Daily Archives: October 10, 2013

Early voting actually decreases election turnout, if implemented on its own.

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Politicians and commentators have been concerned about election turnout rates for decades, and there have been significant efforts to make voting easier in order to address this concern. Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan take a close look at the policy of early voting across the U.S. They find that, if implemented on […]

Antipathy toward undocumented immigrants risks fracturing support for social welfare among Democrats.

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One of the few social issues where agreement crosses party lines is the unpopularity of undocumented immigrants. Laura S. Hussey and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz argue that while Republicans tend to be against social welfare programs regardless of the recipients, Democrats’ support for such programs depends on their feelings about the groups that will benefit. They find that Democrats with the most […]

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