Category Archives: Voting

Voters Often Do Not Behave Linearly, and They View National Elections Like Local Elections

Having done canvassing in the old days when we had to canvass neighborhoods both ways uphill identifying voters wasn’t very sophisticated, I learned that many voters don’t really organize candidates along a left-right axis–they don’t think linearly. One corollary of … Continue reading

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The Politics of Mortality

JAMA recently published a paper about the increase in mortality among 25-64 year olds in the U.S.–and it’s not just for white people anymore! Snark aside, it’s not good (boldface mine): Despite spending more on health care than any other … Continue reading

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Democrats Need to Mandate Paper Ballots

Preventing things like voter suppression via caging obviously must be a priority for Democrats if they are able to take back power*, another issue should be mandating paper ballots, whether they are scanned and audited or counted by hand (hand-marked … Continue reading

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People Have to Like This Crap: Healthcare and Voter Turnout

While many people don’t vote their immediate circumstances, we shouldn’t ignore the role good policy can play in getting voters to actually show up and vote (boldface mine): Increasing voter turnout is hard. Robustly progressive, anti-Establishment campaign messages rarely do … Continue reading

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Voters Don’t Think Linearly: The Second Choice Edition

Sometimes, I think Joshua Holland and I are the only ones who realize that many voters don’t orient themselves linearly along some axis of political ideology. Holland notes (boldface mine): Every day, you will find opinion columns and news reports … Continue reading

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Biden-Or-Busters Are Still a Problem

A few months ago, statistically illiterate people jumped on one month of polling to declare that sexist ‘Bernie-or-Busters’ who hate Elizabeth Warren were going to cost Democrats the 2020 election (full disclosure: were I to vote today, I would vote … Continue reading

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How to Get Nice Things

With one simple trick: No more Generation Lead* politics, please. Show up and vote. *As in the metal, not the verb.

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