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Want to influence your local government? Vote in off-cycle elections

July 12, 2021
As places like Utah, Arizona, Michigan, and Maryland gear up to hold local elections this summer and fall, history predicts that they will see an average of 29–37% fewer voters than they would were their elections held “on cycle,” in tandem with state and federal elections.
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How the Founding Fathers’ children influenced the Constitution

February 12, 2021
The study found that fathers who had more sons were more likely to vote for a stronger national government than fathers of daughters, who preferred a weaker national government with greater state authority.
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Civic participation higher among male veterans compared to other men

October 26, 2020
A new BYU study shows that contrary to many assumptions, military service has historically predicted greater civic participation — involvement in formal, purposeful social organizations — later in life.
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Forty years of voting history reveals vote-by-mail does not give either political party an edge

August 26, 2020
Researchers evaluated over 40 million individual voting records and found the system is unlikely to advantage Democrats, disadvantage Republicans.
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BYU political scientists publish book on campaign finance

March 13, 2019
David Magleby reflects on 40 years at BYU
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Does political party trump ideology?

December 17, 2018
It’s the political scientist’s often-asked chicken and egg: does a person’s political party or policy attitudes come first?
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Want to stop corruption? Text voters

July 24, 2018
A new study from a BYU political science professor shows texting information about politicians' corruption can improve democratic election outcomes.

 

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BYU professor: It's time to make changes to Supreme Court nomination process

July 09, 2018
With a Supreme-Court-nominee recently announced and a contentious approval process looming, a BYU political science professor is raising questions about some of the problems associated with the nomination process. 

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All is fair in love and war: Politicians divide parties with violent speech

October 23, 2017
Scroll through Twitter or watch an NFL game and you’ll quickly remember we live in a time of unprecedented political polarization. According to BYU researchers, politicians’ penchant for violent language isn’t helping.

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National attention on student-run exit poll

November 02, 2016
With Utah considered a “tossup” in the Presidential election, all eyes will be on the Utah Colleges Exit Poll and its KBYU broadcast Tuesday night when voting booths close at 8 p.m.

 

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Leveling the playing field: Understanding and minimizing the gender gap in U.S. politics

October 09, 2016
Professor Jessica Preece has authored several new studies that show how women respond to efforts recruiting them to run for political office. 

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Study: Deciding by consensus can compensate for group gender imbalances

September 17, 2012
New experiments in group decision making show that having a seat at the table is very different than having a voice.

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