Seth C. McKee

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    Redistricting does little to change which party people vote for, which can make partisan gerrymanders more effective.

Redistricting does little to change which party people vote for, which can make partisan gerrymanders more effective.

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Every decade US state legislators redistrict the congressional districts in their state based on new census information. Over the decades redistricting has become another means by which a political party can gain electoral advantage. In new research using Pennsylvania’s redistricting as a case study, William D. Hicks and Seth C. McKee find that voters in redrawn districts did not […]

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    Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

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Following the recent police killing of George Floyd, recent months have seen Confederate monuments and symbols removed from public display in parts of the Southern US and elsewhere. And while Southern Republicans generally oppose Democrats who are pushing for these changes, this is a relatively recent development, argue Christopher A. Cooper and co-authors. By analysing public opinion data, they find that up until the 1990s, there […]

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    Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial election shows how switching parties can be the electoral kiss of death for candidates.

Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial election shows how switching parties can be the electoral kiss of death for candidates.

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How do voters react to politicians who switch parties? Using the 2014 gubernatorial election in the swing state of Florida as a case study M. V. (Trey) Hood III and Seth C. McKee find that despite his positioning of himself as a moderate, when the state’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist chose to run as a Democrat, most voters […]

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    Party competition is the primary driver of the recent increase in restrictive voter ID laws in the American states

Party competition is the primary driver of the recent increase in restrictive voter ID laws in the American states

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The lead up to the recent midterm elections was marked by contentious debates over the effects on turnout of voter ID laws passed in several American states. In new research William D. Hicks, Seth C. McKee, Mitchell D. Sellers and Daniel A. Smith find that there has been a large increase in the number of states that have adopted voter ID […]

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