William D. Hicks

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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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    Partisan competition undermines legislative efficiency in state legislatures only in very specific situations.

Partisan competition undermines legislative efficiency in state legislatures only in very specific situations.

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With legislative gridlock at the national level, recent years have seen state legislatures take new prominence in putting forward and enacting often controversial legislation. But how does partisan competition affect how legislatures process new laws? In new research, which examines lawmaking in 48 state legislatures over two decades, William D. Hicks finds that when a minority party in a […]

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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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