Voting Rights

At Social Science Space, we endorse these words and social science driven efforts to ensure that the franchise is open and exercisable to as many people as possible. In service to that, we’ve curated material below that examines voting behavior, dissects attempts to restrict voting, and which look at real-world applications of social and behavioral science that center on voting.

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SAGE Publishing, the parent of Social Science Space, is a signatory to the statement by the that appears below:

Joint Statement on Protecting Voting Access

The Right to Vote is the Cornerstone of our Democracy.


We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters. We stand in solidarity with voters 一 and with the Black executives and leaders at the helm of this movement 一 in our nonpartisan commitment to equality and democracy. If our government is going to work for all of us, each of us must have equal freedom to vote and elections must reflect the will of voters.

Our elections are not improved when lawmakers impose barriers that result in longer lines at the polls or that reduce access to secure ballot dropboxes. There are hundreds of bills threatening to make voting more difficult in dozens of states nationwide. We call on elected leaders in every state capitol and in Congress to work across the aisle and ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to easily cast their ballot and participate fully in our democracy.

Social Science Space Articles

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‘Scholars of Democracy’ Sign Statement to Support U.S. Voting Legislation

A collection of prominent American-based “scholars of democracy” – the majority of them political scientists – have signed a statement in support of the Freedom to Vote Act.


Returning Absentee Ballots during the 2020 Election – A Surprise Ending?

One of the most heavily contested voting-policy issues in the 2020 election, in both the courts and the political arena, was the deadline […]


Can Civics Education Boost Youth Voting? Research Suggests No

New research shows that states that require civics courses do not necessarily have better test scores, more youth voting or young people volunteering at higher rates than other states

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Beyond Plurality: Ideas for Replacing U.S. Electoral College

Political scientist Joshua Holzer identifies a number of proven electoral strategies used elsewhere that could replace the United States’ Electoral College.

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Blessed are the Trusting, For They Are More Likely to Vote

Whomever they vote for, says Cary Wu, Americans who are trusting are more likely to have either cast their ballots already or will on election day than Americans who do not trust easily.

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What Research Says About Voting by Mail (Spoiler: It’s Safe)

Evidence reviewed by a National Association of Public Administration working group finds that voting by mail is rarely subject to fraud, does not give an advantage to one political party over another and can in fact inspire public confidence in the voting process, if done properly.


Watch the Webinar: Mobilizing Young Voters Focus of 2020 David Lecture

Will the recent wave of youth activism in protesting racial injustice translate into higher turnout rates in the 2020 U.S. presidential election? […]


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