift, the superdelegates need some directions and the people need to have a greater voice in deciding their parties' nominee for President.

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