16. Voting & Elections 2016.ppt - Voting Elections Some Rules of the Game What rules changes have we made since 1852 2 Changes to voting rules to

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Voting & Elections: Some Rules of the Game
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2 What rules changes have we made since 1852?
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Changes to voting rules: to make voting easier? Harder? Other reasons? When turnout level affects one side more than the other, it becomes a partisan issue. Examples: Voter registration and the Australian ballot Motor Voter Act Photo ID laws
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Trump 290 Clinton 232 Popular vote estimate: Clinton by over 2.86 million The rules make a difference
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Some Rules that Affect Outcomes Legislative districts Election calendar Voter eligibility – integrity/suppression laws Ballot forms Vote counting systems Electoral College SMD, PR, IRV Hardware & software Initiative, referendum, recall Money
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Legislative districts
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Majority is over- represented Majority is under- represented
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In 2012, Democrats won 51 % the popular House vote but only 5 of the 18 House seats. Highly irregular gerrymanders like this are the cause. 1/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will- ever-see/?utm_term=.2b42eff452fc
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1/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will- ever-see/?utm_term=.2b42eff452fc /wp/2016/01/13/this-is-actually-what- america-would-look-like-without- gerrymandering/? tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na&utm_te rm=.aac15ea0dbf9 Refers to the 2014 election
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Highly irregular gerrymanders like the 14 th Congressional district in Michigan 1/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will- ever-see/?utm_term=.2b42eff452fc
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Legislative Districts & and Electoral Competitiveness
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Legislative Districts & and Representation
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John Oliver, Last Week Tonight ? v=aIMgfBZrrZ8 Legislative Districts & and Representation: State legislatures
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The election calendar
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The Election Calendar: Why It’s Important 36.4 2012 58 % 2016
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The Election Calendar: Why It’s Important
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