3 Essential Tips for Increasing Voter Turnout

Voter turnout. It’s the bane of many political operatives’ existence. In a country where only about 50% of the voting population actually goes out to vote, campaigns will do whatever it takes to get the number as close to 100% as possible. If you’re holding an election for your organization, government institution, or private interest… Read more »

Primaries vs. Caucuses: What’s the Difference?

Primaries vs. Caucuses: What's the Difference?

With the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary coming up, many voters will be going to the polls to vote for their preferred Presidential Primary candidate. Nevertheless, the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary are two very different elections, and not just because they’re held in different states. Iowa votes under a caucus system,… Read more »

The 3 Main Types of Electoral Systems

The 3 Main Types of Electoral Systems

An electoral system is how our votes are used to elect governments and government officials. There are many different types of electoral systems, making it impossible to cover all of them in a simple blog post. Nevertheless, there are three main types that are widely used across the globe. These include plurality electoral systems, majority… Read more »

States Explore New Ways to Keep Their Voting Systems Secure

Two-Factor Authentication

Election security is on everyone’s mind in the leadup to November’s midterm elections. Although a measure to provide states with an additional $250 million to upgrade their voting systems recently failed in the Senate, many state officials are still working hard to adopt new security protocols and ensure the integrity of their upcoming elections. Replacing… Read more »

DHS Offers Election Security Guidance to State Officials

Voting Machine

The 2018 midterm elections are approaching fast, and the Department of Homeland Security is ratcheting up its efforts to help states shore up their voting systems in time for November. In addition to conducting risk and vulnerability assessments in 17 states, Homeland Security officials are also offering guidance on how states can best use their… Read more »

NY Senate Democrats Introduce Plans for Voting Reforms

New York Capitol Building

Despite New York’s long history of political engagement, the Empire State has struggled to combat consistently low voter turnout in recent years. Following the 2016 general election, a report from Nonprofit VOTE found that New York ranked 41st in the nation for voter turnout, with barely 57 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. New York’s ranking… Read more »

What Can America’s Electoral System Learn From the Oscars?

Oscar Statues

Earlier this month, millions of Americans tuned in to see which movies, actors and producers would take home an Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards. It’s always an exciting event for film buffs, but in recent years the Oscars have gained the attention of statisticians and political scientists as well. That’s because since 2009, the… Read more »

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Election Security Bill

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Election Security Bill

Since American intelligence agencies revealed that Russian hackers attempted to probe electronic voting machines prior to the 2016 presidential election, election security has become a hot topic of discussion among politicians and computer scientists. Now, a new bipartisan bill called the Secure Elections Act is aiming quell concerns about voting machine vulnerabilities in time for… Read more »

Strategies to Help Increase Voter Turnout at Your Next Election

Strategies to Help Increase Voter Turnout at Your Next Election

Unfortunately, one of the most difficult parts about planning an election is getting people to show up for it. You might think that everyone would want to have their voice heard in the voting booth, many people have busy schedules these days, and as a result, they don’t always go out of their way to… Read more »

Proposed Bipartisan Bill Focuses on Election Cybersecurity

Proposed Bipartisan Bill Focuses on Election Cybersecurity

Election cybersecurity has become a hot topic of discussion in recent months, and it sounds as though it’s going to remain that way for the foreseeable future. As many states across the country prepare to hold elections this November, a number of U.S. senators are making a push to introduce a bipartisan bill that could… Read more »