Cognitive decline distorts political choices, UCI-led study says

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 29, 2020 — Identification along the liberal/conservative spectrum may last a lifetime, but cognitive decline distorts our political choices, according to the first-of-its-kind study led by the University of California, Irvine. For those who are cognitively impaired, identifying as being liberal or conservative loses its relationship to their political decision-making.

Who Does the Electoral College Favor?

Trump’s 2016 victory in the Electoral College without leading in the popular vote has led to wide speculation of a repeat in 2020. Columbia University researchers have been wondering the same thing. They examined how Electoral College outcomes are conditioned by how states voted in previous elections. Their simulations suggest that in 2020 the Electoral College bias is likely to again favor the Republicans, but to a lesser degree than in 2016.

Time is Not on Their Side: Physicians Face Barriers to Voting

DALLAS – Oct. 22, 2020 – Two new UT Southwestern studies published today report some surprising findings: Only half of practicing physicians are registered to vote, and the most common obstacle faced by resident physicians is the lack of time to vote. The researchers say finding ways to increase voter participation among doctors is critical as the nation tackles health care issues.

Civil or At War? Mail-In Voting and the 2020 Election

Abraham Lincoln. The country’s 16th president is known for many things: Signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Appearing on the $5 bill. Helping to usher in the modern-day practice of mail-in voting. Not familiar with that last one? UNLV professor Michael Green to the rescue! He’s a historian who specializes in the Civil War era, which is right around the time mail-in ballots became a prominent piece of U.

Third Party Candidates and the 2020 Election: UNLV Expert Available

For months, two names — presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden — have consistently dominated news headlines and social media feeds in the leadup to Election Day 2020. Some, however, might be left wondering, especially following the chaotic presidential debate just last week, if Trump and Biden are the only options out there.

Maryland Carey Law Professor Available to Discuss Complicated Legacy of 19th Amendment

As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, University of Maryland Carey School of Law Professor Paula Monopoli, author of the recently published book Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment (Oxford University Press 2020), is available to…

WashU Expert: Voting Rights Act should apply to federal government

In light of President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the United States Postal Service, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act should be revised to prohibit racial discrimination in voting by the federal government, says a Washington University in St. Louis expert on voting rights.“As currently written, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act — a nationwide and permanent prohibition against racial discrimination in voting — applies solely to states and their political subdivisions,” said Travis Crum, associate professor of law and an expert on voting rights, race and federalism.

Spanish in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

This study analyzes discourse in and about Spanish by presidential hopefuls and their prospective running mates leading up to the 2016 United States presidential election. I utilize Irvine and Gal’s (2000) framework of semiotic processes to reveal how Democratic and…

How Will COVID-19 Impact the 2020 Election? University of Kentucky Experts Have Insight

While the 2020 general election is still more than six months away, the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined much of the presidential campaign. Meanwhile, state and county officials across the U.S. are already preparing ways to allow voters to cast their ballots safely. University of Kentucky faculty members with expertise in politics have been closely monitoring the evolving situation.

Voting rights expert: Still work to be done in representation, access

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified by the states Aug. 18, 1920. During the 100th anniversary year of women’s suffrage, DePaul University’s Christina Rivers is available to discuss the significance of the movement, its relevance today, and the work still left to be done.

COVID-19 threatens 2020 election; WVU political scientist urges feds to explore voting alternatives

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As states postpone their primary elections in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one West Virginia University political scientist is calling on President Donald Trump to assemble a bipartisan task force to consider voting options for November’s…

Innovative tool analyzes all 22,000 tweets from 2016 Republican presidential candidates

Donald Trump’s Twitter activity during the 2016 presidential primaries was largely comprised of tweets about performance, style, personal attacks and his standing in the polls.
Researchers call this type of political messaging a strategy frame. Issue frames, meantime, deal with policy, decision-making, and identifying problems and proposing solutions.
Most GOP hopefuls were issue focused. Only Trump and John Kasich, the last two Republicans standing prior to the convention, emphasized strategy over issues, according to a new study by researchers from the University at Buffalo and Georgia State University.