elections

Examining Philly’s Voter Turnout

January 27, 2017 / Comments Off on Examining Philly’s Voter Turnout

Local Elections and Turnout The 2017 Philadelphia primaries are now mere months away. So far in this space, I’ve examined the role of randomized ballot position for the city as a whole and within wards. Today, let’s focus on election turnout. Increasing turnout A candidate’s total number of votes is the product of the total […]

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Ballot Position Matters, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

January 19, 2017 / Comments Off on Ballot Position Matters, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Revisiting the effect of random ballot position In December, I looked at the effect of random ballot position on Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas election. The stark reality: the pure luck of drawing a position in the first column of the ballot was worth more than the endorsement of the Democratic City Committee, the Philadelphia […]

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Philadelphia’s Partisan Elections: The Implications of a Rare System

January 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Philadelphia’s Partisan Elections: The Implications of a Rare System

In 2015, Philadelphia’s current Mayor and City Council were elected with a voter turnout of just 25.5 percent. In 2011, when there was an incumbent mayor on the ballot, turnout barely surpassed 20 percent. There is a general consensus that low voter turnout is unhealthy for cities and democratic representation, and Philadelphia is not alone […]

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Newly Engaged in Politics, Anxious for 2018?

December 16, 2016 / Comments Off on Newly Engaged in Politics, Anxious for 2018?

Look No Further than May 2017 The 2016 Presidential Election is little more than a month removed, and many Philadelphians are feeling newly engaged in politics with an eye towards the 2018 and 2020 elections. Well, did you know that residents have an important election in just five months? A Municipal Primary will be held […]

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