Category: Voting

Common Questions About the Electoral College

Common Questions About the Electoral College

Every four years, voters from across the country gather at the polls to choose the next President. This makes it seem like the President is elected by popular vote, but in reality, they are actually chosen by the Electoral College. So, how do our votes help elect our next President? Here we answer many of… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Voter Fraud? Never with Honest Ballot

Did voter fraud take place during the 2016 presidential election? That’s the case that newly elected President Donald Trump is trying to make right now. Trump won the Electoral College vote by a wide margin over his opponent Hillary Clinton, but he did not win the popular vote during the general election, which has led… Read more »

Politics and Cheese: History of Big Block of Cheese Day

Big Block of Cheese Day

Have you ever watched “The West Wing” and heard of “Big Block of Cheese Day”? It turns out that it’s much more than just fiction – it’s actually based on a real event in the 1800s. You might think that you love cheese, but no one in history loved cheese more than President Andrew Jackson…. Read more »

E-Vote-Lution: A History of Voting Machines

Voting Ballot

Voting hasn’t always been a high-tech affair. Sure, you still use a pen and paper to cast your vote in an election in most states, but the high-tech voting machine that scans and documents your choices have only been around for a few years. Before the age of voting machines, things were very different. According… Read more »