We typically consider elections as accountability devices, the time when people can rebuke those in power and replace them with someone else. The people ultimately decide. Less understood, elections are important instruments of government power and authority. In fact the chief reason elections exist at all is because they benefit governments. This interpretation allows us to think more clearly about the role of democratic institutions and citizen participation.
Typically we think about the right to vote as something won – something gained through protest and persistent pressure on government. Turns out, that is only a small part of the story. This post details the rest of the story.
It’s been called bipartisan for months. It now law. But is it really bipartisan?
Will Democrats eliminate the filibuster? No. And neither will Republicans. But, filibuster politics does demonstrate the old maxim, “where you sit is where you stand”
Two recent studies that offer intriguing data on political misinformation
Yes, American’s willingness to get vaccinated changed a lot over the past 12 months. See why.
Support for the Electoral College and the popular vote hinge on election outcomes not democratic values.
Eliminate the College or not? Better the devil we know than the one we don’t.
Biden’s first job approval ratings offer several interpretations. Which do you prefer?
Check out this elections spreadsheet calculator to examine the different pathways to an Electoral College victory.
The run on guns is historic and not a word about it in the news media. The gun owner vote must not matter, right? Look at the evidence and draw your own conclusions.
Let’s consider several data points not well publicized but could be important in the final weeks.
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