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Accessible Electoral Systems: State Reform Laws, Election Administration, And Voter Turnout, Michael James Ritter Aug 2017

Accessible Electoral Systems: State Reform Laws, Election Administration, And Voter Turnout, Michael James Ritter

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Compared to most Western democracies, voter turnout in the United States is consistently lower. Individuals from disadvantaged groups such as the poor are also less likely to vote than more affluent citizens. To counteract these trends, American state governments since the 1970s have adopted election reform laws (early voting, no-excuse absentee or mail voting, and Same Day Registration [SDR] voting) to make voting easier for the citizen. Paradoxically, most research on election reform laws has found that these laws have a minimal effect on turnout, and do not reduce disparities between more and less advantaged voting groups. This study argues ...


Competing Pathways Of The Internet & New Media's Influence On Women Political Candidates, Allison Joy Hamilton Jul 2013

Competing Pathways Of The Internet & New Media's Influence On Women Political Candidates, Allison Joy Hamilton

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How does digital media and online news, especially blogs, influence support for women congressional and presidential candidates? From work on traditional print and television news we know women are framed differently than men, and are more likely to be framed as women (appearance, clothing, mother or wife, marital status, sex, gendered issues). I argue the transition to digital media (blogs and online news) is exacerbating these trends, increasing gender stereotype opinions of women candidates in the mass public, among both men and women. In turn I find gender stereotype opinions combined with use of online media reduces the probability of ...


Dissent In Digital: The Internet And Dissent In Authoritarian States, James Douglas Fielder May 2012

Dissent In Digital: The Internet And Dissent In Authoritarian States, James Douglas Fielder

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Does the Internet facilitate anti-regime dissent within authoritarian states? I argue that the Internet fosters dissent mobilization through three factors: distance, decentralization and interaction. First, the Internet fosters dissent mobilization by allowing protesters to communicate relatively cheaply and instantaneously over great distances. While other communication mediums also reduce distance costs, the second factor, decentralization, allows dissenters to use the Internet to evade state controls and reduces the state's ability to restrict information flows. Third, the Internet's Interactive nature allows users to both become consumers and producers of information. Interactivity also fosters trust between users that can evolve into ...