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How Not to Close the Gender Gap in Politics

As long as the Republican Party resists the welfare state, it’s going to have trouble attracting more female voters.

What Makes Us Politic

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About State Politics

Hispanics are—and will continue to be—significantly underrepresented, open primaries attract more extreme voters, and other lessons from the 14th annual State Politics and Policy Conference.

Poll Dancing

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The Case for a National Primary

With the way things are currently structured, most voters don’t participate in choosing the candidates that ultimately go on to represent them. But there’s a relatively easy fix.

What Makes Us Politic

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Why Polarize?

Why are state legislatures and voters both growing more polarized when it’s clear that almost no one gets into politics with the goal of driving the parties further apart? Presenters at a recent conference proposed some answers.

Sociological Images

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How Republican Women Are Losing Out in the Polarization of Politics

As both of our political parties move to the ideological extremes, Republican women, who, unlike their Democratic counterparts, tend to be more moderate than the men in their party, are being left behind.

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Could We Moderate Our Politics With Instant Runoffs?

An alternate voting system being tested in several cities around the world could have some surprising long-term effects.

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6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.

Findings

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Hormones and How Women Vote: New Evidence, but No Consensus

New research partially rebuts a controversial 2012 paper that linked fertility with the way women vote, but fails to refute the basic premise.

 

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For Want of Voter Fraud, It Had to Be Invented

Voter fraud has become a major cause for some politicians on the right, but one may have taken it too far.

 

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Five Reasons That You Vote the Way You Do

Wide-ranging recent research provides provocative clues into why one American votes Democrat and another Republican.

 

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Spotting Election Fraud Gets Smarter, Cheaper

A push from USAID to cut costs and develop better solutions to international problems produces a more effective way to monitor elections.

 

Overseas Troops Finally Get Fair Shot at Voting

After decades of obstacles hindering the voting process, new laws will allow overseas and military voters to submit their votes in time for the 2012 election.

 

Republicans Like Candidates Who Look Republican

Although they can’t put their finger on what a Republican looks like, when GOP voters think someone looks Republican, that candidate gets more votes.

 

Supreme Court Messes With Texas, Voting Rights

There is a way the U.S. Supreme Court can extract some sense out of a wildly politicized Voting Rights Act it heard Monday, argues a prominent redistricting specialist.

 

Calculating an End to Divisive Politics

Prolific political scientist Steven Brams has been promoting peace and fairness one algorithm at a time.

 

Brams: Use Approval Voting in Presidential Primaries

Steven J. Brams says approval voting, in which voters can vote for more than one candidate, is a better way to conduct multiple candidate elections.

 

Why a Democracy Needs Uninformed People

In a lesson taught by schools of fish, researchers determine that uninformed individuals are actually a benefit to democracy by sanding off extreme views.

 

Righting the Voting Income Gap

The “motor voter” law, an almost decade-old federal effort to encourage voter registration among Americans receiving public assistance, is bearing fruit.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

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Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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