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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Signs outside a Minnesota home saying Black Lives Matter and Voting Is Sacred

Republican State Legislatures Are Attacking Voting Rights. Congress Has the Power to Fight Back.

In the wake of record turnout in the 2020 election and the success of the Democratic Party winning control over the presidency and both houses of Congress, Republican lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are proposing to scale back ballot eligibility and access to voting at a level not seen since the end of Reconstruction. As the Brennan Center, Voting Rights Lab and Washington Post have documented, over 200 restrictive bills have been introduced across the states, more than a seven-fold increase compared to this time last year. Read more >

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Residents of Wichita Falls, TX, rallying to the 2020 Census

Biden Moves to Protect the Scientific Integrity of the Census

One of President Biden’s first executive orders has reversed President Trump’s unprecedented effort to alter the count of persons in the U.S. Census, the nation’s largest scientific project. The Census count of persons allocates the 435 seats to the House of Representations based on state population, in addition to directing 1.5 trillion in federal spending. The order also rescinds a Trump directive to provide citizenship data to states for redistricting using government records. Read more >

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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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Is our democracy being swallowed up like Little Red Riding Hood, having fallen into a trap laid by the Big Bad Wolf? Chris Ensminger/Unsplash

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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