Michael Latner

Kendall Science Fellow

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Michael Latner is a Kendall Voting Rights Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy. His research focuses on political representation and electoral systems. His most recent work has focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in the United States, and the impact of electoral administrative law on political participation. Michael holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Irvine, and is a professor of political science at California State Polytechnic University, where he recently directed the Masters in Public Policy program. See Michael's full bio.

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How to Quarantine a Political Virus: Stopping the Sedition Caucus by Improving Democracy

One of the attackers who breached the Capitol building last week in an attempt to halt our democracy’s peaceful transition of power left a note for House Speaker Pelosi after breaking into her office: “We will not back down.” We must take these people at their word and take seriously the prospect that a coalition of voters and elected leaders are committed to undermining free and fair elections and our democratic government. Read more >

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Surrounded by Wolves, the Electoral Process and the People Move Forward

For the first time in the nation’s history, we are seeing a faction refuse to yield power while deliberately using every mechanism at its disposal to foment distrust in the levers of democracy. Read more >

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Extraordinary Machine: Voters Overcame Electoral Barriers to Smash Turnout Records and Defend Democracy

While final results are still being tabulated, it is clear that voter turnout in the 2020 election is breaking a century-old record with more than two-thirds of eligible voters likely participating in this year’s democratic ritual.

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What to Expect on Election Night: Where to Look—and What to Look For

On the eve of the 2020 General Election, the Center for Science and Democracy has put together several pieces of information to help voters keep track of the election after vote counts are released tomorrow. Throughout this year, we have documented the importance of election outcomes on health outcomes and questions of environmental justice, and now we have come to that moment, where over 150 million of us will collaborate in deciding our shared fate. Read more >

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A Political Scientist’s Guide to Following the Election

This is going to be a difficult election. But we have the tools, the technology, and the right to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to cast a vote and have it counted. Read more >

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